Monthly Archives: February 2013

Breast Cancer Survivor Petitions Representatives After SSDI Claim Denied

A Portland, Ore. television station recently chronicled a woman’s battle with the Social Security Administration (SSA) in collecting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) after a battle with breast cancer. KATU-TV reported that Jeannie Azzopardi was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2010. She underwent chemotherapy and a mastectomy. Although she is now cancer free, Azzopardi is unable to work full-time. Since her cancer diagnosis, Azzopardi has undergone shoulder surgery and is still recovering from chemotherapy. She cannot lift her arm above her head. Because she is unable to work, Azzopardi filed for SSDI; however, her claim was denied. “According to [the SSA], I was perfectly capable of working,” Azzopardi told KATU. “They told me I should adjust.” With her house facing foreclosure, Jeannie has taken her fight to her elected representatives through a petition. Azzopardi has written over 250 letters to various politicians asking for their assistance, but so far,…
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Tulsa Disability Lawyer: There Are Exemptions for Paperless Switch

With Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments switching to a paperless option on March 1, it is important for recipients to know that there are a couple of exemptions to the change. Most people will be required to go to the paperless option; however, the following people are exempt: People older than 91 People with mental issues that prevent them from being able to make the switch People in rural areas without direct deposit capabilities Since the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced benefits would go paperless, roughly 100,000 people have applied for an exemption. A U.S. Treasury representative told Fox News that most of the people who have applied for the exemption are uncomfortable with the paperless change, and only a small percentage have actually been granted a waiver. If you have not switched to the paperless option yet, you can switch by…
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Fed Urges Employment for Disabled Through “Ticket to Work”

The federal government is urging people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to look at its Ticket to Work program, if they have the desire and ability to work and can qualify. The program supports career development for people with disabilities, ages 18 through 64, who want to work. It puts eligible people in contact with Employment Networks (ENs), which offer specialized services such as career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement and training. If you decide that the program is for you, you will continue to receive your disability benefits  until you begin earning wages or self-employment income above the applicable earnings limit for SSI or SSDI. If you receive income below your benefit levels, then you benefit program will make up the deficiency. Anyone interested in participating in the program should call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or…
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More Disability Discrimination Claims Filed in 2012 Than Ever Before

In 2011, more complaints of disability-related job discrimination were filed than any other year in history. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency received 26,379 claims of job bias citing disability issues in 2012, an increase from the 25,742 filed in 2011. It unlawful for disabled Americans to be discriminated against in the workplace. If a person wants to qualify for benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, a determination for eligibility is largely based on his or her work history. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has two different gauges by which to evaluate your work history. The first of these is called the “Duration of Work Test”, while the second is called the “Recent Work Test”. These tests take into account how long you have worked, and how recently, to determine if you qualify for benefits. If you have questions about an application for…
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