Monthly Archives: June 2011

Orlando Doctor Faces Federal Charges for Disability Fraud

An Orlando, Florida doctor may never practice medicine again after a 25-year career due to his alleged involvement in defrauding the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). A federal grand jury indicted Dr. Miguel Burgos in mid-June for his role in a scheme involving a friend and the friend’s wife. For more details on Social Security disability requirements, a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney is available to provide guidance. Dr. Burgos hired a friend and the friend’s wife to handle the bookkeeping at the doctor’s medical practice. The doctor knew that his friend was collecting Social Security disability benefits. Generally, those receiving disability benefits may not work in a full time capacity. There are exceptions, however, including work incentives that permit disability beneficiaries to return to work on a trial basis. If a beneficiary’s income exceeds a certain amount a month, usually around $1,000, his or her SSDI benefits may cease. A…
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Wait Time for Disability Benefits Not Likely to Improve Soon

Already lengthy wait times to receive Social Security benefits may be getting worse. As more disabled people turn to disability benefits like Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) and Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) during the tough economic times, the government has been unable to reduce waiting times for applicants, which is already one of the biggest complaints. Disabled workers may wish to speak to a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney about the disability benefits process. There are currently more than 728,000 Americans waiting on Social Security disability appeals, which is 5 percent more than amount last year. The recent study of disability applicant data came out of Syracuse University, and the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) Commissioner Michael Astrue could not provide any better news for applicants. He told reporters he was uncertain as to whether the agency would meet its goal of reducing wait times from 367 to 270 days. Budget…
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SSI Benefits Much More Likely to Be Overpaid than Others

In mid-June, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) released its results of an investigation into overpayment of Social Security benefits for 2009. The investigator determined that, for most beneficiaries, payments were correct. For recipients of Social Security retirement, survivor and disability benefits, the errors were small. There were more problems, however, for those receiving Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). Those interested in information on various Social Security programs can obtain details from a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney. Overall, the SSA made $6.5 billion in overpayments in 2009 to people who should not have been receiving the money. $4 billion of those overpayments went to people receiving SSI benefits. SSI beneficiaries are supposed to qualify for SSI via low-income requirements coupled with disability, blindness or being over the age of 65. 10 percent of the payments paid out via SSI went to improper recipients. The overpayment problems associated with SSI mostly stemmed…
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AARP Change on Social Security Reform Shocks Many

In a dramatic change that could affect Social Security reform and anyone who receives various Social Security benefits, the American Association of Retired Persons (now known as “AARP”) altered its position on changes to benefits. The AARP is one of the most important lobbying groups in Washington, D.C. Legal advice concerning how changes to Social Security law will impact benefits is available from a Tulsa Social Security disability lawyer. AARP leaders said that, despite knowing that it will upset many of the group’s members, AARP is prepared to accept cuts to Social Security benefits. This is in stark contrast to AARP’s stance in the past. The organization had worked vigorously to oppose even the slightest suggested cuts to Social Security benefits. The enormous financial difficulties facing the Social Security system prompted the change. AARP’s leaders said that they would accept slight, gradual changes. The changes would have to come with…
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