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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 22, 2022 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced plans to improve customer service and reduce wait times amid complaints about long lines in the extreme summer heat at field offices in Florida and across the United States. The SSA reopened field offices in April after more than two years of closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mounting concerns about the safety of applicants and beneficiaries waiting in long lines at SSA field offices prompted congressional lawmakers to seek answers from the federal agency in August. SSA Acting Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi issued a response […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2022 – The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) serves as the nation’s most extensive federal program and provides a safety net for millions of individuals. In an executive summary, the SSA recently addressed its intent to address the barriers that many people have encountered when attempting to secure benefits. The Administration explains that the purpose of the Equity Action Plan (“EAP”) is to serve all individuals who are eligible for its program. However, the SSA must reduce barriers to its administrative system to do so. The SSA stated that it would increase the collection […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2022 – The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a wide range of closures and restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. Of course, government offices were not immune from these effects, including Social Security offices. However, according to a recent report, those who have been impacted by the closure of the Social Security offices the most are those who need the services provided by these offices the most. Now that the COVID-19 vaccine has been out for over a year and much of the country has received a vaccine booster, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 02, 2022 – Tax season isn’t usually a time of year that most people look forward to. However, for recipients of Social Security benefits, there are a number of potential credits that may mean more money in their pockets. This is even the case if a recipient does not earn any other income and usually does not need to file an income tax return. A tax credit refers to money that taxpayers can subtract directly from the taxes they owe. There are three types of tax credits: refundable, non-refundable and partially refundable credits. A […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2022 – The Social Security Administration and federal lawmakers frequently make changes to Social Security laws. Several of these changes went into effect at the beginning of the year. For those who are currently receiving benefits or anticipate applying for benefits in the near future, staying on top of these changes is important, as it allows individuals to better plan for their future. COLA Increase Annually, the Social Security Administration reviews the current Social Security benefit amounts to determine whether the benefits are keeping up with the rate of inflation. These changes are […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2022 – Congressman John B. Larson, D-Conn. to introduce Social Security 2100: A Sacred Trust in hopes of increasing Social Security benefits In October of this year, the Social Security Administration announced a 5.9 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA), the highest in more than 40 years. A cost of living adjustment is an adjustment to the rate at which the federal government pays Social Security benefits to keep up with the inflation rate. During inflationary times, the cost of goods increases. To prevent recipients from having less purchasing power, the Social Security […]


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Troy, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2021 – We are pleased to announce that Nura Lutfi has joined Disability Law Group as an associate attorney in the firm’s Social Security Disability department. Ms. Lutfi earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from the University of Michigan and went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School. She has dedicated her practice to advocating on behalf of disabled individuals, the elderly, and underserved communities since her admission to the State Bar of Michigan in 2013. Nura is well-versed in Social Security Disability law […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2018 – Millions of Americans receive Social Security benefits each month. While most recipients qualify based on their work history, the Social Security Administration provides monthly benefits to about five million Americans based on their disability alone. These Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) benefits can make a critical difference in the lives of those with severe disabilities who cannot work due to their conditions. Unlike Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, SSI benefits do not require that an applicant have a previous work history. Instead, SSI benefits are available to anyone who is over […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 14, 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic had a profound impact on all aspects of society, including government operations. The Social Security Administration (SSA) was not immune. While the SSA attempted to conduct as much business as it could over the phone and online, cases came in at a far greater rate than the SSA could resolve them. The system is only now getting back up to speed. Up until May of this year, only 70 percent of providers were currently performing consultative exams. As a result of pandemic-related closures and restrictions, the average wait […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 24, 2021 – Social Security is a safety net for millions of Americans. While everyone who works will eventually qualify for Social Security benefits upon their retirement, the Social Security Administration also provides important benefits to those who experience disability long before retirement. However, the Social Security system is commonly misunderstood, and everything about the Social Security Administration and the benefits it oversees is quite complex. Adding to the confusion are many widely believed myths that, while inaccurate, tend to frame people’s perception of Social Security benefits. Below are just a few. Social Security […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2021 – Those who have bipolar disorder may receive social security benefits, although proving eligibility is not always straightforward. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a federal agency responsible for paying various types of benefits. One of the most common benefits is Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI benefits. SSDI benefits are available to individuals who have earned a certain amount of “work credits” over their lives. However, even those who do not have sufficient work credits may still receive Social Security benefits through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if they belong to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on everyone’s life in many ways. Some people are without work, others cannot see their loved ones, and many are struggling to meet the financial demands of everyday life. However, the ill effects of the pandemic are not limited to individuals. In a recent letter to Congress, Andrew Saul, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), explained the “negative impact” that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on the Administration. These impacts are affecting not only the Administration but also individuals who are […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2021 – Determining when to begin receiving Social Security benefits is a crucial determination that is different for everyone. For millions of Americans, Social Security benefits are a critical source of income in their post-retirement years. However, deciding when to begin receiving Social Security benefits to maximize the total lifetime amount of benefits can be challenging. Once an individual reaches the age of 62, they can elect to begin receiving benefits. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) pays a reduced amount of benefits to those who elect to receive benefits before reaching “full […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2021 – Important changes lie ahead in 2021 for many Social Security recipients. Each year, the Social Security Administration (SSA), the government organization responsible for overseeing the payment of all Social Security benefits, makes certain adjustments. It is essential to understand these changes for those who receive benefits or plan to receive benefits in the future. Regarding the upcoming changes for 2021, the SSA has announced the following: COLA Increase – Earlier this year, the SSA announced that it would be increasing the monthly benefit amount by 1.3 percent to account for inflation. The […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 01, 2021 – According to the Social Security Administration, more than 70 million Americans receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income. The purpose of these benefits is to provide a reliable source of income for retired workers and the disabled. Due to inflationary pressures, the Social Security Administration adjusts the maximum amount of benefits each year. This is referred to as a cost-of-living adjustment. Recently, the Social Security Administration announced that the cost-of-living adjustment for 2021 will be 1.3 percent. This year’s increase is lower than last year’s which was 1.6 percent, and is […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 30, 2020 – According to the Social Security Administration, more than 70 million Americans receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income. The purpose of these benefits is to provide a reliable source of income for retired workers and the disabled. Due to inflationary pressures, the Social Security Administration adjusts the maximum amount of benefits each year. This is referred to as a cost-of-living adjustment. Recently, the Social Security Administration announced that the cost-of-living adjustment for 2021 will be 1.3 percent. This year’s increase is lower than last year’s which was 1.6 percent, and is […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2020 – The United State Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a variety of benefits to former members of the armed forces. These benefits are in recognition of servicemembers’ commitment to their country, as well as the effects that a disability, disease or other injury can have on a veteran and their family. VA also provides monthly cash payments to the surviving spouses, dependent children, and dependent parents or servicemembers who died during active military service, or after discharge from military service, as a result of a service-connected disability. Recently, a democratic lawmaker […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic took the nation by surprise, changing the day-to-day lives of every American in countless ways. While the federal government’s stimulus bills provided citizens with some financial relief during these challenging times, these bills also put a significant strain on the country’s budget. So much, in fact, that some experts are hypothesizing that Social Security coffers could dry up much sooner than expected, unless action is taken. According to a recent news report, the Social Security Trust Fund could be depleted by 2031 as a result of the coronavirus […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2020 – Millions of Americans rely on Social Security as their main source of income. However, over the past few months, the federal government has spent billions of dollars in economic stimulus to help combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many share the concern that this massive increase in spending will jeopardize the Social Security system which, by all accounts, was already in danger. Saving the Social Security System for future generations will be an enormous challenge. Currently, lawmakers’ concern is focused on overcoming the effects of the pandemic, however, once the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2020 – Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can take months, or even years, under normal circumstances. Of course, the country is not currently operating under normal circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of March 17, 2020, all Social Security Administration (SSA) offices are closed with no current re-opening date set. While the SSA continues to provide “critical services” during the pandemic, there have been reports of 90-minute wait times to speak with a representative over the phone. Applying for SSDI benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic raises many challenges for […]


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