Have a Social Security Question? Please Hold

November 28, 2018
The New York Times

By Mark Miller

When Brenda Holt learned that the federal government planned to close her local Social Security office, she swung into action.

That field office in Quincy, Fla., served Gadsden County in the state’s panhandle, where Ms. Holt is a commissioner; closing the office would force residents who needed help managing their benefits to travel 25 miles to Tallahassee.

“We are a rural community with many seniors and a very high poverty rate, and this really angered a...

Former clients of disbarred attorney Eric Conn get reprieve from disability hearings

November 8, 2018
Lexington Herald-Leader

By Bill Estep

Hundreds of Eastern Kentucky residents will get a reprieve from hearings to determine if they can keep receiving federal disability payments, and may have more evidence to use when the hearings resume.

The Social Security Administration this week notified attorneys for the people that it would suspend the hearings for 60 days, until Jan. 7.

Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers also confirmed the agency would put off the hearings for two months.


Supreme Court grants certiorari in four additional cases

November 6, 2018

By Tate Brown

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in four cases Friday in addition to the Maryland cross case.

In Smith v. Berryhill the court will answer the question of “whether the Appeals Council’s decision to reject a disability claim on the ground that the claimant’s appeal was untimely is a ‘final decision’ subject to judicial review under Section 405(g).” The case began when Smith applied “for supplemental security income resulting from disability.” His application...

Medical files from former Conn clients removed from law complex

October 30, 2018

By Shawn Allen

In April we were told about thousands of medical files belonging to the former clients of Eric C. Conn found inside his Floyd County law complex in Stanville.

In August U.S. Marshals seized the law complex, locking the doors and boarding up the windows, until a receiver of the files could be appointed. That receiver, appointed two weeks ago, will have the task of reviewing all the files and making sure they get into their owners' hands.

"I have had some...