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  • Social Security field offices closed but you may still apply for disability March 24, 2020
    I drove by the Vallejo field office the other day and saw this sign that the field office is closed.  It is closed just like all of the field offices across the United States.  Nevertheless, you may still apply for disability online.  While applications may not be processed as quickly as we would like, they […]
    Geri Kahn
  • Listing 12.05 requires onset prior to age 22, not diagnostic testing prior to age 22 August 12, 2014
    Writing federal court briefs is hard work.  It takes a lot of time and I do not know if I am going to win (and collect fees).  The upside though is that I learn a lot and by having to write about it, I understand and learn the law much better.   This is true […]
    Geri Kahn
  • Solano County Public Health Department Starts Hepatitis C Rapid Testing Program August 8, 2014
    Solano County Department of Public Health is now offering rapid Hepatitis C testing at its HIV clinic in Vallejo, 365 Tuolumne Street. The test is confidential and free to anyone at risk for infection. Results are available in 20-40 minutes.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 75 percent of people infected […]
    Geri Kahn
  • Getting the Earnings Record Right July 30, 2014
    I am seeing in more and more of my cases that the Social Security Earnings Record is an issue in and of itself.  It isn’t that Social Security is getting it wrong.  It is that the individuals have not checked to see that it is right.  Having an incorrect earnings record can hurt in many […]
    Geri Kahn
  • Will Social Security consider the years of schooling I have had or what my real edcuational ability is when determining what other work I can do? June 22, 2014
    I am currently working on a federal court case in which my client completed 8th grade but believes that she really only has an education at the 3rd or 4th grade level.  She claims that the teachers just passed her along to the next grade to get her out of their class. The issue of […]
    Geri Kahn
  • SSA Office of Inspector General issues Semiannual Report to Congress June 8, 2014
    Last week the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) issued their Semiannual Report to Congress.  It summarizes their auditing activities within the last six months and provides statistics on their investigations. Does it seem like there are a lot of Continuing Disability Reviews in California?  It is because there are.  The OIG […]
    Geri Kahn
  • Social Security Administration fails to reduce initial claims backlog due to funding May 4, 2014
    In a report,   The Social Security Administration’s Progress in Reducing the Initial Disability Claims Backlog released on April 28, 2014, the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) examined the Social Security Administration’s (“SSA”) efforts to reduce its initial disability claims backlog. The OIG found that the SSA has failed to reduce its backlog to […]
    Geri Kahn
  • Something to look forward to if you are 55 or older – easier to win disability April 23, 2014
    Individuals who are 55 and older are treated differently under Social Security’s rules for disability than younger individuals. Essentially it becomes easier to win a disability case for an older individual. This is because Social Security recognizes advanced age as an adverse vocational factor. Social Security defines “advanced age” as someone who is 55 or […]
    Geri Kahn
  • The fastest and (soon only) way to obtain verification of SSI/SSDI benefits March 23, 2014
    I have often sent my clients to the local Vallejo Social Security field office to obtain a benefit verification letter.  It is no longer necessary to go in person to obtain a letter and in fact, by October 2014, it will no longer be possible to obtain it in person.  One can access this information […]
    Geri Kahn
  • A strategy to win SSI for someone with Williams Syndrome March 10, 2014
    I am currently working on a case for an individual with Williams Syndrome.  According to the Williams Syndrome Association, Williams Syndrome is  “a genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone.  It is characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities.  These occur side by side with striking verbal […]
    Geri Kahn