5 Tips for a Winning Social Security Claim

5 Tips for a Winning Social Security Claim Identification of Medical Conditions Identify all medical conditions on the application, even conditions believed to be relatively minor This is important because Social Security looks at the combination of all conditions to determine overall limitations or level of impairment Commonly left out conditions include: obesity, headaches, asthma, […]

Marketplace Dates and Deadlines

While the deadline to obtain Marketplace coverage beginning Jan 1 has passed, open enrollment still remains open for another 39 days.  Consumers can still secure coverage for Feb 1 or March 1.  Consumers need to enroll by Jan 15 for coverage to begin Feb 1.  If they enroll between Jan 16 and 31, their coverage […]

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

In Depth:  Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Title XVI: SSI SSI is a needs-based program that pays monthly benefits to disabled people who cannot engage in substantial gainful activity due to a serious illness or impairment that is expected to last at least a year or to result in death. Substantial gainful activity (SGA) involves the […]

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

In Depth:  Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Title II: SSDI (OASDI)  SSDI pays monthly benefits to workers who cannot work due to a serious illness or impairment that is expected to last at least a year or to result in death. It is part of the same Social Security program that also pays retirement benefits. […]

Social Security vs SSI

How are Social Security and SSI Different? You may hear Social Security and SSI used interchangeably, yet they are two distinct types of Social Security disability insurance. Title XVI: SSI General revenues from federal budget Aged, blind and disabled adults and children Needs-based Medicaid eligibility Federal Benefit Rate is $733 (individual), $1100 (couples) Title II: […]

Selecting HIP MCE

As you are aware it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that the individuals we are assisting with HIP applications, which includes giving them information & resources about their plan choices; understand that once they make ANY initial payment to an MCE (whether it is Fast Track or first POWER account contribution) this meets the full enrollment in […]

Healthcare.gov Extends Deadline

Healthcare.gov announced today that they will extend the deadline to sign-up for health coverage beginning January 1, 2016 until December 17th.  Because of the high demand and volume of consumers contacting the Marketplace, Healthcare.gov wants to ensure that all consumers have the opportunity to complete their enrollment.  They have also, once again, launched the “waiting […]

Medically Frail Category Update

December 2015 – Please be aware that FSSA is no longer making the temporary determination that an applicant may meet the medically frail/state plan category based on the health questions at the time of application.  The MCE is making this determination subsequent  to the application approval. This will be based on a health assessment and/or […]