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Social Security Announces the Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2022: The Biggest COLA Increase in 39 Years

On October 13, 2021, the Social Security Administration announced a 5.9% benefit increase for 2022. This cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be the biggest COLA adjustment since the 1980s with last year’s adjustment being only 1.3%. The adjustment reflects this year’s surging inflation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning in January of 2022, 64 […]

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Will My Claim be Affected by a Government Shutdown?

The Social Security Administration has issued a contingency plan in case there is a temporary government shutdown relating to the budget. You may wonder if a government shutdown will affect your Social Security Disability claim. A shutdown will not affect the outcome of your case and based on the contingency plan in place, all disability […]

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VA BACKLOG WILL GET WORSE THIS FALL

VA officials have announced that they expect the backlog of current cases is going to get worse before it gets better.  Officials define the backlog as the number of first-time disability and pension claims that have been waiting for decisions for more than 4 months.  That number topped 215,000 this week. Officials expect the backlog […]

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AM I SEEING AN ACCEPTABLE MEDICAL SOURCE?

As the world of healthcare has changed, patients are treated by varying medical sources. These sources may include various forms of nurses and practitioners. Social Security reviews opinions from your treating sources and it is important that your treating sources support you in your claim for disability. Social Security has rules for establishing which providers […]

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Service Dogs for Veterans

Service dogs are more than simple companions.  They are highly trained to assist military Veterans in achieving a better quality of life.  In addition to providing unconditional love and companionship for a veteran, there are many skills and tasks service dogs offer including: help with the transition to prosthetics, retrieving and carrying objects, pressing buttons […]

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