For new and updates relevant to Social Security disability, we recommend visiting attorney Joni Beth Bailey’s blog page. Recent topics include: “Famous Last Words—’I’ve got this! I don’t need an attorney at my Social Security disability hearing!’” and “SSA’s mySocial Security: New Online Security Update” Ms. Bailey is an experienced attorney representing individuals since 1984 and focuses on cases in Southern Illinois (service area map). Her skill is recognized nationally as she is a frequent speaker to other Social Security disability attorneys.
One of the most important tips is simple. Always be honest with your doctors. Your doctor appointments are not the time to put your best foot forward. We frequently hear feedback from clients that they want their doctors to feel positive about their treatment and what they are doing to help them, so they in turn minimize their symptoms. First and most importantly, your doctor needs an accurate report from you of your symptoms and their severity in order to provide the best treatment possible. Secondarily, if you are filing a claim for disability and you always are telling your […]
Congressional Research Service (“CRS”) has put out a “primer” on SSA: Social Security Primer Congressional Research Service Summary The Social Security program was established in the 1930s and has been modified by Congress many times over the years. Today, Social Security provides monthly cash benefits to retired or disabled workers and their family members, and to the family members of deceased workers. Among the beneficiary population, approximately 82% are retired or disabled workers, and 18% are the family members of retired, disabled, or deceased workers. In November 2015, nearly 60 million beneficiaries received a total of $74 billion in benefit payments […]
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REMINDER: Pursuant to 42 USC Section 1395y(b)(2), commonly known as the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, Medicare may not make payment for medical benefits where payment has been made or can reasonably be expected to be made under a workers’ compensation law or plan of the United States or a state, or under an automobile or liability insurance policy or plan (including a self-insured plan), or under no fault insurance. By law, Medicare has a priority right of recovery from the primary payer as well as from parties in receipt of third-party payments, such as a beneficiary, provider, supplier, physician, attorney, […]
Annual enrollment for Part D prescription drug plans and Part C Medicare Advantage plans is from October 15, 2014 through December 7, 2014. This means that Medicare beneficiaries have to analyze their options and make choices by December 7, 2014. During open enrollment, Medicare beneficiaries who do not have a Part D plan can enroll in one, and those who do have Part D coverage can change plans. Beneficiaries can also return to traditional Medicare from a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan, enroll in an MA plan, or change MA plans. Plan information for 2015 is available on the Medicare Plan […]