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Can You Receive Your Disability Payments While Incarcerated for A Felony?

There is an interesting case out of Pennsylvania, involving the payment of disability benefits to a prisoner pre-conviction versus conviction. The story goes like this:

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How Social Security Defines Blindness

Social Security has its own definition of blindness. You will be considered blind if your distance vision is less than or equal to 20/200, in the better eye with the use of corrective lenses.

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Social Security Update on Hearings During Covid-19

The Social Security Administration has come out with another update on Hearings in response to the pandemic. Your local Hearings Office can be contacted here.

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Continuing Disability Review

A Continuing Disability Review, is something the Social Security Administration conducts to determine if you still have a disabling condition. If they should decide that you no longer have a disabling condition, your benefits terminate.

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The Appeals Process - U.S. Federal District Court

So, you've gone through the whole Appeals process, except for the last step, U.S. Federal District Court. This is a civil court and there is a filing fee.

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The Appeals Process - Appeals Council

Once the Administrative Law Judge has rendered an opinion on your case and you disagree, you should appeal. The next phase is to appeal, in writing, online, to the Appeals Council.

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The Appeals Process - Administrative Law Judge Hearing

If you disagree with the Reconsideration decision, the next step in the Appeals Process is the to go before the Administrative Law Judge. The Hearing is an informal process, but an audio recording is made of the proceeding.

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The Appeals Process - Reconsideration

When the Social Security Administration makes a determination on your claim, they will send you a letter explaining why they made their decision. Should you disagree with their decision, based on medical or non-medical reasons, you should appeal. You will need to explain the reasoning behind your appeal.

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Federal Funds for Older Texans and Persons with Disabilities During Covid-19 Pandemic

On April 23, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will receive almost $54 million in federal funds to help older Texans and people with disabilities during this COVID-19 pandemic. Funding supports programs and services managed by the state's twenty-eight area agencies on Aging.

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Annual Projections for Social Security Disability Insurance and Old-Age Survivors Insurance

On Wednesday, April 22, 2020 the Social Security Administration released its annual report regarding the status of Disability Insurance funding and Old-Age Survivors Insurance. Both Trust Funds are projected to be depleted by the year 2035, with a 79% benefits payable.

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