President Biden has signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law.  Among its benefits are $1,400 checks that are already landing in the bank accounts or mailboxes of most Americans to help them weather the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.  Recipients with disabilities who rely on government benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI)…

When the Social Security Administration (SSA) approves applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, it imposes a five-month waiting period between the onset of the applicant’s disability and when they can begin receiving benefits. Now, thanks to legislation enacted at the end of the Trump Administration, people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) will be exempted from that…

How will COVID-19 relief stimulus payments affect your government benefits? Weeks Law Firm provides a simple guide. The federal government is issuing stimulus payments this week, to help with the recovery from the COVID pandemic.  If you receive SSI or SSDI, the check should be deposited in the same manner as your usual check. Does…

How do cities stack up for people with disabilities seeking the best place to live? Which provide the most accessible sidewalks, transportation, entertainment, and parks? Which score high for low-cost housing, jobs, public hospitals, affordable home attendants, or a plentiful supply of doctors, therapists, and other services? WalletHub survey of disability-friendly cities To help answer…

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Social Security Administration (SSA) closed all 1,200 of its field offices to in-person appointments, as well as suspended numerous other services.  One distressing result is that the number of new Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients hit its lowest level on record in January.  It’s the latest sign of the pandemic’s ongoing and…

In its first three weeks in office, President Biden’s administration reversed a range of high-profile Trump Administration regulations that affected disability rights – rules covering Medicaid, disability benefits and reviews, immigration and housing discrimination. Medicaid work rules Since 2018, the Trump Administration had been pushing states to enact work requirements for certain Medicaid recipients to maintain…

Social Security disability recipients will see an increase in benefit levels for 2021, although the rise will be the smallest in years due to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On October 13, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that Social Security benefit levels will increase by just 1.3 percent in 2021, compared with 1.6 percent in 2020 and 2.8 percent…

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued final regulations covering tax-free savings accounts that allow people with disabilities and their families to save and pay for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and other government benefits. Passed by Congress in December 2014, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act  allows families…

The way the government calculates inflation affects eligibility for numerous programs — ranging from Medicaid to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to food stamps — that are relied on by people with disabilities. Now, the government is considering changing what some consider an already unfair calculation in a way that, over time, could result in millions…

Dental care rarely gets attention as a disability rights issue, but numerous people with disabilities suffer from inadequate and inaccessible dental care. According to a 2012 study of more than 4,700 patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities, one-third had cavities and 80 percent had serious gum infections. Among the culprits are dental practices and hospitals with inadequate…

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