November 2013


Medicaid Growth Could Aggravate Doctor Shortage – NYTimes.com.

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This is will be a very important question in Illinois. Will there be enough doctors to serve the Medicaid population.

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Giving thanks can lift us beyond the moment and above our troubles.

Have a Great Thanksgiving!

Courthouse News Service.

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Denied Social Security Disability benefits for multiple sclerosis and then prevailed in Federal Court. Hard to believe that you cannot get attorney fees when Social Security makes a mistake like this.

LDN – Business.

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These insurance companies did not exercise due diligence to pay
survivors benefits to policy holders.

Social Security bills disabled Hayward war vet over 41-year-old checks – San Jose Mercury News.

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Not the first time I have heard of people being harassed for overpayments that occurred years ago. But 41 years sounds extreme. Good to know that Social Security is on the ball after all these years.

Applying for Social Security Disability involves filling out a number of forms, both paper and online.

It also involves talking with Social Security employees who take notes and put them in your file.

The Social Security Judges will often look at these notes and reports and use them in making a decision in your case.

You may not understand why your answers are important or what the Judge is looking for, but your responses are very important.

The most important questions focus on the type of job you had and what you did at work all day long, and how your conditions limit your activities.

Make sure that you are very clear about what you did at work in the last 15 years.

You must make sure that Social Security understands if your work involved lifting throughout the day, or if it involved standing and walking most of the day, or if you were required to use your hands all day long.

If someone calls you from Social Security and asks about your work activities you should offer to provide them a written job description that you prepare. This makes sure that there is no misunderstanding.

Do not complete the written questions from Social Security until an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer has had a chance to review them with you.

I have seen Social Security employee notes and activities of daily living reports that are very damaging to a Claimant because of some misunderstanding about what Social Security is asking.

Questions about your disability claim? Feel free to call to Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Start a new tradition with Social Security – TriCities.com: Local News.

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The Social Security website is not the easiest to navigate. You may have that about other government websites. Let me know what you think about how easy it is to use the website versus going into the local office.

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