Social Security Scams; What you should know

People who are aware of scams are less likely to be scammed, so it’s important that you know what kind of scams are out there. Share this information with others and especially people you know whom may be more susceptible. The AARP refers to social security numbers as “the skeleton key to identity theft“. Social Security […]

Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2022

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced a 5.9% Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2022. This means that people on Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are about to get a 5.9% increase in their benefits for 2022. We have listed some example dollar amounts from SSA below, but you can find out your exact amount […]

SSA Plan for Government Shutdown

In the event that Congress does not come to a resolution before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2021, the Social Security Administration has released a plan for continuing operations amidst a government shutdown. The full SSA Contingency Plan can be found here, but in sum there is nothing to worry […]

Social Security’s Leadership Crisis

The smooth operation of the Social Security Administration (SSA) is important to nearly every family. SSA is charged with administering programs that provide benefits to more than 60 million retired and disabled Americans. SSA faces many ongoing challenges that require dynamic leadership. Long wait times to speak to a representative at local SSA offices, an ever-growing […]

Social Security Changes: Treating Physician Rule and Acceptable Medical Source

Social Security Changes: Elimination of Treating Physician Rule & Definition of “Acceptable Medical Source” 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 […]

SSA Resumes Mailing Social Security Statements

At Balin Law, we’re dedicated to winning your case so you and your loved ones can plan for the future. Planning has been made even easier with the Social Security’s recent announcement to resume the periodic mailing of Social Security statements. These statements will serve as a valuable financial planning tool providing workers age 18 and older with […]

Tools of the Trade for Disability Representatives

With so much technology now on-hand for so many different aspects of our daily lives, it should come as no surprise that it plays a heavy roll in the work of Social Security disability representatives. SSA has made several tools available online that help them closely monitor and develop your disability claim. Electronic Records Express […]

So, How is SSA Doing?

There has been a lot of press lately regarding the financial health of the Social Security Administration. On May 31st, 2013, SSA issued a press release stating that the combined assets of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2033, with 77 percent of benefits still […]

H.R. 1502 and Your Disability Benefits

Bob, 55 years old, has severe arthritis. He has been working the same job as a machinist for the last 20 years. Due to the economy, Bob is laid off from his job. Since he is still in need of income to care for himself and his wife, Judy, he applies for unemployment benefits while […]