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That is how many cases behind the Social Security Administration is behind according to this article in the Washington Post.

I often have clients that NEED their case moved faster. I WANT to move cases faster– I would be happy to move them faster. Unfortunately, there is little that we can do to make this happen. Currently, Columbia is ranked 139 out of 163 in processing time for cases with an average of 502 days. (The Columbia office covers a lot of the Pee Dee area including Dillon, Florence, Darlington, Sumter, Clarendon, Bennetsville, Chesterfield, Marion, Kershaw, etc.) Greenville Office is ranked 151 and the Charleston office is ranked 73. (Source: NOSSCR Volume 36, Number 10; November 2014).

While we can file a dire need request in the most serious of circumstances, that can only be filed once a hearing has been requested. Sadly, many clients get sicker as they wait for a hearing. Some clients even die as the hearing approaches. Many can not afford medicine or medical treatment. It is truly a sad situation.

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Good News from the Social Security Administration:

There’s been a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits in 2015! The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 58 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2015. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2014. The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

More good news! There will be no increase in the standard Medicare Part B monthly premium for 2015!
Learn more at http://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/costs-at-a-glance/costs-at-glance.html

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