Indiana Social Security Disability benefits

Social Security Expands List Of Conditions Approved For Fast Track

by Staff | December 19th, 2012

December 19, 2012

With the Social Security Administration (SSA) bogged down with millions of claims for Social Security Disability lawyer, the agency recently announced it would be expanding a list of conditions that allow for a fast track to receiving benefits.

The Mercury reports the program allows individuals with certain permanent and debilitating conditions to receive Social Security Disability benefits after being diagnosed without having to provide a full medical history as others are required to do. The 35 conditions that were recently added to the list now expand the number of “Compassionate Allowance Conditions” to more than 200 ailments, including certain cancers and adult brain disorders. Since the inception of the program, approximately 200,000 individuals have received benefits.

The conditions were chosen by a panel of experts working with the SSA over the course of seven meetings five years ago. During that time, the group was also able to overhaul the application process for those suffering from these conditions in order to make it more streamlined and to create a faster turnaround on claims.

The article went on to point out, if preparing to file a claim or if you have a claim that has been denied, consulting with a qualified attorney may be extremely beneficial. The Indiana Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin have been recognized for their success in handling this type of litigation and are here to answer any questions you may have.

Changes To Social Security Payments Coming Next Year

by Staff | November 14th, 2012

November 14, 2012

Each year, a cost of living adjustment (COLA) is made to the amount of benefits offered by Social Security Disability. However, many people are struggling to make ends meet on the 1.7 percent increase that went into effect this year.

Forbes explains the COLAs are calculated by examining trends in prices of everyday living expenses such as homes, utilities, food, fuel, and clothing. The maximum amount of benefits that can be received is based on age and the amount of money put into the system by the worker.

Based on these figures, the COLA for Social Security Disability benefit recipients for 2013 will average out to around a $20 increase in payments per month. With Medicare announcing a roughly $7 increase per month in premiums, a large majority of the COLA has already been claimed.

These problems have lawmakers in Washington considering several solutions that would not only freeze COLAs from occurring in the future, but may also decrease the amount of payments to beneficiaries.

The Indiana Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand the tight budgets of the Social Security system can make it more difficult than ever for people to have their benefits claims approved. That’s why the firm is here to answer any questions you may have regarding your legal rights to a claim you’re preparing to file or that has been denied.

New Social Security COLA Not As Great As It Sounds

by fst | October 26th, 2011

October 26, 2011

At first, many recipients of social security benefits were overjoyed when they learned that the Social Security Administration (SSA) had announced a 3.6 percent increase in payouts beginning next year as part of a cost of living adjustment (COLA). With an increase in Medicare costs though, and a bleak future for the social security program as a whole, many people are questioning if the increases will do any good.

According to FOX 19 News, the 3.6 percent increase means an estimated $30 billion additional dollars will be paid out to the millions of retirees and beneficiaries in the country. This sounds like a big number, but only equivocates out to about an extra $39 per month for someone receiving social security checks, and only an additional $18 per month for those with Supplemental Security Income. While this seems great on the surface, the majority of this newly allotted money will be eaten up by the government’s increase to Medicare Premiums. This is not the only problem that has Americans casting shadows of doubt on the system.

It has been estimated that the program may not have the budget to survive to the next generation of retirees without benefit cuts or tax increases. Also, higher unemployment rates in the country means that less people are paying into the system. In other words, the program is spending more money than it can bring in, and will eventually dry up.

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Treasury Department will phase out Social Security paper checks

by fst | May 4th, 2011

May 5, 2011

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Treasury Department will start phasing out paper checks.

The Treasury has started to send notices to individuals that receive checks from Social Security. The notice states that if you are currently receiving checks, you have until March 1, 2013 to switch to direct deposit. The Treasury Department expects to save $1 billion dollars over 10 years.

Additionally, all new Social Security applications must receive their benefits check through direct deposit.  The Treasury Department says this will also be more secure.

Many people already receive their checks through direct deposit, but 11 million people still receive paper checks. If you wish not to get your checks direct deposited into a banking account, you can get your money deposited into a debit card that the Treasury Department has made for this purpose.

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Do you think getting rid of Social Security paper checks is a good idea?

If you think you are eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help you.

Do taxes apply to Social Security Disability benefits?

by fst | February 10th, 2011

February 10, 2011

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that millions of Americans received Social Security Disability benefits in 2010. It is time to file those 2010 taxes, which leaves many Americans wondering if they will be taxed for their Social Security Disability benefits.

If your earnings combined with your Social Security Disability benefits are above a certain base amount, then a portion of your disability benefits will be taxed.

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Do you think it is fair to pay taxes on your Social Security Disability benefits?

If you think you are eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Disability attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help you.