In the News: Social Security Decisions ARE For Life…

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Cape Style Magazine – July 2016

Provided by Cape Coral resident David R. Hampton PDR EDPNA.
Published in Cape Style Magazine – July 2016.

The Social Security Act, with all of its associated rules and regulations, is extremely complex. The Act and all subsequent rulings/regulations/procedures and forms (approximately 8000), are referenced at SSA.GOV in the form of general and semi-specific information. Another more detailed tool, used mostly by representatives, is the Program Operations Manual Systems (POMS).

Social Security created the more accessible SSA.GOV for the general public, and those who do not spend their lives reading government manuals. The establishment of SSA.GOV reduced foot-traffic into Social Security offices, and reduced the volume of telephone contacts. Sounds good, but the general public, older beneficiaries, and many boomers prefer face-to-face/phone contact…  Read more click/tap here . Discover the local magazine: click/tap here .

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Evaluation of Specific Issues – Growth Impairment (Social Security Administration Document DI 24598.000)

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Social Security Decisions Are for Life!

On June 12, 2015, SSA final rule for evaluating growth disorders and weight loss in children became effective. Today SSA issued transmittal DI 24598 TN 02 for DI 24598.000 Evaluation of Specific Issues – Low Birth Weight (LBW) and Failure to Thrive (FTT) reflects the changes in the revised Low Birth Weight (LBW) and Failure to Thrive (FTT) medical listings. SSA revised this POMS section to provide updated guidance for evaluating the revised listings for FTT in children.

DI 24598.002 Failure to Thrive (FTT)

A. What is FTT?

FTT is the inability of an infant or young child to grow appropriately. Many children with FTT also show signs of delays in one or more developmental domains.B. When is FTT a medically determinable impairment (MDI)?

FTT is an MDI for children from birth to attainment of age 3, regardless of whether an underlying digestive disorder or other medical condition is present.C. When is FTT not an MDI?

FTT is not an MDI for children after the attainment of age 3. After age 3, evaluate growth failure under the affected body system(s).

D. When is it appropriate to establish FTT?

Establish FTT with or without a known cause when there is documentation of an infant or toddler’s growth failure and developmental delay from an acceptable medical source(s) (AMS) in DI 34005.100, Low Birth Weight and Failure to Thrive, listing section 100.05. Documentation of Growth measurements in listing section 100.05A and developmental delay in 100.05B or 100.05C must be within the same consecutive 12-month period and at least 60 days apart. The dates of developmental testing and reports may be different from the dates of the growth measurements.

1. Listing 100.05

Evaluate severe FTT in DI 34005.100, Low Birth Weight and Failure to Thrive, under listing section 100.05 using the appropriate table(s) under listing 105.08B in the digestive system. Establish FTT when there is documentation of growth failure and developmental delay from an AMS. For policy guidance regarding AMS and sources of evidence, see DI 22505.003B.1.

2. Growth failure

In DI 34005.100, Low Birth Weight and Failure to Thrive, under listing section100.05A, use the appropriate table(s) under listing section 105.08B in the digestive system to determine whether a child’s growth is less than the third percentile. The child does not need to have a digestive disorder for the purposes of 100.05.
The following provides information regarding the weight-for-length and body mass index-for-age tables in 105.08B:

  1. For children from birth to attainment of age 2, use the weight-for-length table corresponding to the child’s gender (Table I or Table II) in 105.08B.1.
  2. For children age 2 to the attainment of age 3, use the body mass index (BMI)-for-age table corresponding to the child’s gender (Table III or Table IV) in 105.08B.2.

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Social Security Matters

“The subject line says “Get Protected,” and the email talks about new features from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that can help taxpayers monitor their credit reports, and know about unauthorized use of their Social Security number. It even cites…” Read more click/tap here.

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Scammers fake Social Security email
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Cape Coral Business Spotlight: Professional Secure Assistance, LLC

For anyone who has ever had the misfortune to have to claim Social Security disability, they understand the complex process that can be. No one knows the complexity of that process better than Cape Coral resident David Hampton.

Hampton worked 26 years for the Social Security Administration, processing every claim imaginable. Retiring from the Social Security Administration in 2006, Hampton decided to use his expertise to help those in need of making their way through the process by opening his own firm, Professional Secure Assistance, LLC. Professional Secure Assistance, LLC helps those going through the Social Security disability claims process with all of the nuances involved in the process.

Go to this link: http://capecoral.com/news/cape-coral-business-spotlight-professional-secure-assistance-llc …Dave explains his business, and how he helps those in need with his expertise service.

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Representation Dave & Caitlin

The addition of Caitlin Thomas as the representative at ODAR hearings is working well.  Yes, there were some speed-bumps along the way.

I continue to be the primary rep; controlling all aspects of the pre-hearing paperwork. After we receive the notice to review the electronic file; usually 75 days before the scheduling of the hearing, clients and I review/update the medical records information.

Caitlin reviews the updated information and provides me with relevant sections for the pre-hearing submission.

NOTE:  Please do not call Caitlin unless she calls you.  ALL questions in regard to timeliness, scheduling of the hearing, receipt of medical records should come to me.  Caitlin has her own practice and will not be able to answer questions.

Please help us to help you!

 

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SSA COLA 2015 INCREASE

Social Security Announces 1.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2015

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced today.

The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 58 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2015.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2014. The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.  Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $118,500 from $117,000.  Of the estimated 168 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2015, about 10 million will pay higher taxes because of the increase in the taxable maximum.

Information about Medicare changes for 2015 is available at www.Medicare.gov.

The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated.  To read more, please visitwww.socialsecurity.gov/cola.

Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA):

Based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) from the third quarter of 2013 through the third quarter of 2014, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will receive a 1.7 percent COLA for 2015. Other important 2015 Social Security information is as follows:

Tax Rate:
2014 2015
Employee 7.65% 7.65%
Self-Employed 15.30% 15.30%
NOTE:  The 7.65% tax rate is the combined rate for Social Security and Medicare.  The Social Security portion (OASDI) is 6.20% on earnings up to the applicable taxable maximum amount (see below).  The Medicare portion (HI) is 1.45% on all earnings. Also, as of January 2013, individuals with earned income of more than $200,000 ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly) pay an additional 0.9 percent in Medicare taxes. The tax rates shown above do not include the 0.9 percent.
Maximum Taxable Earnings:
2014 2015
Social Security (OASDI only) $117,000 $118,500
Medicare (HI only) N o   L i m i t
Quarter of Coverage:
2014 2015
$1,200 $1,220
Retirement Earnings Test Exempt Amounts:
2014 2015
Under full retirement age

NOTE: One dollar in benefits will be withheld for every $2 in earnings above the limit.

$15,480/yr.
($1,290/mo.)
$15,720/yr.
($1,310/mo.)
The year an individual reaches full retirement age

NOTE: Applies only to earnings for months prior to attaining full retirement age. One dollar in benefits will be withheld for every $3 in earnings above the limit.

There is no limit on earnings beginning the month an individual attains full retirement age.

$41,400/yr.
($3,450/mo.)
$41,880/yr.
($3,490/mo.)
Social Security Disability Thresholds:
2014 2015
Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)
Non-Blind
Blind
$1,070/mo.
$1,800/mo.
$1,090/mo.
$1,820/mo.
Trial Work Period (TWP) $770/mo. $   780/mo.
Maximum Social Security Benefit:
2014 2015
Worker Retiring at Full Retirement Age $2,642/mo. $2,663/mo.
SSI Federal Payment Standard:
2014 2015
Individual $721/mo. $  733/mo.
Couple $1,082/mo. $1,100/mo.
SSI Resources Limits:
2014 2015
Individual $2,000 $2,000
Couple $3,000 $3,000
SSI Student Exclusion:
2014 2015
Monthly limit $1,750 $1,780
Annual limit $7,060 $7,180
Estimated Average Monthly Social Security Benefits Payable in January 2015:
Before
1.7% COLA
After
1.7% COLA
All Retired Workers $1,306 $1,328
Aged Couple, Both Receiving Benefits $2,140 $2,176
Widowed Mother and Two Children $2,635 $2,680
Aged Widow(er) Alone $1,253 $1,274
Disabled Worker, Spouse and One or More Children $1,943 $1,976
All Disabled Workers $1,146 $1,165

 

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Representation in Connecticut

The only change to representation in CT will be no face to face meetings. This is not as problematic as you may think.  I was representing folks in CT, NY, MA, RI face to face.  Across the country I use email, fax and telephone.  SSA requires all reps to electronically file forms and records.

There is always the option of video conferencing; for those that just have to see me. 🙂

 

 

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Change In Personal

Family medical issues have caused Oriana to reduce her caseload. She will no longer be assisting me.

Caitlin Thomas will only be involved at the hearings level. Specifically, after we receive the notice from the hearings office that the electronic file is ready for review; approximately 10 months after we file the request for hearing.

Reminder – Contact information PSA, LLC

office phone: 239-541-7407 Fax: 239-541-9322 Cell: 203-494-6494

Mail:  2028 SW 36th Terrace Cape Coral FL  33914-5568

Email: psassistance.dh@gmail.com

PLEASE STOP using dave@psassistance.com.  There is a problem with the address.

 

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PSA, LLC Moving forward

This is what I hope will be a long posting history.

The relocation and subsequent passing of my father was difficult and extremely time consuming.   I have no words to properly thank everyone for their patience.

 

Sincerely yours Dave

 

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PSA Joins Cape Coral Chamber!

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Congrats Dave!

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