Cincinnati Social Security Disability Attorneys
Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare!!!! Apply Now!!!!
In spite of the unending criticism of “Obamacare” in the press, on TV, and on talk radio, Obamacare offers the single most significant improvement in the lives of many disability applicants since the creation of the SSI disability program in the 1970s.
Every disability claim succeeds, or fails, based on the medical record the claimant presents to Social Security. Unfortunately, for decades, many people applying for disability benefits lacked medical insurance. Therefore, in addition to getting sicker, and sometimes dying, they also had no medical evidence to document their disability.
In Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, the three states we serve, Obamacare has been fully implemented. Individuals who are out of work due to their disability usually lack medical care. They also usually lack the money to buy health insurance. They can currently qualify for Medicaid if they lack funds but they must ALSO demonstrate they are disabled. Of course, without medical care, it is next to impossible to prove they are disabled. So they can’t currently qualify for Medicaid.
Obamacare changes the formula for qualifying for a Medicaid card in a big way. Starting on January 1, 2014, a person only needs to show they are too broke to purchase medical insurance. They do not also need to show they are disabled.
Anyone reading this now, who lacks medical care, and can’t pay for it, can apply for Obamacare. Again, in spite of the media message that the Obamacare website is broken or that no one can qualify, the opposite is true.
Persons without money to buy medical insurance can apply today. To do so, call 1-800-318-2596. The application will be accepted by phone and the phone interview is brief. Persons with computer access can go online to www.healthcare.gov and apply for Medicaid that way.
Even though the medical cards will not be issued until January 1, 2014, applications are currently being accepted. It makes sense, therefore, to apply now so that medical insurance is in place on January 1, 2014. Doing so will be good both for your health and for your disability case.
We hope you’ll contact our office for representation so we can help you more. More important though, is that we have just given you the best advice you can get to improve both your health, and your chances of winning your disability claim at Social Security.
Knowledge That Can Make the System Work For You
A lawyer's knowledge can be critical in your effort to obtain the Social Security disability benefits you paid for while you worked. You will find decades of relevant experience at the Michael J. Mooney and Stephen H. Olden Law Offices in Cincinnati. We help people in Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana deal with a vital government system that many find is complex and intimidating.
Guidance and Legal Action for Those Who Cannot Work
If your Social Security disability benefits claim has been denied — or you need basic guidance to apply — contact us for a free consultation. You do not have to worry about up-front expenses: Our fee is 25% of your retroactive benefits. If we do not get you benefits, we charge no fee.
Two Experienced Lawyers with One Focused Mission
We are two solo attorneys who share information and resources but handle cases independently. We each have well over 30 years of experience as lawyers, with significant energies devoted to Social Security disability claims (SSDI), reconsideration and appeals. As a result, we know the laws, regulations and processes extremely well.
Victory in Federal Court
Steve Olden represented a child with several disabilities that prevented him from learning much in school or making friends. At the hearing with the Social Security judge, extensive testimony and opinions from teachers and a psychologist supported a finding of disability. However, the judge ruled against the child and denied benefits. An appeal was filed with the Social Security Appeals Council, but the decision was upheld. So, a further appeal was filed in Federal Court and there, the government did not even try to defend Social Security’s decision. The Federal Court ordered that the case go back to the Social Security Administration for a new hearing. We now are waiting for that new hearing to be scheduled and looking for a better result this time!
We deal with both major federal programs intended to support people who cannot work due to disability:
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and
Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The people we represent cover the spectrum of those with a
physical or mental disability, including:
- Adults, often
over age 50, with a significant employment history prior to being injured or developing a disabling disease or condition
- Younger adults with some work history, but now with a disabling physical or mental impairment
- Disabled adults with little or no income and few assets
Children with disabilities
Widows, widowers and children of wage earners who meet certain criteria
Local, Personal Representation Emphasizing Care, Honesty and Results
We emphasize straight talk, efficiency and personal attention in
our work for Social Security disability applicants. We work locally in the Cincinnati metro and surrounding area, not nationally - and you can count on direct,
responsive attention from a concerned attorney through every phase of your case. We are supported by two legal assistants who are just as responsive and friendly and who have combined experience of over 24 years helping us with disability claims.
DISABILITY RECIPIENTS WILL GET AN INCREASE OF 1.5% FOR 2014
by Stephen H. Olden
The Social Security Administration has raised the monthly payment amount for disability recipients in 2014 by 1.5%. Social Security disability recipients will receive an additional 1.5% of what they had been receiving in 2013. SSI disability recipients will see their monthly benefits raised from $710 to $721 per month for individuals and from $1,066 to $1,082 per month for couples (assuming no deductions). The 1.5% increase also applies to retirement benefits as well.
Other changes for 2014 include:
- Allowable earnings (substantial gainful activity or SGA) for disability claimants have increased to $1,070 per month; for blind disabled workers it is $1,800 per month.
- Earnings needed to earn one Social Security credit (quarter of coverage) are now $1,200 earned in the quarter.
- The maximum taxable earnings amount for workers increases slightly to $117,000 and the SSI resources limit remains the same: $2,000 for an individual and $3,000 for a couple. This is a welcome increase for the disabled workers in this country.
Look for these changes in 2014!
Read our article published in the Cincinnati Bar Association's Monthly Magazine titled:
(click above to see article on Cincinnati Bar Association's website, go to page 8)
Published by Stephen H. Olden