What does a backlog at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals mean for Veterans?

The Board of Veterans’ Appeals has struggled with backlogs in deciding disability claims for years. Recently, the Board has had additional challenges to attacking this backlog. Regional Office (RO) closures, limited access to medical records within the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and Veterans continuing to file new claims have all contributed to a…

How is Social Security Handling Hearings?

    In the last year, Social Security has closed its field offices and hearing offices to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, Social Security has continued to hold hearings for disability benefits. If you are waiting for a Social Security hearing, you currently have three options: You can wait for…

Great News for Blue Water Navy Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced they will be readjudicating previously denied claims for Veterans who served in offshore waters in the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam war.   The case, Nehmer v. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs challenged a VA regulation that stated chloracne is the only disease associated with exposure to…

The Appeal Conundrum

Recently, the Veterans Administration issued a new set of appeal options for Veterans appealing their VA disability claims. When a Veteran gets denied at the initial level, they may request a review of the decision (an appeal). The VA now gives a Veteran several ways to do this.   The first option is a Supplemental…

Will Your $1,200 Stimulus Check Affect Your Medicaid or SSI Eligibility?

Often there are well-intended government programs that have unintended consequences.  As an attorney who handles Social Security disability claims and Medicaid long-term care applications, my first concern when the COVID-19 Economic Impact payments or “Stimulus” package was announced was to wonder how these $1,200 payments were going to affect our clients.  Many government programs including…