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The importance of keeping an open mind about SSD benefits

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, January 17, 2014.

Over the last few weeks, the topic of Social Security disability benefits has been making headlines all over the nation. First, as we recently reported on our blog, news outlets were in a frenzy last week after hundreds of retired emergency responders in New York City were charged with fraudulently collecting disability benefits. Second, political websites all across the country have been reporting that federal lawmakers are currently considering the very frightening possibility of cutting Social Security disability benefits to help fund a one-year extension of unemployment benefits.

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UN disability rights treaty rejected by Senate

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Friday, December 7, 2012.

Bad news came to disabled people around the world when the United Nations-sponsored treaty for disabled-people’s rights failed in the Senate this month.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was negotiated by President George W. Bush and was signed by President Barack Obama back in 2009. It was voted on Dec. 4 and failed by a 61-38 vote. The White House issued a statement saying it was “disappointed” that the treaty did not pass.

Signed by 155 nations and ratified by another 126, the treaty was modeled after the […]

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Violation of disabled parent’s rights getting media attention

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, November 30, 2012.

According to a new report released by the National Council on Disability, disabled parents across the nation have had their children taken away from them by social services because of their disabilities. To many child-welfare experts, they are simply trying to keep the child’s best interests in mind. People in the disability-rights community however say that this could be interpreted as a form of discrimination if the issue is not addressed soon by legislatures across the nation.

“Parents with disabilities continue to be the only distinct community that has to fight […]

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SSA attempts to save money by cutting office hours

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Friday, November 9, 2012.

According to the Social Security Administration, they requested from the government roughly $11.76 billion for administrative expenses for the fiscal year that began in October. Instead, Congress cut the budget by almost $400 million leaving the administration in a rather difficult situation.

Despite the recent go ahead from the government to approve more applications this year, claims are still mounting. Workers are constantly working overtime to keep up with the public demand which is costing the administration more money than they anticipated.

In an announcement made this week, the Social […]

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Social Security disability: a tough road ahead for IL and nation

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

Social Security is a subject of increased discussion in Illinois and across the country. Many relying on Social Security are concerned about the future of the program. Funding is the looming issue.

As the presidential election draws near, neither political party wants to tackle this issue, especially as it relates to the portion covering Social Security disability insurance. Funding is deteriorating quickly. But an issue of such importance simply cannot be ignored.

Experts stress that this issue will have to be addressed within the next presidential term. Congress must work […]

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Cancer survivor fighting to change laws surrounding disability benefits

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Thursday, May 3, 2012.

People living in Chicago and beyond might take their health for granted. People get up every day and go to work. However, in an instant, an illness or serious injury can turn a person’s life upside down and leave them unable to work and make a living for themselves.

When that happens, many people rely on Social Security disability benefits. Through the SSDI program, those who have been or are expected to be unable to work for 12 months may be eligible to collect disability benefits. For some, the […]

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Are the Families That Need SSI Benefitting from the $10 Billion Program?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Monday, February 20, 2012.

In many cases, an individual living with a disability may find it difficult to support themselves financially. An indigent person may find it particularly difficult to deal with an ever growing mountain of medical bills.

In Illinois, an indigent person is an individual that is totally disabled and does not have a source of income. For such people there are Supplemental Security Income benefits available. SSI can help people with disabilities live fuller lives.

Through the SSI program, families with disabled children are able to collect up to […]

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