March 2013

The South: A near-solid block against ‘Obamacare’.

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Illinois will expand Medicaid and start up a health insurance exchange. Where you live will determine whether you get coverage.


There are two different Social Security Disability programs.

They are called Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) or Title II, and SSI or Supplemental Security Income.

You must have worked enough quarters in five of the last ten years to be eligible for Social Security Disability.

The advantage of SSDI is that you can work part time and have unlimited assets without reducing your Social Security benefits.

SSI is an income and asset sensitive program. In other words, your SSI benefits are reduced for your income or household income and if you have too many assets then your SSI can be stopped.

When you apply for disability you are asked if you want to apply for SSI.

In most cases you will want to say yes.

There is no penalty to you if apply for SSI and then later are not eligible.

There may be a penalty to you if do not apply for SSI at the time of your application.

For example, if you would have benefited from SSI after being found disabled and did not apply at the time of application then you will lose some benefits.

It could make a difference because Social Security Law says that you cannot be paid regular Social Security Disability benefits for the first 5 months after your onset of disability.

However, you are entitled to SSI for 4 of the first 5 months.

This is the reason you should apply for SSI at the time of your application.

Need help with your Social Security Disability application? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Study: Health law to raise claims cost 32 percent |

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Here we go. No one has any idea what is going to happen to health insurance and coverage in the next few years.

Unfit for Work: The startling rise of disability in America | Planet Money.

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Obviously, they have not seen some of these Social Security Judges who get to act as the lawyer for the government and the decision maker. It would be better for many people seeking disability to have a government lawyer on the other side.

The rules make it easier for people for 50 years of age and older to get disability, however, this reflects the fact that is harder for many manual labor people to step into a similar job after injuries and the toll of long years of working.

People under 50 years of age really have a difficult time proving disability.

Daily Kos: Social Security grew from the Wisconsin Idea.

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Supposedly a grass roots blog effort to protect Social Security.
What do you think?

Livingston Co. mental health court cancelled after over a year of planning.

McLean County has a Mental Health court that works well. Seems to work well in other counties in Illinois also.

State clears county nursing home after investigation |

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High number of Nursing Home deaths does not result in any violations.

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