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Increase to Disability Payments 2023

Posted by Peter Bohan | Nov 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

SSA will increase disability payments by 8.7% starting in 2023. Benefits recipients can check the updated accounting details if they have an online account with SSA. More details regarding the COLA (cost of living adjustment) increase at the SSA blog.

Biden Action on Disability Review

Posted by Peter Bohan | Feb 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

Biden took action recently to undo a requirement that recipients of disability continue to "prove" their eligibility to receive benefits. The "CDR" or continuing disability review requirement had been ramped up during the Trump years but that has been reversed by President Biden. 

Social Security Solvency amid Recession

Posted by Peter Bohan | Jan 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

Expansion of Social Security benefits proposals are in the works and is on the agenda for President Biden but a recent article highlights the absolute critical urgency of the challenge for assuring the solvency of the fund in light of the coronavirus, the resulting recession and the scramble to g...

Biden Platform and SSA Overhaul

Posted by Peter Bohan | Nov 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Potentially significant changes (full article here) to improve the health and stability of the Social Security fund are expected to take shape with the Biden administration which may include expanded benefits, additional payroll taxes for high income earners with the objective of shoring up its s...

Social Security Fund Concerns in Light of Covid-19

Posted by Peter Bohan | Oct 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Recent research has raised new concerns about the impact the pandemic will put on the Social Security Trust Funds with regard to depletion forecasted sooner than anticipated previously according to various scenarios. The US economy and the course chartered post-election affecting same will undoub...

Virtual Hearings (Fall 2020)

Posted by Peter Bohan | Sep 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

SSA announced that coming this Fall, Administrative Law Judge hearings will have the option of video hearings rather than telephone only. Since the COVID pandemic began, hearings shifted from in person to telephonic hearings; this new option will be available to claimants who choose it and who ha...

Covid Billing Nightmares

Posted by Peter Bohan | Jun 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Despite efforts by Congress to provide relief to Americans who receive treatment or testing related to Covid, there are horror stories of billing gone awry as described in a recent article by The Cut here.

Permanent Telework at SSA?

Posted by Peter Bohan | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Teleworking for SSA has for the most part gone over well and might result in permanent closure of SSA offices in the future suggest a recent Bloomberg Law article. In the current and post COVID-19 world, efficiency and cost consciousness might be the norm rather than the exception.

COVID Stimulus Pay and SSI

Posted by Peter Bohan | Apr 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

SSI recipients if they have not filed taxes should check the IRS website on some additional info since some SSI recipients may or may not have filed taxes the previous year and updated info may not be on hand for the IRS. 

COVID-19 and Stimulus Payment

Posted by Peter Bohan | Apr 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

WSJ article here answers FAQs regarding stimulus check/payment for Social Security Disability beneficiaries; in a nutshell, they will not be required to file a tax return to receive stimulus payment as it will be direct deposited to bank account they have on record.

SSA Offices, Hearings and COVID-19

Posted by Peter Bohan | Mar 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

SSA offices are closed since March 17, 2020 for in person services to limit person to person contact and respect for social distancing in light of COVID-19. SSA can be reached at 800-772-1213. The offices of hearings operations (OHOs) have for the most part moved in-person hearings at the various...

Inability to Speak English and Disability

Posted by Peter Bohan | Mar 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Recent changes in SSA disability evaluation depart from the previous notion that a person's inability to speak English, or limited skills with regard to same potentially impact their ability to engage in work. Thus, if we compare two hypothetical claimants seeking benefits (one who speaks English...

Coronavirus, Payroll Tax and Social Security

Posted by Peter Bohan | Mar 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

A recent proposal made by Trump with the objective of injecting a boost to the sagging economy was a payroll tax suspension. Critics warn that it is a plan that is not only poorly designed towards the objective (providing minimal additional spending money to people), but that it is potentially a ...

Echoes of the Past: A Warning

Posted by Peter Bohan | Feb 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

A recent article in the Huffington Post looked to a previous decade (the 80's) during an atmosphere of "welfare bashing" whereby recipients of Social Security Disability were implicitly not pulling their weight. In a nutshell, the resulting heightened scrutiny of disability benefits recipients le...

Proposed Attack on Benefits

Posted by Peter Bohan | Dec 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

A recent article highlights what is currently not well known or widely disseminated in the media. There is a continuous effort by Republicans and Trump to chip away at Social Security disability benefits. The proposal of adding another layer of review for those who are receiving disability bene...

Presidential Candidates and Disability Expansion

Posted by Peter Bohan | Dec 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

Presidential candidates including Julian Castro and Pete Buttigieg have released their plans for expanding disability including expanding Social Security as well as the ADA (American with Disabilities Act). Buttigieg's plan has been described as very comprehensive including the following proposal...

Social Security Benefits Increase in 2020

Posted by Peter Bohan | Oct 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Cost of living adjustment (COLA) will result in an increase in the amount of Social Security benefits starting in 2020 according to the Social Security Administration's blog. More information and details can be found here as well as information regarding how to create a  My SSA account here to se...

Stealth Attack on SSA Proposed by Republican Senator?

Posted by Peter Bohan | Sep 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

Republican Senator Joni Ernst has called for a session "behind closed doors" outside of public scrutiny, hidden from the sun (in the dark caves of hell?) with a proposal to "fix" Social Security. This stealthy and sneaky action can only be for more looting and more swamp creatures to benefit - wh...

Functional Assessment Importance

Posted by Peter Bohan | May 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

A recent report and study again emphasizes a well known term "functional capacity" to Social Security Disability. This term is relevant in that it is an attempt to assess how a person's physical limitations are specified across physical demands such as standing, walking, pushing/pulling, lifting/...

Social Security Not in Peril

Posted by Peter Bohan | Apr 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

 Social Security is alive and kicking, despite some rhetoric that is aimed at making the public have doubts on that point. A recent LA Times article confirms that the program has become financially stronger in the past year. To put it another way, Social Security is solvent, fiscally healthy an...

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