Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Social Security Cuts Threaten

There is more evidence that raising the Social Security retirement age is tough on people with disabilities, health problems and lower earnings. Proposals to raise the retirement age are part of the broad attack on Social Security that have caused delays in taking and deciding applications and appeals, and have caused the wait for Social Security appeal hearings and decisions to extend to about two years. There are fewer staff to answer the phone or solve even simple problems. More than ever, people need help from lawyers to get promised benefits, while years ago you could walk into the local Social Security office and quickly take care of business. Social Security benefits should be increased, not cut, and staff must be added so that claims are quickly and fairly decided.

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-social-security-longevity-20180425-story.html

Friday, January 19, 2018

Rep. Tom Marino Insults Constituent

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Joseph Rattman Attorney At Law || Introduction

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Rubio: Offset Tax Cuts By Reducing Social Security, Medicare Benefits

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Joseph Rattman Attorney At Law || Introduction

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Off Task at Work

Many conditions would cause someone to be off task at times so that they could not sustain work and could not hold a job. This is a frequent issue in a Social Security Disability hearing addressed by the vocational expert called to testify by the Administrative Law Judge in most hearings. This is a reason why it is essential to have the help of an attorney at a hearing.  A document posted to the Social Security website explains the problem well. See:
https://www.ssa.gov/ndf/documents/Panelist%20-%20Kevin%20Liebkemann.pdf
(Attorney Joseph Rattman is a Pocono Social Security Disability lawyer serving northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley over 30 years. Phone: 570-424-6035)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Republican and Corporate Attacks on Social Security

I sent this letter recently to the Washington Post:
I was disappointed to read your attack on Social Security Disability, insurance that all workers pay for throughout their working lives. Enrollment peaked several years ago as baby boomers reached the disability-prone years before retirement, as the Social Security actuary projected a generation ago. The benefits are mostly just above minimum wage, are very difficult to qualify for and come with Medicare only two and a half years after the worker becomes disabled. Your coverage fails to reflect this essential context and appears to advance the extremist agenda to dismantle the Social Security programs and the safety net generally. In an age when families mostly depend on two earners, government tax policy, decline in pensions and savings, together with growth in corporate monopoly power have hollowed out the middle class, so Social Security Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance matters more than ever. Shame on you.

(Attorney Joseph Rattman is a Pocono Social Security Disability lawyer serving northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley over 30 years. Phone: 570-424-6035)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Social Security Disability delays worsening here and nationally

β€œThe hearings and appeals process has experienced worsening timeliness and growing backlogs. For instance, the average processing time for a hearing increased 27 percent from 426 days at the end of FY 2010 to 543 days at the end of 2016. Moreover, during the same period, the pending hearings backlog grew 59 percent, from 705,367 cases at the end of FY 2010 to 1,122,014 at the end of FY 2016. In addition, the Appeals Council workload had grown 21 percent since FY 2010 to about 129,000 pending appeals at the end of FY 2016, and average processing time during the same period increased about 13 percent from 345 to 389 days.” Source: https://oig.ssa.gov/sites/default/files/audit/full/pdf/A-02-17-50240.pdf

Monday, September 19, 2016

Only voting Democrat will protect Social Security

"Does it make sense to vote for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president? Sure, as long as you believe two things. First, you have to believe that it makes no difference at all whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump moves into the White House β€” because one of them will. Second, you have to believe that America will be better off in the long run if we eliminate environmental regulation, abolish the income tax, do away with public schools, and dismantle Social Security and Medicare β€” which is what the Libertarian platform calls for."  See Krugman http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/19/opinion/vote-as-if-it-matters.html?smid=fb-nytopinion&smtyp=cur

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Social Security hearing delays worsen in Pennsylvania

Social Security made fewer than 508,000 decisions (including dismissals) at the ALJ hearing level in Fiscal Year 2015, while receiving more than 746,000 hearing requests. This discrepancy means that even with the level of funding the President requested and the additional staff it could support, SSA estimates that wait times for hearings will increase to 555 days in Fiscal Year 2017.  As of January, 2016, the situation was already worse in the Wilkes-Barre hearing office, which had an average processing time of 514 days, compared to 542 days in Pennsylvania and 493 days nationally.  Congress needs to provide resources to solve this crisis.  If you would like to discuss this problem, call Attorney Rattman at 570-424-6035.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

American Horizon | Bernie Sanders

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Health Rights Clinic Files Federal Suit Against Social Security Administration

The delays to get a Social Security hearing in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Allentown and Bethlehem are getting worse too, it is taking longer to get a decision from an Administrative Law Judge and the number of approval have been declining.  I would be happy to discuss your Social Security Disability or SSI claim.  Here is a link to an article about a lawsuit trying to speed up the appeals.

Health Rights Clinic Files Federal Suit Against Social Security Administration