U.S. lawmakers are committed to solving the Social Security problem

Posted on Monday, March 16th, 2015 at 3:45 pm    

One California lawmaker believes that both the Democrat and Republican parties are committed to saving the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program from running out of funds in the near future, the Fiscal Times reported on February 26.

According to Representative Xavier Becerra, both parties want to make sure that benefits are given to Americans who have contributed to the program. Though Rep. Becerra favored replenishing SSDI through the Old Age Survivors Insurance (OASI) program to prevent benefit cuts, Republicans do not want this to happen unless additional measures are taken to improve the program. Under President Obama’s plan, reallocation of funds from OASI to SSDI would sustain both programs until year 2033. A senior adviser of a federal budget watchdog group said the issue of looming depletion should compel the Social Security to reform the programs.

Applying or appealing for SSDI benefits can be confusing and tedious. However, if you are in Indiana, an attorney from the Hankey Law Firm may help you through this process. Learn more by calling our offices at (800) 520-3633 today.

Workers’ comp reforms limit benefits to injured workers

Posted on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 10:44 am    

An investigation conducted by NPR and ProPublica has found that injured workers are frequently suffering from extremely limited workers’ compensation benefits, and subsequent financial hardship and devastation, as more and more states undergo drastic changes to their workers’ compensation systems.

In some cases, injured workers have been forced to wait months, if not years, on insurance companies in order to get the surgeries and medical treatment they need. Read more about this important investigation by clicking here.

Thousands of SSDI beneficiaries in Florida threatened by benefit cuts

Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 1:40 pm    

Thousands of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients in Flagler and Volusia counties in Florida feel threatened by a looming disability benefits cut, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported on February 22.

Disabled Port Orange resident Suzanne Traficante, 57, said having her SSDI benefits reduced would have a huge effect on her life. Traficante is currently suffering from several ailments, all of which followed her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2000. Traficante, who is currently taking various medicines everyday, uses her monthly SSDI benefits to augment her husband’s salary. According to the SSA, from 2009 to 2013 SSDI beneficiaries in Flagler and Volusia have increased by an estimated 16 percent. Traficante is one of the nearly 11 million SSDI beneficiaries nationwide whose benefits are threatened if lawmakers fail to prevent SSDI from exhausting. The Obama administration wants to salvage the SSDI program by acquiring funds from the Old Age and Survivors Insurance program, as other administrations have done in the past. The Republican Congress, however, has blocked that ability without additional reforms to the program.

The Indiana lawyers at the Hankey Law Firm help disabled individuals in applying for or appealing their SSDI benefits. Our lawyers understand how hard it is to apply for disability benefits, especially as the future of the program is in flux. Call us today at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may help you get your much needed benefits.

Attorney Ashley Marks named a Super Lawyers Rising Star

Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 3:50 pm    

The Hankey Law Office is excited to announce that attorney Ashley Marks has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star. This prestigious honor is awarded to no more than 2.5% of lawyers per state after a patented multiphase selection process. Attorneys are selected based on independent research by Super Lawyers, as well as evaluations and nominations by peers. Rising Star attorneys must have been in practice for no more than ten years, or be 40-years-old or younger. Our entire legal team is proud that Ashley Marks has been added to the elite group of Rising Star honorees.

Additional Social Security benefits entitled to those with disabilities

Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 10:58 am    

Many people are aware of the monthly stipend awarded from the Social Security Administration to qualifying disabled individuals. Aside from this monthly financial assistance, people whose Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has been approved are also entitled to other benefits to sustain their family and lifestyle while disabled. Listed below are the benefits bundled in the SSDI:

  • Individuals with disabilities are entitled to Medicare benefits two years after the onset date of their disability.
  • Through “auxiliary” SSDI, the spouse, minor, or disabled child of a disabled individual may also be entitled to receive SSDI benefits.
  • Up to a year of back payments are also sometimes awarded to eligible SSDI claimants.

If you find that you can no longer work due to your disability in Indiana, the lawyers of the Hankey Law Firm may assist you in filing or appealing for your SSDI benefits. Find out how we may help you get your much needed benefits to sustain your life today by calling (800) 520-3633.

White House called on Congress to allocate funds to save SSDI

Posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 at 4:26 pm    

The White House recently told Congress to move funds from the retirement program to prevent the possible reduction of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, Huffington Post reported on February 2.

The Obama Administration’s proposal to save SSDI by acquiring funds from payroll tax revenue comes in spite of previous moves Congress made earlier this year that would prevent this very move. Despite their desire to reform the disability program, the GOP has not yet come up with a solution that will prevent the depletion of 20% of benefit recipients’ payments when the fund is exhausted next year. Moving money between the retirement and disability program has been the traditional way to keep both programs alive.

Applying for your SSDI benefits may be complicated and frustrating, especially in the face of news that the program is threatened by fund shortages. However, the attorneys at the Hankey Law Firm know that many residents in Indiana depend on their SSDI payments, and we may also help you file or appeal a claim. Call our offices at (800) 520-3633 today to learn more.

Congressman calls for investigation, not cost cutting, of SSDI program

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 9:42 am    

A U.S. congressman disagrees with the way in which Republicans are attempting to address fraud in the Social Security disability system, according to the Duluth News Tribune on January 14.

Congress recently approved a rule that would prohibit the transfer of funds from retirement to disability, although this has been a regular practice for decades when either fund threatens to deplete. Now, disability remains at risk of depleting by 2016, which will result in critical cuts in benefits to disabled Americans. In a recent phone interview, Representative Rick Nolan said that instead of slashing disability benefits, the SSDI program could be fixed by removing undeserving beneficiaries of the program. Nolan calls for greater investigation into the system rather than inventing a crisis that will truly endanger those who depend on disability benefits.

The lawyers of the Hankey Law Office know that many disabled people are qualified to receive SSDI benefits in Indiana. Although Congress may squabble over legislation, our lawyers have experience pursuing successful claims, and we may be able to work on your behalf. Contact us today at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your options.

SSDI benefits may be reduced by a fifth

Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2015 at 1:33 pm    

Millions of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients may have their benefits reduced by an estimated one fifth if legislators do not act, the Washington Post reported on January 7.

A parliamentary rule adopted by the House on January 6 prevented the transference of funds to SSDI from the retirement program. Though the retirement program has sufficient funds, some legislators say that this will not address the underlying problem. The new rule will force the Congress to debate next year on how to save SSDI. Representative Sam Johnson (R-Texas) said that new rule can be changed if it is determined to be crucial to fund SSDI through the retirement program.

As SSDI is becoming scarce, working with a lawyer when applying for your disability benefits is important to help you strengthen your claim. If you are in Indiana, the lawyers of the Hankey Law Office may legally assist you in your application or appeal process. Call us today at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may work for you.

Report: disability judges erroneously approve appeal cases

Posted on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 at 8:45 am    

A recent report revealed that many Social Security judges easily approve disability appeals, costing the program billions of dollars, The Washington Times reported on December 18.

In the report released by House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrel Issa (Calif.-R) both the SSDI and SSI programs are nearing exhaustion, unhelped by administration judges who easily approve claims. Rep. Issa reportedly is concerned that judges easily approve denied claims to compensate backlogs as fast as they can, and the agency is too lax to admonish them. People who deserve to get benefits are at risk due to the rapidly approaching disability fund expiration in 2016.

In Indiana alone, the lawyers of the Hankey Law Office believe that many people deserve to get their disability benefits. If you are planning to file or appeal for your benefits, our lawyers may possibly assist you in the application process. Find out how we can work for you today by calling (800) 520-3633.

SSDI shortage expected before 2016 ends

Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 2:50 pm    

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits shortage is expected to be felt before the year 2016 ends, an article on The Buffalo News reported December 8.

Millions of SSDI beneficiaries in the U.S. may have their benefits reduced by 20 percent if Congress fails to prevent the disability funds’ near exhaustion, Representative Tom Reed (R-Corning) stated. Reed reportedly wants to push legislation through Congress to resolve the financial obstacles of Social Security system in order to save the disability program. However, Rep. Reed is skeptical of an earlier suggestion by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to save the disability program by transferring funds from the retirement program. He, among others, are working to first eliminate fraudulent claims in order to begin rectifying this situation.

If you are disabled in Indiana, working with an efficient attorney is important for the best chance at securing your benefits, whether you are in the process of applying for, appealing, or defending your current claim. Find out how the Indiana attorneys of the Hankey Law Office may assist you in your SSDI filing today by calling (800) 520-3633.

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