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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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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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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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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

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SSA Publishes Changes to Medical Evidence Evaluation

March 8, 2017 As the Social Security Administration (SSA) continues to work on ways to reduce spending and decrease the SSDI claims backlog, we are closely monitoring any decisions made and actions taken towards these goals. In January, the … Read More

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SSA Continuing Resolution Places Focus on Hearing Backlog

February 9, 2017 Hundreds of thousands of Americans apply for SSDI each year, often because they are facing sudden and unforeseen illnesses or injuries that change their SSDI eligibility status that may last years—or even for the rest … Read More

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Social Security Announces Cost-of-Living Adjustment

October 20, 2016 On Tuesday, October 18, The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that recipients of Social Security benefits will receive a 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).  The modest raise is among the annual increases in benefits since the method for … Read More

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Social Security Proposes Extensive Changes to Consideration of Evidence in Disability Claims

October 4, 2016 On September 9, 2016, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register (FR) whereby they announced their intent to make substantial revisions to how medical evidence will be … Read More