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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2015 – Measures would update Social Security Administration’s (SSA) “grid rules” for calculating applicant eligibility. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced a trio of bills on May 6 that would change the SSA’s “grid rules,” which are the standards the agency employs to determine an applicant’s eligibility for benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Hatch’s measures would also simplify the benefit process and establish standards for medical evaluation that would be similar to those that Medicare uses. Hatch, who is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said that the SSDI […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2015 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) is seeking information from insurance companies and local and state government to ensure an appropriate offset of disability benefits. In April, the SSA forwarded a proposal that, if enacted, will require states, local governments and private insurers to report workers’ compensation benefits to the agency when those benefits affect the offset of the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) benefits that the SSA pays to disability insurance recipients. The proposal was included as part of the SSA’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Overview. Under current law, the SSA […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2015 – In an interview on March 12, David Walker, former comptroller general of the United States, warned that rising costs for Social Security, public pensions and healthcare could jeopardize the nation’s safety net for workers. Walker was the comptroller general of the United States from 1998 to 2008. He served as head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) during the same period. Now, his comments support a recent Social Security Administration (SSA) warning that the Disability Insurance Trust Fund, in particular, could run out of money as early as next year. Walker […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2015 – Obama’s call to redirect money from the Social Security retirement fund to its disability fund is facing resistance in Congress. On February 2, President Obama unveiled his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. The $4 trillion budget includes more than $1 trillion in proposed new tax measures. Prominent among the president’s fiscal proposals is an increase in the Social Security Disability Trust Fund’s share of funding from payroll taxes – an attempt to shore up the finances of an entitlement program that is facing a major shortfall. Under the president’s […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2015 – Coupled with a presidential hopeful’s remarks, the surprise move elevated Social Security as an issue. Republican lawmakers — fresh from midterm elections that delivered the Senate to GOP control and expanded the party’s majority in the House — returned to Capitol Hill in January, energized and eager to forward conservative legislation. And based on an opening day rules change that House Republicans sprung on their Democratic colleagues, it is clear that Social Security will be a major point of contention for the new session. House Republicans signaled their intent to focus […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2015 – Law would allow those who qualify under executive action to collect disability, other payments. On November 25, key details about how President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform would translate into policy emerged. In an email, White House spokesman Shawn Turner stated that undocumented immigrants would be eligible to collect Social Security and Medicare benefits: “If they pay in, they can draw.” Federal law states that people who pay taxes and have been determined to be “lawfully present in the United States” are allowed to collect government benefits once they become […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2014 – A handful of judges have been found to have approved large numbers of dubious cases and benefits. The Social Security Administration’s inspector general issued a report on November 17 finding a significant number of disability cases approved by certain judges did not have “a well-supported rationale” for awarding benefits. According to the report, 44 judges over seven years were deemed to have decided an unusually large number of disability cases and awarded an unusually high number of benefits. More specifically, the report examined 275 cases and found 216 of them to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2014 – Unless changes are made, the Social Security disability fund will run out of money by end of 2016. Capitol Hill’s notorious procrastination could soon impact millions of Americans receiving Social Security disability payments. Within the next three years, Congress must come up with a plan to keep the program financially afloat. And given federal lawmakers’ proclivity for adopting short-term fixes at the eleventh hour, disabled workers may have to wait for a significant period before even finding about any stopgap measure that Congress passes. As it stands, the trust fund for […]


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Participants are paid to review branding material and provide feedback on proposed designs. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2014 – When law firms rebrand, create new marketing literature or design a new website, they want to know what their target market thinks. Anyone who has hired a lawyer in the United States after 2004 can now receive compensation for participation in a Custom Legal Marketing focus group. To qualify, a focus group participant must have retained a lawyer within the last 10 years. Both the focus group member and the retained attorney must have been (and be) […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2013 – The United States House Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements has opened hearings with testimony on the SSA’s struggles with its disability program. A subcommittee of the House Oversight and Oversight Reform Committee launched hearings November 19 on the Social Security Administration. The Republican-controlled body headlined its mission on the committee website as one of overseeing the SSA’s “mismanagement of federal disability programs.” The SSA officials who offered opening statements did acknowledge some of their agency’s ongoing problems. Inspector General Patrick P. O’Carroll Jr. shed some light on the […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2013 – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is available to low-income families with disabled children, but some face tough challenges in qualifying. The public benefit program, run by the Social Security Administration (SSA), provides cash payments to the families of qualifying children. To be eligible, children must meet two sets of criteria. They and their families cannot exceed certain income and asset levels, and they must have a physical or mental impairment resulting in severe functional limitations. But as a recent story in the Philadelphia Inquirer illustrates, children who seem eligible cannot always get […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2013 – A new federal grant program is aimed to improve the long-term prospects of disabled children who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) initiative will provide assistance to SSI recipients and their families in order to help the kids complete high school, postsecondary education, and job training, as well as find good jobs. “Despite the support that Supplemental Security Income provides, children who receive the benefits nevertheless tend to lag behind in higher education and employment when compared with their peers,” said […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2013 – More than $128 billion flows through the country’s Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) system. Incidences of fraud are inevitable, so the SSDI has hired a cadre of private investigators to catch the perpetrators. “The increase in fraud and the ensuing investigations of any questionable claims has slowed the entire process down,” commented Tampa Social Security disability attorney David W. Magann. “For anyone going through the Social Security Disability Insurance system, it’s best to work with someone who can help guide them through that legal maze.” The number of people receiving disability […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2013 – The U.S. government is considering a number of options to bolster the Social Security coffers for the long-term. Two of the options currently being considered are shifting the retirement age of seniors, either increasing the age which defines “early retirement,” or changing the age at which an individual can fully retire. But, either of those solutions would likely dramatically increase the number of disability benefit applications, states a new report by the Government Accountability Office. “The early retirement age for Social Security is currently 62; the full retirement age is currently […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2013 – An investigation into Social Security disability fraud led to the arrest of 75 people in Puerto Rico. The case was the first instance of large-scale arrests for fraud since the rapid expansion of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) seen over the last several years. Zephyrhills Social Security disability attorney Robert Alston said he was pleased to see the action taken. “The nation’s disability insurance program is under enough financial strain as it is without criminals engaging in outright fraud to take taxpayer funds,” Alston said. “Investigating and prosecuting such large-scale abuses […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2013 – Parents or caregivers of children with special needs are best able to pursue those children’s educational interests when working as their advocate. There are numerous areas in which an advocate should be competent in order to be knowledgeable about the services and systems available. What does an advocate need to know? They should be able to accurately read evaluations of the student and write measurable individualized educational program (IEP) goals, based on the evaluations of the student’s current levels of performance. They should also have a depth of understanding regarding […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2013 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accidentally posted tens of thousands of Social Security numbers online, prompting identity theft concerns. The numbers released were those of individuals who donated money to several political tax-exempt organizations. Political transparency requires non-profit organizations dubbed “527s” (for Section 527 of the tax code which gives those groups a tax-exempt status) to report to the IRS their contributors. Donors to 527s are required to be listed publicly, but their Social Security numbers are not supposed to be included. The IRS posted names and the Social Security numbers […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2013 – Florida seniors are reporting that their Social Security accounts have been accessed by identity thieves. A new scam hitting numerous seniors in Florida is leveraging the latest online changes in Social Security access. Seniors who have been contacted for personal information by someone who claims to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) are right to be suspicious, elder advocates say. “Seniors have reported receiving calls asking for personal information, and have also been getting mailed confirmation that they have established an online Social Security account when, in fact, they had […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2013 – A congressional committee held a hearing into programs that encourage disability beneficiaries to return to work. Bob Williams, a Social Security Administration official, testified before the Social Security subcommittee of the House Ways and Means committee. He runs the SSA’s Ticket to Work program, which is designed to help recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance to re-enter the workforce. “A robust effort to help disability beneficiaries return to work is a key part of a lasting SSDI program,” said Zephyrhills social security attorney Robert Alston. “When someone is out of the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 7, 2013 – Though not widely known, there are different types of Social Security retirement benefits available to married couples and previously married couples. Social Security benefits are available to a nonworking spouse when both individuals have reached retirement age, but the higher earner continues to work and delay their collection of benefits. The nonworking spouse typically is entitled to as much as 50 percent of the working spouse’s benefits. However, the working spouse must file for the benefit, then consider suspending those benefits in order to maximize the eventual amount by receiving them […]


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