SSA Cut of $750 Million could End Up costing $6 Billion

In 2011, Congress approved a budgetary appropriation of $1.024 billion for Social Security “integrity”, an initiative intended to address spending waste within the Social Security Disability (SSD) program. A recent push by House Republicans proposes to cut that budgetary appropriation by more than $750 million in 2013, a change that could backfire according to some. The proposed cut in budgetary support for Social Security program integrity may actually increase spending, waste and expenses associated with SSD fraud by as much as $6 billion.

Extra Help Available for Medicare Part D Premiums

Any person currently receiving Medicare benefits may qualify for the “Extra Help” plan which provides assistance in paying for Medicare prescription drug plan premiums and other costs. The Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates the value of Extra Help to average at about $4,000 annually.

Qualifying for Extra Help

In order to qualify for the Extra Help plan, you must:

South East Michigan Health Information Exchange (SEMHIE) Completes Contract for E-Disability Claim Filing

The South East Michigan Health Information Exchange (SEMHIE) entered into an almost 3 million dollar contract with the Social Security Administration (SSA) in June of 2010 to develop a secure and efficient electronic platform for processing the medical records of Social Security Disability (SSD) benefit applicants. SEMHIE announced in late July of this year that it had completed the contract and that the Health Information Exchange (HIE) platform was finished and delivered to the SSA.

August is National Psoriasis Awareness Month

The month of August has been designated for National Psoriasis Awareness and is intended to bring attention to this autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 7.5 million Americans.

Psoriasis comes in several forms and some can be quite debilitating. The severity of the individual case and the frequency and duration of symptoms determine when a Social Security Disability (SSD) claim can be successfully filed with a diagnosis of psoriasis.

SSA Issues New Fibromyalgia Disability Ruling

Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that is characterized by diffuse pain in the muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. Joint pain can also occur with the condition. Other common symptoms include fatigue, headaches, sleep issues, depression, and difficulty concentrating. There are many other symptoms that can accompany fibromyalgia. Symptoms experienced by each patient can vary widely.

CBO: SSDI Spending to Jump 71 Percent in Ten Years

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released a report that projects Social Security Disability (SSD) Insurance benefits to rise as much as 70 percent over the course of the next ten years. This projected increase is based on the larger number of SSD applications being submitted to and approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

What Questions Should I Prepare for At My Disability Hearing?

If you’re scheduled to participate in a Social Security Disability (SSD) appeal hearing after having initially been denied benefits, there are certain types of questions you can reasonably anticipate being asked. The hearing is presided over by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), and while you can have an attorney present to represent your interests, the ALJ will actually be the one posing all of the questions throughout the hearing.

Can You Collect Both SSA Benefits and Temporary Benefits?

Temporary total disability benefits are paid under employer-secured insurance programs for workers compensation. Because workers comp laws and regulations vary from one state to the next, collecting both Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and temporary total disability benefits (TTD) at the same time is largely dependent upon where you live. While it’s possible to receive both forms of disability benefit payments simultaneously in all states, the manner in which payment amounts are calculated can vary from state to state.

SSA Testing Alternative Disability Determination Models

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has the ability under current mandates and regulations to test new review procedures and other potential program-wide updates to Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The administration also has the ability to establish appropriate testing criteria for obtaining effective measurements regarding potential system-wide changes and the viability of their implementation throughout the entire disability program. Criteria includes the geographic testing regions and the time frame for testing procedural adjustments.


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