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Social Security Hearing Offices Backlog Continues (June 2008)

Published on June 18th, 2008

The delays in obtaining a determination at the Social Security hearing office unfortunately continue. Nationally, it takes 511 days to obtain a determination from the date a Request for Hearing was filed. In the Chicago area, three of the four local Social Security hearing offices are behind the national average. As of early 2008, cases […]

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Phishing Alert

Published on September 30th, 2007

The Commissioner of Social Security has issued a warning alerting the public of a fraudulent email message with the subject line “Cost of Living for 2007 Update”. The message claims to be from the Social Security Administration and asks the recipients to update their personal information or their account will be suspended indefinitely by the […]

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Social Security Hearing Backlog Reaches All Time High – August 2007

Published on August 27th, 2007

As of July, 2007, the national backlog of pending Social Security disability cases reached an all time high of nearly 750,000 cases. The average processing time is now up to 528 days. On July 30, 2007, USA Today featured a front page story on the issue with an additional story about the impact on individual […]

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Chicago Area Social Security Pending Cases – March 2007

Published on March 12th, 2007

Do you ever wonder why it seems to take forever for a Social Security case to be heard by an Administrative Law Judge? There are four local Illinois Social Security hearing offices in the Chicago region. Each Chicago area office has about 8-10 assigned Judges to handle the caseload. As of September 30, 2006, each […]

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February 2007 Social Security Update

Published on February 21st, 2007

The Social Security Administration has issued cost of living increases of 3.3% for persons receiving Social Security disability benefits. The maximum amount of SSI is now $623.00 per month. The substantial gainful activity monthly amount is now $900.00 per month for non blind disabled persons. The trial work period earnings threshold is now $640.00 per […]

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