Get to Know the Faces and Facts of Disability

Posted Date: August 29, 2014 | Categories: Social Security Disability

Perhaps the most misunderstood Social Security program is disability insurance, often referred to as SSDI. Some people mistakenly think that beneficiaries are “on the dole” and getting easy money for minor impairments. That’s not the case. There are two ways to understand the truth about disability. One is by looking at the facts. The other […]


The Myth of ‘Out of Control’ Disability Benefits

Posted Date: August 25, 2014 | Categories: Social Security Disability

The rising number of people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits in recent decades and the projected depletion of the program’s trust fund in 2016 are whipping up a frenzy in some quarters that disability insurance is “out of control.” Don’t believe it. These developments were largely anticipated and are quite manageable if policymakers don’t lose their heads over […]


Posner Opinion Takes Aim at Denial of Disability Benefits; is it a 7th Circuit Trend?

Posted Date: August 22, 2014 | Categories: Social Security Disability

In a published opinion issued two weeks after oral argument, the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned the denial of disability benefits to a woman who claimed severe pain because of a herniated disc. The two-week turnaround by the author of the opinion (PDF), Judge Richard Posner, is quick even by his speedy standards, […]


Social Security Launches 1st National my Social Security Week

Posted Date: August 18, 2014 | Categories: Individuals, Social Security Disability

In honor of the 79th Anniversary of the Social Security Act, Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, invites everyone to celebrate the first National my Social Security Week. From August 17 through 23, 2014, Social Security will host numerous events to highlight the many benefits of a my Social Security account, a personalized online account people can establish at beginning […]


Columbus Social Security Disability Hearing Office Gets Two New Judges

Posted Date: August 14, 2014 | Categories: Social Security Disability

The Columbus Social Security Disability hearing office will be getting two new Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) who are scheduled to report  to the Columbus, Ohio office this month.  The judges names have not yet been released; however, they will undergo four weeks of training beginning and it is anticipated that they will begin presiding over Social Security […]


Social Security Defines Policy for Same-Sex Married Couples

Posted Date: June 20, 2014 | Categories: Social Security Disability

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. Therefore, Social Security no longer is prevented from recognizing same-sex marriages to determine entitlement or payment amount.


Military Veterans Can Receive Expedited Social Security Disability Claim Processing

Posted Date: May 21, 2014 | Categories: Social Security Disability

The effect of military service can be profound and lasting. There are a number of financial, social, and health issues that result from military service. Some Wounded Warriors and Veterans Who Have a Compensation Rating of 100% P&T are unaware that Social Security may expedite the processing of their disability claims. The expedited process is […]


US Senate Bill Would Increase SSI Asset Limits

Posted Date: March 14, 2014 | Categories: Social Security Disability

The Jones Law Group supports a new bill proposed in the U.S. Senate by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio that would increase the amount of cash or liquid assets individuals may have and still qualify for and maintain Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.      Since 1989, individuals who receive […]


Social Security Proposes to Tighten Rules on Disability Appeals

Posted Date: March 11, 2014 | Categories: Social Security Disability

The Social Security Administration, under pressure from Congress, is moving to tighten rules that would require people applying for disability benefits to present the government with all relevant medical information – even if it says they can work. The proposal, recently published in the Federal Register, was made in response to a 2011 Wall Street […]


First Term: Americans Collecting Disability Increased 1,385,418—Now 1 for Each 13 Full-Time Workers

Posted Date: December 11, 2013 | Categories: Social Security Disability

(, January 20, 2013) – During President Barack Obama’s first term, the number of Americans collecting federal disability insurance increased by 1,385,418 to a record 8,827,795. As a result, there is now one person collecting disability in this county for every 13 people working full-time. Forty-two years ago, in December 1968, there were 51 people […]

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