Allegiance Health in Jackson (formerly Foote Hospital) is merging with the University of Michigan Hospital & Health System. The affiliation will give Allegiance access to U of M facilities and specialists, as well as an influx of cash and upgrades. An initial contribution of $25 million dollars will be made to the Allegiance Foundation.
You no longer have to use your PC or Apple product to utilize the Social Security Administration’s website. If you use your smartphone, iPhone included, you will be redirected to the agency’s website. The mobile version can be used to access most of the features of the agency’s interactive website. The mobile office locator can… Read More
Changes to the way Medicare works contained in the Affordable Care Act are lowering healthcare costs and will continue to do so. While healthcare spending rose 3% from 2009-2011 costs for Medicare and Medicaid decline 5% from 2010 to 2012. New payment plans, improved efficiency and a move towards consumer-driven insurance plans, even in advance… Read More
President Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal 2014 beginning October 1, 2013, contains a new method for calculating the annual increase in Social Security and Veteran’s benefits. Called a “chained” Consumer Price Index or CPI. The current COLA adjustment tracks the cost of a market basket of goods and services typically purchased by American households. The… Read More
This year’s report of the Social Security Trustees was released on May 31, 2013. The Social Security Administration is comprised of 2 trust funds. The Old-Age and Survivors (OASI) Trust Fund covers retirement benefits. The Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund finances disability and ancillary benefits. The Funds have differing reserves. Under current projections, the DI… Read More
On October 30, 2013 the Social Security Administration announced a 1.5% Cost of living adjustment (COLA) for recipients of Social Security disability, retirement and SSI benefits. This would mean an additional $15 per month for a person currently receiving $1,000 per month. SSI recipients will receive $721 per month.
The 16 day partial government shutdown has created a backlog and the decision writing stage of the hearing process at the ODAR level. During the shutdown hearings continued to be held. This is because the ALJs have a union and the hearing monitors and vocational experts are contract workers: not government employees. So, over 2… Read More
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, takes effect January 1, 2014. Open enrollment begins October 1, 2013. Plans and prices will be available then. Open enrollment closes March 31, 2014. A visit to www.healthcare.gov/ will give you information regarding the Healthcare Marketplaces available in your state. Providers fall into 1… Read More
Full staffing has been restored to Social Security’s Office of Disability Review branches. This means hearings will be scheduled, medical evidence will be exhibited, the phones will be answered and (most importantly) decisions will be written. The catch is that ODAR employees are not being paid and won’t be until the partial government shutdown is… Read More
Just as occurred in 1996 when Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R) GA and Bill Clinton faced off, President Obama & the Republican led House of Representatives have partially shut-down the federal government. The Congress has not passed a budget or continuing financing resolution over the issue of funding (or at least delaying) implementation… Read More