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Social Security Stimulus: are children eligible?

I was recently asked if children who receive Social Security benefits are eligible for the one time $250 economic recovery stimulus payment. Originally, it looked like the answer was “no.”  When this article was written in March 2009, the SSA … Continue reading

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How Social Security reviews cases: the 5 step sequential evaluation process

I have written about how Social Security defines disability, work, and a substantial gainful activity. But, how does Social Security really evaluate a case? Social Security reviews cases using the five-step sequential evaluation process to decide is a person is … Continue reading

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The subjective nature of pain and the disability case

Former disability examiner, Timothy Moore, writes about his experiences with lower back pain and the Social Security Disability Process: About one week ago to the day, I injured my lower back. And though I am now fully on the road … Continue reading

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What is a rheumatologist?

The American College of Rheumatology has a great overview of what a rheumatologist is and when you should consider seeing one. A rheumatologist is an internist or pediatrician who is qualified by additional training and experience in the diagnosis and … Continue reading

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How do unemployment benefits affect a Social Security disability claim?

How do unemployment insurance benefits affect a claim for Social Security disability benefits? Receiving unemployment benefits can be a problem if you have a claim for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) because you are making … Continue reading

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Save yourself a trip to Social Security – Use SSA Online!

Before you put yourself through the drudgery of going down to your local Social Security office, check the Social Security website to see if you can take care of your problem without going in.   There are a lot of things you … Continue reading

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How much can I get in SSI benefits in 2009?

If you are on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or applying for SSI, you should know that Social Security’s SSI benefits have increased.  For 2008, the Federal Benefit Rate (the maximum you can receive in SSI) is $674 for individuals and … Continue reading

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What is Social Security doing with the Economic Stimulus?

  What is Social Security doing with its share of the economic stimulus? Building a huge data center, of course! Using a hefty down payment from the newly signed economic stimulus law, the Social Security Administration has embarked on a $750 … Continue reading

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Does your story hold up, or is it full of holes?

Part of what any good attorney does is listen carefully. I am always on the look out for inconsistencies. Some problems are obvious, others may seem minor. But, they always run the risk of derailing a case. The individual with epilepsy, … Continue reading

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Social Security stimulus payments coming in May

You may have already heard that part of the Obama’s stimulus package is a one time payment to recipients of Social Security. The payment will be $250 and it was just revealed that everyone entitled to receive a payment should have … Continue reading

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Making your Social Security claim stand out!

Gordon Gates writes about how he tries to make each case different and memorable when preparing to go to hearing. I am always concerned that a particular claim will not get the attention it deserves at the hearing level, due … Continue reading

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Increase in Full Retirement Age increases disability claims

  Here’s an interesting tidbit I came across on Notes on Social Security Reform citing the University of Michigan Retirement Research Center winter newsletter: Does the Rise in the Full Retirement Age Encourage Disability Benefits Applications? Evidence from the HRS by Xiaoyan Li and … Continue reading

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Editorial: Does a home study course make you a disability representative?

I came across this video for a home study course to become representative in Social Security disability cases. That’s right. A Home. Study. Course. Do you want to be represented on your Social Security disability case by someone who took … Continue reading

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Things to watch out for if your case is moved to a new hearing office

I previously wrote about how Social Security may move a case from one hearing office (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review – ODAR) to another to try to ease case congestion and speed up processing. Usually, there is nothing to worry … Continue reading

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How to replace a lost or stolen Social Security card

Losing your Social Security card is a common problem: maybe your purse or wallet was lost or stolen. Maybe you moved. Or, you suddenly find that your Social Security card is no longer in the safe spot you put it. … Continue reading

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