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Social Security Guidelines on Fibromyalgia and Disability

The Social Security Administration published new guidelines for evaluating fibromyalgia in its disability cases on July 25, 2012.  The purpose of the Ruling is to assist SSA’s decision makers in evaluating disability claims with allegations of fibromyalgia.  According to the  Ruling,  fibromyalgia “is a complex medical condition characterized primarily by widespread pain in the joints, muscles, tendons…

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New Report Recommends Changes to Social Security Disability Programs

According to an August 8, 2012, PRNewsire press release, D.C.-based advocacy group “Our Generation” has released a report entitled “Social Security Disability Insurance – an Entitlement in Need of Reform.” In the report, the non-profit think-tank elaborates on the problems with the current Social Security disability system and suggests ways that the federal disability program…

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Social Security Field Offices to Reduce Hours Again

The Social Security Administration informed its field office employees their offices will close to the public at 3:00 instead of 3:30 as of November 19, 2012. This is the second reduction in office hours for SSA. The agency reduced its office hours to the public by 30 minutes daily back in August 2011. The email…

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Workers Also Need Disability Insurance

The fascinating thing about life is that one is never certain about what will happen.  Although this can result in wonderful surprises, it can also manifest in unfortunate ways.  Since it is impossible for individuals to predict the future, the only other option to deal with future unfortunate events is to prepare for them in case they…

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Social Security Announces Its 1.7% Increase In Benefits For Next Year

The Social Security Administration announced today that the cost-of-lining adjustment or COLA for 2013 will be 1.7%. Monthly Social Security payments will increase by 1.7% as will monthly Supplemental Security Income payments.  Social Security will make other changes beginning January 2013 based on the COLA.  For example, the maximum earnings subject to the Social Security…

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Social Security Administration Stops Mailing Paper Statements Again

SSA has suspended mailing out their Social Security earnings and benefits statements effective October 1 due to their very tight budget. The Social Security statements showed a person’s earnings covered by Social Security and estimates of the person’s potential retirement and disability benefits. SSA had previously suspended mailing out the paper Social Security statements as…

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