Social Security National Disability Forum

Posted October 12, 2018 by Premier Disability Services, LLC®

The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) will hold a National Disability Forum on October 30, 2018, at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. The topic of this forum will be “Advance Designation of Representative Payees.” The morning session of the forum will have panelists discussing how advance designation can improve future financial management. The afternoon session will feature panelists sharing how to leverage advance designation to improve the Representative Payee selection process.

The SSA’s Representative Payment Program provides benefit payment management for beneficiaries who are incapable of managing their Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. The SSA appoints a suitable representative payee (payee) who manages the payments on behalf of the beneficiaries. Generally, the SSA will look for family or friends to serve as payees. When friends or family members are not able to serve as payees, the SSA will look for qualified organizations. If you are concerned that someone you know becomes incapable of managing or directing the management of his or her benefits, please call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to request an appointment to discuss your concerns.

You can also visit Social Security’s website to keep up to date with news on the forum: https://www.ssa.gov/thirdparty/whatsnew.html

By: Joyce Trudeau of Premier Disability Services, LLC®

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted October 4, 2018 by Premier Disability Services, LLC®

This October, we are proud to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States. According to leading statistics, approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.

A diagnosis of breast cancer will almost always require surgery and/or radiation. Most breast cancer patients will also require chemotherapy. Without insurance, the costs of these treatments can be astronomical. Of the 12 drugs approved for cancer treatment by the FDA in 2012, 11 of them cost $100,000 or more for just one year of treatment. The 12th drug costs $70,000 per year.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, there could be help available for you. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers financial resources for men and women with breast cancer who are no longer able to work due to their condition. Breast cancer is listed in the “Blue Book” (along with other cancers) in Section 13.00—Malignant Neoplastic Diseases. The listing for breast cancer is very technical. You should speak with your doctor to see if your specific cancer has spread to the extent to qualify for disability benefits via the Blue Book. Typically, breast cancer must be at least stage three or above to qualify for disability benefits medically.

However, even if you do not meet the SSA’s strict Blue Book parameters, you may still qualify for benefits. To qualify for benefits without meeting a medical listing in the Blue Book, you will need to have doctors’ notes and hospital records that show that you are expected to be out of work for at least 12 months due to your conditions.

If you, or a family member or friend, are struggling with breast cancer and are unable to work, please contact us for a free case evaluation!

National Breast Cancer Foundation: https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

By: Tom Klint of Premier Disability Services, LLC®

Premier Disability Services, LLC is a Finalist for the 2018 BBB Torch Award

Posted September 28, 2018 by Premier Disability Services, LLC®

Each year, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Torch Awards for Ethics recognizes outstanding companies who demonstrate integrity and a strong commitment to ethics in relationships with customers, employees, and the community they serve.

The 2018 BBB Torch Award finalists of Minnesota and North Dakota are:

Category I (1-10 employees)

  • Monarch Builders & Commercial Services, Edina, MN
  • All American Restoration, LLC, Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Adams Consulting Group, LLC, Bloomington, MN

Category II (11-50 employees)

  • Blue and White Taxi, St. Louis Park, MN
  • ICC Restoration & Cleaning Services, Woodbury, MN
  • Countryside Heating and Cooling Solutions, Maple Plain, MN
  • Blue Ox Heating & Air, New Hope, MN
  • Standard Water Control Systems, Inc., Crystal, MN

Category III (51-175 employees)

  • Coordinated Business Systems, Ltd., Burnsville, MN
  • Handi Medical Supply, Inc., St. Paul, MN
  • Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating & Air, Maple Grove, MN

Category IV (176+ employees)

  • Preferred Credit, Inc., St. Cloud, MN
  • Lakeshirts / Blue 84, Detroit Lakes, MN
  • Premier Disability Services, LLC, Minneapolis, MN

The 2018 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics finalists will be celebrated, and four winners will be announced, at Hyundai Club at U.S. Bank Stadium Wednesday, October 24 at 2:30 PM. Dennis W. Schulstad, Brigadier General, USAF, retired, will be the keynote speaker. Jason Matheson and Alexis Thompson of MyTalk 107.1’s ‘Jason & Alexis Show’ will be the hosts.

We are proud to be honored for our commitment to ethics. There are several hundred members of Premier, which include case managers, administrative and support staff, and attorneys that represent our clients nationwide. We assist people going through one of the most difficult and traumatic times of their lives. It is our goal to treat every person with the dignity and respect that they deserve, and to assist them to the best of our ability.

Premier would like to thank our clients for reaching out and providing feedback to our company in order to improve our practices.

 

By: Joyce Trudeau of Premier Disability Services, LLC®