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Social Security disability hearings: What goes on - 7/15/2009
Chris Robideaux
The typical Social Security disability hearing takes place at an office known as the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, or ODAR. These hearings are presided over by a Federal Administrative Law Judge, or ALJ. ...

50 Million Americans Have Disabilities, Require Assistance - 7/14/2009
Chris Robideaux
50 million Americans or more have disabilities of some degree or another, and require some form of assistance. That number will only increase, as the available funds within social safety nets designed to care for disabled people declines, and large swaths of the populations either retire or claim some type of disability. ...

Faster Internet Social Security Disability Applications Process Still Tempered By In-Person Meetings - 7/13/2009
Chris Robideaux
The internet has allowed for faster social security disability application processing, although individuals will still have to meet with a case worker in person, just like it's always been done. In many, if not most social security offices, all internet-filed social security disability applications "go through the calendar" for a variety of reasons. ...

Survivors Must Determine Social Security Death Benefit in Wake of Tragedy - 7/9/2009
Chris Robideaux
The survivors of a deceased Social Security member must move to take all the necessary steps in determining the availability of Social Security Death Benefit to them after the death of a loved one occurs. ...

Collecting Social Security Benefits Later Means Greater Income - 7/8/2009
Chris Robideaux
This article outlines the issue surrounding millions of prospective retirees and the failing Social Security lifeline where regards timing one's retirement. ...

Social Security May Schedule a Psychiatric Exam to Determine Medical Eligibility - 7/7/2009
Chris Robideaux
This article deals with Social Security disability claims sent to a special disability examiner who has the responsibility of making a medical disability determination, which may or may not involve scheduling a psychiatric examination. ...

Social Security Safety Net Programs Failing American Poor - 7/6/2009
Chris Robideaux
Even though government safety net programs such as Social Security and food stamps have pulled growing numbers of Americans out of poverty since the mid-1990s, it's little consolation now for those with no alternative to disappearing, needed programs. ...

Backlog of Disability Cases Showing Reductions, According to Social Security Administration - 7/3/2009
Chris Robideaux
Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, reported on the progress made in fiscal year 2008 in the agency’s efforts to expedite backlogged disability cases during a speech to the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives last year. ...

Veterans Return Medals, Protest Canadian Government "Clawback" of Long Term Disability Benefits - 7/3/2009
Chris Robideaux
Dennis Manuge of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and Robin Brentnall of Gambo, Newfoundland and Labrador, are two veterans who carry a lot of resentment for their lack of fair treatment by Canadian authorities. They have mailed their service medals to Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean to protest what they term as a clawback of long-term disability pensions for veterans. ...

Collecting Social Security Benefits If You're Disabled Sometimes Tricky - 7/2/2009
Chris Robideaux
Should you happen to be disabled and looking to collect benefits, there are some things you should be aware of. First, workers who contribute a portion of their earnings to Social Security often underestimate what it takes to reap their benefits should they become permanently disabled. ...

Surviving a Divorced Spouse: Collecting Social Security Benefits - 7/1/2009
Chris Robideaux
One thing many aren't aware of is that if your divorced spouse dies, you can still receive benefits as a widow/widower. That is, if the marriage lasted 10 years or longer and you are age 60 or older (or age 50 if you are disabled). ...

An Upgrade for the Social Security Administration's Computer Modeling System - 6/29/2009
Chris Robideaux
The Social Security Administration's computer modeling system has recently undergone improvements which have increased the number of claimants receiving expedited approvals for disability benefits. ...

Social Security Disability Fraud Affects Legitimate Claims - 6/26/2009
Chris Robideaux
A Nevada boxing judge has been indicted in Las Vegas on a federal charge that he improperly collected about $250,000 in Social Security disability benefits. ...

New Social Security Teleservice Center to Open in Jackson, Tennessee - 6/25/2009
Chris Robideaux
Commissioner of Social Security Michael J. Astrue announced Monday June 22 that the agency plans to open a new teleservice center (TSC) in Jackson, Tennessee, which will be the first new call center opened by Social Security in more than a decade. ...

Tips for figuring Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments for disabled children - 6/23/2009
Chris Robideaux
SSI makes monthly payments to people with low income and limited resources who are 65 or older, or blind or disabled. Your child under age 18 can qualify if he or she meets Social Security’s definition of disability for children, and if his or her income and resources fall within the eligibility limits. ...

Retirees Seeking Social Security Benefits Encouter Dysfunctional System - 6/23/2009
Chris Robideaux
Many retiring baby boomers will have questions about their Social Security benefits in the coming years, but few will likely get answers —- at least not quickly. Each day this year, about 10,000 baby boomers will turn 62. ...

Social Security, Health Care and Veterans Benefits Crisis Laid Out by Chris Simcox - 6/19/2009
Chris Robideaux
Candidate for U.S. Senate Chris Simcox speaks on Social Security, Health Care and Veterans Benefits ...

Social Security, Health Care and Veterans Benefits Crisis aid Out by Chris Simcox - 6/19/2009
Chris Robideaux
Candidate for U.S. Senate Chris Simcox speaks on Social Security, Health Care and Veterans Benefits ...

Demographics are main reason for imperiling of Social Security - 6/17/2009
Chris Robideaux
With aging baby boomers retiring early, and a diminishing younger workforce, Social Security is facing a cataclysmic event, should necessary reforms not occur. ...

Keys Factors in Winning Your Social Security Disability Case - 6/16/2009
Chris Robideaux
Winning your SSD or SSI case involves many factors, and not the least of these is securing competent legal representation for yourself. ...

Hurricane Katrina Continues to Batter Louisiana Disability Recipients - 6/15/2009
Chris Robideaux
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) reports Medicaid, medical assistance for aged, blind, disabled and low-wage working families, is down 46 percent from pre-Katrina levels. DHH reports before Katrina there were 134,249 people in New Orleans on Medicaid. ...

Social Security Loophole Allows Creditors to Steal Economic Recovery Checks, Disability Payments - 6/10/2009
Chris Robideaux
A bipartisan group of legislators is putting pressure on the Treasury Department to close a loophole that has allowed banks to seize Social Security and disability benefits from customers' accounts despite federal rules intended to protect these benefits from creditors. ...

Over 60% of Initial Social Security Disability Benefits Applications are Denied - 6/10/2009
Chris Robideaux
In most states, the next step after being initially denied Social Security Disability Benefits, is to appeal through a document called a Request For Reconsideration. This appeal must be filed within 60 days of the date of the application denial. ...

Social Security Disability Benefits: Eligibility and Application Process - 6/9/2009
Chris Robideaux
With the overall number of Social Security Disability Benefits applications up to record numbers, it is important that one at least knows the best and most timely way to get their applications in. ...

Your Social Security Disability Payments Can Be Affected By Various Factors - 6/5/2009
Chris Robideaux
Disability payments from private sources, such as private pension or insurance benefits, do not affect your Social Security disability benefits. However, workers’ compensation and other public disability benefits may reduce your Social Security benefits. ...

With Record Number of Disability Applicants, Social Security Braces For the Worst - 6/2/2009
Chris Robideaux
The Social Security Disability Insurance application process is experiencing a huge crunch right now, to the tune of 2.6 million applicants, and 'crunch time' is expected to last for the next couple of years. This will make it even more important for people to find out if they are likely to be eligible before they apply and for those with severe disabilities to get adequate representation from the beginning. ...

Social Security Continues to Be Imperiled By Economic Collapse - 6/1/2009
Chris Robideaux
Compounding an already unfathomable crisis, Americans have lost more than $15 trillion in housing and stock wealth, with the great bulk of the losses being incurred by people age 45 and older. ...

Salt Lake area schools opt out of Social Security - 5/29/2009
Chris Robideaux
The new Canyons School District in the Salt lake area may opt out of Social Security, and this has stirred up more questions than answers about the risks and benefits to employees. As the new district considers its options, it will follow a course explored by a handful of Utah municipalities. ...

Social Security Outlook: Downturn Does Not Affect Long Run Picture - 5/15/2009
Chris Robideaux
The 2009 Social Security Trustees Report shows a considerably worse short-run picture and slightly worse long-run picture than the 2008 report. In the short-run, the annual surplus of taxes over benefits is projected to be just $18.8 billion in 2009 and $18.3 billion in 2010. ...

The Social Security Crisis Continues, Abated Only by Active Citizenry - 5/4/2009
Chris Robideaux
The Social Security and bank bailouts mess continues inexorably to what can only be a cataclysmic conclusion (for taxpayers) at the current rate of financial meltdown. ...

$250 Recovery Payments to Go to Social Security and SSI Beneficiaries in May - 5/3/2009
Chris Robideaux
Vice President Joe Biden and Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced today that the federal government will send out $250 economic recovery payments to people who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits beginning in early May 2009 and continuing throughout the month. No action is required to get the payment, which will be sent separately from the person’s regular monthly payment. ...

Social Security Attorney Directory Helps to Speed SSDI Benefits - 4/19/2009

With average waiting times of one to three years for SSDI, many disabled people try to minimize their disabilities and take any job they can find. But, with fewer jobs available, this option is also limited ...

Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax - 4/19/2009

The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax is a United States payroll (or employment) tax imposed by the federal government on both employees and employers to fund Social Security and Medicare—federal programs that provide benefits for retirees, the disabled, and children of deceased workers. Social Security benefits include old-age, survivors, and disability insurance (OASDI); Medicare provides hospital insurance benefits. ...

The Social Security Act Implementation and Expansion - 4/19/2009

Payroll taxes were first collected in 1937, also the year in which the first benefits were paid, namely the lump-sum death benefit paid to 53,236 beneficiaries. ...

Creation: The Social Security Act - 4/19/2009

The Social Security Act was drafted by President Roosevelt's committee on economic security, under Edwin Witte, and passed by Congress as part of the New Deal. It was controversial when originally proposed, with one point of opposition being that it would cause a loss of jobs. However, proponents argued that that was in fact an advantage ...

International Society for Labour and Social Security Law - 4/19/2009

The International Society for Labour and Social Security Law is an international associating whose purpose is to study labour and social security law at the national as well as international level, to promote the exchange of ideas and information from a comparative perspective, and to encourage the closest possible collaboration among academics, lawyers, and other experts within the fields of labour and social security law. ...

Social Security number - 1/17/2008

A side effect of the Social Security program in the United States has been the near-universal adaptation of the program's identification number, the Social Security number, as the national identification number in the United States. The social security number, or SSN, is issued pursuant to section 205(c)(2) of the Social Security Act, codified as 42 U.S.C. § 405(c)(2). ...

Retirement, auxiliary, survivors, and disability benefits - 1/17/2008

The largest component of OASDI is the payment of retirement benefits. Throughout a worker's career, the Social Security Administration keeps track of his or her earnings. The amount of the monthly benefit to which the worker is entitled depends upon that earnings record and upon the age at which the retiree chooses to begin receiving benefits. For the entire history of Social Security, benefits have been paid almost entirely by using revenue from payroll taxes ...

Social Security Act of 1965 - 1/17/2008

The Social Security Act of 1965 resulted in the passing of two bills: Medicare and Medicaid. The act provided federal health insurance for the elderly (over 65) and for poor families. While Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) was responsible for signing the bill, there were many others involved in drafting the final bill that was introduced to the United States Congress in March 1965. ...


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