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Sep 5th, 2014

SSA Terms and Definitions

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In the course of doing business with Social Security, you probably have come across more than a few acronyms or terms that left you scratching your head. For example: Your FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act) contributions aren’t the only factor to affect your OASDI (Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) payments and eligibility. You also must consider such items as insured status, month of election, and PIA (Primary Insurance Amount). Your protective filing date can make a difference as well. And each year the amount of your payment is subject to change as the CPI-W (Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers) brings about a new COLA (cost-of-living adjustment).

The Glossary Of Social Security Terms is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/glossary. There is also have an English to Spanish version of the glossary, available at www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/glossary/english-spanish-glossary.html. Also, check out the library of easy-to-understand publications at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs. If you do encounter a word or phrase you don’t recognize, the place to go on Dictionary Day or any day is www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/glossary.

May 29th, 2014

Disability Benefits for Family Members

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What if you become disabled before you retire and you are unable to continue working to support your family? Social Security has you covered with disability benefits.

If you have a disability that is expected to last a year or longer, or result in death, you should apply for disability benefits. Your work and taxes cover not only you, but your entire family, too. Family benefits can include retirement, disability and, in the event of your death, survivors benefits. This coverage includes everyone in your family who depends on you for support, such as your minor children who are under age 18, or age 19 if still in secondary school, as well as your spouse. It also can include older children who have severe disabilities that began before age 22. In some cases, parents and grandchildren can qualify for family benefits if they depend on your income and you are their only means of support.

If you want to learn more about how Social Security benefits the younger members of your family, please call our office toll free 888-977-3435.

May 29th, 2014

What is a Social Security “credit?”

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Answer:
During your working years, earnings covered by Social Security are posted to your record. You earn Social Security credits based on those earnings. The amount of earnings needed for one credit rises as average earnings levels rise. In 2014, you receive one credit for each $1,200 of earnings. You can earn up to a maximum of four credits a year. Most people will need 40 credits (or 10 years of work) to be eligible for retirement benefits. Learn more by reading the online publication How You Earn Credits
at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.

Feb 19th, 2014

Social Security Announces New Expedited Disability Process for Veterans

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Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, along with Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) today unveiled a new initiative to expedite disability claims by veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T). Under the new process, Social Security will treat these veterans’ applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions, similar to the way the agency currently handles disability claims from Wounded Warriors.

Jan. 17, 2014 — SSA Question: 
I’m getting married soon. How can I get my name changed on my Social Security card?
Answer:    
After the wedding, gather your marriage document and other papers proving your:
” identity; and
” United States (if you have not yet established your citizenship with us) or immigration status (including Department of Homeland Security permission to work in the United States).

Then, complete an application for a Social Security card, which you can find at www.socialsecurity.gov. Finally, mail your completed application and documents or take this information to your local Social Security office. You can find your nearest Social Security office at www.socialsecurity.gov/locator. Remember: Your documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. SSA cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. Any documents you mail to us will be returned to you along with a receipt.

Jan 17th, 2014

The Social Security Administration has approved 25 new compassionate care allowance conditions

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New Compassionate Allowances Conditions

1. Angiosarcoma
2. Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor
3. Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction
4. Coffin- Lowry Syndrome
5. Esthesioneuroblastoma
6. Giant Axonal Neuropathy
7. Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome
8. Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma
9. Joubert Syndrome
10. Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis
11. Liposarcoma- metastatic or recurrent
12. Malignant Ectomesenchymoma
13. Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor
14. Marshall-Smith Syndrome
15. Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor- Grade III
16. Pallister-Killian Syndrome
17. Progressive Bulbar Palsy
18. Prostate Cancer – Hormone Refractory Disease – or with visceral metastases
19. Revesz Syndrome
20. Seckel Syndrome
21. Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome
22. Small Cell Cancer of the Thymus
23. Soft Tissue Sarcoma- with distant metastases or recurrent
24. X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease
25. X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy
If you need help applying for or appealing a Social Security Disability or SSI claim please call The Law Office of Fred S. London P.C. today 410-685-3737 or toll free 888-977-3435.
WE CAN HELP.

Jan 17th, 2014

February 2014 Social Security Disability and SSI Reminders

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The month of February is a time to recognize a number of unfortunate ailments that disable and take the lives of too many people.

February is American Heart Month, focusing on heart disease and how to prevent it. Every year more than 700,000 Americans have a heart attack and about 600,000 die from heart disease – making up about a fourth of the nation’s deaths. National Wear Red Day, February 7, also focuses on heart disease – the number one killer of women.
February 4 is World Cancer Day, a chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving knowledge about cancer. February 14 is National Donor Day, encouraging everyone to become an organ donor, giving the ultimate Valentine to someone in need.

These awareness campaigns remind us how critically important Social Security disability benefits are for people with severe disabilities and their families. Many people do not like to think about disability. However, the onset of disability is unpredictable and can happen to anyone at any age. The unfortunate reality is that one in four 20-year-old workers become disabled before reaching retirement age. When severe illness or injury robs a person of the ability to work and earn a living, Social Security disability benefits can provide a critical source of financial support at a time of need.
When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn credits. These credits count toward retirement, survivors, and disability benefits. The number of credits you need to qualify for disability benefits depends on your age, and some of the work must be recent. For example, the younger you are the fewer credits you need to have. For most people, you need to have worked at least a total of 10 years, but if you are younger, you may qualify with as little as a year and a half of work.
You don’t need to have had a heart attack, organ transplant, or cancer to qualify for disability benefits. However, you must have a disability that is severe enough to render you unable to work and that is expected to last a year or longer, or result in death.

If you have such a disability, you should start your application now. That’s because it takes time to determine whether you qualify for benefits. It usually takes three to four months for a medical decision from the state agency that evaluates your condition. If your application is approved, your first Social Security disability payment will be made for the sixth full month after the date the state agency determines that you qualify for disability benefits. For example, if the state agency determines you qualify for disability benefits effective January 15, your first disability payment would be paid for the month of July. (Your July payment would be received in August.)
Call The Law Office of Fred S. London P.C. today for help with Social Security Disability and SSI 410-685-3737 or toll free 888-977-3435. We Can Help!