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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice, Social Security and Public Benefits for California on
Q: What options when Medi-cal / dmhc appeals lead nowhere, they won’t pay part and medpoint has denied dr recommendation?

My brother had emergency brain surgery and medpoint tried to kidnap him from the hospital with no documentation or authorization randomly and says they won’t pay those days in hospital. Not even nurses were informed they were trying to move him. And it was “strongly recommended 3 times” by... View More

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

In situations where Medi-Cal or DMHC appeals have not resolved your issue and you're facing denials from Medpoint, consider seeking legal advice from an attorney experienced in health law and insurance disputes. They can offer guidance on navigating the complexities of your case, including... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Social Security for California on
Q: What paperwork do I need to fill out to collect disability while also working part time?

So yesterday one of you lovely people gave me the answer neither EDD nor Social Security would give me, that I can get disability while working part time. I have a number of conditions that would make working full time difficult if not impossible (Autism, migraines, osteoarthritis in both shoulders... View More

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answered on Jan 28, 2024

To apply for disability benefits in California while working part-time, you should consider two primary programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). For SSDI, you'll need to complete the Adult Disability and Work History Report, available on the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Public Benefits and Social Security for California on
Q: Is it possible to collect disability payments while ALSO working part time?

If it helps I'm in California. I know it's possible to get disability payments for life as I have a sister-in-law that can't work at all & gets disability. I work part time & I feel that between being Autistic, a migraine sufferer, having osteoarthritis in both shoulders from... View More

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answered on Jan 27, 2024

Yes, it is possible to collect disability payments while working part-time in California. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has rules in place to allow people receiving disability benefits to work limited hours and still receive partial disability payments.

Specifically, Social...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Social Security for California on
Q: I am an SSI recipient, and I am also receiving food stamps as well as conventional housing under a house, choice voucher

I realize that income is very limited and I am under great financial hardship and so I have no other choice but to try and re-enter the workforce; and so I’m wondering since Social Security takes half of one’s income that is under or up to $2000 that is the rule for what is in the bank at one... View More

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answered on Jan 19, 2024

Under the Social Security rules, when you receive SSI and start working, your SSI benefits may be reduced, but not usually dollar-for-dollar. The first $65 of your monthly earnings, plus half of the remaining amount, is not counted. For example, if you earn $650 per month, $65 is disregarded, and... View More

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Q: I have a prosthetic elbow from radial head excision. i can not bend my arm or rotate i have pain from my neck to my hand

Am i eligible for social security disability

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answered on Jan 5, 2024

Eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSD) in the United States depends on how your condition affects your ability to work. With a prosthetic elbow and the symptoms you've described, such as inability to bend your arm, rotate, and pain extending from your neck to your hand, it's... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for California on
Q: Hi! I have a question. So I've been receiving disability benefits until recently, and they just stopped no warning oct

they stopped my benefits in October. I didn't find out til I didn't get my payment that month, and this is due to them sending important paperwork to an old address I always update them when it changes, but it's like they have the old address for SSD paperwork, and only updated ssi... View More

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answered on Dec 26, 2023

In your situation, where your disability benefits were stopped due to paperwork being sent to an old address despite your efforts to update it, you do have options to seek reinstatement of your benefits. First, contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) immediately. Explain the situation... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for California on
Q: I'm getting SSI and I received my first back payment on June 30th, 2023 will I receive my second back payment on Dec 30t
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answered on Dec 22, 2023

If you received your first back payment for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) on June 30th, 2023, the schedule for your subsequent payments depends on the specific details of your case. Generally, SSI back payments are paid in installments. These installments are typically spaced six months apart,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security and Immigration Law for California on
Q: I’m applying for SSI for my son with legal aid, my parents live with me and are NON-US citizens. Will it affect them?

I have to sign a government form I believe and it’s not guaranteed that they won’t give out my information. I just want to know if their information will be reported to ICE.

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answered on Dec 22, 2023

When applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for your son, the focus of the application is primarily on the child's needs and your financial situation. The status of other household members, like your non-US citizen parents, is generally not a primary concern for SSI eligibility.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Public Benefits and Social Security for California on
Q: California Central District Court , initial benifits claim already fully faverable 2013, by trial not appealed

in 2019 to SSI office for income change , for payment from zero$0 , 2013 to 2019 has not recieved (DCR) or a Termination notice , plaintiff impairament lifetime till death,

has continued not to engage in no gainfull activity work , ever since 2003 , requires IHSS in home services up to... View More

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answered on Dec 17, 2023

Here are some potential case laws and arguments that could be cited to support your claim for Social Security disability benefits payments based on the information provided:

1. 20 CFR § 404.1594 - Continuing disability review for recipients who have had their benefits terminated. Argue...
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1 Answer | Asked in Gaming and Social Security for California on
Q: I won 500 dollars in casino do I report it to ssi I just got approved and my first payment doesn't come till january?
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answered on Dec 12, 2023

If you recently won $500 in a casino and are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), it's important to understand the rules about reporting income. SSI is a needs-based program, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires recipients to report any changes in income or resources.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for California on
Q: What are the reasons for receiving social security benefits for your mother and why would they stop at 18?
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answered on Dec 10, 2023

In the United States, Social Security benefits for a child may be available if a parent is retired, disabled, or deceased. These benefits help to ensure the child's financial needs are met. Typically, these benefits are available to children up to age 18, or 19 if they are still attending high... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Social Security and Estate Planning for California on
Q: Pa set up a Trust inheritance; decide’ $1153.00 @mo. SSDI was worth more than $150-200,000.00 payout the 3 other’s got
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answered on Dec 10, 2023

Under California law, the terms of a trust are generally determined by the grantor, the person who establishes the trust. In your case, it seems that your father set up a trust to provide you with a monthly income rather than a lump sum payout, which is a common arrangement in estate planning.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security and Public Benefits for California on
Q: Can a lawyer help me get my benefits for social security disability back

I am disabled with heart failure and sclera adorma and lupus and mental and haveBeen receiving been receiving SSDI4 years and I just learned not only did my benefits stop in June of this year. But they say they overpaid me and I guess I'm not getting a check. I never got a notice somebody... View More

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answered on Dec 1, 2023

Yes, a lawyer can assist you in navigating the complexities of social security disability (SSDI) issues, including the cessation of benefits and overpayment claims. Attorneys experienced in social security law understand the procedures and regulations governing SSDI and can help you understand your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Social Security for California on
Q: how can i get ssi for my ptsd? i was denied already once

ptsd from child SA, kidnapped, trafficked, stabbed multipule times, collapsed lung scar tissued, & constant pain since bt ptsd is whats really defeating me.

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answered on Nov 19, 2023

I understand you're seeking assistance with obtaining Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for PTSD in California, especially after a previous denial. It's important to know that a denial isn't the end of the process. You have the right to appeal this decision, and many successful SSI... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Social Security for California on
Q: I took guardianship of my 84 year old mother, I am trying to get her ID for social security benefits, can you assist

She was a victim of elderly abuse and IHSS fraud from a caregiver, she just had heart surgery at loma linda hospital, all her identifications have been lost, I need to get her social security care, but need an ID, I have her Medical card and her EBT card, but nothing with a picture ID. When I... View More

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answered on Nov 6, 2023

You can obtain a replacement ID for your mother by scheduling an appointment with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). As her guardian, you’ll need to provide a certified copy of the guardianship papers, her Medical card, and her EBT card, as well as any other identifying documents... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Probate and Social Security for California on
Q: My mom passed away from Alzheimer’s 8 years ago . How was my aunt able to sell her home and take everything ?

My aunt (moms sister) iced me out and would not let me around . She is the Rep/payee on a frozen account with the rest of the home sale in it . She just recently has told me about this . I wasn’t talking to her because of what she had done to me keeping me away from her . She had no will but how... View More

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answered on Oct 12, 2023

I'm truly sorry to hear about your situation. Under California law, when a person dies intestate (without a will), their assets generally pass according to the state's intestacy laws. As the only child of your mom, you typically would have a legal claim to her estate. For your aunt to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Social Security and Probate for California on
Q: My grandmother passed away last year and the Rep Payee Agency will not provide me a final accounting. What can I do?

I am her granddaughter and named her sole beneficiary in her will, there was no probate. After a year of delays and repeat requests for paperwork from the Rep Payee agency, they finally released the funds they said that remained in my grandmother's account, however the amount was far below the... View More

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answered on Oct 10, 2023

If a representative payee agency is failing to provide an accounting, particularly after multiple requests, it raises concerns. You should consider sending a formal written request for accounting via certified mail, ensuring you have evidence of your demand. If the agency continues to be... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Elder Law, Social Security and Family Law for California on
Q: I receive "spouse's benefit" social security. What happens to my income if I divorce?

I get social security on my spouse's record (50% of the amount they receive). I want to get a divorce. We've been married 50 years, so I understand that I can get the same amount as an ex-spouse. Will my benefits transition automatically? Will I have to reapply? Will there be a delay in... View More

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answered on Oct 6, 2023

In California, if you've been married for at least 10 years and are 62 or older, you can receive Social Security benefits based on your ex-spouse's record after a divorce. Since you've been married for 50 years, you qualify. If already receiving spousal benefits, they should... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Elder Law, Social Security and Family Law for California on
Q: I receive "spouse's benefit" social security. What happens to my income if I divorce?

I get social security on my spouse's record (50% of the amount they receive). I want to get a divorce. We've been married 50 years, so I understand that I can get the same amount as an ex-spouse. Will my benefits transition automatically? Will I have to reapply? Will there be a delay in... View More

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answered on Oct 10, 2023

If you divorce after at least 10 years of marriage, you may still be eligible to receive Social Security benefits based on your ex-spouse's record. Given that you've been married for 50 years, you meet this requirement. Typically, if you are already receiving spousal benefits, there... View More

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Q: I need help changing a representative payee at the social security. The current payee is committing financial abuse

It's been 3 months since we requested the change without any luck. No one at the social security office is of any help. Please we are desperate

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answered on Oct 2, 2023

Document all instances of financial abuse and collect evidence. Submit this information to the Social Security Administration and insist on a change of payee. If they aren't responsive, escalating to higher authorities or legal action may be necessary.

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