Public Benefits Articles


Special Needs Families Meet With White House Officials to Oppose Medicaid Cuts

At a recent White House meeting, families of people with special needs had the opportunity to explain to some very high-ranking administration officials just how painful some of these proposed changes could be.

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House Passes Rule Change Making It Harder to Fund Social Security Disability Trust Fund

In one of its first acts of the new Congress, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives changed its rules to prevent lawmakers from shifting money from the Social Security retirement trust fund to the Social Security disability trust fund unless the change would improve the actuarial balance of both funds. 

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If You Have a Disability, You May Be Able to Avoid IRA Early Withdrawal Penalties

The early withdrawal penalty has been very effective at forcing retirement plan owners to keep money in their retirement accounts, but if a retirement account owner becomes disabled, the IRS will waive the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty.

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9 Steps to Less Stressful Caregiving

Taking care of a loved one with special needs can be exhausting and stressful.

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Suit Alleges Kentucky Disability Lawyer Colluded With Judge to Win Cases -- And Millions in Fees

A recently unveiled whistleblower lawsuit alleges that a prominent Kentucky disability lawyer illegally colluded with a federal disability judge to approve his clients' cases and reap the millions in attorney's fees that came with them.

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Bill Would Expand Community Care Program to People with Disabilities Under Age 55

A bill recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would give people under age 55 access to a program that now helps nursing home-eligible seniors remain in their homes far longer than they might otherwise be able to do.

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Housing Options for Adults with Special Needs

Most people with special needs, including those with very severe special needs, live in some type of community setting.  Here are some of the most popular housing options for adults with special needs.

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Accounting Is Not Only Important - It's Mandatory

Unfortunately, too many trustees of special needs trusts or those who oversee funds for people with special needs don't even know that they have a duty to account for the funds they manage, let alone perform that duty correctly.

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