3 Essential Updates From the NOSSCR Annual Convention


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The Nationwide Group of Social Safety Claimants’
Representatives (“NOSSCR”) held its annual convention in Austin, Texas, final
week. It was thrilling for a number of causes. For starters, it was an in-person
convention. Nicely, some audio system attended just about, however the convention goers
have been all actual, non-Zoom-an beings.  Whereas
I did come house with a chilly (not COVID….I used to be examined
I additionally got here again to California with updates – some optimistic and a few a bit
bleak. Listed here are 3 updates from NOSSCR that you could be be taken with listening to

1.     SSA’s Performing Commissioner, Dr. Kilolo Kijakazi,
introduced that starting November 30, 2022, SSA is elevating the consultant
charge cap to $7,200.00.
That is the primary pay elevate that representatives have had since 2009. 13
years is a very long time to go with no pay improve, particularly since our charges
aren't topic to plain Price-Of-Dwelling-Changes (“COLA”) and we've got
been coping with all of the elevated prices that come together with inflation. SSA
fees representatives a “user fee” for withholding our charges, so whereas that
charge has steadily elevated yearly, our attorneys’ charges remained stagnant.  This triggered some representatives to begin
working towards different areas of regulation to make ends meet and others deserted their
Social Safety Incapacity Insurance coverage (“SSDI”) and Supplemental Safety Earnings
(“SSI”) practices altogether lately.  I hope the elevated charges imply extra “mother and
pop” practices like mine will be capable of survive with the intention to assist those that are
actually deserving of incapacity advantages. Thanks to all of those that lobbied
to extend the charge cap!

2.      Performing Commissioner Kijakazi additionally gave us an
trustworthy portrayal of what's going on at SSA. She totally acknowledged that SSA
lacks an enough price range to deal with the amount of claims that SSA has to course of
day-after-day. Whereas she is grateful for any price range improve that Congress might
bestow on SSA, she defined that the present price range was not even near what
is required to efficiently run day-to-day service at SSA.

Whereas this information might sound
bleak and cynical, I actually appreciated Performing Commissioner Kijakazi’s candor. Like
most practitioners and claimants, I've change into more and more pissed off with
the poor customer support we've got been experiencing from our native subject
places of work. There are occasions I really feel enraged at how poorly a few of my purchasers’ circumstances
are dealt with by the native subject places of work. I see “red” at occasions after we can’t get
via to any staff at SSA to deal with urgent points for our purchasers.
Nonetheless, I can’t anticipate champagne service when SSA has a beer price range…and never a high-end
microbrew price range, however extra like the rubbish children drink in faculty. SSA CANNOT
carry out their jobs in the event that they don’t have a price range to run this system.  

Thus, I'm going to make an
effort to cease criticizing SSA’s subject places of work, when the blame appears to fall
extra with our elected officers. SSA staff are clearly overworked and
undervalued. You may’t simply assign 1,000 circumstances to worker and suppose that particular person
goes to do a stellar job. SSA doesn’t want a bunch of attorneys attacking
them proper now when they're already having dust kicked of their faces by our elected
officers. As an alternative, I'm going to focus extra on who I vote for and educating
these as to the need of SSDI and SSI advantages.

3.      NOSSCR introduced a altering of the guard. Whereas
NOSSCR has spent years serving to to teach attorneys as to the ins and outs of
SSDI and SSI regulation, they appear to appreciate that they need to focus their efforts extra
on legislative affairs and coverage making. Thus, they're shifting their places of work
from New York to Washington D.C. to change into a real legislative participant. They're
additionally on a hunt for a brand new Government Director.  

I believe that is wonderful
information. I've practiced this space of regulation for 19 years now. I wish to see new
blood and “shakeups” within the system. I believe a number of us have felt that our
purchasers have gotten railroaded during the last a number of years with procedural and
authorized modifications which have damage essentially the most weak individuals who need assistance. I like
the truth that NOSSCR acknowledges the necessity to develop new methods to enhance
the SSA system. I let me membership lapse years in the past, however I used to be impressed sufficient
with NOSSCR’s modifications within the works that I plan to reactivate it.  


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us to reply? Please try our web site at
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data on our web site that may will let you efficiently navigate the
Social Safety Incapacity course of. Additionally, be happy to e mail me your questions
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