Category: Social Security


A pair of hands using calipers to measure a piece of wood, which represents the difficulty of the calculations necessary when applying for SSD coverage while self employed

Seeking SSD While Self-Employed

Many self-employed people contact us with questions about applying for disability.  Working for yourself if you have a chronic physical or mental health issue makes…

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Father in a field holding his young child. It can be important to remember that if you have been approved for SSD benefits, you and your child may also be eligible for auxiliary benefits, which depend on your earning record.

Applying for Auxiliary Benefits After SSD Approval

If you have recently been approved for Title II Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, there may be an additional benefit available for your family. This…

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An exterior photo of the Lloyd Center Tower at 825 NE Multnomah

Arriving at Social Security's new Portland hearing office

The Social Security Administration recently relocated their Portland, Oregon Office of Hearing Operations to the Lloyd Center Tower at 825 NE Multnomah St. in the Lloyd District.…

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Attorney Scott Sell and Tina Martin standing outside the Oregon State Capitol, preparing to testify in defense of legal protections for Oregonians living with disabilities.

Victory in the Legislature—TCNF defends access to medical records

In 2015, Cheryl Coon, while working at TCNF, successfully advocated for a state law that required medical facilities to provide one free set of medical…

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An Informative Vox Article on Social Security Disability Insurance

Vox just published an excellent, well-researched article about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). It does a great job of explaining why this program is an…

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2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustment for Social Security Disability Benefits

Most years, Social Security adjusts monthly benefits based on increases in cost of living.  After 2017's paltry .3% adjustment for cost of living, the 2018…

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