July 2018

Maryland Medicaid to cover cochlear implants & hearing aids for adults

From Diasabilty Rights Maryland:

Subject: Maryland Medicaid to cover cochlear implants & hearing aids for adults

 See: 

https://disabilityrightsmd.org/medicaid-cochlear-implants/

SSA expands online wage reporting through mySocial Security to SSI recipients and their rep payees.

I am pleased to announce that we are expanding our my Social Security online wage reporting service to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients, as well as their spouses, parents, sponsors, and representative payees. Individuals receiving both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI, as well as their representative payees, can also report wages online. This service is available through our existing my Social Security portal. Check our website to learn more about my Social Security features and how to sign up.

Note: SSI recipients, their spouses, parents, sponsors, and representative payees may still use the SSI Mobile Wage Reporting and SSI Telephone Wage Reporting applications. However, the preferred wage reporting method for individuals receiving both SSDI and SSI is the my Social Security online wage reporting service.

Social Security touches the life of nearly every American. By offering more online service options for conducting business with us, we are leveraging technology to better serve the public.

Please share this information through your networks. As always, thank you for your interest in our programs and the public we serve.

Sincerely,

Matthew Baxter
Public Affairs Specialist
(T) 877-651-7130 ext. 21570
@SSAOutreach

 

The Office of Administrative Hearings now has a searchable database of selected decisions.

The Office of Administrative Hearings has launched a searchable portal of select decisions dating back to last September to assist attorneys and members of the public with researching administrative law cases. http://decisions-oah.maryland.gov/Pages/Search-Hearings.aspx

SSI Benefits and Joint Bank Accounts

Dealing with bank accounts of SSI recipients when the funds do not belong to the recipient. 

 

There are several reasons why an SSI recipient may be named on a bank account that belongs to someone else, and generally that bank account should not count as a resource for the SSI recipient. However, problems can occur when ownership of a bank account is not clear to the Social Security Administration (SSA), which can lead SSA to stop SSI benefits due to excess resources.  

The National Center for Law and Elder Rights has some ideas to deal with this problem in their July 2018 practice tip. SSI Benefits and Ownership of Joint Bank Accounts

SSI Benefits and Joint Bank Accounts

Dealing with bank accounts of SSI recipients when the funds do not belong to the recipient. 

 

There are several reasons why an SSI recipient may be named on a bank account that belongs to someone else, and generally that bank account should not count as a resource for the SSI recipient. However, problems can occur when ownership of a bank account is not clear to the Social Security Administration (SSA), which can lead SSA to stop SSI benefits due to excess resources.  

The National Center for Law and Elder Rights has some ideas to deal with this problem in their July 2018 practice tip SSI Benefits and Joint Bank Accounts.

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