Disability News

2021 Raises: SGA, SSI and Trial Work Period Limits

January 17, 2020

Paulette Balin explains some important information and updates happening in the Social Security world. Learn more about the 2020 SGA and SSI increases along with trial work period income limits.

Read More

Judges Must Take Judicial Notice of All Forms of Reliable Job Data

November 25, 2019

Judges must now take judicial notice of all forms of reliable job data by the government. Learn how this can help disability claimants and how it affects them.

Read More

Centralized Scheduling: A New Way Social Security is Scheduling Hearings

October 31, 2019

The Social Security Administration announced a new scheduling method for disability claimants. Chad Delesk explains this centralized scheduling unit here.

Read More

The 2018 Government Shutdown Impact On Social Security Disability Claimants

December 28, 2018

As rumors circled about the government shutting down, many disability claimants began wondering how they might be impacted. Social Security disability claimants with cases pending in federal court received a lump of coal on the day after Christmas courtesy of the partial government shutdown.…

Read More

Balin Law on Legal Lines Radio Discussing Social Security Disability Changes

May 1, 2018

Balin Law joins Robert Fertel on Legal Lines Radio discussing Social Security disability changes. The interview is with Principal attorney, Paulette Balin and disability lawyer, Matthew Shupe. Some highlights of topics discussed during the interview are: Social Security disability standards (general requirements) Appealing Social Security…

Read More

Ohio Repeals Popular Disability Financial Assistance Program

July 15, 2017

Breaking: Repeal of Popular Ohio Disability Financial Assistance Program The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) quietly announced the end of the Disability Financial Assistance Program on 7/1/17. The only public discussion we at Balin Law have seen of the end of…

Read More

Social Security Changes: Treating Physician Rule and Acceptable Medical Source

March 21, 2017

The Social Security Administration recently announced the repeal of the well-known and long standing treating physician rule. The treating physician rule offered certain procedural safeguards to individuals applying for disability benefits under any of Social Security’s programs. What is the treating physician rule under…

Read More

What Will SSA Do About Direct Deposit Fraud?

October 8, 2012

While SSA is pushing for more disability and retirement benefit recipients to sign up for electronic payment in lieu of a paper check, scammers are working harder than ever to put those benefits in their own bank accounts. For example, some Social Security benefit…

Read More

SSA Now Accepting Electronic Signatures for Disability Applications and Appeals

September 28, 2012

The Social Security Administration is continuing to make more and more of their services available online. After what seemed to be a test-run over the last several months, claimants can now electronically sign their SSA-827 form for disability applications and appeals. The purpose of…

Read More

Social Security and Health IT

July 6, 2012

Disability claims are driven by medical records. Unfortunately, the process of requesting and obtaining medical records is the most frequent source of delay in the disability determination process. SSA requests over 15 million copies of medical records from over 500,000 providers each year to…

Read More