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Setting The Record On Social Security Disability Myths

Posted April 20th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

Constant myths are spread or half-truths are offered about the Social Security disability program through rightwing media sources and those stories are accepted as the way things are. Those who read the stories may not be aware of the bias behind the groups who produce such articles, so a lot of people believe that a […]



A Deadline For Social Security To Make A Decision On Your Claim? Think Again

Posted April 19th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

If you’ve ever heard the song “The Waiting,” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, the line that goes “Waiting is the hardest part,” is true for people who are anticipating anything whether it be bad or good. This also applies to Social Security disability claimants who seem to wait endlessly for Social Security to issue […]



What is a VTC hearing?

Posted April 18th, 2015 in Demystifying SSA SSDI

VTC stands for Video Teleconferencing and it is a different format of conducting the Social Security Disability hearing. If you received a VTC Hearing Notice, it means that the Administrative Law Judge in your case will appear on the television screen on the day of the hearing as opposed to appearing in person. In a […]



Filing A New Claim For Disability After Being Denied At Hearing

Posted April 17th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

Being medically denied on a Social Security disability claim is all part of the process for most claimants. As a Social Security disability law office we know this all too well and try to advise clients accordingly that appealing unfavorable decisions is quite common. It’s no secret that the majority of claimants are denied at […]



Social Security Prescription Drug Program

Posted April 16th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

Medicare beneficiaries can qualify for extra help with their prescription drug plan costs. The extra help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 each year. If you qualify, Social Security may provide extra help to pay for the monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and co- payments related to the Medical Prescription Drug program. In order to […]



Despite The Rhetoric People Love Social Security

Posted April 15th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

For all the complaining people do about the Social Security Administration, it may be difficult to believe that most Americans like Social Security and don’t want Social Security to go anywhere. Many people are counting on the government agency for retirement stability and as a safety net if they become injured and are unable to […]



SSA Sets Regulation For Same-sex Partners

Posted April 14th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

It has taken some time, but recently the Social Security Administration published new instructions allowing Social Security to process more claims that entitle people involved in same-sex relationships. After the Supreme Court found a section of the Defensive Marriage Act unconstitutional it allowed for some Social Security benefits to be provided to same-sex couples. According […]



The Case Against Taxing Social Security Disability Benefits

Posted April 13th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

It’s that time of year again. No, we are not talking about spring, although the increased temperatures to come are a nice reprieve from the cold, hard winter, but the time of year we are talking about is tax season. This week, April 15 is the deadline for Americans to turn in their 2014 tax […]



Social Security Disability and Retirement Benefits

Posted April 12th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

On occasion we will get a call from a person who is already receiving Social Security retirement benefits who wishes to file for Social Security disability benefits. These inquires have come from people who are well past the current retirement age of 66. Unfortunately what some people do not know is that you cannot collect […]



How Does Applying For Social Security Disability Impact Other Situations

Posted April 11th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

When you decide it is time to file for Social Security disability benefits because you are unable to work it is important to know that the process can have impacts on other parts of your life, both good and bad. On the negative side of things, the amount of income you and other members of […]



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