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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.

Claim States Government’s Removal Of Food Waiver Program For Disabled Is Illegal

by Staff | July 11th, 2012

July 11, 2012

For many disabled residents of Indiana, receiving social security disability benefits are the only way that they survive. But when those benefits are lost, sacrifices must be made.

Some are fighting the state government, saying that taking away these Social Security Disability benefits is illegal. An article released by the News-Sentinel tells the story of an Indiana attorney and father of a severely disabled son who depends on a food allowance given to him through a subsidy of the Medicaid program. He claims that when the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration stopped giving the allowance for those who received food stamps, the agency violated federal law.

The father has filed a claim against the agency and a court date has been set for August. Then, a judge could either find in favor of the man’s claim, at which point the Indiana state government would have to pay a $900,000 per year grocery bill, or, deny it, clearing the way for a class-action lawsuit to be filed against the state and its agencies.

In the meantime, most of the disabled on the Medicaid waiver plan will receive less than $175 per month in food stamps for groceries.

The Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Terre Haute & Champaign areas with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand how difficult a disability claim can be and are here to answer any questions you may have regarding your claim.

Social Security Disability Program needs a fix, and needs it now

by fst | August 26th, 2010

The U.S. News & World Report says the federal Social Security Disability program is in desperate need of some repairs, and those need to happen sooner rather than later.

The disability arm of Social Security is projected to run out of funds by 2018. This is in part because claimants don’t have to be 62 to apply for benefits.

With the increase in claims receiving disability insurance benefits continues to be an arduous task. Wait times have increased and fewer than 40% of claims were initially approved. The article suggests that additional funding should be secured or changes to the program need to be made if future users want to receive Social Security Disability benefits.

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Do you think there is a way to fix this broken Social Security system, or should this federally funded program be discontinued?

If you need help filing a Social Security Disability claim, the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleshner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help you.

Get the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve

by fst | July 15th, 2010

If you have a disability, you may able to get benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance system. The law states benefits are based on your inability to work. If you have a disability but are unable to perform the work you previously did, then you may be eligible to receive benefits.

However, there is a current backlog in the system, and many people who are eligible may have long waits to receive a payment. Approximately 3.3 million people are expected to apply this year, and many will be turned down.

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An experience lawyer can help navigate the system with you and can often help make the process easier.

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

Children can be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits

by fst | June 10th, 2010

Do you have a child with a disability that severely limits their activities? You may not know this, but your child may be eligible for social Security Disability benefits.

The Herald-Bulletin reports that if you have a minor living with you who has a disability, and you have limited income resources, then you may qualify for Social Security Disability.

There are several conditions that must be met in order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Some requirements are the child must be under 18, not working, and have a physical or mental disability resulting in marked and severe functional limitations.

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If you have a situation in which you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Disability attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin Disability Lawyers can help.

Social Security requests feedback about Disability requirements

by fst | March 26th, 2010

March 18, 2010

An insurance Web site CCH.com reveals that the Social Security Administration is requesting comments from citizens regarding their Social Security Disability Insurance program. They are requesting feedback about persons whose drug addiction or alcoholism (DDA) may be a contributing factor to determining Disability.

The current law states that a person will not be eligible for SSDI if their drug addiction or alcoholism was a contributing factor to their Disability. THE SSA is asking for comments about the procedures it uses for evaluating DDA.

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The Social Security Disability attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help if you were denied the benefits you deserve.

The Social Security Disability Insurance process

by fst | March 26th, 2010

February 25, 2010

The Social Security Disability Insurance program is not a needs-based program. Allocations for Social Security Disability are based on how much you have paid into the program through payroll taxes.

The Social Security Administration has four levels for reviewing and rewarding Social Security Disability payments. The process involves application, reconsideration, hearing, and appeals.

Additionally, there is a fifth level that takes the applicant out of the Social Security administration and into the federal court system. Since only 36% of initial applications are approved it is necessary for applicants to be familiar with the review process.

The Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help if you were denied the benefits you deserve.

Social Security to fast track Disability payments

by fst | February 22nd, 2010

February 18, 2010

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Social Security Administration is planning an expansion of the fast track system, which will allow some people to get Social Security Disability payments faster.

The program known as Compassionate Allowance will allow people with a confirmed diagnosis of one of the covered diseases to be automatically approved for Disability payments.

Benefit requirements have not changed, but people can start to receive their Disability payments more quickly.

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The Social Security Disability attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help if you were denied the benefits you deserve.

What if your SSDI claim is denied?

by fst | February 12th, 2010

February 4, 2010

According to the Social Security Administration’s Web site, there is a process you can follow if your application for Social Security Disability Insurance has been denied.

If you have been recently denied you can file an appeal to request a review of the decision concerning your Disability benefits.

To file an appeal, you must have already applied for benefits, been given a notice of a disapproved claim, and disagree with the Disability decision.

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The Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help if you’ve been denied the benefits you deserve.

Disability insurance benefits getting harder to come by

by fst | February 2nd, 2010

January 28, 2010

The Wall Street Journal reports that Disability benefits from the workplace and the government are being reduced, which is putting more pressure on consumers to purchase their own Disability Insurance coverage.

Last year the percentage of companies that covered all or part of their employees Disability Insurance fell from 59% in 2002 to 48%.

At the same time the Social Security Administration is being inundated with Disability claims, causing a significant backlog. This backlog can create problems if you are waiting on a claim from the SSA.

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The Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help if you were denied the SSD benefits you deserve.