Medicare Benefits Expanded to Address Coronavirus

Individuals awarded Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are entitled to Medicare two years after receiving SSDI benefits. In 2018, over 8.2 million people on SSDI were covered by Medicare. Many SSDI/Medicare beneficiaries have questions about how Medicare will cover care for coronavirus related health issues.

New Social Security Scam

Scammers are taking advantage of the Social Security Administration’s office closures due to coronavirus. These scammers are sending beneficiaries fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits unless they call a phone number.

Coronavirus’s Effect on the Social Security Administration

As the effect of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we’re monitoring the latest news about its effect on the Social Security Administration and the processing of your SSDI and SSI applications. On March 16, the Social Security Administration announced that its offices would close throughout the country to protect workers and benefit recipients from the coronavirus pandemic.

We’re Here to Help!

After the stay-at-home order that went into effect in California on March 19, 2020, COVID-19 is impacting every person and business across the state. At the LaPorte Law Firm we recognize that this period is a time of great uncertainty, and the ground seems to be shifting with the rapidly evolving crisis.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Disability Hearings in the Bay Area

The shelter in place order that went into effect on March 17, 2020 impacts over 7 million people across six bay area counties. The order is expected to last until at least April 7, 2020. This is an uncertain time for everyone, especially our clients who have waited for years for their disability hearing and now face potential further delays due to the coronavirus.

A Proposed Change to Continuing Disability Review

After your application for disability benefits is approved, the Social Security Administration periodically reviews your medical impairments to determine if you are still disabled. If the SSA determines that you are no longer disabled, you will stop receiving benefits. This review of your impairment is called a Continuing Disability Review (“CDR”)

Five Important Changes Coming to Social Security for 2020

The Social Security Administration has released information about the changes that are coming in 2020. Each year, the Social Security Administration must make changes that are tied to inflation. Here are the five most important things you need to know as we look forward to 2020.