Social Security Disability Changes 2014

Changes to SSA Policies to Be Implemented This October

by Staff | October 3rd, 2014

October is upon us and with it comes several changes to the way the Social Security Administration (SSA) operates. That’s why our team at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to let you know about a few of the reforms that could impact your Social Security Disability benefits.

Beginning this month, the SSA has announced they will begin sending paper copies of benefits statements to working-aged Americans again. The agency had put a halt to the program in hopes of bolstering use of the My Social Security program, but floundering enrollment rates prompted officials to once again send statements on paper.

According to an article from the Poughkeepsie Journal, the agency has also announced that, beginning this month, Social Security Disability recipients can no longer pick up benefit verification letters at local SSA offices. Instead, officials suggest recipients use their 1099 tax statement forms as verification of their benefits.

The SSA has also said they will no longer provide Social Security number printouts. So if you cannot find your Social Security card and you receive Social Security Disability benefits, you should request a new card.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we understand how difficult it can be to keep up with the SSA’s rules and regulations. Our Social Security Disability lawyers are here to help with any Social Security Disability questions you have, whether you’re applying for benefits or you have a claim that’s been denied in the past. Call us anytime at (800) 477-7315 to get the answers you need.

Social Security Disability Changes For 2014

by Staff | January 15th, 2014

January 15, 2014

Over the past several years, a backlog of unprocessed Social Security Disability benefits claims has accumulated to the point where hundreds of thousands of individuals are awaiting decisions. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has suggested the problem has resulted from an archaic, paper-based process for filing claims.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say the agency has also implemented several other new pieces of digital technology aimed at creating more efficient means of serving the disabled.

A Press Release from the SSA states one of the major changes being implemented is Social Security recipients can no longer receive benefit verification letters at their local SSA offices. Instead, they are able to receive the documentation by logging into their online Social Security Disability account and printing the letter off, saving all parties involved both time and money.

Other Social Security Disability Changes for 2014 include the SSA inability to provide Social Security number printouts to recipients due to the potential for fraud and misuse. Any claimant who needs proof of their number must now file for a replacement Social Security card.

The law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are hopeful the changes are successful in offering the disabled better assistance and are hopeful to see further improvements implemented in the future.