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Alert: Appointed Representative Services (ARS) Hearing Office Status Report Issue

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  November 23, 2021 | By Stacy Cloyd, NOSSCR

The Appointed Representative Services (ARS) Hearing Office provided NOSSCR this status report on Monday, November 22, from the Social Security Administration (SSA): “Over the weekend a change made to our case processing system caused an issue with ARS. The Hearing Office Status Report is currently unavailable for appointed representatives. We are actively working to resolve…

SSA Preliminary Reopening Plan Announced

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  November 23, 2021 | By Stacy Cloyd, NOSSCR

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) draft plan for starting to reopen was recently published – click here to read it.  This “pre-decisional” document is not necessarily final, and it leaves a lot of questions unanswered. We know that senior SSA staff will begin to return to in-person work on December 1, 2021, with most other…

Remembering Veterans from the US Territories this Veterans Day

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  November 10, 2021 | By Pedro Cruz Sanchez, Esq.

Author’s Note: I write these words as a testament in dedication to my father, Pedro J. Cruz-Cruz, a Korean War Era Veteran, and to my more than 15 cousins from Puerto Rico or Puerto Rican origin who have served or are serving in the military, with passion and conviction for the preservation of our freedom…

Supreme Court to decide the constitutionality of the exclusion of SSI to residents of Puerto Rico

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  November 8, 2021 | By Lea Robbins, NOSSCR

On Tuesday, November 9, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in the case of United States v. Vaello-Madero. This case began after the federal government filed suit against Jose Luis Vaello Madero to recover $28k in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits paid to him after he moved from New…

Member Spotlight: Michael Liner, Esq.

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  November 4, 2021 | By Faigy Gilder, NOSSCR

In Social Security disability law, it’s a poorly kept secret that a dwindling number of younger attorneys are entering the field. Michael Liner is a notable exception; after just two years of working at another firm, he opened his own practice that now has branches throughout Ohio. “I’m nervous that if we don’t replenish with…

Five months is too long. 12 years is too long. We need the Social Security 2100 Act now.

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  October 26, 2021 | By Barbara Silverstone, NOSSCR

NOSSCR supports the reintroduction of the Social Security 2100 legislation. This important legislation ensures the modernization of the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the future solvency of the program. NOSSCR is especially pleased that the bill addresses NOSSCR’s top legislative priorities, increasing the fee cap for claimants’ representatives and ending the five-month wait before claimants…

8 New Ways to Find Local Clients

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  October 21, 2021 | By Faigy Gilder, NOSSCR

As a Social Security disability representative, finding new clients can be challenging. While some practitioners find paying for leads effective, it is only one strategy of many. Building local relationships, goodwill, and name recognition will go a long way in keeping your incoming flow of inquiries strong. Here’s why: Most people make decisions by leaning…

Behind the Scenes: A typical day for Executive Director Barbara Silverstone is unpredictable

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  October 14, 2021 | By Barbara Silverstone, NOSSCR

What is a typical day for me as NOSSCR’s Executive Director? It’s a simple question, but it does not have a simple answer. No two days are the same for me. I began as the staff attorney at NOSSCR in 1992. I worked hard for the organization and its members for 21 years before becoming…

This SCOTUS case will determine the Social Security benefits of tens of thousands of National Guard members

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  October 12, 2021 | By Stacy Cloyd, NOSSCR

On the morning of Wednesday, October 13, you can tune in to listen to live oral arguments in the case of Babcock v. Kijakazi. There will also be transcripts and an audio recording released soon after. This case addresses the question of whether certain civilian employees of the National Guard, known as “military technician (dual…

Your Disability Benefits Are Now a Little Less Mysterious

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  October 4, 2021 | By Stacy Cloyd, NOSSCR

Today, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a redesign to the Social Security Statement beneficiaries can access in their online portal, my Social Security. The new format uses simpler language and clear visuals. It also more clearly shows users information about disability benefits. The online statement includes a prominently-displayed estimate for what Social Security Disability…

Government Shutdown Avoided…For Now

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  October 1, 2021 | By Michael Linskey, NOSSCR Blog

As you may know, last night, President Biden signed a continuing resolution that has prevented a widespread government shutdown. The continuing resolution generally funds programs at the same level that they were funded during fiscal year 2021. It is important to note that the continuing resolution only funds the government till December 3, 2021. This means that…

Behind the Scenes: Stacy Cloyd on winning, dignity, and invisible work

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  September 23, 2021 | By Faigy Gilder, NOSSCR

Nearly a decade ago, Stacy Cloyd was attending NOSSCR conferences while working at a legal clinic. “I realized how much more there was to know about Social Security,” she says. “There are relatively few people who specialize in Social Security. To hear from people who were really experts in this field and have spent many…

Defending the Rights of Impoverished Puerto Ricans

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  September 15, 2021 | By By Faigy Gilder, NOSSCR

The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the case of United States v. Vaello-Madero on November 9 and this case will determine if residents of Puerto Rico are entitled to access to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) under the Fifth Amendment. AARP, Justice in Aging, and NOSSCR filed an amicus brief, available here,  supporting the…

Member Spotlight: George Piemonte, Esq.

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  September 9, 2021 | By Faigy Gilder, NOSSCR

Before George Piemonte became the well-known host of our vocational webinar series or the president of NOSSCR’s board, he was a newly minted attorney dissatisfied with the format of jury trials and exploring practicing Social Security disability law instead. “The hearings generally took an hour or so – much better than the days for a…

Announcing Our Virtual Day of Advocacy, Training, and Action!

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  September 2, 2021 | By NOSSCR Blog

All members are invited to join us on October 19th, from 2pm to 4pm eastern time, for our “Virtual Day of Advocacy, Training, and Action”! Our Director of Political and Legislative Strategy Michael Linskey will take you through the ins and outs of advocating on behalf of yourself and your clients on the Hill, in…

Watch Our ED Moderate the “Equity in Claimant Representation” Panel at SSA’s Forum

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  September 1, 2021 | By NOSSCR Blog

Executive Director Barbara Silverstone will be moderating a panel at the Social Security Administration(SSA)‘s National Disability Forum (NDF) on September 15 titled “Equity in Claimant Representation”! On the panel will be several NOSSCR members as well. To register to watch by September 13, go to bit.ly/3gQXzOo. To learn more, visit ssa.gov/ndf. The purpose of the…

We Strongly Support the SSI Restoration Act. You Should Too.

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  August 31, 2021 | By NOSSCR Blog

The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), whose members are attorneys and non-attorneys who represent people in Social Security disability claims, strongly and unequivocally support including long-overdue improvements to the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program in the reconciliation package that is currently being drafted. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides critical income assistance to…

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