My Social Security

Making a Plan for Your Social Security Disability Benefits

by Staff | September 3rd, 2014

You never know when an injury or illness may leave you unable to work. That’s why it’s so important to have a plan for the future by knowing the details about the Social Security Disability benefits you are earning today.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) used to mail every working United States citizen an annual statement of the benefits they had accrued. But the agency stopped sending these statements via paper mail in 2011 due to budgetary issues.

Since that time, only an estimated 6 percent of the workforce has signed up for the online alternative, My Social Security. According to Minuteman News Center, the slow transition to the new system has forced the SSA to begin resending paper statements to workers. This time though, they will only be sent to working citizens between ages 25-60 every five years.

Signing up for a My Social Security account will allow users to access benefit totals in real time, unlike statements that only come twice every decade. Furthermore, it lets Americans figure in costs, such as taxes, to give them a more realistic look at what benefits they would receive if unable to work.

It’s a good idea to speak with a Social Security Disability lawyer if you have questions regarding your benefits after logging into My Social Security.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we have the knowledge and experience to help clarify your concerns about Social Security Disability and how it applies to you. To learn more about how we can help with your benefits, call us at (800) 477-7315.

Plan for Your Future During National My Social Security Week

by Staff | August 18th, 2014

Injuries and illnesses often strike when you least expect it. That’s why it’s so important to have a plan in place for how you will care for yourself and your family when the unexpected happens.

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits may be a part of your plan, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) is focusing on helping Americans like you create a strategy for managing their retirement and disability finances. Agency officials say they hope to achieve this goal by encouraging more people to use the My Social Security network during National My Social Security Week, which takes place from Sunday, Aug. 17 to Saturday, Aug. 23.

My Social Security currently has more than 13.2 million users and can be used to keep track of the benefits you’ve earned and estimate the benefits you will earn in the future. For those who have already received a disability approval, the system can also be used to get a letter of verification for your benefits.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of how important planning for the future can be and would encourage all Americans to educate themselves about the benefits they may be entitled to from the federal government.

How the SSA Plans on Getting Social Security Disability to More Americans

by Staff | August 4th, 2014

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has come under heavy scrutiny for failing to meet both a sustainable budget and processing deadlines for new Social Security Disability claims. However, the agency recently announced its plan to address these problems with advancements in technology and a better strategy.

The SSA’s Open Government Plan 3.0 outlines four goals:

    1. Improve Transparency- The SSA would like to expand presence on the web, provide better data for research, better utilize social media, and provide workers with better tools to do their job.
    2. Expand Participation- Officials aim to improve the public’s ability to get information from and access to the agency.
    3. Increase Collaboration- The agency would like to have more interaction and a better ability to share information with other organizations.
    4. Internalize Open Government Principles- Employees of the SSA can expect to give more feedback and see more efforts to supply the materials they need.

      The agency plans to reach these objectives by increasing the functionality of the My Social Security network and reforming internal policies and procedures. Some of those changes include better data analysis and reporting of metrics, as well as developing sustainability with automation. Officials are hopeful these improvements will result in more disabled Americans getting Social Security Disability benefits.

      If you need help applying for benefits, contact the Social Security Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin today. We’re here to assist you with your claim—even if you’ve been denied by the SSA in the past.