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Income chart for Children’s SSI

Social Security has posted on it’s website an income chart for children’s SSI eligibility.  While there are lots of exceptions and other asset requirements that may affect eligibility, the chart gives you a good idea of how much income a family can make and the child still be eligible for…

SSA adds 25 more compassionate allowances

http://www.ssa.gov/news.htm#cal 1.      Angiosarcoma 2.      Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor 3.      Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction 4.      Coffin- Lowry Syndrome 5.      Esthesioneuroblastoma 6.      Giant Axonal Neuropathy 7.      Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome 8.      Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma 9.      Joubert Syndrome 10.     Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis 11.     Liposarcoma- metastatic or recurrent 12.     Malignant Ectomesenchymoma 13.     Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor 14.     Marshall-Smith…

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…

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…

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…

Supplemental Hearings

So you had your disability hearing and now the ALJ has scheduled a supplemental hearing.  What does this mean? Well it depends.  An ALJ may have scheduled a supplemental hearing for a number of reasons. 1) The ALJ may have needed to gather more medical evidence from your doctors or…

Is it Time to Seek Support From an SSI Attorney or Advocate Firm? | Featured | JusticeNewsFlash Release

The following are key considerations in determining whether it may be time to seek support from an SSI attorney or advocate firm: • Have you filed a claim that was initially denied? Many claims are at first denied for various reasons. Those who meet the eligibility requirements should not be…

Why your loved ones wait in the waiting room at your Social Security Hearing

A question I get asked repeatedly is why the loved ones of the claimant are asked to wait in the waiting room.  Why can’t we sit in the hearing with the person? There really are a couple of reasons why First, the hearing rooms are generally small.  There usually are…

The stealth attack on Social Security gains ground – chicagotribune.com

The agency has closed dozens of field offices and sharply cut back the staff and hours of those still open. The cutbacks threaten to make wait times on its phone lines longer. Rulings on disability applications will take longer too. Put it all together, and client service at the Social…

‘You should’ve served US better and died!’ Debt collector berates disabled veteran — RT

“If you would have served our country better you would not be a disabled veteran living off Social Security while the rest of us honest Americans work our asses off,” one of the agency’s debt collectors allegedly told the vet. “Too bad, you should have died.” Michael Collier was declared…