Daily Ohio COVID19 Updates & Social Security Disability Q&A

If you have questions or concerns as it relates to Social Security disability, SSI or Long-Term disability cases, please contact us by phone (866-49-BALIN) or email.

We want to remind our clients that we are an essential business and remain open via phone and email. If you are a client, or are considering filing a Social Security disability claim, please see our blog and video about updates and opportunities for Ohioans with disabilities.

Please follow Governor Mike DeWine’s Twitter account, Facebook page and CoronaVirus.Ohio.Gov for the latest updates.

May 28, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 33,915 cases and 2,098 deaths in Ohio with ages ranging from <1 to 109 years old.
  • Pharmacists will be allowed to order and administer COVID-19 tests in Ohio. A map of pharmacies able to test will be listed at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
  • Assisted living: outdoor visitation will be allowed June 8.
  • Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is deferring Ohio employers’ premium installments for the months of June, July, and August.

May 21, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 30,167 cases and 1,836 deaths in Ohio with ages ranging from <1 to 109 years old.
  • Restaurants can welcome diners inside today.
  • Bowling alleys, mini golf and batting cages can reopen May 26, with health and safety guidelines to follow.
  • New public health orders from May 20, 2020
  • Ohio is partnering with the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers and Nationwide Insurance Foundation to distribute thousands of Community Wellness Kits. These kits will help protect families in communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19. DeWine’s administration is also increasing the number of public health workers who can help notify Ohioans of possible exposure to the virus.
  • DeWine’s administration is directing $1 million in grants to specifically provide mental health and addiction services for hard-to-reach individuals throughout the state of Ohio.

May 18, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 28,454 cases and 1,657 deaths in Ohio.
  • Local officials may be involved and with potential revocation of a liquor license if restaurants and bars won’t comply with social distancing guidelines. Ohio is forming a team of law enforcement and health officials that will conduct safety compliance checks in crowded bars and restaurants.

May 14, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 26,357 cases and 1,534 deaths in Ohio.
  • Several re-openings were announced today for Ohio. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted made a point to say this does not mean all entities below will re-open and that it is up the the discretion of business owners if they want to re-open and encouraged people to call before hand:
    • May 22: Horse racing may open, but spectators are still not permitted. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted made clear that Casinos and Racinos still cannot open.
    • May 21: Campgrounds are permitted to re-open.
    • May 26: Non-contact sports such as baseball, softball, tennis, etc. may open/resume, but contact sports such as hockey, basketball, field hockey, etc. are not permitted to resume. Guidelines will be provided by end of day tomorrow on coronavirus.ohio.gov.
    • May 26: Pools may re-open. Husted made clear that this does not include waterparks as they are regulated differently. Guidelines will be provided by end of day tomorrow on coronavirus.ohio.gov.
    • May 26: Gyms/dance studios, etc. wll be permitted to re-open. Guidelines will be provided by end of day tomorrow on coronavirus.ohio.gov.
    • May 26: BMVs will re-open, but Husted strongly encourages to use these facilities on a needs basis as many services can be rendered online at oplates.com
    • May 31: Day camps may re-open. Husted says ratios and guidelines will be provided by end of day tomorrow on coronavirus.ohio.gov.
    • May 31: Child care facilities may re-open, but ratio of child care provider to child must be limited with strict guidelines. Learn more about these childcare guidelines.

May 12, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 25,520 cases and 1,436 deaths in Ohio.
  • Tattoo and massage parlors are permitted to open on Friday May 15th.

May 11, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 24,777 cases and 1,357 deaths in Ohio.
  • Governor DeWine was supposed to have a response on child care today, but says he wouldn’t make an announcement until he “has all the facts” before making a decision.
  • A list of advisory groups have been created to help re-open Ohio’s economy.

May 7, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 21,132 cases and 1,271 deaths in Ohio.
  • Salons, spas, nail salons can open May 15
  • Restaurants and bars can open up with outside dining on May 15 and inside dining on May 21, but must comply with social distancing. Restaurants and bars are permitted at their discretion to require patrons to wear masks or not. Each restaurant will set its own limit for indoor customers, but spacing must be maintained between tables or a physical barrier must be placed between customers.
  • Monday, there will be an announcement on child care.

May 5, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 20,969 cases and 1,135 deaths in Ohio.
  • Ohio is cutting its budget by $775 million in two months with school and Medicaid budgets being cut the most:
    • Reduce Ohio Medicaid spending by $210 million
    • Cut K-12 foundation funding by $300 million
    • Other education budget line items by $55 million
    • Cutting colleges and universities by $110 million
    • Reducing all other agencies $100 million
  • There will be no daily briefing on Wednesday, May 6th.

May 4, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 20,474 cases and 1,056 deaths in Ohio.
  • DeWine plans to announce when and how restaurants can begin welcoming customers this week.
  • BMVs: Lt. Governor Jon Husted said Bureau of Motor Vehicles Deputy Registrar locations will not reopen until later this month. Husted said they are looking into ways to reopen all facilities while maintaining social distancing and reminds everyone that many services can be rendered online.
  • An important reminder: “The Internal Revenue Service issued a special alert for Supplemental Security Income and Department of Veterans Affairs beneficiaries to act by May 5 if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents so they can quickly receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payment. Their $1,200 payments will be issued soon and, in order to add the $500 per eligible child amount to these payments, the IRS needs the dependent information before the payments are issued. Otherwise, their payment at this time will be $1,200 and, by law, the additional $500 per eligible child amount will be paid in association with a return filing for tax year 2020.” Learn more here.
  • Testing priority is laid out as follows

ohio covid19 testing priority

 

May 1, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 18,743 cases and 1,002 deaths in Ohio.
  • Stay Safe Ohio Order (replaces the stay at home order) goes into effect until May 29, 2020. The order can be viewed here.
  • Having public confidence is of the utmost importance for businesses looking to re-open up. Today, dentists, veterinarians and hospital procedures open up or continue.

April 30, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 18,027 cases and 975 deaths in Ohio.

April 29, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 17,303 cases and 937 deaths in Ohio.
  • Masks/face coverings should be worn when out in public, while not a requirement, it is highly recommended out of respect for one another.
  • Face coverings are required for all employees, unless an employee is prohibited by law or regulation from wearing a face covering. If you’re alone in an enclosed workspace, you do not have to wear a mask. Other exceptions are for practical reasons such as extreme heat, clear communication purposes, sensitivity issues, certain disabilities, etc., but must have a written justification if requested by police or local health department.
  • If you get SSI, you will get your $1,200 economic relief automatically. If you have not filed a tax return and have an eligible child, you must act now to get your additional $500 per child. If you miss the May 5, 2020 deadline, go to irs.gov for further information and learn more at ssa.gov/coronavirus

April 28, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 16,769 cases and 799 deaths in Ohio.
  • Polls at 7:30pm tonight close for Ohio’s extended Primary Election and results will be given.
  • Masks will not be a requirement to shop in stores, but it is a strong recommendation, says DeWine.
  • More symptoms have been listed, which can include a new loss of taste and smell, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, chills (even without fever), and more.
  • It’s advisable to not recirculate air within homes and businesses as to not spread coronavirus.
  • Dr. Acton reminds and encourages people to reach out for help if they are struggling. This is a time that can provoke more anxiety and stress, and it’s important to reach out if you need help. The COVID Care Line has been created for emotional support. Trained, licensed staff will be available from 8am-8pm, 7 days per week, and rolls over to a National Hotline after hours. All calls are confidential. The COVID Care Line phone number is 1-800-720-9616

April 27, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 15,699 cases and 712 deaths in Ohio.
  • May 1, 2020 Ohio begins to open back up. Elective surgeries and procedures begin to resume. Dentists and Veterinarians are also allowed to re-open.

General office environment safety guidelines for reopening in Ohio

general office environment safety principals for Ohio reopening

  • May 4, 2020: manufacturing, distribution and construction companies may begin to open up. Manufacturing companies must practice safety guidelines. General offices will allowed to be open; working from home is still encouraged.

Manufacturing, distribution and construction opening safety guidelines in Ohio

manufacturing, distribution and construction opening safety guidelines in Ohio May 4 2020

  • May 12, 2020: retail shops may begin to open, but stores and customers are recommended to wear facial masks.

Consumer and retail safety guidelines for reopening in Ohio

consumer and retail services safety principals for Ohio reopening

  • Any businesses opening up must have a mask. “No mask, no work, no service, no exception.”
    • Must conduct daily health assessments
    • A maximum capacity of 50% of the fire code
    • Maintain good hygiene and practice social distancing
  • Stay-at-home orders will still remain in place.

April 24, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 15,169 cases and 690 deaths in Ohio.
  • This coming Wednesday (April 29) will yield at least 7,200 tests per day. In the coming weeks up to 22,000 tests per day could be available by May 27.
  • The FDA approved on Monday (April 20) a reagent made by Thermo Fisher.

April 23, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 14,142 cases and 618 deaths in Ohio.

April 22, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 14,117 cases and 610 deaths in Ohio.
  • Elective surgeries can resume, but will take clinical judgement to make responsible decisions to move forward as coronavirus is still a risk.
  • A COVID Care Line has been created for emotional support. Trained, licensed staff will be available from 8am-8pm, 7 days per week, and rolls over to a National Hotline after hours. All calls are confidential. The COVID Care Line phone number is 1-800-720-9616

April 21, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 13,725 cases 557 deaths in Ohio; Marion and Pickaway counties are hit the hardest.
  • Thermo Fisher has developed a new, and approved, reagent for testing. Could help ramp up testing for COVID-19 statewide. (DeWine said that would be helpful for opening up the economy.)
  • Dr. Acton says ~60 percent of Ohioans have some kind of chronic health condition, which are part of the vulnerable population.

April 20, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 12,919 cases and 509 deaths.
  • New data and forecasting models are located on Ohio’s coronavirus website.
  • A plan is being made to start slowly re-opening certain businesses, more to come in the coming week(s).
  • No in-classroom school in Ohio for the rest of the school year and returning in the Fall is questionable at this time.
  • Masks are encouraged to wear in public.

April 16, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 8,414 confirmed coronavirus cases and 389 deaths.
  • Lt. Gov. Jon Husted is leading a plan to get the economy and businesses back into work starting May 1 in small phases. At this time, businesses are encouraged to come up with a safety plan to keep the business environment and employees safe. DeWine does not have any specifics for what will open beginning May 1.
  • DeWine is meeting with school superintendents and will have more announcements on schools next week.
  • Masks are heavily encouraged to be worn any time while out in public and wearing masks will be a new normal for likely up to a year from now.

April 15, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • The Ohio tax filing is being extended to Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
  • The United Census deadline is moved to August 14, 2020. Visit https://2020census.gov/ for more information.
  • DeWine approved 105 inmates to be released early from Ohio prisons (inmates must have met specific criteria).
  • 7,791 confirmed cases, 361 deaths reported in Ohio.

April 14, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

April 13, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • A new order is signed to make nursing homes and long-term care facilities notify families within 24 hours if anyone contracts the coronavirus.
  • Only those with valid Ohio residency will be allowed to purchase from liquor stores in certain counties in Ohio.
  • DeWine and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services encourages us all to find five people to check-in with every day for the next 30 days.#OHStrive5

April 10, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 5,836 confirmed cases and 227 deaths in Ohio.
  • Dr. Acton shares a video to illustrate how social distancing works:

April 9, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 5,512 confirmed cases and 213 deaths in Ohio.
  • 696,000 of the 6.6 million Americans who filed for unemployment are in Ohio.
  • Voting: a reminder that there will be no in-person voting. Absentee ballots will need to be requested from your local Board of Elections…April 28, 2020 deadline, but your absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than April 27. https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/

April 8, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 5,148 confirmed cases and 193 deaths in Ohio.

April 7, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 4,782 confirmed cases and 167 deaths in Ohio.
  • Prison intakes are down about 20%. DeWine announces the release of select prisoners to be released (non-violent offenders, and within 90 days of release). Of the 49,000 Ohio prisoners, 141 met the very specific qualifications. And there are 26 cases who have health issues that DeWine is asking prosecutors/parole boards to consider.
  • DeWine reminds Ohioans that they can receive access to good care via telehealth. It’s important to keep up with appointments when you can, especially if you can do so via telehealth.
  • SNAP recipients to receive additional support amid the pandemic. SNAP eligible households will be eligible to pick up food at their local food banks.

April 6, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 4,450 coronavirus cases in Ohio, 142 deaths.
  • Dr. Acton: Recovery count information is starting to be counted. Numbers are not accurate, but gives an idea as the teams look at cases. Around the country, the data shows that more deaths are skewing toward more males. Dr. Acton encourages those being admitted to hospitals to disclose racial and ethnic information in order to collect more data for coronavirus cases.
  • DeWine allows the Ohio National Guard to go to Ohio’s only Federal prison as there is a COVID19 outbreak. 3 inmates have passed in the last few days and many others having symptoms. DeWine says providing state help to Ohio’s only Federal prison is the right thing to do. DeWine pleads to not intake and introduce new inmates to the infected population.

April 4, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 3,739 cases and 102 deaths.
  • Dr. Acton makes clear that Covid-19 testing is only available through a hospital system and not any public testing. These are scams, so please be aware.
  • CDC and DeWine administration encourages wearing homemade masks when out in public.
  • There are WiFi hotspots (many libraries have them). For anyone needing internet connection: https://governor.ohio.gov/…/dewine-husted-praise…

April 3, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 3,312 confirmed cases, 91 deaths.
  • There’s a shortage of the swab, test tube and liquid for testing and the Ohio Department of Health has partnered with The Ohio State University to produce more of these test kits to get more testing available. More testing can be anticipated in the next few days says DeWine.
  • Ohio has an advantage (3-4 weeks) to see how other states and countries have been hit to react. Ohio is building out more facilities and space for COVID and non-COVID patients to help get those the level of care they need. Ohio National Guard is partnering with Dr. Amy Acton.
  • Prisons: no in person visiting to prisons. DeWine’s team is sending letters to judges throughout the state; in particular, 38 prisoners who might be released early. These are non-violent offenders. Of the 38, 23 women are either pregnant or had children while in prison. DeWine’s team is sending letters to judges to make a determination to see if it’s appropriate for these women to be released early. 15 prisoners who are over the age of 60 and are within 60 days of release are also being considered for early release.

April 2, 2020 Ohio COVID-19 Updates:

  • 2,902 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Hospitalizations are 802 (28%) and 9% of those hospitalizations are in ICU. 81 confirmed deaths in Ohio.
  • Stay-at-home order extended through at least May 1.
  • New order: Goes into effect Monday at 11:59am April 6. A dispute resolution group is being created to make decisions about businesses allowed to be open. Over crowing in stores: requires retail businesses to establish a number of people that can be allowed in an establishment at a given time. Anyone traveling to Ohio: must quarantine for 14 days. Parks are remaining open, but if parks have too many people or trails don’t allow for separation, the director of the Ohio parks can make recommendations at her discretion.
  • DeWine says for hospitals to contact Battelle to sterilize masks.

April 1, 2020 COVID-19 Update:

  • In Ohio, 2,547 cases, 679 hospitalizations, 65 deaths.
  • For vulnerable Ohioans needing access to food, DeWine says his administration has been working with federal partners and the USDA Food & Nutrition Service and grocery stores on a “click and collect” option to get groceries. Says those receiving SNAP benefits are able to shop online and go to their grocery stores to pick up their items in cars. SNAP recipients will be able to swipe their EBT cards from their cars now without entering the store.
  • DeWine has signed an executive order that seeks to provide some assistance for our small businesses in the area of their mortgage and rent payments to prevent foreclosures. Through this order, DeWine is issuing a plea to lenders and landlords across Ohio to work with their small businesses and suspend payments for at least 90 days.
  • Church gatherings: DeWine says anyone going into big groups of people is a “very, very serious mistake endangering themselves, their family, and total strangers.”

March 31, 2020 COVID-19 Update:

Dr. Amy Acton Takeaways:

  • In Ohio- ~2,200 cases, 585 hospitalizations, 55 deaths.Still dealing with the scarcity of testing. Age range from <1 to 99 years old with a median age of 53 years old.
  • Dr. Acton says it’s important to know that we do have beds available in our hospital systems and that it’s the calm before the storm. Encourages every one of use to look at what is essential. Think about being out very strategically as it’s important to maintain social distancing and only go out when it’s absolutely essential. It’s lifesaving to practice this.
  • Dr. Acton issuing a statewide order to collect data on inventory for ventilators and other breathing assistance devices. Also working to secure more ventilators.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted Takeaways:

  • Lt. Gov. Husted has two key announcements:
    • 1. the unemployment system: says they have to do more to add more capacity to add more people to take more phone calls so more people are being added. Husted wants the public to know that the public’s voices are being heard about not being able to get through to file unemployment.
    • 2. For insurance, a 60 grace period for the insured of 60 days was ordered. Out of care network must still provide same rates as in-network. Insurance companies are required to pay for COVID-19 testing.

Gov. Mike DeWine Takeaways:

  • A statewide order is signed to maintain public water service during this crisis. It prevents a water system from shutting off. Call water utilities to request reinstatement (without fees) if your water has been shut off. If water has been shut off, you must flush your water first.
  • Battelle worked with Ohio State University to come up with a new rapid test for coronavirus for faster results. Can take up to 200 tests per day currently, but as infrastructure is built up, more than 1,000 tests will able to be tested per day.

Lori Criss, Director of the Department Mental Health and Addiction Services, Takeaways:

  • Mental Health is a concern. The DeWine administration and local partners are working hard to make sure every Ohio family has a safe place to live and be well to reduce homelessness during this time. Acknowledges those living alone is a difficult time as well. Strategies to help with mental health are having meals at normal times, showering and waking up with a routine. Create a space for leisure time. If you’re alone, reach out to friends and family if you can.
  • Checking on friends, family and neighbors is important right now. Check in with each other.
  • If you’re not living in a safe environment or don’t have food, reach out to local food pantries and domestic violence agencies. Stay in touch with your primary care doctor for other health issues and mental health and addiction counselors to keep up with treatment plans. Ask about connecting through Telehealth services or ways to come in if you need to.
  • Try and get outside in nature if you can and take in the environment around you. This can be very helpful for mental health.
  • For people in recovery, this is a tough time and you can do tough things. It’s vitally important to stay connected to your peer recovery support group. There are online and phone meeting groups.
    Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery – OCAAR has some resources on their Facebook page.
  • NAMI Greater Cleveland has many resources for mental health services.

March 30, 2020 COVID-19 Update:

  • In Ohio: 1,900+ confirmed cases. 475 hospitalizations, 39 deaths. Schools closed until May 1.
  • Battelle deal is approved. This will help decontaminate critical PPE. Up to 80,000 masks can be decontaminated each day starting out.

March 28, 2020 COVID-19 Update:

  • Interpreters were not on screen today. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine lets deaf community know they can see interpreters on Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Facebook page.
  • DeWine team says they have called health insurance providers and told them not to deny any claims due to coronavirus. This is an emergency and no one should be turned away if they don’t have a doctor.
  • Ohio: 1,406 confirmed cases from age <1-96 with a median age range of 52 years old. 25 confirmed deaths. Our thoughts are with all those families ❤️💙
  • DeWine asks for manufacturers to help. Asks for 10 most wanted items: surgical gowns (all sizes), face & surgical masks (adult & pediatric), gloves (nitrile, vinyl or butyl gloves), N-95 particulate respirators, isolation gowns, face shields, Tyvek coveralls, thermometers, foot coverings, ventilator tubing — send email to Matt Damschroeder: together@governor.ohio.gov
  • DeWine advises churches to not congregate and encourages using technology. Says several people came down with the coronavirus from congregating together in groups.
  • DeWine makes a public appeal to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve mask sterilization process. This sterilization, if approved by the FDA, will allow for up to 160,000 masks to be sterilized each day, in Ohio alone. Says this is a matter of life and death. DeWine also makes a public appeal to private lab testing companies to get test results back to the state ASAP.
  • A report is received from The Cleveland Clinic that we may not hit our peak until mid-May.

March 22, 2020 COVID-19 Update:

Key Takeaways:

  • “Stay at Home” is ordered effective Monday 3/23/20 at 11:59pm until at least April 6, 2020.
  • Essential businesses will be allowed to stay open, but must follow health and safety guidelines
  • All daycares must operate on a temporary pandemic childcare license and have a maximum of 6 children per room
  • Limits are set on chloroquine and hydroxycholoroquine (not proven medication for COVID-19)

March 21, 2020 COVID 19 Update:

Key Takeaways:

  • Adult day services for people with disabilities is ordered to close
  • Health insurance premium payments can be deferred to Dept. Of Insurance for up to 60 days.
  • Telehealth therapy services are allowed. If you’ve been going to a mental health provider, please reach out to your therapist or provider about teletherapy services.
  • Businesses can forgo payments to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) from March through May and defer through June 1, 2020.
  • To keep supply chain in tact, waivers are being granted on truck weight limits to allow for larger loads to grocery stores and medical facilities.
  • Mental health tips during this time:
    • Maintain a routine if you can
    • Stay connected if you can through email, social media, writing letters, a phone call, etc.
    • Reach out if you need help. Other resources for coping are here.

March 19 & 20, 2020 COVID19 Update:

Key Takeaways:

  • Courts must be open to address urgent matters
    • Latest press release on on 3/18/20 for Services During COVID-19 Pandemic from Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security.
  • Senior citizen/adult day cares to close on 3/20/19
  • 169 confirmed cases: ages 1 to 90 years old on 3/20/19
  • People are encouraged to call mortgage, credit card, utilities companies to see about forbearance or temporarily suspending payments/options.
  • Emergency rules implemented for access to Telehealth services

March 18, 2020 COVID19 Update:

Key Takeaways:

  • Hair salons, spas, tattoo parlors, barbershops, nail salons all close temporarily today.
  • All BMVs closed (except 5 locations for commercial drivers (CDLs)).
  • Businesses requiring employees to remain on premise are asked to take employee temperatures every day.
  • Banks will not close (your money is safe and it’s important not to panic).
  • COVID19 cases continue to rise. Please practice social distancing and do not go anywhere unless very urgent.

March 17, 2020 COVID19 Update:

“If you have a hearing scheduled, we will call you to discuss alternatives for continuing with your hearing, including offering a telephonic hearing. Our call may come from a PRIVATE number and not from a U.S. Government phone. Please remember that our employees will not threaten you or ask for any form of payment.”

Full press release from the Social Security Administration: https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/2020/#3-2020-2

The lawyers at Balin Law will need to determine on a case-by-case basis whether it is in a client’s best interest to proceed with a phone hearing or request a postponement of the hearing in light of COVID-19. A postponed hearing is normally rescheduled within 2-3 months, but we are not operating under normal circumstances.

As such, it is difficult to determine what sort of delay we would be looking at if we request a postponement. So why postpone? Often an in-person hearing is necessary to allow an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to observe your symptoms in person. For example, reading about an essential tremor in somebody’s medical records is an altogether different experience than actually seeing their hands and arms shake secondary to a neurological disorder or a side effect of medications.

You hired us not just to represent you but to WIN your case. Balin Law will continue to advise you on the best course of action to maximize the likelihood of WINNING your case during these challenging times. For now, Ohioans should practice social distancing and stay home if possible.

March 16, 2020 COVID19 Update Q&A:

Q: Will Social Security disability cases be affected by COVID-19?


A: SSA is operating as business as usual with one important exception – the judges are allowing claimants to request a telephonic appearance instead of an in-person appearance at hearings.

Q: Is Balin Law open during this time?


A: We are business as usual with the exception that:

1. Client meetings and interviews are occurring solely over the phone and not in person for the foreseeable future.

2. Our business hours remain the same.

3. We are setting up telecommuting for staff to abide by the CDC’s recommendations.

4. We are disinfecting all common areas regularly and at the end of every workday.

In Summary:


There has been no interruption to the processing of any Social Security or Long-Term Disability cases to report. If that changes, we will let clients know. Follow and Like our page to keep up with updates.

Please visit these websites for additional information as well:

https://www.cdc.gov/
https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/

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