There is more bad news on the horizon for claimants and recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). At the end of 2014, Congress passed the federal budget. The money allocated to the Social Security Administration (SSA) for its administrative budget was less than requested and less than fiscal year 2014! Congress did allocate more money for "program integrity activities" so one can expect more robust continuing disability reviews (CDR). Click here to learn more about CDRs and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims.
Also, the final bill included several other provisions such as:
•· An initiative for a "disability early intervention" program to test innovative and evidence-based approaches to help individuals with disabilities that are not yet receiving SSDI, but are likely to be eligible in the future. The goal would be to help the individuals remain in the workforce.
•· The Commissioner is directed to continue to make benefit verification letters available upon request.
•· The SSA is to resume mailing Social Security Statements in accordance with the plan submitted in March of 2014. Mailings will be sent to workers aged 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 or older who have not signed up for statements online.
If you need more information about a Social Security Disability/SSI, personal injury, EEOICPA, long or short-term disability, VA disability, Railroad Retirement Board disability, or a workers compensation matter, please contact the Law Offices of Tony Farmer and John Dreiser for a free case evaluation. We can be reached at (865) 584-1211 or (800) 806-4611 or through our website. Our office handles claims throughout East Tennessee, including Knoxville, Chattanooga, Kingsport, Bristol, Johnson City, Morristown, Maryville, Rogersville, Dandridge, Tazewell, New Tazewell, Jefferson City, Strawberry Plains, Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Loudon, Kingston, Halls, Maynardville, Crossville, Cookeville, Jamestown, Sweetwater, Lenoir City, Athens, Oak Ridge, Clinton, LaFollette, Lake City, Jacksboro, Bean Station, Cosby, Newport, White Pine, Mosheim, Wartburg, Sunbright, Pigeon Forge, Greeneville, Harriman, Dayton, Spring City, and Deer Lodge.