Elder Law in McKinney Texas

U.S. Department of Labor statistics show that the number of women over 65 in the workforce has increased by 40 percent since 1980. By 2020, older adults will make up more than 25 percent of the U.S. labor force.

The rate of people who continue working after they are 65 is 29.9 percent of the 65-69 age group in the United States as compared with 10.5 percent in Europe.

More employers are recognizing the value of seniors […]

Social Security Disability and Veteran Healthcare

Health Equity and Access for Returning Troops and Servicemembers (HEARTS) Act
Military service members who are wounded and retired may enroll in TRICARE upon the event that injuries prevent a return to the workforce.  They are also able to darw Social Desurity Disability benefits.  All SSDI enrollees receive Medicare after two years on SSDI.  For service members this means they are no longer eligible for TRICARE in the traditional form.  In order to retain TRICARE a […]

In Home Health Care HIPAA and HiTECH Guidelines

In Home Health Care HIPAA and HiTECH Policies
Using You Own Device and HIPAA Compliance
Texting Policy
Removing Access After Termination
Sanction Policy
Business Associate Agreement
Disaster Recovery Plan
Taking Pictures on Phone Policy
How to stay HIPAA Compliant Quiz

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Using You Own Device and HIPAA Compliance
This posting is one of a series as identified above covering HIPAA compliant policies and procedures.  Fundamentally, the rules for using your own device on and off premises are the same as using a […]

ADD/ADHD Child’s Social Security

A child with ADD/ADHD can have their life enhanced with Social Security Benefits. It is worth the effort.  Social Security Benefits will provide access to treatment and professionals that State programs do not provide.
Services a Child Could Not Otherwise Obtain
The cash benefit supports services to benefit the child that could not be obtained otherwise. Group and individual counseling can provide the child the insight, tools and self understanding to move forward in a academic environment, […]

Social Security Benefits

Social Security payments were received by about 58 million American in February with an the average benefit of $1,249.55  per month.  However, not all Americans actually received Social Security.  Three percent of those aged 60-89 in 2015 did receive no benefits.
Here’s the breakdown:

Workers who do not have sufficient earnings to qualify for the benefits: 44.3%
Immigrants have not worked long enough arriving here at 50 or older: 37.3%
State and local government employees: 11.4%
Beneficiaries […]

79 Percent First Time Applicants Denied for SSDI

At least 79% of first-time applicants for SSDI are denied.
The applicant then has 60 days to appeal – with a wait time as long as two years an appellate review.

During that time the applicant will have no medical insurance and no money coming in.  Many applicants have died during the time for lack of health insurance.

While medical records for SSDI patients should be provided at no cost pursuant to law, patients then must engage in follow-up treatment […]

Disability Claim – 480 Day Wait on Average

Across the country, it takes an average of 480 days to get a judge’s ruling on a Social Security disability claim.

768,540 Americans –the figure as of year end –wait for a chance to plead their cases for benefits.

The slow pace of a few judges and an overwhelmed staff are key reasons that people seeking disability benefits here endure long waits for case resolution.

Social Security’s 1,177 administrative law judges hear appeals from applicants whose disability claims […]