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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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Beneficiary Beware: Identifying and Reporting Scammers


The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently reported that scammers have taken to email in order to extract private information and money from unsuspecting Social Security beneficiaries. In some cases they may entice someone by offering to increase payments in exchange for information, whilst in other cases they will…  
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2020 Federal Poverty Level Figures Announced!


The updated Federal Poverty Levels (FPL) have recently been announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and went into effect as of January 15. Although the figure is somewhat abstract as a concept it plays a huge role in determining eligibility for a good number of federal…  
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Any Requests? Let MDBCN Know What’s on Your Mind


As is always the case the new year will bring with it some changes and the sense that more can be made. We know those new figures for work incentives such as the Trial Work Period and Substantial Gainful Activity heralded by Social Security back in October will now come…  
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Social Security Proposing Changes to Continuing Disability Reviews


Citing a need to tighten up its efficiency in identifying medical improvement of those receiving SSI and SSDI the Social Security Administration recently published its proposal to make changes to its policy on conducting Continuing Disability Reviews (CDR). CDRs are the agency’s way of checking in with beneficiaries every so…  
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Social Security to Extend Opening Hours


Social Security recently issued a press release that will bring, if not joy, then at least a little relief to its millions of customers. Back in 2012 the  agency instituted a policy of closing to the public their field offices each Wednesday afternoon, but as of January 8, 2020 all…  
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2020 Medicare Premium and Deductible Figures Are In!


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the new figures for Medicare Part B premiums,  deductibles and co-insurance that beneficiaries will have to pay. There have been small increases in both payments. The standard Part B premium will now be $144.60 each month, which is a $9…  
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Cover Your Eyes: A Peak at the Grisly State of Poverty and Disability Supports in the 1800s


A popular song of the 1840s relates the sorry tale of “The Workhouse Boy”. The poor unfortunate disappears one December evening and cannot be found even after his fellow inmates have been sent to search for him: “Ve sought in each corner each crevice ve knew/ Ve sought down the…  
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2020 Social Security COLAs Announced!


In line with past years Social Security has announced their Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) changes a few months before they take effect. Next year beneficiaries will see a 1.6% increase in their benefit amount. This means that full SSI amount for an individual will be $783 while a married…  
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CMS Announces New Medicare Plan Finder


In readiness for the new Medicare open enrollment season The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that is has updated its website to make its most visited  page more user-friendly. In keeping with the times you can now access the page on any modern device you can…  
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