Monthly Archives: March 2011

VA Extends Post-Incarceration Health Care Benefits

This is one announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs that I sincerely hope does not apply to anyone reading this blog. I do think it’s a good idea though, and I wanted to pass along the information. In a … Continue reading

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Proposal to Raise Medicare Age to 67 Has Hidden Costs

There has been talk recently of raising the Medicare eligibility age from the current 65 to 67. The purpose would be to save Medicare expenses by making people wait an additional two years before enrolling for coverage. This is similar … Continue reading

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Medicare Rise Could Mean No Social Security COLA

For the past two years Social Security retirees and Social Security disability recipients have had no cost of living allowance increases because the COLA is tied to inflation and inflation has been very low. This coming year inflation might be … Continue reading

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Medical Bills Need Reconstructive Surgery

“Prices are almost always inflated before being routinely discounted. Amid such financial flimflammery, it’s virtually impossible for a patient to be a well-informed consumer of healthcare.” That was the subtitle of an article in the Los Angeles Times recently. The gist … Continue reading

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Budget Cuts to Texas Nursing Homes and In-Home Care Will Have Harmful Economic Costs

The Dallas Morning News ran a rather frightening article this week about the effect on nursing homes of the proposed budget cuts. Here are excerpts: Leaders in the nursing home and in-home care industry warned Tuesday of dire consequences if … Continue reading

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Tips for Filing an Application for Social Security Disability Benefits

Making a claim for Social Security disability benefits begins with the filing of an application with the Social Security Administration. We strongly recommend hiring an experienced Social Security disability lawyer BEFORE filing an application. If you say the wrong thing … Continue reading

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Don’t Take “No” As The Final Answer From Your Health Insurance Company

“Don’t take no for a final answer when a health insurer rejects a claim and leaves behind an unpaid medical bill. As many as 50 percent of some appeals prompt insurers to reverse their decisions, according to a report from the … Continue reading

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SSA Funding For Current Year Is Still Uncertain – Will Reduced Funding Lead to Longer Delays?

This post is is excerpted from an article in the most recent newsletter of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. The current fiscal year, FY 2011, began on October 1, 2010. However SSA, like all federal agencies, is still … Continue reading

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What To Expect at a Social Security Disability Hearing

The administrative hearing is the third stage in a Social Security or SSI (Supplemental Security Income) appeal. After a denial at the reconsideration level a hearing is requested. It takes between 12 and 15 months to get a hearing date … Continue reading

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