Month: June 2022

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Affordable Connectivity Program to Provide High-Speed Internet for Qualified Americans

In November 2021 when Congress passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) was also created. This program is designed to provide high-speed internet to millions of Americans who would otherwise be unable to afford the rising costs of internet services. To be eligible, if your household income is twice the federal poverty …

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Social Security Administration Resumes In-Person Disability Hearings

As of June 1, 2022, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has resumed in-person disability hearings on a limited basis, subject to strict COVID protocols, including mask mandates, limited hearing room capacity, hearings scheduled each day and hearing office access to non-claimants and physical barriers between the ALJ, attorney and claimant. Only certain case types will …

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Social Security Administration Increases Attorney Fee Cap

Acting Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner, Dr. Kilolo Kijakazi, recently announced that the cap on attorney fees in disability claims has been raised from $6,000 to $7,200, effective November 30, 2022. The last time the attorney fee cap was raised was in 2009. For Social Security disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claimants, the …

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Significant Cost-of-Living Adjustment Expected in 2022

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced, in an effort to combat the increasing inflation rate, that a significant cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is likely by the end of 2022. The COLA will potentially be as high as 8%, which would mark the largest COLA adjustment since 1981 (when beneficiaries received an 11.2% adjustment). While the …

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Are You Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits if Your Spouse Works?

Becoming disabled can be very overwhelming, and the process of seeking help can be just as such. Many questions may arise, such as how you’ll continue supporting your family or whether you qualify for assistance from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Determining eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) through the SSA can be confusing and complex, but …

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What to Know About Tractor-Trailer “No-Zones”

Chances are, you have probably encountered a tractor-trailer on the road. While many drivers may think truck drivers have a better view of their surroundings since their vehicle is high off the ground and heavily equipped, that is not the case.  Although truckers have a broader forward view and more oversized side-view mirrors than your …

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