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April is National Minority Health Month

Posted April 10, 2020 by Premier Disability Services, LLC®

With the nation advised to stay in and around their homes, this National Minority Health Month the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will highlight the theme Active & Healthy and focus on safe ways all communities can stay physically active and advance mental and emotional wellness.

“Join us throughout April as we encourage everyone to take simple and creative steps to stay active and support physical, mental and emotional wellness. This year, we invite everyone to join #ActiveandHealthy, a national social media campaign that will focus on the steps the nation can take every day in and around the home to keep our minds and bodies active, consistent with the social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. Daily themes will highlight simple steps people can take to maintain and sustain an active and healthy lifestyle while reducing stress and anxiety.”

#ActiveandHealthy will promote and share the steps we can take each day to stay active and healthy during #NMHM2020 and throughout the year. The campaign will include creative ways to keep older adults and children safe and physically engaged, along with ideas to stay connected with friends, family and communities.

Remember—becoming active and healthy in and around your home to stay physically and mentally well, while doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19, is possible through simple changes to your daily routine—so get involved this #NMHM2020.

See more here: https://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/nmhm/index.html

Contact our office today if you or anyone you know would like to learn more about qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits.

By: Joyce Trudeau of Premier Disability Services, LLC®

Do I Still Get a Stimulus Check if I am Disabled?

Posted April 3, 2020 by Premier Disability Services, LLC®

The $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill, signed into law on March 27, is the largest emergency aid package in U.S. history. Known as the CARES Act, it will send money directly to tens of millions of Americans affected by the coronavirus.

If you’ve already filed your 2019 taxes, the IRS will use those returns to determine your payment. If not, your 2018 returns will be used to calculate your check. Individuals with an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less will be eligible for a one-time payment of up to $1,200 ($2,400 for joint tax returns) and $500 for each qualifying child. Those with little or no tax liability also will get $1,200 ($2,400 for joint returns).

If you receive Social Security benefits for retirement, disability or Supplemental Security Income, you are eligible to receive a stimulus check as long as you do not exceed the income limits. “If someone did not file a return for 2018 or 2019, they could still receive a check if they received Social Security retirement or disability benefits in 2019,” said one tax expert.

On April 1, the Treasury Department and IRS announced, “Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an economic impact payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts.”

According to the Treasury, “The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 and Form RRB-1099 to generate $1,200 Economic Impact Payments to Social Security recipients who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Recipients will receive these payments as a direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their benefits.”

“Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return need to take no action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

The IRS will post all key information on IRS.gov/coronavirus as soon as it becomes available.

Please also note that the IRS has a reduced staff in many of its offices but remains committed to helping eligible individuals receive their payments expeditiously. You can check for updated information on IRS.gov/coronavirus rather than calling IRS assistors who are helping process 2019 returns.

If you have a serious, long-term health condition that will make you unable to work for over 12 months, contact us today to see if applying for disability is right for you.

Sources: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/01/whos-eligible-for-covid-19-stimulus-checks-your-questions-answered.html ; https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/01/bailout-checks-social-security/ ; https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/04/01/coronavirus-stimulus-how-get-1-200-check-if-you-dont-file-taxes/5102819002/

By: Joyce Trudeau of Premier Disability Services, LLC®

Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

Posted March 30, 2020 by Premier Disability Services, LLC®

It has been an extraordinary week as we as a company and community face the ongoing challenges and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is of the utmost importance that we stay strong, stay connected, and continue to practice social distancing to slow the health and financial impact of the disease.

As many of you may already know, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has closed all of its offices to the public and has directed its staff to work from home as much as possible. The virus has proven to be deadly, particularly among the older population and for those with certain underlying medical conditions, and the SSA has therefore taken these steps to protect their staff and the public as much as possible while still fulfilling their mission-critical work to provide income security.

We have been informed that all SSA offices are continuing to take and adjudicate claims. They are prioritizing dire-need claims as they are identified. The SSA is also implementing policy and procedural changes intended to avoid reducing or suspending benefits during this health crisis. While this change to working-from-home for many of the SSA’s employees may slow the process, it is not stopping. However, the SSA warns that you may experience longer than average wait times on their national line.

The Office of Hearing Operations (OHO), the part of the SSA that handles hearings for SSDI and SSI claims, has also not shut down at this time. They have reported, however, that any hearings and prior-scheduled appointments will not be handled in-person at this time. Where possible, they will be held via telephone. People who have scheduled appointments may receive a call from the SSA or OHO to arrange to have their hearing handled on a phone conference. The call you receive, they say, may not come from a government phone number as many of their staff are also working from home.

IF YOU HAVE A HEARING SCHEDULED IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS,  we will be reaching out to you to make arrangements to either appear for the hearing via telephone or for us to request a postponement for a time when you can appear in person.

We are grateful to all of our clients for your patience and understanding in these unprecedented times, and for our employees who continue to work hard to provide the best service we can. The best way to stay in touch with us is to use email. Please email us any changes to your treating providers or address changes to customercare@premierdisability.com. Please email us any changes to your treating providers or address changes. It is our goal to remain open and to continue serving you to the best of our ability.

In the famous words of Justice William Brennan, Jr., “We must meet the challenge rather than wish it was not before us.”

Please take a moment to review the material on the virus, including how to keep yourself and your family safe, from the Centers for Disease Control:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/protect/index.html

We wish you all the best,

Thomas A. Klint, Premier Disability Services, LLC®