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A Quick Look at How To Qualify for SSDI


Before you set off on that rather arduous trek that is the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), it’s certainly worth making sure that you’re heading out on the right path. If you don’t meet all of the following criteria then your application will be over before it’s…  
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Haven’t Received Your Economic Impact Payment Yet? A Prepaid Debit Card May Be on Its Way


The US Department of the Treasury announced this week that in order to speed up the process for distribution of the Economic Impact Payments (EIP) to the population some four million individuals will be receiving prepaid debit cards instead of the paper check they may have been expecting. Stopping short…  
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Update on Economic Impact Payments


The Social Security Administration recently issues some updates on the schedule of the much sought-after Economic Impact Payments that have begun to be issued around the country. These updates concern recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Social Security retirement and survivors benefits who did not…  
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Maryland Food Stamp Recipients Receiving Increased Allotments


Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) has joined other agencies both federal and state in responding positively to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this case it has increased its funding of the officially titled Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), but more commonly known as food stamps, by a healthy $66 million….  
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Maryland Unemployment Insurance –


On April 24th the Maryland Department of Labor launched it’s new BEACON one-stop application for Marylanders to file claims for all benefit types including the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. This enabled those who are self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, sole proprietors, or have insufficient work history to finally file…  
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CMS Announces Changes to Medicare During COVID-19


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic by adapting some of its regulations regarding Medicare services so as to counter a number of the issues that we are all undergoing at the present time. As we are now severely restricted in where we…  
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Update – Supplemental Security Income Recipients Will Receive Automatic Economic Impact Payments


Supplemental Security Income Recipients Will Receive Automatic COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments 04/15/2020 04:01 PM EDT Today, we announced that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will receive automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department.  Treasury anticipates these automatic payments to go out no later than early May. SSI recipients…  
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New Guidance from Social Security Regarding Stimulus Payments for Social Security and SSI Benefit Recipients


On Friday April 10, 2020 Social Security Administration’s Commissioner Andrew Saul released new guidance to Social Security and SSI benefit recipients regarding processes for ensuring individuals obtain the full amount of government stimulus payments they and their family may be eligible for. Below is the full press release which can…  
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EID Premiums Suspended Until Further Notice


The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has made the generous decision to suspend the charging of premiums for those who participate in the Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID) program. This order went into effect on March 30 and covers premium payments as of March 1. The suspension is expected to…  
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Another Day, Another Social Security Benefits Scam Revealed


It would appear that the coronavirus outbreak has given certain individuals pause for thought. The thought being “How can I use this crisis to wring some money out of Social Security beneficiaries?” Yes, once again the Social Security Administration has been obliged to make everyone aware of a new scam….  
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Recovery and Wellness Programs: Access Meetings and Resources On-line


The current unpleasantness has caused all of us to adapt our ways as we endeavor to carry on and function under these new restrictions. The loss of a freedom to meet with others in person wherever we choose has, for most of us, and each to varying degrees, caused disappointment…  
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Maryland Department of Health and Social Services Offices Closed to the Public Amid COVID-19 Pandemic


The Maryland Department of Human Services announced it will close office buildings to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement was posted March 18th, 2020 and offices continue to remain closed. DHS reports that it will continue to provide program services to Marylanders during these office closings. Marylanders are…  
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Social Security Field Offices Suspend In-Person Services


In line with much that has happened around the globe Social Security announced and promptly carried out its plan to close its doors to the public at each field office in the country. As of March 17 there’s been no chance to address staff in person but that doesn’t mean…  
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Social Security Publishes New 1619(b) Threshold Figures


Social Security has made public the new threshold figures for 1619(b) and it’s good news for working Marylanders on SSI. The new limit is set at $41,157 which compares favorably with other states and sees a small but potentially crucial increase on last year’s threshold of $40,869. For a full…  
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Update on the Fight Against Social Security Scams


In a concerted effort to make the public aware of a recent spate of scam calls and emails (see the blog on Beneficiary Beware for more details on those scams) Social Security recently launched a Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign headed by the agency’s commissioner, Andrew Saul. The concise 60…  
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