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Social Security Disability News

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Announced for 2013

October 18, 2012 -- ​Social Security Disability recipients will receive a very small increase in their monthly social security benefits in 2013. The Social Security Administration recently annouced that there will be a 1.7 percent annual cost-of-living adjustment beginning January 2013.

Increase in Social Security Disability Thresholds for 2013

October 18, 2012 -- ​Social Security Disability recipients can earn an income without losing their Social Security Disability benefits. Starting January 2013, a SSD recepient will not be considered as engaging in substanital gainful activity (SGA) unless he or she is earning more than $1,400 a month (non-blind) or $1,790 a month (blind).

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Mandatory Direct Deposit of Social Security Disability Benefits

October 26, 2012 -- Almost all Social Security Disability recipients will be required to sign up for direct deposit of their disability check because new federal rules take effect in March puts an end of nearly all paper federal checks to consumers, including Social Security payments. There are preferred way to receive the direct deposits. Click here to read an article from U.S. News and World Reports about how you can arrange for direct deposit for your Social Security Disability checks. For answers to legal questions regarding your SSD checks or benefits, contact Attorneys Matthew Noyes & Lorrie Robinson.

Social Security Administation Commissioner Wins Award  

​November 5, 2012 -- Commissioner Michael J. Astrue received the 2012 President’s Award presented by The Arc, one of the largest charitable organizations in the United States that serves and advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Commissioner was honored partly because of reduction in the average length of time applicants wait to receive a decision on their claim for Social Security disability benefits which included Compassionate Allowances and Quick Disability Determinations. Click here to read the press release on this announcement. For answers to legal questions regarding your SSD checks or benefits, contact Attorneys Matthew Noyes & Lorrie Robinson.

New Hours for Social Security Administation

​November 27, 2012 -- Social Security Disability offices are changing their office hours. Since November 19, 2012, Social Security field offices nationwide have closed to the public 30 minutes early each day. In addition, beginning January 2, 2013, offices will close to the public at noon every Wednesday. This doesn't mean the SSA employees get to go home earlier. Rather, the employees will continue to work their regular hours. However, this shorter public window will allow them to complete face-to-face interviews and process claims work without incurring the cost of overtime. Click here for SSA's press release.

Please remember most Social Security services do not require a visit to a local office. Many services can be handled through www.socialsecurity.gov or by dialing Social Security's toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213.

If you need help obtaining your Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, call Social Security Disability Attorney Matthew Noyes at 727-724-7853 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

Latest Numbers on Time to Process Social Security Disability Claim

​November 30, 2012 -- The Social Security Disability process was the subject of Fiscal Year 2012 Inspector General Statement on the Social Security Administration’s Major Management and Performance Challenges.

The report idnciates that there are about 817,000 cases in backlog and the average processing time in 2012 is 353 days. Also, the number of Social Security Disability claims continues to increase--SSA received about 3.2 million initial application for SSD benefits and over 832,000 reconsideration claims in 2012.

If you or a loved one in fighting to get Social Security Disability benefits, you should not fight Social Security alone. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes at 727-724-7853 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

Social Security Disability Adds New Conditions to Compassionate Allowances Program

​December 12, 2012 -- The Social Security Administration announced 35 conditions have been added to the Compassionate Allowances program. As a result, the application process for people who have a condition on the list which results in a much faster turnaround time for Social Security Disability benefits. Click here for more information on the Compassionate Allowances program.
 

If you or a loved one in fighting to get Social Security Disability benefits, you should not fight Social Security alone. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes at 727-724-7853 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

Social Security Getting New Commissioner

​January 9, 2013 -- Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue's six-year term expires on Jan. 19 so President Obama will have to nominate a new director for Senate confirmation. SSA’s Deputy Commissioner Carolyn Colvin could be named acting head of the agency before President Obama makes a permanent nomination. Under Astrue's direction, Social Security SSA made progress in decreasing the backlog while keeping pace with an increasing number of new disability and retirement claims. However, there is still a lot of work to be done.

If you or a loved one cannot work because of a disability, contact Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson to see if you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. You can also call us at 727-724-7853.

Social Security Disability Recipients Hit Record High

​December 28, 2012 -- In December 2012, there are 8.82 million people receiving Social Security disability benefits. This is a new record, up from 8.80 million in November, according to new data from the Social Security Administration. According to reports, for every 1.67 Americans who worked full-time in the private sector last year, there is now one person collecting Social Security benefits. That being said, the disabled worker remains a small percentage of the total beneficiaries collecting Social Security benefits.

If you or a loved one cannot work because of a disability, contact Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson to see if you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. You can also call us at 727-724-7853.

Changes to Impact of Drug Addiction and Alcoholism on Entitlement to Social Security Disability Benefits

​March 19, 2013-- ​As of March 22, 2013, Social Security Disability judges will look at Drug Addiction and Alcoholism differently when determining if a claimant is disabled and entitled to SSD benefits.  The key factor will be determining whether drug addiction or alcoholism is a contributing factor material to the determination of disability. The drug addiction and or alcohol is material to the determination of disability if the claimant would not meet our definition of disability if he or she were not using drugs or alcohol. In those circumstances, Social Security Disability benefits would be denied.  However, the DAA is not material if the claimant would still meet our definition of disability if he or she were not using drugs or alcohol.  In those circumstances, the claimant would be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.

If you have questions regarding your entitlement to Social Secuirty Disability benefits, contact Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson to see if you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. You can also call us at 727-724-7853 to schedule a free telephone or office conference.

 

Does Social Security Disability Benefits Encourage People Not to Work?

​February 22, 2013 -- No. Social Security Disability benefits are so low compared to minimum wage work that it cannot reasonably be argued as an encouragement for someone not to work.  In Florida, the minimum wage rate is $7.79 an hour. If a person is physically able to work, they will likely make more money at a minimum wage job than they would waiting for years to collect Social Security Disability benefits. 

If you have questions regarding your entitlement to Social Secuirty Disability benefits, contact Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson to see if you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. You can also call us at 727-724-7853 to schedule a free telephone or office conference.

 

Washington Post Article Highlights Swell in SSD Numbers

​September 23, 2013 -- A recent article in the Washington Post Business section discusses the reasons for the increase of those applying for Social Security Disability benefits. Sadly, in today's economy, those with work restrictions and limitations are the first to go when layoffs happen.

 

If you have questions regarding your entitlement to Social Secuirty Disability benefits, contact Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson to see if you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. You can also call us at 727-724-7883 to schedule a free telephone or office conference.

 

Social Security Announces Increases in 2014

​November 5, 2013 -- The SSA has announced a Cost-of-Living Adjustment of 1.5 percent for receipients of Social Security benefits. For more information about this COLA, read my blog article on Noyes News.

 

If you have questions regarding your entitlement to Social Secuirty Disability benefits, contact Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson to see if you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. You can also call us at 727-724-7883 to schedule a free telephone or office conference.

 

Changes to The Listings in Social Security Disability Coming 

​December 27, 2013 -- When someone applies for Social Security Disability benefits, the SSA inquires whether the person can do any job in the local area. The SSD judge asks the vocational experts to try and match the applicant’s background with various occupations in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. However, this dictionary is outdated and includes job titles such as “show girl,” “blacksmith,” and “chick sexer.” Look for that to change around 2016 as they rewrite the Dictionary, but in the meantime, can you check the sex of a baby chicken?

 

If you have questions regarding your entitlement to Social Secuirty Disability benefits, contact Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson to see if you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. You can also call us at 727-724-7883 to schedule a free telephone or office conference.

 

Social Security Disability Has New Compassionate Allowance Conditions

​January 16, 2014 -- Trying to obtain Social Security Disability is a battle. However, it has now become a bit faster for those suffering from very serious illnesses and diseases. Today, the SSA announced 25 new Compassionate Allowances conditions, including a dozen cancers. The Compassionate Allowances program expedites disability decisions for Americans with the most serious disabilities to ensure that they receive their benefit decisions within days instead of months or years. See the list of the new conditions falling under Compassionate Allowance here.

 

If you have questions regarding your entitlement to Social Secuirty Disability benefits, contact Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson to see if you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. You can also call us at 727-724-7883 to schedule a free telephone or office conference.

 

Social Security Disability Applications Expedited For Certain Veterans

 

​​Febraury 19, 2014 -- The Social Security Adminstration has announced a new program to speed up social security disability claims filed be veterans. In order to benefit from this program, the veteran is required to have a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T). Under the new process, these social security disability applications will be considered as high priority and the adminstrative judge will issue expedited decisions.  Click here for more information on this new procedure.

 

If you have questions regarding your entitlement to Social Secuirty Disability benefits, contact Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson to see if you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. You can also call us at 727-724-7883 to schedule a free telephone or office conference.

 

Social Security Disability Announces an Increase in Benefits for 2015

 

​​November 3, 2014 -- The Social Security Adminstration has announced that those receiving Social Security Disability benefits will see an 1.7 percent increase in this SSD benefits starting Janaury 2015. Although this still makes it difficult for those on Social Security to survive, this cost-of-living increase will be helpful to those struggling to make ends meet.

 

If you have questions regarding your entitlement to Social Secuirty Disability benefits, contact Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson to see if you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. You can also call us at 727-724-7883 to schedule a free telephone or office conference.