Category: Social Security


A policeman walking through slats of sunlight

Did Social Security Send Someone to Spy on You?

The Social Security Administration hires state police to investigate some people who apply for disability benefits.  That doesn’t happen in every case—anecdotally, we only see…

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2019 Cost-of-Living Adjustment for Social Security Disability Benefits

Most years, Social Security adjusts monthly benefits based on increases in cost of living. The 2019 cost-of-living adjustment is 2.8%. According to the government's fact…

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A pictures of pens, paper, and a calculator - the Social Security Administration has made it more difficult for people with disabilities to be approved

What do the recent Social Security rule changes mean for disabled people?

The Social Security Administration has been making the application process harder for years In mid-June of this year, the New York Times published a good…

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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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