Harrisburg Social Security Disability Office has long hearing wait, adds new Judges

I hear from every client their disbelief of the wait time to receive a hearing on their Social Security Disability appeal.  It is frightening for folks who have no income or limited income and can’t function normally or work. However, …

Clarifying the Social Security cuts coming on April 29

You may start to see headlines pop up, such as this article, about millions of Americans being affected by Social Security cuts that are looming at the end of April.  It may stroke fear in you, as a current Social …

SSD Quick Hitter: How long is the wait for a Social Security Disability hearing in Central PA?

This is the second in a series of quick hitter articles on Social Security Disability. When I meet with individuals who have applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and been denied, one of the very first aspects I discuss …

Working and Social Security Disability

I am going to start a small mini-series of blog posts on Social Security Disability.  Here is the first installment, centered around the new Substantial Gainful Activity earnings amount. I often get asked whether a person has has applied for …

No COLA increase for Social Security Recipients, including those on Disability

For the first time in five years, Social Security recipients, including those on Social Security Disability (SSD) or Social Security Supplemental (SSI) benefits, will not receive an increase cost of living adjustment.  Benefits cost of living increases are determined by …

Cuts to Social Security Disability Could Be Coming

If Congress does not act, people already struggling on Social Security Disability (SSD) could see their checks reduced by as much as 20%.  At this point, by then end of fourth quarter 2016, the Social Security Administration would have just …

Will Workers Compensation Carriers See More Reporting Requirement to Social Security?

According to a paragraph in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) proposed fiscal 2016 budget,  SSA would require “private insurers that administer” workers comp and public disability benefits to report data on those benefits to SSA.  This reporting requirement would be …

Proving your Social Security Disability appeal

I am often asked how Social Security Judges evaluate appeals that come before them for decision.  The answer to that questions is simple.  Social Security formalized a  five-step sequential evaluation process to determine if a Claimant should be entitled to …