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Congressman goes off on Veterans disability benefits

With the backlog for veterans’ disability seemingly growing larger by the day, the House Veterans Affairs Committee held a meeting on the growing backlog before the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, according to the New York Times. The meeting turned a bit contentious, the source said, after Representative Bob Filner, a Democrat from California, voiced his opinion.

Filner said he wanted to see the government “break this cycle of unproductively and deliver the benefits that V.A. was created to provide.” He added at the end of this, in a sarcastic voice, according to the Times; “Well, here we are again.”

According to the news source, FIlner had his first hearing on the backlog 20 years ago. Since then, it has moved to 900,000 pending claims. He said the Veterans Benefits Administration had done little more than to “recycle programs.” He accused groups to be wooed into “playing” the Department of Veterans Affairs games and he said he wanted to either blow up or break what he called a “stupid system.”

VA’s unwillingness to resolve the backlog is in effect, a denial of benefits for veterans. As the old saying goes; “justice delayed is justice denied.” In order for the backlog to be cleared, there has to be the resolve to do so at the highest level of VA. The continued failure to address this issue is simply an unacceptable way to deal with our veterans who are entitled to their benefits. The law offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates is committed to advancing its clients through the system as quickly as possible.

Congress needs to vote to keep Social Security disability alive

Unless Congress takes action soon, Social Security disability could be insolvent in four years, according to a report from Bloomberg. Those with disability qualifying conditions in desperate need of money could be severely harmed by this happening, as many of these people are using these payments to stay afloat with a disease, illness or condition.

“They’re desperate,” said Ken Nibali, a retired associate commissioner of the disability program, according to Bloomberg. “Some who are marginal and struggling to have a low-paying job now literally have no options. They figure, ‘I do have trouble working and I’m going to apply and see if I’m eligible.'”

Insolvency would mean a 21 percent cut in benefits to 11 million Americans who need help from the program to stay alive, the news source said. There are 77 million baby boomers out there who may eventually or already do need help from the Social Security Administration, so Congress cannot let these gigantic cuts happen.

Claimants should apply as soon as possible if they can no longer work. There is no advantage in delaying an application for disability benefits after leaving work due to severe and chronic illness.

Additionally, Social Security income benefits are not generally welfare benefits. The SSDI program is considered an insurance program and most workers are covered under this program. Therefore, a claimant who is disabled is entitled by virtue of paying taxes to benefits. The law offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates believes Congress should keep this in mind whenever revision or cuts to the program are under consideration.

Social Security disability benefits can last

While people may be suffering from disability qualifying benefits for years at a time, they shouldn’t have to worry about losing money from the Social Security Administration as long as the disability remains.

“Your disability benefits will continue as long as your medical condition has not improved and you remain unable to work,” the Social Security Administration said in a Q&A with McClatchy-Tribune News Service. “Your case will be reviewed at regular intervals to make sure you still are disabled. If you still are receiving disability benefits when you reach full retirement age, we will automatically convert them to retirement benefits.” said Social Security disability cases get reviewed every once in a while to make sure the recipient still qualifies for the money they are receiving. This happens every three to seven years usually, but there may be cases that have more frequent reviews, so recipients need to be sure to have updated medical records ready.

It is extremely important that claimants continue to follow up on a regular basis with their medical providers. This is not only to maintain their health, but to protect any challenges by the Social Security Administration to their benefits.If the claimants benefits are challenged successfully by the SSA, they will cease and a possible overpayment of benefits claim could be saught.

The law offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates are experts in defending benefit overpayment cases. Claimants should appeal challenges to their benefits if they believe they are still disabled.

Denying Social Security benefits can lead to homelessness

When people with disability qualifying benefits are denied by the Social Security Administration, there could be dire consequences, according to a new report. The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty’s report said disability payments are critical to people who have these problems, but while 40 percent are most likely due these payments, only 14 percent receive them. This can end up being trouble for someone who is deserving of this money.

Something that gets in the way of acquiring these benefits is the restriction of people who can provide a medical diagnosis, as the NLCHP said clinics for the homeless are usually staffed by assistants and practitioners. Many claims from the homeless are not seen in the same light due to not as many doctors being available to them.

“It’s unfortunate that bureaucratic red tape prevents thousands of people from quickly accessing services they need to stay off the street,” said Jeremy Rosen, policy director at the Law Center and a co-author of the report. “By making the process to obtain benefits simpler, we could bring more people into the program and improve efficiency.”

Although obtaining sufficient medical evidence to prove a disability claim can be difficult in any case, claimants who are uninsured and have to depend on public aid and free clinics can experience difficulty in obtaining the medical proof required by the SSA. The staff at the law offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates is skilled in retrieving the necessary medical evidence from the medical providers who serve the homeless and public aid clients. We are successful in winning disability benefits for our clients, regardless of the source of their medical records.