How is Social Security handling the COVID-19 outbreak?

by Casaundra Johnson | May 31, 2020 | Eligibility

Like nearly every other government agency across the country, the Social Security Administration has made several changes to its daily operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, Social Security offices have been closed to the...read more >>

Expanded Agent Orange Presumption for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans

by Casaundra Johnson | Feb 18, 2020 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

The Blue Water Navy (BWN) Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 went into effect on January 1, 2020, and extended the presumption of herbicide exposure to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam and Cambodia, or in the Korean Demilitarized zone (DMZ)....read more >>

VA Disability Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2020 & Updated Benefit Rate Tables

by Casaundra Johnson | Dec 09, 2019 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

Under federal law, cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for VA compensation and pension rates are the same percentage as for Social Security Disability benefits.  This means that just like Social Security beneficiaries, disabled veterans will see a 1.6% increase in their monthly benefits for 2020 due to the rising costs of living.  The 1.6% increase went into effect on December 1, 2019; however, veterans will not actually see a change in the amount of their disability benefits until January 2020.  The following Rate Tables show the increased benefit rate for 2020....read more >>

The New Claims Process for VA Appeals

by Casaundra Johnson | Aug 06, 2019 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

Congress passed the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA) in 2017, in an effort to modernize the claim and appeals process, improve notification of VA decisions, speed up the processing of claims, and decrease the number of backlogged appeals. A pilot program for the new claims process was implemented after Congress passed the AMA and allowed veterans to opt into the new claims process before it went into effect on February 19, 2019....read more >>

He Ran!!

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | Jun 09, 2017 | Social Security in the News

Remember my first blog regarding the Case of Eric Conn? If not, click the link to read it now! So Eric Conn pleaded guilty to all those charges, government witnesses warned he was a flight risk...read more >>

Social Security Fraud Scheme – Administrative Law Judge pleads guilty!

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | May 17, 2017 | Social Security in the News

Remember not long ago I posted this story on Attorney Eric Conn… Well this is one of his co-conspirators former ALJ David Black Daugherty. David Daugherty has pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving illegal gratuities,...read more >>

The Plague on Social Security Disability Claims

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | Mar 16, 2017 | Social Security in the News

Getting approved for Social Security Disability claims are no walk in the park. You would think it would be much easier but the process can be very long and repetitive. Waiting for a response is the...read more >>

Social Security Spousal Benefits

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | Jan 18, 2017 | Spousal Survival Benefits

The spouse of an individual may be able to receive social security benefits. Even if he or she has never worked under Social Security, your spouse may be able to receive benefits if he or she...read more >>

Taxation of Social Security and SSDI Payments

by Kara Dolan-West | Mar 31, 2015 | Social Security in the News

If you receive Social Security or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) income, you will also receive a Form SSA-1099 from the government. This form tells you the total amount of your benefits but does not tell...read more >>

Social Security strategy to boost couples’ benefits

by Kara Dolan-West | Feb 12, 2015 | Social Security Benefits

WASHINGTON — With one out of every four 65-year-olds living past age 90 and one in 10 living beyond 95, having enough money to live on during a retirement that could last 30 years or more...read more >>