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Student Loans Discharged for Individuals with Permanent Disabilities

In the last weeks, the federal government began to send out notices to 387,000 individuals, including people approved for Social Security disability benefits, who are facing burdensome student loan debt while also experiencing severe, permanent disabilities.

Social Security Announces CARES Initiatives to Reduce Hearing Delays

The Social Security Administration announced its plan to hire 250 new Administrative Law Judges per year to help reduce the backlog of Social Security disability hearings. Currently, over one million claimants nationwide are in the pipeline waiting for their Social Security disability hearings to be held.

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DISTINGUISHED COUNSEL

Terry LaPorte, of LaPorte Law Firm, has been selected to the 2016 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence.

Average Wait Time for a Social Security Disability Hearing in Reno, Nevada The

The waiting time for a hearing on a claim for Social Security Disability benefits in Reno, Nevada, is just under the national average of 15.2 months. The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) conducts Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings in its Reno, Nevada office.

White House Report Calls SSDI Benefits a “Lifeline” for Workers and Families

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a report in July 2015 stressing the importance of Social Security disability benefits. The report characterizes the SSDI program as “an important and vital lifeline to millions of American workers and their families” that “helps pay the rent and put food on the table.

How to Respond to a Notice of Overpayment

If an individual is overpaid SSI or SSDI benefits, what happens? When the Social Security Administration (SSA) finds that it has overpaid disability benefits, either due to a calculating mistake, change in circumstances or other factors, it will issue a Notice of Overpayment which instructs repayment of the overpaid amount within 30 days.

SSA Issues New Rules for Evaluating Cancer in Children and Adults

The Social Security Administration has recently implemented changes in their Medical Listings for the child and adult listings formerly “Malignant Neoplastic Diseases,” now simplified to “Cancer,” in order make the name more recognizable to the public.

Decline in Social Security Disability Applications

Despite the media’s focus on the large numbers of disabled workers applying for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI), the actual numbers tell quite a different story. For each the past five years, since 2010, the number of applications for disability benefits from people who have been employed has declined.

SSA Amends Medical Rules for Evaluating Cancer in Children and Adults

The Social Security Administration has recently implemented changes in their Medical Listings for the child and adult listings formally “Malignant Neoplastic Diseases”, now simplified to “Cancer” in order make the name more recognizable to the public.

How to Improve Your Chances of Winning Your Disability Claim

After you apply for disability benefits, or file your appeal of a denial of benefits, what are the best ways to improve your chances of winning? Often, success in a disability application or appeal stems from the quality of the medical records from your treating physicians.

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