Social Security’s Annual Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Higher for 2023


The Social Security Administration’s Cost-of-Living Adjustment, or COLA, is designed to ensure that Social Security Disability (SSD) beneficiaries stay financially sound as prices of goods and services steadily rise due to inflation. Every fall, the SSA announces the increase in Social Security checks for the coming year and enact the change at the beginning of […]

Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Apply for SSD Benefits


It’s no secret applying for Social Security Disability benefits (SSD) is a lengthy, drawn-out process. The timeline can be daunting and often discourages people from pursuing what’s owed to them and getting the help they need. Nevertheless, every day you postpone applying can cost you weeks, months, or even a year of payments. Don’t Risk […]

Medicare Open Enrollment Starts October 15th. Here’s What You Need to Know.


The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, also known as open enrollment, begins October 15th and ends December 7th. This window allows those enrolled in Medicare to reevaluate and make changes to their coverage. This applies to enrollees of Original Medicare, Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage), and Part D prescription drug plans. If you’re enrolled in any […]

Can a Stay-at-Home Parent Qualify for Disability Benefits?


Being a stay-at-home parent is a full-time job. Despite having no payroll and a shortage of days off, you work day in and day out to care for your children and raise them to be their best selves while you maintain your home. However, if you become disabled as a stay-at-home parent, you may wonder […]

Delays With Your Disability Case – The Whys and Hows


Seeing delays with your disability case? It’s normal to feel concerned, but there is likely no need to worry. If you have applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) benefits and you don’t feel like the agency is taking any action on your application, there may be several reasons why. Filing […]

Festival Season and Accessibility: What to Know


Summer is in full swing, and we’re approaching one of the best times of the year: festival season. Soon, festivalgoers across Oregon will come together to enjoy their favorite entertainment in the warm and sunny weather. However, disabled attendees may encounter some hurdles that non-disabled people would not consider. This may include limited wheelchair accessibility, […]

Disabilities and Housing Assistance: What You Should Know


When you become disabled, you’re suddenly confronted with adversity in nearly every aspect of your life. Often, this includes your living situation. With diminished work abilities and depleted mobility, you may find that you are unable to keep living in your current residence and at odds with finding a place that could accommodate you. Fortunately, […]

Observing PTSD Awareness Day


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a complex condition triggered by a traumatic event that impacts millions of Americans annually. It could be caused by experiencing or witnessing a distressing incident such as an accident, assault, natural disaster, or combat. What follows could be devastating to the sufferers and their families. For PTSD Awareness Day on […]

An Attorney’s Angle: Sara Carroll Discusses The Big Conn and a Fourth Grade Education


I recently began watching The Big Conn on Apple TV+. The series is about a Kentucky Social Security attorney, Eric Conn, who was in “cahoots” with local Social Security Judge David B. Daugherty. The first episode goes over the relationship between Mr. Conn and Judge Daugherty. The two are charged with (and eventually convicted of) […]

Medicare and Social Security Benefits: Do You Automatically Qualify?


Medicare and Social Security are federal agencies that provide financial assistance to millions of qualifying Americans every year. Fortunately, they are also linked, so if you are collecting Social Security Disability benefits (SSD), you may automatically be eligible for Medicare depending on your age, disability, and period in which you’ve been a beneficiary. Determining Eligibility […]

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