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The Appeals Process - Reconsideration

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Apr 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

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...

Appealing an unfavorable decision

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Apr 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Believe it or not, the Social Security Administration's Appeals operations is one of the largest official administrative legal court systems in the world. The world. Over 500,000 hearings and appeals are decided each year. Knowing that the Agency has this many disposi...

What is an ABLE Account?

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Apr 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

The ABLE Act was signed into law in December 2014. It is a law that limits eligibility to persons with significant disabilities whose onset date was before the age of 26 years old. If a person is already 26, meets this requirement, and receives SSI or SSDI benefits, they are automatically eligibl...

More on the role of health care providers and school officials in the disability claim process – Electronic Records Express

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Apr 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Electronic Records Express is offered by Social Security and state Disability Determination Services (DDS) to for submission of disability claims, health and school records, by electronic means. Once a request is made for health, school records or other pertinent information about a person who i...

More on COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Apr 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Another update has come from the Social Security Administration  announced on 04/15/2020. Those who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will receive their payments automatically from the Treasury Department, no later than early in May. Payments are automatic for recipients without qualify...

The Corona Virus and Medicare

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Apr 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Centers for Medicare have opted to expand Telehealth services for Medicare recipients during the Corona Virus. These services can be received in your home, a healthcare facility, your doctor's office, nursing home or a health clinic in a rural area. Participating health care practitioners in...

End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and Medicare

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Apr 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), that is your kidneys are no longer working and you need regular dialysis treatments or a transplant, then you may be eligible for Medicare no matter what age you are. Other factors which affect your eligibility include whether you have met the required...

Additional Guidance on COVID-19 SSI payments

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Apr 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

As of Friday, April 10th, there is new guidance per the Social Security Commissioner on payments for Social Security Income (SSI). There is a new tool on the web to expedite your registration for a stimulus check if you don't file taxes. Of special interest if you have dependents under 17 years ...

Compassionate Allowances

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Apr 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Social Security has a separated listing of Compassionate Allowances https://www.ssa.gov/compassionateallowances/conditions.htm Compassionate Allowances is a program to https://www.ssa.gov/compassionateallowances/index.htm assist the Administration in ascertaining quickly, whether Social Security...

Supplemental Income benefits for your child

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Apr 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Disabled children from birth to age 18 may be eligible for Supplemental Income benefits (SSI) as long as they have little or no income or other assets. The definition of disability is just as narrow for a child as it is for an adult. The definition is a legal one : (1) The child must have a dis...

When do I get my disability payment?

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Apr 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

 The Social Security Administration has provided a payments schedule for 2020. It's advisable to review everything you need to know about your benefits as well, including contacting Social Security if you have further questions.  Here is how Social Security pays your benefits: (1) Those born on...

What are Widow Benefits?

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Apr 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you are a widow, and your spouse is eligible to receive Social Security you may receive survivor benefits at the age of 60. If you choose to remarry after you reach age 60, 50 if you're disabled, it will not affect your eligibility to receive survivor benefits.  You may be able to begin rec...

Failing to follow your prescribed treatment

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Apr 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you decide not to follow your prescribed treatment and you do meet the requirements for disability benefits, you won't be entitled to benefits.  There is a three-prong test to determine whether you have failed to follow your prescribed treatment.  First, you have been found to be disabl...

Why can't you work?

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Apr 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

 “Why can't you work?”  I have, to date, in every Hearing, observed the Administrative Law Judge's unwavering interest in a Claimant's case. When asking this sort of question, what the judge may be interested in knowing is “How well are you doing, now that it's ...

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