SSA Hearing Options Available During COVID-19

Due to the COVID pandemic, all Social Security hearing offices are closed for in-person hearings. According to Social Security, these closures are expected for the foreseeable future. Fortunately Social Security is offering two secure and safe options for your disability hearing so you won’t have to wait.

Important Social Security Changes for 2021

If you are a Social Security beneficiary, expect to see your benefit increase next year. All SSDI and SSI disability recipients will receive a 1.3 percent COLA for 2021. COLA stands for “Cost of Living Adjustment”. Social Security annually increases benefits to counteract inflation.

Average Waiting Times for Final Decision after Disability Hearing Request

For those of us in Social Security law practice, it is evident that the hearing offices in Northern California, Reno and Hawaii are taking longer to issue written decisions following hearings.  It has been publicized that the waiting times to obtain hearings has slowed across the U.S., and we have passed along the statistics showing these delays in a separate article.

New Supreme Court Decision Could Have a Big Impact on Social Security Judges

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case, Selia Law v. CFPB. The case involved a challenge to invalidate the entire Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a federal agency created to prevent predatory lending. Instead of invalidating the entire agency, the Justices focused on the question of whether the president can remove the CFPB’s sitting director “at will.

Here’s How SSI Recipients Can Receive Their COVID-19 Stimulus Check

The Social Security Administration recently announced that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will soon receive their COVID-19 impact stimulus check. The recipients will receive their payment just as they normally receive their SSI benefits, either through direct deposit, Direct Express debit card, or by paper check.