Social Security Administration

Can My Social Security Disability Benefits Be Garnished?

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Garnishment is when a creditor keeps part of a check or payment to pay your debts, and a levy is a legal seizure of your property to satisfy a tax debt. One common concern for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients is whether their benefits can be garnished or levied. Here’s what you need to…

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SSA Wait Times for Disability Claim Processing Increases

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If you have applied for disability benefits and are experiencing delays in a decision from the Social Security Administration (SSA), you’re not alone. Social Security wait times have increased over the past several years and have doubled since 2016. The total average processing time for 2024 so far is 225 days, compared to 110 days…

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What Happens to My Benefits When I Reach Retirement Age?

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When you reach retirement age, your Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits will typically convert to Social Security retirement benefits without any additional application required. The amount you receive may stay the same, although it could be recalculated based on your work history and earnings leading up to retirement age. Additionally, while there are set limits…

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Social Security Administration Announces COLA for 2024: What to Know

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As inflation continues to hike up the prices of consumer goods and living expenses in the U.S., the SSA makes sure its 71 million beneficiaries can still support themselves and their families with the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). This is when the SSA increases checks by a certain percentage to ensure the purchasing power of…

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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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SSA Hiring Freeze May Contribute to Increased Backlog in Disability Cases

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The Social Security Administration recently announced a hiring freeze, which could increase the backlog in Social Security Disability cases. Andrew Saul, the new SSA Commissioner, announced the freeze on July 31, and the notice stated the freeze was enacted in an effort to help improve hearings and field office wait times. The freeze affects all…

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Potential Social Security Reforms on the Horizon

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Recently Congressman John Larson of Connecticut reintroduced a bill to increase Social Security benefits in the future. The Social Security 2100 Act would expand Social Security benefits, while extending future program solvency. There are both proponents and critics of the bill. Let’s take a closer look, and explore how this could impact Social Security Disability…

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SSA Targeting Young Adults with Illnesses, Stopping Benefits to Save Money

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Could you imagine having a serious, chronic illness and relying on Social Security Disability benefits for your necessary medical treatments, only to have your benefits abruptly stopped, when your condition is getting worse? This is what unfortunately happened to a 22-year-old woman diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, an incurable disease that causes serious lung damage. She…

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Lives in the Balance: Doctors Paid for Quantity of SSD Case Reviews, Not Quality

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An investigation recently uncovered highly disturbing findings that doctors in Tennessee were paid for the quantity of federal disability program applications they reviewed, a system that creates a blatant disregard for proper procedure and attentiveness, and instead rewards efficiency motivated by greed. These doctors would hastily review disability cases, denying a majority of likely viable…

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SSA Budget Cuts: Thousands of SSD Applicants Died While Waiting for Hearings

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Congressional budget cuts to the Social Security Administration (SSA) over the course of the past eight years have forced the SSA to reduce staff, leading to long wait times and delays in resolving benefit issues. The impacts of the budget cuts are felt sharply by disabled and retired Americans who depend on these benefits to…

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