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SSA Cost of Living Adjustment Announced for 2023

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Recently, the SSA announced that the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2023 is 8.7% – the highest increase in payments in decades. This boost in monthly benefits will begin in January 2023. This is the highest the COLA has ever been since 1981, which saw an increase in benefits by 11.2%. For the approximately 70 million…

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How Does Bankruptcy Affect Disability Benefits?

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When you accumulate too much debt and can no longer pay your bills, you may file for bankruptcy to help repay your creditors. This could impact your financial standing in many ways, but fortunately, Social Security benefits are not affected by default by federal law. Social Security Disability benefits are considered exempt assets, meaning creditors…

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What To Know About the Airline Passengers With Disabilities Bill of Rights

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As the pandemic’s impact lessens, more Americans are following through on their travel plans. Unfortunately, with the increased volume of travelers, complaints follow suit, with consumer complaints against airlines up nearly 300% more over pre-pandemic levels. To mitigate this, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg recently announced actions to help ensure a…

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Disability Benefits to Increase Significantly With Next Year’s Projected COLA

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Social Security Disability beneficiaries will likely be seeing an increase in their payments next year which may be the largest in decades. This is due to growing inflation and the continuously climbing cost-of-living in the United States, which informs the automatic cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA. The COLA is based on how any increase in the…

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Why You Should Speak to a Lawyer Before Applying for Disability Benefits

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When you’ve become recently disabled, applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) is a step in the right direction toward getting back on track. Unfortunately, the process of applying alone through the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be overwhelming, discouraging, and confusing. In fact, around 70% of initial SSD applications are denied, regardless of their validity. …

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Do You Qualify for a Fast-Track Disability Benefits Decision?

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When applying for Social Security Disability (SSD), you must quickly familiarize yourself with a handful of new words, phrases, and concepts as you navigate the claims process. One of these to keep in mind is the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowance Program, which speeds up the claims process for qualifying applicants. Currently, the Compassionate Allowance…

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Can I Qualify for SNAP Benefits While Collecting SSI?

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For many disabled Americans, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides necessary funds to support their household. Similarly, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, helps these individuals access the food and groceries they need. Often, recipients of these federally funded agencies wonder if they qualify for additional assistance. Fortunately, these beneficiaries may be…

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SSA Field Offices Reopening

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After SSA field offices were forced to close for nearly two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are plans to reopen offices for in-person consultations as soon as possible. The federal agency has reached an agreement with its labor unions to bring 45,000 SSA employees back to its field offices in April.  This follows…

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When Approved For SSD Benefits, Do I Receive Them For Life?

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When applying for disability benefits, or finally beginning to collect following approval or a successful appeal, curiosity may build about the conditions of your monthly payments. For example, a question we are commonly asked is if disability benefits continue forever once approved. Typically, as long as you are disabled, you will receive SSD benefits until…

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How Can Child Support Affect Disability Benefits?

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If you seek disability benefits while paying child support, you must consider that this may affect your monthly payments in numerous ways. This depends on the type of benefits you receive, court orders, and the payment amount you receive every month. Having a disability attorney weigh in on your situation is vital for your best…

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