December 15, 2010
Bills to offset no COLA failed.
The House and Senate both failed to pass legislation to grant people with disabilities, seniors, and other Social Security beneficiaries a one-time $250.00 payment that would have helped to offset the fact that there will be no cost of living adjustment in 2011 for the second year in a row. The House bill's vote of 254-153 was a majority, but did not meet the two-thirds majority necessary for the bill to be fast tracked on the suspension calendar. In addition, the companion Senate bill also failed to get 60 votes (53-45) to bring it to the floor for debate.
Source: Capital Insider, The ARC
SSI Threshold Amounts for 2011
When someone on SSI asks you how much they can earn and still be eligible for Medicaid, the answer is below. Each year, Social Security updates to state threshold amounts for SSI eligibility. Please remember it is possible for a SSI recipient with unique medical needs to have a personal threshold higher than the state threshold, if their income prevents them from meeting their medical needs in order to work.
Threshold for Blind Individuals
Area Work Incentive Coordinators
When people contact me regarding a problem they are having with a local Social Security office regarding the use of a work incentive, such as Impairment-related Work Expenses or Subsidy, I often refer them to a valuable resource to resolve the issue.
The resource is Area Work Incentive Coordinators (AWIC). AWICs are Social Security Administration (SSA) employees who provide assistance to the SSA personnel, beneficiaries, ENs, State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agencies, and Work Incentive Planning and Assistance projects, and other in the community on employment support and outreach issues by:
AWICs have the ability to intervene on work-related issues and resolve the issue with local offices. Each AWIC has an assigned area. To identify who the AWIC is in your area go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/work/awiccontacts.html
Thank You, Nebraska
During 2010, the Nebraska Ticket to Work Project sponsored four days of training at two locations as part of their effort to develop a Work Incentive Network throughout the state. Easter Seals Nebraska, under the leadership of Angie Howe, coordinates the project for the NE Department of Health and Human Services. I would like to thank Angie and her staff for providing me the opportunity to participate and provide training in this project. The project has a variety of resources at their website.
Pre-publication Offer Continues
In November, I announced the opportunity to purchase the 2011 edition of “THE GUIDE: Social Security Benefits and Work Incentives,” at a reduced cost (1/3 off) while the publication is be readied for printing. The 2011 version will be the 19th Edition of this popular reference manual. The 2011 version will have more examples of the application of work incentives and the implementation of new rules and projects which effect a working beneficiary.
The Pre-publication Sale will last until December 31st. Shipment of orders placed now will begin on December 26th. During this sale the normal price is reduced 1/3, and greater if multiple copies are ordered. Go to the publication section of my webpage to order.
While They Last.
I am clearing inventory of the 2010 editions of “THE GUIDE”, the “Managing Your SSI Benefit and Income” handbook, and the “Managing Your SSDI benefit and Income” handbook. A set of books (one each) is now available for $30 plus $5 shipping. (Regular price $92.00 per set) This offer is not available at the website, call 610-696-1551 to order. Payment only by credit card. This offer ends when the inventory is gone.
Get Away in January
If you are already getting tired of the cold weather (and winter hasn’t begun) consider coming to Florida for one of the workshop scheduled for January.
Jan. 12, 2011 Jacksonville, FL Benefits and Employment in 2011
Jan. 13, 2011 Jacksonville, FL Medicare and Medicaid for Individuals with Disability
Jan. 18, 2011 Fort Myers, FL Benefits and Employment in 2011
Jan. 19, 2011 Fort Myers, FL Medicare and Medicaid for Individuals with Disability
Jan. 20, 2011 Fort Lauderdale, FL Benefits and Employment in 2011
Jan. 21, 2011 Fort Lauderdale, FL Medicare and Medicaid for Individuals with Disability
Jan. 24, 2011 Brandon, FL Benefits and Employment in 2011
Jan. 25, 2011 Brandon, FL Medicare and Medicaid for Individuals with Disability
Jan. 26, 2011 Tallahassee, FL Benefits and Employment in 2011
Jan. 27, 2011 Tallahassee, FL Medicare and Medicaid for Individuals with Disability
Jan. 28, 2011 Middleburg, FL Benefits and Employment in 2011
March Oregon and Washington