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SSA Shutdown Contingency Plan 2013 – shutdown2013.pdf

SSA Shutdown Contingency Plan 2013 – shutdown2013.pdf.   list of SSA items that will and won’t continue if the government shuts down   Things that will not continue: Scheduling cases for hearings, review for OTRs, quality reviews, CDRs, exhibiting case files   Applications and reconsideration will continue to be processed.

SSA Begins Processing Claims for Same-Sex Couples | NOSSCR

SSA is encouraging all potential recipients to apply for benefits now, in order establish a protective filing date. SSA employees have been instructed to accept all claims, including those from couples who not only have been married but are in civil unions or registered domestic partnerships. The SSA instructions encourage…

New bill attempts SSDI reform for the terminally ill – World News Report

New bill attempts SSDI reform for the terminally ill – World News Report.   Looks like some in Congress are looking to end the 5 month wait period for those who are terminally ill.  This would make a huge difference for many who are currently ill die before their benefits…

SSA Benefits and Same Sex couples

Statement of Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, on Payments to Same-Sex Couples.   “I am pleased to announce that Social Security is now processing some retirement spouse claims for same-sex couples and paying benefits where they are due.  The recent Supreme Court decision on Section 3 of…

Actions Speak Louder Than Words Eye

Actions Speak Louder Than Words Eye.   Nice write up on the positive impact of new proposed legislation in regards to veterans benefits and special needs trust as part of their estate planning.

Almost half of Americans forgo medical care due to cost

According to a CNN article 43% of working Americans forgo health care treatment due to costs.  This includes not seeing a doctor, not filling a prescription, or not following recommended care. It is well known that prevention and early intervention can help stem or slow down the severity of medical…

Getting_the_Facts_Straight_on_Disability

Getting_the_Facts_Straight_on_Disability04-02-13FINAL.pdf.   Great document highlighting the actual FACTS about SSA Disability and not the partial spun fact being presented in many articles.  Also check out this article   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-meltzer/social-security-disability-programs_b_3014961.html   which repeats much of the same information I’ve blogged about when these sensational news stories hit the wires    

Open Letter to NPR from Former SSA commissioners

There is information around Social Security circles today that the former SSA commissioners have sent an Open Letter to NPR.  At this time, I have not been able to confirm the source or accuracy of the letter.  Thus the information may or may not be 100% accurate (or even accurate…

Social Security Disability in the News

You can’t turn on the TV, Radio or open any magazine or newspaper, not to mention internet sites, blogs etc, without finding a new article on Social Security Disability.  The information being provided ranges from factually incorrect and very negative to more positive stories that get their facts right.  It…

Mystery ALJ Policy to end

SSA has announced that the mystery ALJ policy will end effective April 20th, ALJ names will again appear on Notices of hearing. Unrepresented and already have a hearing scheduled?  You can now call the hearing office (prior to April 20th) and request the name of the ALJ hearing your case….