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Bill seeks to expand Second Amendment due process protections for Social Security disability recipients, veterans

Wednesday, April 27, 2016Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced new legislation April 14 to block a controversial Obama Administration proposal to impose new firearm restrictions on recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, as well as create new procedural safeguards aiming…

Bill introduced to exempt taxes on discharged debt from disability, student loan forgiveness program

Monday, April 25, 2016Two days after the Obama Administration announced comprehensive reforms to the federal student loan forgiveness program for people with severe disabilities, a bipartisan group of senators is pushing for additional changes to ensure the forgiven debt is tax free. Under…

Attorney indicted in multi-million dollar Social Security Disability fraud scheme

Thursday, April 21, 2016Eric Conn’s face can be found on huge billboards throughout Eastern Kentucky, urging people to contact his disability benefits practice, the nation’s third-most lucrative. Dubbing himself “Mr. Social Security,” Conn shot a music video of his practice, sold women’s short …

Court: SSA can’t be sued to recover attorney’s fees

Wednesday, April 20, 2016A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by a disability rights law firm to sue the Social Security Administration for failing to reimburse it for legal fees it was owed for helping clients obtain Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.…

DOE announces changes to disability, student loan discharge program

Tuesday, April 19, 2016The U.S. Department of Education announced new steps April 12 for proactively identifying student loan borrowers who may be eligible for loan forgiveness due to their disabilities. “In 2012, the Administration took steps to streamline the process to allow for…

FCC moves to expand video description requirements

Wednesday, April 13, 2016The Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rule Making [PDF] on March 31, regarding an expansion of existing video description requirements that make television programming accessible to people with visual disabilities. “Video description enables those who are blind…

Court: ERISA denial letters do not have to include appeals time periods

Tuesday, April 12, 2016The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled March 23 that insurance companies are not required to notify beneficiaries of long-term disability insurance plans how long they have to appeal benefit denials. The Employee Retirement Security Act of…

Social Security Caregiver Credit Act reintroduced

Thursday, April 7, 2016A recently introduced bill in Congress aims to increase Social Security benefits for workers who take time off to serve as caregivers. Currently, Social Security benefits are calculated based on the number of credits that beneficiaries accumulate during their time…

Mental health parity rules expanded to Medicaid, CHIP

Wednesday, April 6, 2016The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released final regulations March 29 that expand existing mental health care equity laws to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, passed by Congress in…

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