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The attorneys at Troutman & Troutman, P.C. work hard to get our clients the social security benefits they deserve.
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Why Those Calling Social Security Disability a Form of Unemployment Are Wrong: The Huffington Post recently published an article arguing against a Washington Post report that claimed large numbers of working-age rural Americans are taking advantage of the Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) system. The Huffington Post article alleges that the Post’s accusation that as many as one in three working-age men and women in the rural US are using Social Security disability benefits as a form of unemployment is false. What Does the Report in the Washington Post Get Wrong About SSDI? The Washington Post story claims there is a Social Security disability benefits crisis in the rural US. However, as the Huffington Post report points out, data recently released by the Center for American Progress (CAP) refute the allegations made in the Post article. As stated above, the Post story alleges that one in three working Americans living in the rural US are using SSDI as a form of unemployment.... Read More » The post Why Those Calling Social Security Disability a Form of Unemployment Are Wrong appeared first on Troutman & Troutman, P.C.. http://bit.ly/2pdLcSM #Benefits #Disability #SocialSecurity #Disability #SSDI

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Why Is the White House Claiming Social Security Disability Is Wasteful?: The Washington Post recently published an article examining the White House’s views on Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). The Post’s article included an excerpt from White House Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney’s appearance on Face the Nation where he called the SSDI program wasteful. Is a Rise in the Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries the Result of Wastefulness? Is the White House accurate in calling the Social Security disability (SSD) program wasteful, or is this administration mistakenly blaming an increase in the number of SSD beneficiaries on wastefulness? According to data in the Post report, it appears the White House is mistaken in calling the SSD program wasteful. As of this writing, 17 percent of Social Security beneficiaries are disabled workers and their dependents. In addition, prior to President Obama taking office, there were 9.3 million Social Security disability beneficiaries. That number grew to a peak... Read More » The post Why Is the White House Claiming Social Security Disability Is Wasteful? appeared first on Troutman & Troutman, P.C.. http://bit.ly/2oP32cz #Benefits #Disability #SocialSecurity #SSA #DisabilityBenefits

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Is Congress Working on a Way to Make ABLE Accounts More Beneficial?: We have blogged about the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act) in the past, including in March when we discussed how ABLE accounts work to help people with disabilities avoid paying taxes on certain forms of income. Recently, Congress began considering ways to expand access for those seeking to acquire an ABLE account. If this ABLE account expansion legislation is passed, it could provide a way for more people with disabilities to use ABLE accounts to ease their financial burden. How Is Congress Planning to Change ABLE Accounts? Earlier this month, lawmakers from the US House of Representatives and Senate introduced three bills to Congress that would modify the ABLE Act: The first bill introduced would enable individuals with disabilities who are employed to save money with ABLE accounts. Currently, there is a $14,000 limit to annual deposits to ABLE accounts. Under this proposed law change, in addition... Read More » The post Is Congress Working on a Way to Make ABLE Accounts More Beneficial? appeared first on Troutman & Troutman, P.C.. http://bit.ly/2nVpy6k #Benefits #Disability #ABLEAccounts #DisabilityBenefits #SSDI

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How Will Law Changes Impact Social Security Spousal Benefits?: A federal budget bill has eliminated loopholes that completely change how Social Security spousal benefits work. A couple of the changes involve a process known as deemed filing. What Is Deemed Filing? Prior to the law changes, if those eligible for Social Security spousal benefits and retirement benefits were not full retirement age, they were required to apply for both and would receive whichever one offered the higher payout. This process was called deemed filing, because applicants were “deemed” to have applied for both Social Security retirement and spousal benefits. How Have Social Security Spousal Benefits Changed? Under the new law, deemed filing is no longer an option. In addition, married individuals can no longer apply for Social Security at full retirement age or older and then suspend their retirement benefits so that their spouse can collect spousal benefits. The new rules do not allow you to collect a spousal... Read More » The post How Will Law Changes Impact Social Security Spousal Benefits? appeared first on Troutman & Troutman, P.C.. http://bit.ly/2p8W3ed #SocialSecurity #Disability #SocialSecurity

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Claim Social Security Benefits Too Early? Here’s What You Do: A report featured in The Motley Fool, a financial news website, dealt with options for retirees if they claimed their Social Security benefits too early. How Claiming Your Social Security Benefits Too Soon Can Hurt You The earliest you can collect your Social Security retirement benefits is age 62. However, claiming it at that age is considered early retirement. The full retirement age according to the Social Security Administration (SSA) is 66 or 67. The reason why claiming your Social Security benefits too soon can hurt you is because it can limit your annual retirement income for the rest of your life. For instance, per a CNBC report, a person’s Social Security income could increase by anywhere from 20 to 35 percent from age 62 to age 67. This means that if you start collecting benefits at 62 instead of 66 or 67 you could receive 20 to 35 percent... Read More » The post Claim Social Security Benefits Too Early? Here’s What You Do appeared first on Troutman & Troutman, P.C.. http://bit.ly/2or8KmI #SocialSecurity #SSA #SocialSecurity

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Is the Social Security Administration Denying Benefits to the Terminally Ill?: Per a CBS Chicago report, allegations have surfaced of Social Security denying benefits to people who are dying. Is this really happening, and if so, how and why? How Is the SSA Denying the Terminally Ill Disability Benefits? The CBS Chicago article focuses on the story of a 49-year-old woman with terminal cancer who can no longer work and her battle for Social Security disability benefits. Reportedly, despite the fact that the woman qualifies for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is forcing her to jump through hoops to collect. According to the CBS Chicago story, she is not alone. Instead, she is one of thousands of terminally ill people being forced to wait to receive disability benefits they desperately need even though they qualify. The SSA program processing the woman’s claim is known as Compassionate Allowance. It was set up to fast track the disability benefits applications of... Read More » The post Is the Social Security Administration Denying Benefits to the Terminally Ill? appeared first on Troutman & Troutman, P.C.. http://bit.ly/2nKvhru #Benefits #Disability #SocialSecurity #Oklahoma #SSA

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How Will New Rules Impact Social Security Disability Benefits?: In late March, WISH-TV reported on changes to Social Security disability benefits that have taken effect recently. The new rules will impact the relationship between disability claimants, their treating physician and the Social Security Administration. How Will Disability Benefits Change Under the New Rules? Per the WISH-TV report, under the new Social Security regulations, the treating-physician rule will be eliminated. This means that a doctor’s report about Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) applicants’ injury status no longer carries as much weight in deciding whether they should receive disability payments. With their doctor’s support meaning less, it will be harder for first time SSDI applicants to prove their disability claim. How Does the SSDI Application Process Work? For most people, when they apply for Social Security income (SSI) or Social Security disability insurance, it is their first time. In such cases, claimants can find themselves overwhelmed and confused, which can easily... Read More » The post How Will New Rules Impact Social Security Disability Benefits? appeared first on Troutman & Troutman, P.C.. http://bit.ly/2oufmB5 #Benefits #Disability #Disability #Tulsa #SocialSecurity

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Could a Proposed Law Cost People Their SSDI Benefits?: Earlier this month, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette published an article about a proposed Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) bill making its way through Congress. Per the report in the Gazette, if this bill becomes law, it could end SSDI benefits as we know them, including limiting access for millions of people. How Could This Proposed Bill Limit SSDI Benefits? The proposed bill, which is known as the Social Security Disability Return to Work Act, would limit the number of SSDI beneficiaries who can receive benefits for life or even long term. Under the proposed law, those receiving SSDI benefits would be divided into three categories: Medical improvement expected – Those who fall under this category would have their benefits automatically cut off after two years. After their benefits are terminated, beneficiaries can reapply for SSDI, but they will be treated like they are a new applicant, including being required... Read More » The post Could a Proposed Law Cost People Their SSDI Benefits? appeared first on Troutman & Troutman, P.C.. http://bit.ly/2nvWMWq #Benefits #Disability #Disability #SSDI

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How to Improve Your Social Security Benefits During Tax Season: CNBC recently featured an article that discussed methods people can use to improve their Social Security benefits during tax season. What You Need to Do to Maximize Your Social Security Benefits During Tax Season It is always a good idea to review your Social Security Income (SSI) information during tax season. Your main reason for reviewing your SSI benefits at tax time is that you will already be using the necessary documentation to do your taxes. The way that you can ensure that you are receiving the maximum SSI payment available to you is to go over your annual statement. Your SSI annual statement includes your estimated monthly benefits, which are based on the average of your yearly earnings during the 35 years where you earned the most annually. For example, if you discover that any of the years used in determining your 35 highest earning years is inaccurate, correcting... Read More » The post How to Improve Your Social Security Benefits During Tax Season appeared first on Troutman & Troutman, P.C.. http://bit.ly/2oqWXS9 #SocialSecurity #SocialSecurity #TaxSeason

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Are Injured Workers Eligible for Partial Disability Benefits in Oklahoma?: A ruling handed down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court may have opened the door for injured workers to receive partial disability in Oklahoma. What Does This Ruling Mean for Injured Workers in Oklahoma? The case at the heart of this ruling was Maxwell v. Sprint PCS. In the suit, a woman who suffered a knee injury on the job and received workers’ compensation benefits as a result her injury. After she returned to work, she applied for permanent partial disability (PPD), but the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission as well as an administrative law judge ruled that her PPD benefits should be deferred from the time she returned to work. However, after the case made its way to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, it reversed the earlier rulings, stating that it is unfair to treat injured workers who can come back to work differently from injured workers who cannot return to work.... Read More » The post Are Injured Workers Eligible for Partial Disability Benefits in Oklahoma? appeared first on Troutman & Troutman, P.C.. http://bit.ly/2nCEaq7 #Benefits #Disability #Disability #SocialSecurity #SSDI
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