No Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase in 2016

 

There will be no automatic increase in the monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security benefits paid to millions of Americans in 2016. According to a press release issued by the agency on, October 15, 2015: [More]

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No Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase in 2016

 

There will be no automatic increase in the monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security benefits paid to millions of Americans in 2016. According to a press release issued by the agency on, October 15, 2015: [More]

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SSA Extends Effective Date for Temporary Pilot Program Setting the Time and Place for a Hearing before an ALJ

 

Effective July 2, 2015, Social Security Administration (SSA) extended its pilot program that authorizes the agency to set the time and place for a hearing for one year through August 12, 2016. [More]

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Further Extension of SSA’s Disability Redesign Features

 

Effective September 25, 2015 – September 23, 2016, SSA will continue to run tests of the single decision maker and prototype state provisions of its Disability Redesign program features. [More]

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SSA Extends Authority of Attorney Advisors for Another Two Years

 

On June 5, 2015, Social Security Administration (SSA) issued a Final Rule extending the sunset date for its Attorney Advisor Program for an additional two years ending on August 4, 2017. [More]

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SSA Issues Final Rules for Listing 13.00 and 113.00 Cancers

 

SSA has issued its final rules regarding changes to the medical criteria for one of the listings as shown below. To access all the changes you can read the two attached Fed Register announcements or visit SSA’s Blue Book Listings site after July 20, 2015 when the changes go into effect. [More]

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SSA Issues Final Regulations on Submission of Evidence

 

On Monday April 20, 2015, the Social Security Administration’s new final rules on the submission of evidence in disability claims will be in effect. The final rules amend the regulations on “Evidence of your impairment” (20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1512 and 416.912 and the “Rules of Conduct and standards of responsibility for representatives” (20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1740 and 416.1540).
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Transitional Aged Youth Need Supports to Achieve Self-Sufficiency

 

There is a population of youth in today’s foster care system who require specialized attention to guide them toward a path of self-sufficiency. These are known as Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) and by definition, include youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are in transition from state custody or foster care. The successful integration of any TAY population into society requires support. According to some researchers, the typical youth is not expected to reach self-sufficiency until the age of 26 and receives, on average, $44,500 in parental support after age 18. So for youth in foster care, it is no wonder that this transition can be an exceedingly rocky one. This is due, to some degree, to the lack of a coordinated support system which would normally assist foster youth in the absence of parental figures. In general, foster youth in this age group are often at risk for homelessness, increased incidents of juvenile justice involvement, higher levels of unemployment, and a lack of post-secondary education. [More]

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SSA Issues New Rulings on Endocrine Disorders for SSI/SSDI Claims

 

Effective June 2, 2014, Social Security Rulings (SSRs) 14-2p and 14-3p can be used as guidance on Social Security Administration’s (SSA) evaluation of Diabetes Mellutis (DM) and other endocrine system disorders respectively, for Title XVI Supplemental Security Income and Title II Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims. [More]

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SSA Collaborates with VA on New Expedited Disability Process for Veterans

 

Effective March 17, 2014, American veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T) are eligible for expedited processing of their Social Security disability applications. [More]

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