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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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Social Security service declines as waits at offices grow

Social Security Disability can be long and frustrating. As the wait-times increase, the service is declining, according to this article. Here is an excerpt: Unlike his fellow Republicans, President-elect Donald Trump has pledged not to reduce Social Security benefits. From his vantage point in Trump Tower, however, he might not realize that Social Security service […]

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ALJ Bias Class Action Settlement Receives Final Approval

Article by Emilia Sicilia via NOSSCR.org The Chief Judge Carol Bagely Amon of the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted final approval of a settlement. This case was a class action lawsuit that complained of a generalized bias of five Administrative Law Judges in the SSA’s Queens, New York hearing […]

Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.  ~ William Arthur Ward  

Social Security In The News

Social Security In the News Recently, you may have heard some negative stories about Social Security’s disability programs in the news. Some news outlets have described Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income as just another way for people to get something for nothing. However, these stories are not necessarily true and, in fact, most […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – New Ruling

NEW RULING RELATED TO CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME On April 3, 2014, the Social Security Administration published a new ruling SSR 14-1p, “Evaluating Claims Involving Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” The ruling updates developments related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) since 1999 and the revisions seem to be very positive. The ruling lists symptoms that a person with […]

2014 COLA Adjustment and more

2014 COLA adjustment, changes to SGA, TWP, and more… The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a modest 1.5% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2014. Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 60 million Americans will see a slight increase as follows: “The monthly SSI federal benefit rate for an individual will […]