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FICA TAXES

Fica is a federal payroll tax that is taken out of your paycheck and is used to pay for Social Security and Medicare programs which provide benefits for retirees, disabled persons and survivors. 6.2 % of your gross wages go to Social Security and 1.45% goes to Medicare. Your employer matches this amount for a […]

QUESTIONS ABOUT CHANGES TO MEDICAID

We have had many clients ask about how proposed cuts to Medicaid will affect people with disabilities? The most recent version of the Senate Republican bill will have a large impact on low- and moderate-income Americans. “The centerpiece of the Senate bill is a series of major reductions in federal aid for poor Americans who […]

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“Return to Work” Act

This month, Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., introduced the Social Security Disability Insurance Return to Work Act of 2017 (H.R.1540) in the House of Representatives. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined with two Senate conservatives recently to introduce the companion bill (S. 654) in the Senate to back a proposal reforming Social Security disability benefits. Noting that disability benefits […]

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Can I get disability for my heart condition? Part 2

Heart conditions can be serious and can make it difficult or even impossible to work, thus qualifying you for Social Security Disability benefits. Social Security uses a 5 step process to determine eligibility which is featured in the first post of this series. The listings for heart conditions include the following: Chronic heart failure Ischemic […]

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Can Migraines Be A Disability?

Migraine headaches can be the basis for a finding of entitlement to Disability Benefits.  In determining if your headaches are considered to be disabling the Social Security Administration will look at the severity and frequency of the headaches. It is important that medical records contain a very detailed description of the typical headache symptoms, duration […]

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Can I get disability for my heart condition?

If you have a heart condition that makes it difficult or impossible to work, you may want to consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits.  Even if you do not have a long work history, you may be eligible for benefits, or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  But, before you start a claim, you will […]

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