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Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Changes for 2024

On October 12, 2023, the Social Security Administration announced that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase 3.2 percent in 2024. On average, Social Security retirement benefits will increase by more than $50 per month starting in January. Social Security beneficiaries will see the 3.2 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) beginning in January […]

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Indianapolis Man Turns To Panhandling While Waiting on His Social Security Disability Claim

It’s no secret that the wait time from when you apply for Social Security benefits is outrageously long. See my blog post here regarding estimated wait times for each level of the appeal process in Sacramento. While most applications are processed within three to four months, it’s not unheard of for an application to take

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How can I expedite my Social Security hearing?

Clients often ask if there is something they can do to speed up their hearing. This is an understandable request. Currently in Sacramento the wait time for an Administrative Law Judge hearing is about 15 months! There are very limited circumstances when Social Security will expedite a hearing. These are called “Critical Cases” and are

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What to do when you are waiting for your Social Security Disability hearing

The current average wait time for an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing at the Sacramento Office of Disability Adjudication and Review is 16 months. When you receive the denial on your Request for Reconsideration and request a hearing expect a wait. Although its extremely frustrating to have to wait know that statistically your best chance

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Top 10 Tips For Your Social Security Disability Hearing

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare: Make sure you have submitted all of medical records to Social Security at least 5 business days in advance of your hearing. Have your treating doctor complete a statement regarding your physical and/or mental abilities – this is often called a Residual Functional Capacity Assessment Be ready to explain to the judge

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