What is the Impact of Social Security Budget Cuts?

The National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives reported in their May, 2012 issue of the NOSSCR Social Security Forum on the Senate’s recent finance committee meeting. On May 17, 2012, the Senate Finance Committee tried to address this key question. Simply put, Congress needs to give the Social Security Administration adequate funding to meet its many obligations to the public such as reducing the disability hearings backlog, reducing hearing processing times, having sufficient staff to process applications and other…

Social Security Recipients Get a Raise

Something good has happened in Social Security. Next year, Social Security recipients will see the first raise in their checks since 2009, as inflation accelerated this year. A subset of the consumer price index the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical and Workers, or the CPI – W rose by 3.6 percent in the third quarter from the same period in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s the first time the benchmark has risen in three…

Vigorita Discusses Social Security Appeals

On August 15, 2011, Louis Vigorita made a presentation to the Volunteer Lawyers Services Program of the Ventura County Bar Association on the current status of Social Security. The reason he spoke to the volunteer lawyers was to educate them as to how to better screen the incoming calls from the potential pro bono client community in order to better serve them by being more cognizant of their legal issues. In his talk, Louis focused on the following 10 most…

Insurance for Pre-existing Conditions: What to do if you are disabled and lose your job and your health inurance?

Many Social Security disability claimants have no medical insurance while they were waiting for a favorable decision on their claims. The following information from a May 31, 2011, press release issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services, may be a viable option: Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) This federally-funded program is called the California Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). The PCIP offers health coverage to medically-uninsurable individuals who live in California. The program is available for individuals…

Comparative Allowances-New Diseases

The Social Security Administration has a compassionate allowance for people with any of 50 different diseases.  These fatal diseases have been recognized by the Administration to be of such a nature that when diagnosed.  Special consideration should be given to the patient.  Medical coverage under Medicare, without having to be 65 years old or having to comply with the mandatory two year wait.  After becoming eligible for Social Security disability insurance has been allowed since October 2008.  Recently, Michael J.Astrue,…

What are the Differences Between SSDI and SSI

The Social Security Administration has two different programs, each of which provides benefits for people who have disabilities. Most simply, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is based on a worker’s disability and a worker’s prior work under Social Security. On the other hand, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program. Social Security Disability Insurance is paid for by Social Security taxes that workers, employers, and the self-employed pay. Disabled or blind workers, widow(er)s, and adults who have been disabled…