SEC Accuses Illinois Pension Fund of Securities Fraud

Illinois has come under fire again for allegations of government misconduct. This time the alleged wrongdoer is the Illinois pension system. According to the New York Times, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused Illinois of improperly funding public workers’ retirement plans from 2005 to 2009 when Illinois also issued $2.2 billion in bonds. […]

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Earbuds Could Be Responsible for Hearing Damage

You might want to think twice before using your in-ear headphones or earbuds to listen to your favorite music. According to a report on ABC World News last week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to get the word out about the dangers of earphones. In the report, Dr. George Alexiades of the […]

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New Bill Proposes Disability Benefits for Military Vets Who Are Victims of Sexual Assault

Military vets who have been the victim of sexual assault may soon find it easier to obtain disability benefits for any resulting mental health conditions. A new bill sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine seeks to help former military personnel who have been victims of sexual assault get the disability […]

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Potential Alzheimer’s Epidemic Fuels Concerns about Costs of Care

The number of patients with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to reach epic proportions in upcoming years – a dire prediction that is causing many to worry about the costs of care for those with the disease. According to an article in USA Today, a government-funded report estimates that the number of people in the United […]

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Why Social Security Disability Judges’ Names Shouldn’t Be a Secret

If an application for Social Security disability benefits is denied, the applicant can request that the application be reviewed by an administrative law judge (ALJ). In some cases, the ALJ may respond to a written argument submitted by an attorney for social security disability without conducting a hearing. In other situations, the ALJ may request […]

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Pre-Existing Medical Conditions, Worker’s Compensation, and SSDI Claims

How Pre-Existing Conditions Impact Worker’s Compensation If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you are generally entitled to worker’s compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault for the accident.Workers’ compensation benefits are paid by the employer’s insurance company, but it is the employee’s obligation to file a claim for worker’s compensation benefits. Moreover, […]

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Disability Beneficiaries Reaches Record High

Disability claims have reached a record high, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA’s two disability programs – Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – are the primary source of income for many disabled Americans. SSDI provides payments to disabled persons who have earned enough “credits” through the payment […]

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Debt Ceiling Debate Could Delay Social Security Disability Payments

Uncertainties regarding the debt ceiling have many Social Security recipients, including those who receive Social Security Disability benefits, biting their nails in worry. Unless the debt ceiling is raised to allow additional federal borrowing, more than 55 million Social Security recipients might not receive their checks because the Treasury Department would only have enough funding […]

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Employee Disability Benefits Are Becoming Costlier and More Complicated

More employers are asking their employees to pay for their own disability coverage, according to Reuters.  Employers are also placing restrictions and limitations on disability benefits for their employees, such as limiting short-term disability benefits and lengthening the waiting period before an employee is eligible for long-term disability benefits. “We are seeing some gradual slide […]

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Increased Medicare Part B Premiums Could Impact Social Security Benefits

Medicare provides health care coverage for most Americans over the age of 65, as well as most social security disability beneficiaries, according to a Congressional Research Service Report for Congress.  Social security disability benefits are generally eligible for Medicare Part A after a two-year waiting period, with some exceptions.  Participants in Medicare Part A may […]

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