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October 2015 Archives

Electronic Signatures

In the year 2000, President Clinton signed into law the Electronic Signature in Global and National Commerce Act (the E-sign Act), which declares that an electronic signature "may not be denied legal effect, validity, or enforceability solely because it is in electronic form." Since then, digital signatures have been regarded as binding on contracts, including agreements made between applicants for Social Security Disability benefits and their attorneys or representatives. Yet even today, some personnel in the Social Security Administration (SSA) have been hesitant to recognize the validity of anything other than a wet signature.

Hearing Loss

As the parent of a deaf child, I often meet families of people with significant hearing loss. When they learn of my profession, a question I am commonly asked is whether they can receive disability benefits for their hearing loss.

Congress plans to limit hike on Medicare Part B premiums

Millions of senior citizens will be hit with an increase in monthly premiums for Medicare Part B in January, but if Congress and Obama approve a new two-year federal budget plan, it will limit those increases. The proposed deal would also circumvent a 20 percent Social Security disability benefits reduction at the end of 2016 by diverting funds from the Old Age and Survivors Trust Fund.

Social security disability claims for physical impairment

Minnesota residents who are suffering from a physical impairment that prevents them from earning a living for a period of one year, or will cause them to die, may be able to qualify for disability benefits. At Midwest Disability, P.A., we help disabled persons qualify for the government benefits they require to pay for their daily life expenses.

Veterans will not likely receive benefits increase in 2016

Next year, disabled veterans are not expected to receive a Social Security benefits increase. This will be the third time that no benefits increase was given in 40 years. Clearly, this news will not be making any veterans happy, but it appears to be the result of one positive theme in our economy at the moment: lower gas prices.

What should I do if my SSI or SSDI claim was denied?

Most Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance claims are denied the first time they are made. If this has happened to you, do not be alarmed as there is still hope for your claim through a special appeals process. However, you may need the assistance of an Social Security attorney to make sure that you submit your appeal appropriately.

Discounts for medical marijuana dispensary customers

Medical marijuana users in Minnesota will now be able to get discounts if they buy their entire month's supply at once. One of Minnesota's two medical marijuana locations is offering a 15 percent discount to patients who buy all of their month's supply in advance.

Social Security Disability: Full Retirement Age

When the Social Security program was developed in 1934 (signed into law in 1935), President Roosevelt called upon assistance from actuarial studies, which initially indicated that the correct full retirement age (also called "normal retirement age") for a solvent, self-supporting program should be sixty-seven. Though the German model system (which predates our own by 46 years) had selected seventy as the minimum qualifying age, the actuaries on the Social Security program eventually chose sixty-five as the full retirement age "because sixty was too young and seventy was too old. So we split the difference"[1]

Foreign-Language Translations for Social Security

Supporting your disability claim with medical evidence of record is a crucial part of the evaluation process. Under CFR § 404.704, when evidence is needed for claim development, the claimant is responsible for obtaining and giving the evidence to Social Security Administration. At times, claimants may receive medical care abroad, where records are not written in English.[1] Other foreign-language documents may also be submitted from churches, temples, or other organizations within the United States. In such circumstances, the regulations also provide that Social Security Administration can obtain English translations for foreign-language records or documents (CFR § 404.704; see also POMS: GN 00301.330).

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