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

Monday, April 25, 2016
Bill to make student loan forgiveness program tax free
Two 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

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

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Eric Conn accused in huge fraud case
Eric 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…

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
SSA cannot be sued for legal fees
A 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…

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, 2016
Video description may become more widely available
The 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.…

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, 2016
Social Security Caregiver Credit Act
A 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…

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…

Former NFL player sues league over disability benefits plan

Friday, April 1, 2016
Former NFL players struggle to obtain disability benefits
Former NFL cornerback Charles Dimry filed a federal lawsuit against the National Football League on March 23, accusing the league of violating federal law by failing to follow the terms of its…

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