Social Security Disability &
  Special Needs Planning News from
 Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law,
 "Of Counsel" at Needham Mitnick & Pollack
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In This Issue
Are College 529 Plans Considered a Resource by Social Security When Applying For SSI?
September is National Pain Awareness Month
Lupus Foundation Presentation Was Sold Out

Upcoming  Presentations:


Metropolitan Washington Mensa Regional Gathering 2011


Sheri Abrams will be speaking about Social Security Disability Law on Saturday October 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM, as part of the Regional Gathering of  Metropolitan Washington Mensa. 


The Mensa Gathering is being held from October 7-10 at the Hyatt Dulles Hotel in Herndon.


For more information about this event please click here

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Issue: # 38September 2011
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Welcome to the thirty-eighth edition of our newsletter.


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These monthly newsletters are designed to show you how not to gamble with your or your patients/clients Social Security Disability and/or SSI benefits.  We also provide you with information on Special Needs Planning.


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Are College 529 Plans Considered a Resource by Social Security When Applying For SSI?

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Recently the issue of whether or not a College 529 plan would be counted as a resource of the disabled person by Social Security when applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) came up in our office.


The answer depends on whether the disabled person applying for SSI is over or under the age 18.


If a disabled person is over age 18, their 529 plans are excluded by the SSI program through several different provisions.  First of all, the accounts are held by their parents or other persons who make the contributions. While the student is named as the beneficiary, these accounts are owned by others and thus would not count as a resource to the student.   If the student is over the age of 18, the 529 Accounts held by parents or other persons would have no bearing on the student's SSI eligibility.


For any child under the age of 18,  who is applying for SSI, his/her parents' income and resources are counted as belonging to that child.  Therefore, a 529 Plan Account would be considered a "countable parental resource."   If the value of the 529 Account exceeds $3,000 (a couple's resource limit for SSI eligibility), the child would then be ineligible for SSI.

For more information on eligibility for Social Security Disability and SSI benefits, please click here


September is National Pain Awareness Month


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The purpose of National Pain Awareness Month is to bring attention to the suffering of 75 million Americans and to highlight the need for research and new, improved treatment options.


How You Can Observe Pain Awareness Month:


The American Pain Foundation Action Network is asking that you join the "If I Lived in a World with Less Pain, I Could..." campaign to raise awareness and help secure a first-ever presidential proclamation naming every September National Pain Awareness Month.


Rest Ministries is sponsoring National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week.  Their Web site features a number of opportunities to participate including guest bloggers who discuss various issues people with invisible illnesses face every day, and virtual conferences you can access through your computer. 


Lupus Foundation Presentation Was Sold Out


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Sheri Abrams' teleconference on Social Security Disability and Lupus was held on Saturday, September 17th.  This teleconference was part of the Lupus Foundation of America's --- Lupus: Learn from the Experts Teleconference series. 


This teleconference attracted a sold out audience of more than 250 participants.


Slides from this teleconference can be accessed by clicking here


Sheri Abrams' Book "Don't Gamble With Your Social Security Disability Benefits--What Every Virginia Resident Needs To Know To Win A Social Security Disability Case" Is Available.

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For more information please click here to see our Press Release.  
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