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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.

As some of our […]

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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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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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Differences between SSI and SSDI

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Monday, June 2, 2014.

There is often confusion between the differences in Social Security disability insurance benefits and Supplemental Security Income. While both programs are administered by the Social Security Administration, SSI is need based and is for individuals with limited financial resources.

SSI is available for individuals 65 or older and can be used to assist disabled children or adults of any age. However, SSI does not generate benefits necessarily to other members in the family.

The maximum amounts received will be essentially the same for individuals in Illinois as in any other part of […]

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Social Security covers much more than just retirement

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Thursday, May 29, 2014.

There are a number of misconceptions when it comes to Social Security benefits. While there is a tendency to only think about these benefits as what we will receive when we retire, there are a large number of other benefits as well.

There are around 38 million retirees that receive Social Security income. However, there are also approximately 59 million Americans including surviving spouses, children and disabled individuals who receive Social Security payments. Even divorced spouses may be eligible to receive these benefits.

Retirement benefits are determined in large part by lifetime […]

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SSI requirements when it pertains to payment for children

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

The relationship of parent to child is the determining factor when decisions are being made as to whether a child is eligible for a payment from the Social Security Administration. The child could be eligible for payments whether a marriage between the two parents is ongoing or has ended.

If the child is disabled, however, determinations will have to be made concerning what individual is actually to receive the Social Security payments. This is generally determined by actual custody or legal responsibility for the child. For example, if the non-custodial parent […]

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Expedited process for disabled veterans put in place

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

There may be special circumstances where individuals filing for Social Security disability claims will be allowed to have their applications receive more immediate attention.  For example, we have written about the Compassionate Allowance program and how that allows individuals with certain conditions to have their claims expedited.

Similarly, the Social Security Administration has put in place a new process for veterans.  These veterans will also have their applications processed more quickly if they happen to have a 100 percent permanent and total Department of Veterans Affairs disability […]

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Compassionate Allowance program and the needs of the disabled

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, April 18, 2014.

There have been a great number of complaints concerning Social Security disability insurance applicants have to wait in order to have their applications processed.  However, the Compassionate Allowance program was put in place by the Social Security Administration in order that applicants with specific medical conditions can receive their SSDI benefits within 20 days.

Around 200,000 individuals are covered by this program.  It now appears that even more individuals will be covered as 25 conditions have been added to the Compassionate Allowance program.

Conditions listed in the Compassionate Allowance program […]

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Are Social Security numbers poised to undergo a major change?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Friday, April 11, 2014.

Without a doubt, one of the most talked about subjects of the past week has been the so-called “Heartbleed” Internet security glitch. While a technical discussion of this issue is clearly beyond the scope of our blog, “Heartbleed” has essentially exposed the online passwords of computer users for the last two years due to a flaw in a commonly utilized piece of security software.

Understandably, one of the major concerns that most people have after hearing about this password exposure is whether cyber criminals have illegally accessed their accounts, acquiring otherwise […]

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