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Social Security – Wounded Warriors Program

Posted September 20th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

According to, a Fort Riley soldier was recently sentenced to prison for Social Security disability fraud. James Scott Nickerson was ordered to pay $72,000 in restitution to the Social Security Administration. Nickerson first applied for disability benefits in October 2009 under the Wounded Warrior Program but continued to receive disability benefits while working for […]

A Look Inside The Appeals Council

Posted September 19th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

One of the worst days a Social Security disability claimant can face is when they open their mailbox and an unfavorable decision from the Administrative Law Judge arrives a short while after their disability hearing. An unfavorable decision means the ALJ found the applicant not disabled. After waiting two years to get to this phase, […]

Fraud Is Not Rampant In Social Security Disability Program

Posted September 18th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

Anyone who follows the news regularly has probably heard about a recent case in New York where 130 people were arrested for participating in a Social Security disability scam that resulted in unlawful payments of $20 million. The case involved former New York City police and firefighters who claimed they suffered from mental health disabilities […]

New Initiative Launched To Save Social Security Disability

Posted September 17th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

Two former congressmen have teamed-up on a bipartisan basis to collect ideas on how to reform the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program before benefit cuts are slated to begin toward the end of 2016. Former Rep. Jim McCrery, R-LA and Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D. have a combined 40 years worth of knowledge of how […]

Social Security Confirmation It Will Resume Mailing Statements

Posted September 16th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

A couple of weeks ago we reported that Social Security would scrap its ban on mailing Social Security statements to workers, a practice that began in 2011, and now the government agency has confirmed that report. “We have listened to our customers, advocates and Congress, and renewing the mailing of the statement reinforces our commitment […]

Social Security Administration Medical Reviews (After Being Awarded)

Posted September 15th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits will continue as long as you are disabled. However, the law requires that your case be periodically viewed to see if you are still disabled. How often your case is reviewed depends on whether your condition is expected to improve. The frequency of reviews depends on the nature and severity of […]

Why do I need a Representative Payee?

Posted September 14th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA) there can be several reasons why Social Security decides someone needs a payee. Generally it is because SSA has information that indicated a claimant needs help in managing money and meeting current needs. Your payee receives your payments on your behalf and must use the money to pay for your […]

Social Security and Quality Assurance Reviews

Posted September 13th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

One lightly discussed topic in the area of Social Security disability law is something known as Quality Assurance Reviews. When an applicant applies for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) that claim is processed and sent to a state agency for a medical determination. A person at the disability determination agency […]

I receive Social Security Disability Benefits, What am I required to Report to the Social Security Administration?

Posted September 12th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

If you are awarded Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) you are required to report certain information to the agency or your benefits may be affected. If you start or stop working you must contact the SSA immediately.  Any work activity above the SSA’s substantial gainful activity (SGA) level could […]

A Federal Program with State Impact

Posted September 11th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

Most people know that Social Security is a federal program for retirement and disability benefits, but few people probably know that Social Security does not make medical decisions on disability claims at the lower levels of the Social Security disability process. These are made by specified state agencies know as either Disability Determination Services or […]

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