Social Security Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 3

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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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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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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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2013 – Many of the clients of Begley Law Group who receive personal injury settlements are receiving SSI and Medicaid. There are limitations on those funds. SSI is an income stream that pays an individual monies intended to be used for food and shelter. For 2013, the maximum federal benefit rate is $710. In New Jersey, there is a state supplement of $31.25. In Pennsylvania, the supplement is $27.40. Medicaid pays for medical and pharmaceutical services for Medicaid recipients. It covers services that private insurance will not provide, including and most importantly, home […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2013 – Social Security checks will soon be phased out in favor of direct deposits. Beginning on March 1, nearly all Social Security checks will no longer be sent by mail. The change, a cost-cutting measure by the Treasury Department, has irked some, but may benefit others. Zephyrhills Social Security lawyer Robert Alston commented, “Some 5 million Americans still receive their Social Security benefits by mail. For many of them, this is not a welcome change.” The two options that will continue to be available for receiving benefits are direct deposit into a […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 13, 2013 – Medicare has changed its standards to allow therapeutic services for conditions which previously had to “improve.” The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), together with the Center for Medicare Advocacy, has filed a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The lawsuit is asking that Medicare’s Improvement Standard measurement for Parkinson’s and other degenerative diseases be removed; Medicare has been accused of denying therapy services to patients when it was determined that their condition had not “improved.” The administration, spurred by the class-action lawsuit, has agreed to alter […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 7, 2013 – Many people are wondering if there will be new changes to Social Security. While the ongoing debate about the U.S. debt ceiling has many people concerned about government spending, the economy, and tax rates, some analysts are watching to see if the lawmakers skip making new changes to the Social Security program. The Social Security system provides for the disabled and the elderly with much-needed funds; some 14 million elderly individuals live just above the poverty level. If changes are made to Social Security, says analysts, it will likely be made […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2013 – There are new Compassionate Allowance conditions, says Social Security. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced 35 additions to its list of Compassionate Allowances (CAL) conditions, serious ailments allowed for an official determination of eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits in a matter of days instead of months or years. The additions bring the total number of CAL conditions to 200. Zephyrhills social security attorney, Robert Alston praised the news, saying, “The Compassionate Allowances program is a huge help to individuals suffering from certain highly debilitating diseases. Applying for social security […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2013 – The debate over eligibility ages for Social Security and Medicare continues. While proposals to raise the eligibility ages for Social Security and Medicare stay in the news, social scientists and other longevity researchers have found that not everyone is living longer. While higher-income, well-educated individuals are showing extended life expectancies, many other demographic groups are not. Caucasian men and women in the U.S. who have 16 or more years of education have life expectancies far beyond African-American men and women with less than 12 years of education. Caucasian men are living […]


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