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What benefits do I have access to if I am disabled?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, August 29, 2014.

Living with a disability can sometimes be a challenge for many people. Depending on the severity of the condition, everyday tasks may be difficult or even impossible to perform without someone else’s help. Oftentimes, this leads to life-long care, which may come with a hefty price tag.

Thankfully, the United States government has programs in place that can help provide financial assistance to people with disabilities. While we have discussed these programs before, we realize that some of you may be new to our blog, which is why we wanted to […]

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Total disability does not have to mean total loss of finances

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

Whether you became disabled because of a serious injury or illness or have lived with the impairment since birth, chances are you have thought about, at some point in your life, how it can affect your finances. This is especially true if you are totally disabled and unable to work.

How will you support yourself and pay for day to day expenses? Will you have enough money to cover the cost of medical care? Will you have to rely on someone financially for the rest of your life? These are the […]

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FCC rule will make 911 more accessible for the disabled

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

When there is an emergency, most people dial 911 without thinking. Oftentimes afterwards, they are glad that they did because this service sends responders to your location when you or someone else is in need of help.

But what is being pointed out by a new federal rule is the fact that people with disabilities may also require the help of emergency responders or may want to call for help on someone else’s behalf. With the current system though, this is particularly difficult for someone who is mute or […]

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What happens if I am disabled before the age of 22?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Whether you’re passed the age of retirement or barely out of high school, becoming disabled can have a huge impact on your life. It can also happen at any age too, which is problematic because this means that it may be difficult to plan for.

In this week’s blog post, we wanted to focus on people who become disabled before the age of 22. This is considered by some to be a critical age because a person may have only limited work experience at this time in their life. They may […]

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Despite promising data, Medicare trust still in trouble

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Because we have talked about it so many times before on this blog, many of our more frequent readers are quite aware of the trouble facing the Social Security Administration’s trust funds than other residents across Illinois. As some of you already know, the rise in the number of baby boomers who need Medicare assistance has created a vacuum, allowing funds to leave the trust faster than they are coming in.

Although initial estimates were incredibly bleak, only giving the trust a few more decades before it would become depleted of […]

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SSA will not cut services in Illinois field offices as planned

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

In the last few years, the Social Security Administration has seen an increase in the number of applications for benefits in all of its programs. From retirement to disability, the administration has struggled for months now to clear its backlog and provide benefits to millions of Americans across the United States.

But an uncertainty regarding the budget has conflicted with the increased workload, which has caused the administration to make some rather difficult decisions like limiting services offered at many sites and even closing offices across the nation.

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How could recent VA decision affect your disability claim?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Monday, July 7, 2014.

As so many of our Illinois readers know from first-hand experience, filing for disability benefits can be a frustrating process filled with complicated restrictions and confusing questions. But this process can be made even more frustrating when the agencies associated with disability benefits, such as the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs, change who can receive benefits and for what conditions.

Some of our readers might be experiencing this frustration at this very moment because of a decision that was made recently by the VA. As some of […]

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Complex laws for disability payments land ex-marine in prison

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

A lot of times, people will tell you to talk to a skilled lawyer when dealing with things that could become complicated legal matters. Although some people shrug off this advice because they think that they do not need the help, sometimes this isn’t always the best idea.

Take for example a case out of California where a former Marine was sentenced to four months in prison because of information he submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Marine Corps. Though his legal issue comes from a different state, […]

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How society creates physical and verbal barriers for disabilities

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, June 27, 2014.

If someone asked you to think of the term “disability,” what words would come to mind? If you’re like a lot of people across Illinois, you might define it as a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s ability to move, obstructs the senses and/or encumbers activities. As readers of our blog know though, this is not how the Social Security Administration defines disability. Instead, it is considered to be a condition that affects a person’s ability to work.

Regardless of your personal definition, it’s worth noting that […]

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SSA offices close as the need for benefits increase

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

While many offices are being closed by the Social Security Administration the need for benefits continues to increase. Individuals are facing longer waits as a result when seeking information.

The 64 field offices that were closed since 2010 is the largest number closed in the history of the agency. Hours have also been reduced in 1,245 other field offices as well. According to a congressional report, impact on local communities is seldom taken into account when these office closings occur. One senator stated: “The closure process is neither fair nor transparent […]

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