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Social Security Protects American Workers And Their Families

Social Security will celebrate it’s 80th Anniversary in August. Few Americans working today can remember a time when Social Security wasn’t part of the social fabric of America. Since the Social Security retirement program was enacted under Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1935, it has expanded in important ways. In 1939, benefits for dependent survivors of wage earners were added. And in 1956, disability insurance benefits were added. Today, as in the past, millions of Americans rely on these Social Security programs for income in the event of their own retirement, disability or death of a family wage-earner. While Social Security is a part of our social fabric, that doesn’t mean that we can take its future for granted. As we celebrate the 80th anniversary of Social Security on August 14, this is the time to ensure that the Social Security programs remain strong for the next generation. Now more than…
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Affordable Healthcare Upheld By Supreme Court – Ezra Klein

1) This wasn’t a “win for Obamacare.” Obamacare is words written on paper. This was a win for the more than 6 million people who will keep their health insurance. It’s a win for parents who can be sure their children can go to the doctor, and for minimum-wage workers who can call an ambulance without worrying about debt. Basic health security for millions of people was on the line in this decision. Everything else was secondary to that. 2) This was also a win for common sense, and for judicial restraint. On some level, what’s most surprising about this case isn’t that the Supreme Court upheld the subsidies, but that they ever took the case at all. This was a ridiculous case, based on a ridiculous argument, where the only hope of victory was that the Supreme Court had become an irreversibly partisan institution. 3) In the majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts put the…
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Ways To Protect Your Social Security Disability Benefits

Workers’ Compensation and other  public disability benefits may reduce your  Social Security Benefits   “Some attorneys and advocates of   Social Security Disability clients are not aware that  they can put your social security disability benefits  in jeopardy by accepting public benefits or benefits for Workers’ Compensation.”   Gerald M. Welt, Esq.  (April 2015) If you are receiving Social Security Disability benefits and benefits through the Medicare program you may be unaware that Workers’ Compensation and other public disability benefits may reduce your Social Security Disability benefits so it is important that you consult a Social Security Disability attorney before you accept any other disability settlements. If you are using another attorney for something other than Social Security Disability please let your attorney know that I will be happy to offer free consultation so that you receive the benefits you deserve for your disability, illness or injury.   Much like the process for…
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Your Disability Clients Can Qualify For Additional Benefits

If you are an attorney with clients receiving disability benefits through the Medicare program, or are a recepient of disability benefits through the Medicare program, you may be unaware there are many free and low cost Medicare opportunities available. My office now has a dedicated health insurance professional who will assist you in helping your clients maximize their health coverage. Call 702.382.2030 and ask for our insurance professional who can help you navigate the health insurance maze free of charge. There is no cost to you and you are under no obligation to find out how to access these free and low cost benefits. https://www.lasvegassocialsecuritydisability.com/

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60 Minutes Report Denounced For Disability Misinformation

60 Minutes Report Denounced For Disability Misinformation National Disability Organizations Criticize Media Coverage That Echoes Misleading NPR Report This link http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/10/07/60-minutes-report-denounced-for-disability-misi/196317 is a post by Media Matters which denounces the 60 minutes report. Highlights are below: Lisa Ekman, Director of Federal Policy at Health & Disability Advocates, said the organization was “extremely disappointed that 60 Minutes chose to air such a one-sided story based on anecdote and supposition … Misleading media reports like the one on 60 Minutes distract from focusing on the real issue of helping American workers with and without disabilities achieve economic security.” The blog goes on to say that “The recent 60 Minutes broadcast is just the latest in an array of sensational and misleading media reports that have perpetuated myths and stereotypes about the Social Security disability programs and the people they help. These media reports do a tremendous disservice to viewers as well as…
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NOSSCR Issues Statement Regarding 60 Minutes’ Report

60 Minutes Perpetuates Harmful Myths About Social Security Disability Programs In Misleading, Inaccurate Report Englewood Cliffs, NJ — A 60 Minutes broadcast aired last night about the Social Security disability programs was an egregious piece of biased, anecdote-based reporting that lacked critical facts and context for viewers. This is the latest in an array of sensationalized and misleading media coverage that has perpetuated myths and stereotypes about the Social Security disability programs and the people they help. These media reports have done a tremendous disservice to viewers, as well as to people with disabilities. The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) feels compelled to respond and set the record straight about the Social Security disability programs, which serve as a vital resource for millions of Americans with significant disabilities and severe illnesses. Despite criticizing the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) programs, 60 Minutes did not offer SSA a chance…
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Las Vegas SUN Covers Story of Memory Loss Patient

Tina Kitchel at home with her son Christian, 3, on Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Pahrump. Kitchel went into cardiac arrest three years ago during the birth of her son Christian. Her heart stopped for 27 minutes and she was in a coma for 13 days. Today, her brain no longer has the function to store short term memory. By Brian Nordli (contact) Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 | 2 a.m. Memory Loss Launch slideshow » Tina Kitchel stirred awake in Spring Valley Hospital with a tube in her mouth and her arms riddled with needle marks from an IV. Her husband stood at her bedside, relieved to see her awaken. She stared back at him like he was a stranger in a crowd. There was so much she didn’t know. Nearly two weeks prior, she was in the third trimester of pregnancy — their second child. A complication stopped her heart…
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Malpractice Suits Play Unexpected Role In Patient Safety

LOS ANGELES — MUCH of the discussion over the Affordable Care Act has focused on whether it will bring down health care costs. Less attention has been paid to another goal of the act: improving patient safety. Each year tens of thousands of people die, and hundreds of thousands more are injured, as a result of medical error.   Experts agree that the best way to reduce medical error is to gather and analyze information about past errors with an eye toward improving future care. But many believe that a major barrier to doing so is the medical malpractice tort system: the threat of being sued is believed to prevent the kind of transparency necessary to identify and learn from errors when they occur. New evidence, however, contradicts the conventional wisdom that malpractice litigation compromises the patient safety movement’s call for transparency. In fact, the opposite appears to be occurring:…
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Attorney Gerald M. Welt Recently Acknowledged by Peers

Imagine my surprise as Nevada Justice Association’s outgoing president invited me to the podium to accept the Badger Award on behalf of the NJA at the organization’s annual conference, held this year in San Diego, California. The annual award is given to the NJA member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, who has worked to promote the cause of the association, to further its goals and ideals, and for distinguished service to the people of Nevada. For more information go to: www.nevadajustice.org/index.cfm?pg=mission I had received this award once before and I am told I am only one of two trial attorneys to be so acknowledged. I am proud to be a member of such a distinguished organization and prouder yet to be acknowledged by my peers. Before I even returned home from the annual convention, I was notified that I had also been named as one of…
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People’s Law School – 25 Year Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago Rich Myers returned from an American Trial Lawyers Association  (ATLA) board of delegates meeting tasked with establishing a “people’s law school,” which was a public education venture to bring the trial lawyer to the general public and give the public a chance to learn about the law and better connect with local attorneys. With a “let’s see how this goes” attitude, little budget and limited model, Rich depended on his own contacts and called in favors from community leaders and other lawyers. He named himself dean and moderator and made Barbara Buckley, his then legal secretary, the registrar. Bob Lyle was the dean in Reno. Nevada Trial Lawyers Association (NTLA)  PLS became one of 36 in the nation. We could not have possibly known that this outreach would be so successful, do so much to promote community goodwill, and provide education to so many, remaining popular for…
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