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    • After months of speculation and estimates due to the inflation experienced by the US economy, we now know that 70 million Americans will receive an average increase of $140 per month in their Social Security benefits. Based upon the increase in the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W), benefits will rise 8.7%. This good…

      a month+ ago
    • A bottleneck at the Disability Determination Service level is being addressed by the Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) by transferring “a significant number” of Attorney Advisors to the DDS for one year stint. The OHO also reports 56 new Administrative Law Judges have been hired and will start their training this month.

      a month+ ago

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    • Summer 2021 Newsletter STILL STANDING…AND PRACTICING I published the first issue of Social Security & You in Spring of 1993.  Some years I’ve published more issues than others.  The most recent issue was dated Spring 2019: over 2 years ago.  The world was a much different place then.  Especially for me.  Read the full newsletter…

      a year+ ago
    • Spring 2019 Newsletter An Opioid Story I’ve changed his name. Let’s call him Gerald. He was a laborer. And by that I don’t mean that he just did physical work. He was a card-carrying member the Labor’s Union local. And that meant a lot to him. I represented him for Social Security disability and Michigan…

      3+ years ago

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    • After months of speculation and estimates due to the inflation experienced by the US economy, we now know that 70 million Americans will receive an average increase of 0 per month in their Social Security benefits. Based upon the increase in the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W), benefits will rise 8.7%. This good…

      a month+ ago

    • A bottleneck at the Disability Determination Service level is being addressed by the Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) by transferring “a significant number” of Attorney Advisors to the DDS for one year stint. The OHO also reports 56 new Administrative Law Judges have been hired and will start their training this month.

      a month+ ago

    • A nearly yearlong study of the medical records of 154,000 veterans shows an increased risk of memory impairment and other neurological disorders in those who contracted COVID-19 than in those who were never infected. The study, published in September 2022 in the journal Nature Medicine, revealed 7% more persons suffered what some are calling “brain…

      2+ months ago

    • Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minnesota has introduced the “You Earned It, You Keep It Act” to repeal federal income taxes on Social Security benefits. Currently Social Security recipients who earn more than ,000 for an individual or ,000 for a married couple, filing jointly, are taxed up to 85% of their benefits. Below that threshold benefits…

      2+ months ago

    • The record setting inflation numbers being reported all year have led to speculation on what the Cost of Living Increase for Social Security recipients might be in 2023. COLA is figured on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners (CPI-W) for the third quarter (July, August & September) of the current year of the…

      4+ months ago

    • We have all seen the “temporary” surcharges as inflation has eroded buying power. A $.50 gas bump. Something similar for meat. In recognition Congress is considering a 0 per month bump for Social Security beneficiaries. A bill introduced by Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) & Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would add another 0 to Social Security…

      4+ months ago

    • The Social Security Board of Trustees issued its annual report on June 2, 2022. The combined asset reserves of the 2 trust funds (Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance) are projected to become depleted in 2035, one year later than last year. Social Security could pay 80% of benefits due at that time. Individually,…

      5+ months ago

    • The maximum attorney fee for successful Social Security Claimant representatives has been ,000 since 2009. The fee set by law is 25% of the accrued benefit or the fee cap; whichever is less. Now Social Security has raised the fee cap to ,200, effective November 30, 2022.

      6+ months ago

    • Social Security recipients saw a 5.9% increase in their benefits this year due to inflation in 2021. As prices continue to soar in 2022, the Senior Citizens League is projecting an even higher hike in 2023. Based upon the inflation numbers through March of this year, Social Security benefits could rise as much as 7.6%…

      7+ months ago

    • I am pleased to announce that local Social Security offices will restore in-person services, including for people without an appointment, on April 7, 2022. To avoid waiting in line, I strongly encourage people who can, to use our online services, call us, and schedule appointments in advance rather than walking in without an appointment. Phone…

      7+ months ago

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