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The ABLE Act Is Up for Consideration Again

by Staff | April 21st, 2014

Many Americans depend on Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to make ends meet, but these programs can also inhibit certain recipients from becoming financially independent. This is because of stringent Social Security and Supplemental Security Income laws that restrict the amount of money and assets that a recipient of these benefits can have.

Under current Social Security laws, an individual is prohibited from making more than $700 per month or holding more than $2,000 in savings outside of their SSD or SSI income.  If an emergency arises, these limits can make it extremely difficult for a recipient to make ends meet financially.

This is why many legislators are supporting a new law called the Achieve a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act). According to Social Work Helper, this piece of legislation would allow SSD or SSI beneficiaries to open a particular type of tax advantaged savings accounts that would allow them to hold their money at little to no penalty.

The bill was on the table for consideration during last year’s legislative session, but time ran out before a decision in the matter could be reached. The legislation will be up for vote again soon and now has more than 400 supporters.

The Social Security disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin applaud the changes being considered and are hopeful the reforms are passed disabled Americans get the compensation they deserve.

Social Security’s List Of Compassionate Allowances Grows

by Staff | January 2nd, 2013

January 2, 2013

Last month, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), Michael J. Astrue, announced that 35 additional conditions would be added to a list that allows for those suffering from certain diseases and conditions to receive expedited benefits. According to a press release from the agency, the list now tops 200 ailments.

The list, known as the Compassionate Allowances, allow those processing Social Security claims to quickly determine that a person is suffering from a condition that qualifies for benefits without having to receive the individual’s full work and medical history. The individual is then put on what is known as a “fast-track” to receive Social Security Disability benefits that could come within weeks of filing a claim. Some of the conditions that are now part of the list include certain cancers, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), schizophrenia, and autoimmune diseases.

The program was established in an effort to alleviate the massive backlog of claims that has built in recent years. Experts say that currently, more than one million claims are in some sort of holding pattern awaiting approval from the system. This holdup can often result in patients not getting the care they need in a timely manner.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say anyone who has a Social Security claim they are preparing to file or a claim that has been denied should discuss their case with a qualified attorney.

Rate of Non-Elderly Mental Health Disability in the U.S. Rises

by Staff | September 30th, 2011

Non-elderly Americans are reporting more mental health disabilities now than they did in 1997—especially those who already suffer from other chronic conditions. This finding comes from a new study published online last week in the American Journal of Public Health.

The study’s key researcher was Ramin Mojtabai, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, who looked at 312,364 patients between the ages of 18 and 64 years from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey between 1997 and 2009. Mojtabai investigated trends in mental health disability, looking closely at their correlation to physical disabilities and psychological stress, and found that self-reported mental health disability increased by .7 percent over the past decade.

The increase may seem minute, but all told that’s an additional two million disabled American adults. Meanwhile, disability attributed to other chronic conditions declined, while there was no change noted in the rate of significant psychological distress.

“These findings highlight the need for improved access to mental health services in the community and for better integration of these services with primary care,” wrote Mojtabai.

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Why do you think more people are reporting mental health disability in the U.S. these days?

If you need help with your Social Security Disability benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.