Welcome to the twentieth edition of our newsletter. In these monthly newsletters we will be showing you how not to gamble with your or your patients/clients Social Security Disability and/or SSI benefits. We will also be providing you with useful information on Special Needs Planning.
|THE BACKLOG TO HAVE A SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY HEARING IS AT ITS LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 2005|
Pending Cases Drop Below 700,000; Processing Time Down 72 Days
Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced that the number of disability hearings pending stands at 697,437 cases - the lowest level since June 2005 and down more than 71,000 cases since December 2008, when the trend of month-by-month reductions began.
In addition, the average processing time for hearing decisions has decreased to 442 days, down from a high of 514 days at the end of 2008. "We have decreased the number of hearings pending by almost 10 percent over the last 14 months and cut the time it takes to make a decision by nearly two and a half months. This remarkable progress shows our backlog reduction plan is working," Commissioner Astrue said. "With ongoing support from the President and Congress as well as the efforts of our hardworking employees, I am confident the hearings backlog will continue to diminish."
Social Security has actively addressed the hearings backlog and increased the capacity to hold more hearings. The agency hired 147 Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) and over 1,000 support staff in 2009, and has plans to hire an additional 226 ALJs this year. The agency now has four National Hearing Centers to help process hearings by video conference for the most hard-hit areas of the country. The agency also has aggressive plans to open 14 new hearing offices and three satellite offices by the end of the year. The first of these offices was opened in Anchorage, Alaska on February 19, 2010.
While this is not great news, it does show some improvement for all of our clients who are anxiously waiting for their Social Security Disability Hearings.
For more information on Social Security Disability Benefits & Hearings, please click here
|"AUTISM ON THE SEAS" |
We have gotten many requests over the years for information on vacation options for families who have members with disabilities.
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"Autism on the Seas" is dedicated to servicing the cruising travel needs of families and individuals faced with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, and all Cognitive, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as well as (but not limited to) Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome.
"Autism on the Seas" has been in collaboration with Royal Caribbean International since 2007, providing Group Cruises for a vacation experience that is unmatched. They also provide "Individual Autism Cruise Services" for those individuals and families who wish to cruise on any date or ship of their choice on Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, NCL, Carnival, or Disney.
For more information please visit "Autism on the Seas" website at www.AutismontheSeas.com or call them at 1-800-516-5247 and ask for Mike or Karen.
|SHERI ABRAMS' NEW BOOK "DON'T GAMBLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL SECUIRITY DISABILITY BENEFITS--WHAT EVERY VIRGINIA RESIDENT NEEDS TO KNOW TO WIN A SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY CASE" IS NOW AVAILABLE!|
Virginia Attorney Sheri R. Abrams along with Attorney Benjamin W. Glass has published a new guide for anyone filing for Social Security Disability benefits. This comprehensive legal book explains the process of filing for Social Security Disability benefits in easy-to-understand language, describes how an experienced attorney can guide a claimant through the maze of administrative work involved, and answers frequently-asked questions about the process.
The clear organization and down-to-earth approach makes this book a valuable reference tool for a layperson who seeks to understand how and when to apply for Social Security Disability benefits-and when to hire an attorney to help.
This book is available for purchase at Amazon.com and through Word Association Publishers.
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400 S. Maple Avenue
Falls Church, VA 22046
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We provide legal services in the areas of Social Security Disability Law , Elder Law, Wills and Trusts, Probate, Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives, Guardianships, Long Term Care Planning, Disability Planning, Medicaid Eligibility, Veterans Benefits and Special Needs Trusts.
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