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Report of the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration

Published on May 7th, 2013

Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, the Honorable Carolyn Colvin, spoke at the May 2013 convention of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives in Washington, D.C. She emphasized that reducing the disability claim backlog remains a top priority. However, budget cuts have slowed the progress. New Requests for Hearing cases, which had […]

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Identity of Administrative Law Judge to be Kept Secret until Social Security Hearing Date

Published on December 15th, 2011

In December, 2011, the Social Security Administration began a new policy concerning the identity of the Judge assigned to a Claimant’s case. Neither the social security attorney nor the disabled claimant will learn of the Judge’s name until the day of the hearing. This is a major and unfortunate SSI policy change. Different social security […]

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Update on Chicago Social Security Hearings and How to Encourage a Review of your Case

Published on January 28th, 2011

The Social Security Administration has recently released updated information as to the time it takes to receive a decision at the hearing level. These statistics are current as of January 28, 2011. The North Suburban Evanston office now ranks 23rd nationally out of 157 offices, with an average processing time of 298 days. The West […]

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Jan Kodner Featured in Leading Lawyers Network Magazine

Published on December 19th, 2009

In December, 2009, Jan Kodner was featured in the Leading Lawyers Network Magazine for his work in Social Security Law. The headline reads – “Mastering Social Security Law with Humor, Hard Work”. The article summarizes how Jan became a lawyer, his passion for Social Security Law, a look into his Chicago law office, and a […]

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Depleting Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds

Published on October 18th, 2009

The 2009 Board of Trustees Report for the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds was released earlier this year. The 2009 report finds that the trust funds’ reserves are projected to be depleted in 2037, down from 2041 as predicted in the 2008 report. The main culprit is not surprisingly the recession, with negative real […]

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