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
Medicare Part B Premium Increase for 2012 Will be Lower Than Projected and Will be Offset
Disney Parks Are Very Accessible for Guests with Disabilities

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Issue: # 40November 2011
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Welcome to the fortieth 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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Medicare Part B Premium Increase for 2012 Will be Lower Than Projected and Will be Offset


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that while the Medicare Trustees had predicted that monthly Medicare Part B premiums would be $106.60, premiums will instead be $99.90.   


The majority of people with Medicare have paid $96.40 per month for Part B since 2008, due to a law that freezes Part B premiums in years where beneficiaries do not receive cost-of-living (COLA) increases from Social Security. 


In 2012, people with Medicare will pay the standard Part B premium of $99.90, amounting to a monthly change of $3.50 for most people with Medicare.   This increase will be offset for almost all seniors and people with disabilities by the additional income they will receive as a result of the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).


For example, the average COLA for retired workers and people with disabilities will be about $43 a month, which is substantially greater than the $3.50 Medicare Part B premium increase. 


Medicare Part B covers physicians' services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and other items.




Disney Parks Are Very Accessible for Guests with Disabilities


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All of the Disney Parks have been known as great places to vacation for guests with disabilities.


Disney Parks offer many services for guests with disabilities, including unique ride cars that enable guests to remain in their wheelchairs, American Sign Language interpretation at live shows, special equipment and facilities for resort access, and disability-specific pamphlets and guidebooks.


However, recently Disney has gotten even more accessible.


Disney guests with visual disabilities are now able to explore Disney parks in a whole new way.   Utilizing an enhanced, 7.2-ounce Disney-designed handheld device, users first hear an interactive audio menu from which they may choose the type of information they would like to receive.


The assistive technology device's options include: descriptions of outdoor locations throughout the park including nearby attractions, restaurants and entertainment, or detailed audio description of key visual elements inside more than 20 attractions.


Guests with some hearing loss are covered also - assistive listening features include captioning to read while enjoying specific attractions, and visual indicator door knocks in resort hotel rooms.


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.  
You can also download a free copy of the book at our websites:








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Falls Church, VA 22046
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This is in downtown Falls Church and the office has plenty of free and accessible parking.



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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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