Social Security and Disability Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 5

Jacksonville, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2013 – A bill has been introduced in the Senate that would expedite disability benefits for the terminally ill. The bill was introduced by two Republican Senators of Wyoming, John Barrasso and Mike Enzi, and Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio. The bill would eliminate the five-month wait time for terminally ill patients who are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Terminally ill patients are defined as those who have been diagnosed with a medical condition that is expected to result in a life expectancy of six months or less. “This […]


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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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Palm Coast, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2013 – Richard D. Zasada, a Palm Coast and Jacksonville attorney who practices divorce and disability law, has launched a new website at www.zasadalaw.com. “We at Richard D. Zasada, LLC are excited about the new website,” said Zasada. “This is an opportunity to expand our online presence and reach out to potential clients.” Zasada has been a trial attorney for 20 years, building a reputation as a tenacious litigator who cares deeply about his clients. He has taken hundreds of cases to trial, including as an Assistant State Attorney and in civil […]


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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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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 30, 2013 – The new budget proposal from the White House includes a shift in how Social Security benefits will be adjusted for inflation. The change is expected to save at least $130 billion over the next 10 years, but those cuts will be felt by millions of people in the U.S., including the elderly and children. “For families that are above the poverty line, Social Security benefits can still be an integral part of their financial security,” stated Tampa Social Security lawyer David W. Magann. The chained consumer price index (CPI), is designed […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2013 – Payment reductions are expected for Medicare and Medicaid in light of sequestration cuts. This March, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that the Medicare FFS Program (Part A and Part B) is slated for a reduction in payments due to the sequestration order which was recently signed into law. Health care suppliers and providers have been notified that reimbursements for claims that are filed for both dates-of-service and dates-of-discharge starting on April 1, 2013, will now have a 2 percent reduction in the amount that is reimbursed. This […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2013 – The state of New York has several major public health insurance programs, including Medicaid, commonly known as “Regular Medicaid.” While Regular Medicaid in New York offers extensive health care services including: dental care; diagnostic testing; home care; hospitalization; mental health support; out-patient care at hospitals and community clinics; and physical therapy, clients of Medicaid in New York must receive their prescription drugs via Medicare Part D. Any individual currently receiving or about to begin receiving New York State Medicaid must join a Medicare prescription drug plan, or they will lose […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2012 – On May 11, Begley Law Group attorney Kristen Behrens is speaking at a public seminar about estate planning, guardianship and special needs trusts. Ms. Behrens has extensive expertise in the areas of special needs trusts, estates and trust planning. The event is hosted by Special Parents of Exceptional Children (SPEC), a group founded and run by parents of children with special needs. SPEC meets monthly throughout the school year to provide support and information, and welcomes parents and caregivers of children of all ages and types of needs. Newcomers are always […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 3, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., was a featured speaker on Saturday Night Café with Laura Smith. Mr. Krooks spoke on the importance of financial and legal planning for a child or loved one with autism. The interview aired on 770 WABC-AM and WABCRadio.com on Saturday, April 27, 2013. To listen to Mr. Krooks’ full interview, please go here. Mr. Krooks is a nationally-recognized expert in all aspects of special needs planning, elder law and estate planning. He is a past President of the Special Needs Alliance, a national, invitation-only, not-for-profit organization […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2013 – The 2013 sequester has many people concerned about what the cuts will mean for their Social Security payments. The AARP has begun running informational ads to explain what the impact of the Chained CPI Social Security benefit cuts may look like. Many Social Security advocates are deeply concerned about how those cuts may adversely affect whole groups of people. Social Security does not only help the elderly and disabled, the benefits also go to children who have lost a parent and need financial support. And, says the AARP, women will be […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2013 – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now offering assistance to travelers with special needs. The disabled, the elderly and individuals with medical conditions are now being offered special assistance with airport security as part of a new push by the TSA. In light of numerous complaints by travelers, the TSA has implemented a cadre of specially trained airport security screeners to assist passengers with disabilities. More than 2,600 TSA officers, supervisors and lead staff have been trained specifically to address the issues that travelers with special needs may face. Each […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2012 – The Special Needs Task Force worked with Social Security to change how it reimburses third parties. Historically, the Social Security Administration (SSA) permitted parents or other family members of disabled beneficiaries of special needs trusts to buy items for the beneficiary and be reimbursed from the special needs trust. Of course, the family members were required to keep receipts and records of these purchases and furnish them to the trustee. Items might include clothing and other relatively small items that were easier for the parent to pick up and pay for […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2013 – There has been a renewed call for an examination of the country’s mental health system. Currently, according to a recent government report, there are approximately 7,500 psychiatrists working with mentally ill children and adolescents, but it is estimated that there is a need for closer to 20,000. Meanwhile, families are hard-pressed to get reimbursement from public or private insurers for short-term mental health services that are available. In a study released by the National Institute of Mental Health in 2005, researchers found that as much as 50 percent of chronic […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2013 – The Treasury Department is asking that all federal benefit recipients opt-in to receive their benefits electronically. Two years ago, the Treasury Department initiated a “green” campaign, urging people who receive federal benefits such as Social Security, Veterans Affairs, and Social Supplemental income in check form, to accept direct deposit instead. Officials estimated that they were sending out close to 11 million checks per month. The campaign included sending notices along with monthly checks inviting people to use direct deposit and releasing public service announcements and reminders via the AARP, banks, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2013 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) has launched some new features and rules for 2013. Social Security has asked that beneficiaries switch to a paperless system; though they will continue to send paper checks to those who insist on them, payments can be directly deposited or sent to an issued debit card, accessible wherever MasterCard is accepted. By not mailing out checks every month, the Social Security Administration estimates that it will see significant savings as well as reduce the incidents of lost or stolen checks. The online system includes an electronic […]


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