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Social Security announces benefit increases for 2021

October 15, 2020 The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced a 1.3 percent Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for all Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries. This means that the approximately 70 million Americans who receive Social Security benefits (such as disability, retirement, and survivors) will … Read More

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Social Security adds five conditions to the Compassionate Allowance (CAL) list

September 3, 2020 The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that five new conditions have been added to the Compassionate Allowance (CAL) list.  The CAL list was first formed in 2008 to help identify conditions so severe that they automatically … Read More

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The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30!

July 30, 2020 This weekend marked the 30th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Since President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA into law on July 26, 1990, opportunities for the millions … Read More

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Learn about SSDI & vision/hearing impairments during Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

June 19, 2020 In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared the last week of June to be “Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week.” Ever since, this has been an occasion intended to raise awareness and promote education around deaf-blindness.  Helen Keller is arguably … Read More

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How to prepare for your Social Security Disability telephone hearing

May 27, 2020 Until further notice, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently holding all Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) hearings by telephone due to COVID-19. Whether it take places in person or over … Read More

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Social Security announces 2020 cost-of-living adjustments for beneficiaries

October 22, 2019 The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced a 1.6 percent Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for all Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries. This means that nearly 69 million Americans who who receive Social … Read More

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Where it Began: the Social Security Program

October 21, 2019 In 2017, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued approximately $950 billion in Social Security benefits to over sixty million Americans of various ages, races, and genders—and the benefit amounts ranged from children of disabled workers receiving an average … Read More

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Compassionate Allowance list grows, with four conditions added in 2019

September 30, 2019 In 2008, the Social Security Administration (SSA) created and launched the Compassionate Allowance (CAL) program. This program allows SSA to flag Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims in which a claimant’s … Read More

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The Americans with Disabilities Act & the definition of disability today

August 13, 2019 With the month of August comes the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.  This is a civil rights law that … Read More

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What you need to know about 2019 COLAs & your Social Security benefits

October 22, 2018 Last week, Social Security published a press release announcing the cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) to Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for 2019. The announcement states that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income … Read More