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  • As regular readers of SS&Y are aware, the Social Security Administration administers 2 trust funds. The Old Age Survivors Insurance (OAS’) fund pays retirement benefits. The Disability Insurance fund (DI) pays disability benefits. When Congress passed and President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act in November of 2015 to reallocate current contributions between the OASI…

    2+ months ago
  • The Social Security Administration has announced there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment in 2016 for the nearly 65 million Americans drawing Social Security disability, retirement or SSI benefits.  This is because there was no inflation between the third quarter of 2014 and 2015 as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage…

    a year+ ago

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  • Spring-Summer 2015 Newsletter SSDI Insolvency Looms We’ve known it’s been coming for some time and now it’s on our doorstep. Unless Congress acts the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund (DI Trust Fund) will become insolvent late next year and unable to pay full benefits any longer. Millions of Americans who rely on their disability checks for most, if not all,…

    2+ years ago
  • Fall 2014 Newsletter OBAMACARE UPDATE On October 1st it will have been a year since enrollment began in the Affordable Care Act national health insurance program known as Obamacare. The difficulties in the early weeks and months have been well documented. But where are we a year later… Read the Newsletter in PDF format.   Read the Newsletter in PDF…

    2+ years ago

Social Security Lawyer Journal

  • As regular readers of SS&Y are aware, the Social Security Administration administers 2 trust funds. The Old Age Survivors Insurance (OAS’) fund pays retirement benefits. The Disability Insurance fund (DI) pays disability benefits. When Congress passed and President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act in November of 2015 to reallocate current contributions between the OASI…

    2+ months ago

  • The Social Security Administration has announced there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment in 2016 for the nearly 65 million Americans drawing Social Security disability, retirement or SSI benefits.  This is because there was no inflation between the third quarter of 2014 and 2015 as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage…

    a year+ ago

  • Institute of Health Committee Calls for Validity Tests in Psychological Disability cases

    If you have a psychological disability, the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance can be difficult. Now a committee from the Institute of Medicine is calling for more testing, which could make it even harder. In 2014, the Social Security Administration paid benefits to nearly 11 million disabled workers and their dependents. Of those,…

    2+ years ago

  • Americans are allowed to claim social security benefits at age 62. Even so, a growing number are waiting until closer to age 70. Here’s why.

    2+ years ago

  • For as long as I’ve been practicing Social Security law (which is 35 years as of this spring) there have been judges who ask the Claimant’s representative if the file is complete or if all records have been submitted.  Some even have gone so far is to ask for so-called “independent’ medical exam reports created…

    2+ years ago

  •   Corporations aren’t the only ones moving off shore to save on taxes.  3,000 persons surrendered their U.S. citizenship in 2013 and nearly 3,500 followed suit in 2014. Many are wealthier Americans caught in double taxation for income earned in other nations.  Others are caught by the provisions of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act…

    2+ years ago

  • In fiscal year 2011 the budget allocation for the Social Security Administration was slashed by approximately [insert wpAutoContent: type:blogCategoryIndex postCategory:blog] billion.  The SSA made a number of cuts including closure of some Field Offices, instituting a hiring freeze and cutting hours of service. Now with Congressional approval of the fiscal year 2015 budget is allowing the SSA to…

    2+ years ago

  • Under new rules which took effect on December 26, 2014 injured persons in Michigan having their pain medications covered by Workers’ Compensation benefits are in for a rude awakening.  Unless opioid pain medications are being prescribed for treatment of cancer, Michigan Workers’ Compensation carriers no longer have to pay for opioid treatment after 90 days.…

    2+ years ago

  • The flu vaccine administered each fall is based on an educated guess by scientists and public health physicians.  The virus mutates and changes every year and the goal is to prepare and distribute a vaccine tailored to the current year’s flu. Some years there are more than one vaccine and more than one flu.  It…

    2+ years ago

  • After making progress in cutting the waiting time for Social Security Disability & SSI hearings, both nationally and here in Michigan, things now appear to be headed in the other direction again. The addition a few years ago of new ODARs in Mt. Pleasant, Livonia and Toledo (Claimants in Monroe & Lenawee counties here in…

    2+ years ago

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