SOCIAL SECURITY VS MEDICARE: WHO DO I CALL?

  Social Security offers retirement, disability, and survivors’ benefits. Medicare provides health insurance. Because these services are often related, you may not know which agency to contact for help. The list below can help you quickly figure out where to go. Please share this list with family and friends; it...

THE 10 MOST IMPORTANT SOCIAL SECURITY CHANGES FOR 2021

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced changes to Social Security benefits and taxes for 2021. All or some of these changes may affect deductions from your paycheck, amount of entitlement and retirement benefits, as well as eligibility for disability benefits. The 10 Most Important SSA Changes for 2021: *...

SOCIAL SECURITY – DON’T BE A VICTIM OF A SCAM

Scams never go away. 2020 added Covid Scams but the theft of Social Security information is always with us. In 2019 there were more than 450,000 complaints about fraudulent attempts to obtain personal information and steal Social Security benefits. Representing Social Security Disability clients for many years, we are all...

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND/OR SSDI: CAN YOU GET BOTH?

 CAN YOU REALLY HAVE IT BOTH WAYS? The federal-state unemployment insurance program provides cash benefits to eligible workers. While state law determines eligibility for unemployment benefits, generally you must be unemployed through no fault of your own. In most states, you will have to represent that you are able to...

5 Things to Look For Before Hiring a Social Security Lawyer

Scarcely a month goes by without my hearing the following sad mantra from a social security disability applicant regarding their appeal to the Appeals Council or the Federal Court after denial of a claim: “I saw/heard a very professional looking/sounding ad on TV/Radio/Internet, called them and signed up. They seemed...

Understanding the Similarities and Differences Between SSDI and SSI

You may have heard of disability benefits, though you may have questions regarding the regulatory maze that disabled individuals must work through to obtain them. A major area of confusion is the distinction between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplementary Security Income (SSI). Both programs are administered through the...

Vocational Experts at Social Security Hearings

It is unusual to have a social security hearing without a vocational expert present to offer testimony. Very often, the vocational expert makes or breaks your social security claim. The vocational expert, hired by Social Security, assists the Administrative Law Judge by analyzing your residual functional capacity (advising the Judge...

Social Security Disability Fund May Be Exhausted in the Near Future

A‌fter running through five consecutive years of deficits, many experts anticipate that the Social Security Disability ‌Insurance (SSDI) Trust Fund is about to run dry in roughly two years. If Congress fails to take necessary action before 2016, there may be a 19 percent cut to SSDI benefits across the...

Common Reasons Why a Social Security Disability Claim is Rejected

Social Security Disability Insurance (commonly referred to as SSDI) is a federal program run by the Social Security Administration that provides monthly disability benefits to people who become disabled before their age of retirement and cannot earn enough money to support themselves. However, as per the latest statistics, almost one-third...