Social Security Disability

Social Security Benefit Payments Going Electronic Beginning in March

by Keith Adkins | February 28th, 2013

Feb. 28, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that beginning on March 1, they will be switching to only issuing Social Security Disability and retirement benefits through electronic payments. Yet, estimates issued in a press release last week show there are still roughly 52,000 residents of Wisconsin who have yet to make the switch from receiving paper checks.

The department explained it is easy to either have the funds loaded into a bank or credit union account held by the recipient. If a recipient of benefits does not have an account, there is an option of having their benefits put onto a Direct Express® debit card issued by the government. The card will allow the beneficiary free transactions at an extended network of ATM machines.

Experts say the cost saving associated with eliminating the mailing of the check could be more than $1 billion over the next decade.

In order to make the switch to electronic payments, a beneficiary needs to contact their local Social Security office with their Social Security number, 12-digit federal benefit number, and their bank’s routing number.

The Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz encourage any Social Security recipient who has hesitated to make the switch to electronic payments to do so soon so there is no disruption in their benefit payment schedule.

Social Security Administration Expands List of Compassionate Allowances

by Keith Adkins | January 4th, 2013

Jan. 4, 2012

The Social Security Disability benefits processing system is currently so bogged down that it can take months for a person filing a claim to receive a decision. But, according to an article from The Associated Press, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Michael J. Astrue, recently announced that he would be expanding a list conditions that will be fast tracked through the approval process.

The fast track program, known as Compassionate Allowances, is a list of ailments and conditions that can automatically qualify a Social Security Disability applicant for benefits. This is in place of the usual application process, which involves providing documentation from doctors and employers before a decision is reached.

The program has already helped as many as 20,000 people receive their Social Security Disability benefits, and many more are expected to file claims as the list expands to over 200 conditions. The SSA has added 35 new conditions to the list, including Lou Gehrig’s disease and certain cancers.  Claims through the Compassionate Allowances program can be processed in 10 to 15 days.

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz recognize how difficult getting a claim for Social Security Disability benefits approved can be, and they suggest discussing your case with a qualified attorney if you are preparing to file a claim or have been denied in the past.

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