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How Has the Coronavirus Pandemic Affected People With Disabilities?

COVID-19 has struck our state harder than expected. On April 21, there were only 2,807 known cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. As of September 11, those totals increased to 67,642 infections. Worse yet, this disease has a disproportionately higher effect on the disability community. Since Oklahomans with disabilities are often immunocompromised, they are vulnerable to this virus. However, this virus has also had unexpected effects on the lives of individuals with disabilities. The attorneys at Troutman & Troutman, P.C. have gathered info you need to know about these effects. Here are the ways the coronavirus pandemic has affected the disability community. How Has Coronavirus Affected Disability Benefits? As communities closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, lawmakers tried to relieve the financial burden of lockdown. This relief came in the form of a stimulus check back in April. Though, some worried that people with disabilities would not get a check,…
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Can Creditors Take My Social Security Disability Benefits?

Debt is a concern for households all over the United States. Consumer credit company Experian says that consumer debt in our country has risen to $14.1 trillion in 2019. That is a record high. However, people with disabilities have greater concerns when it comes to this figure. Fixed incomes, reduced working potential and medical bills make it hard for people with disabilities to pay debts. This can lead to creditors garnishing their bank accounts. Does that mean creditors can garnish their Social Security? Can Social Security Disability Be Garnished? In short, no, most creditors cannot garnish your Social Security disability benefits. As with most rules like this, there are exceptions and caveats that need explanation. Here is what you need to know. Which Benefits Do Federal Law Protect? Rules set by the U.S. Department of Treasury require banks to automatically protect certain benefits from the government. But this only applies…
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Is It Becoming Harder to Get Disability Benefits?

The amount of people applying for Social Security disability benefits is going down. This is unexpected news for experts, advocates and political leaders. And though some are celebrating this change in enrollment, others are asking why. Is SSDI Enrollment Going Down? According to The New York Times, new enrollments for Social Security disability benefits have gone down. In 2001, enrollments were at an all-time high of 2.02 million, but those numbers have fallen dramatically. Last year, there were under 1.5 million enrollments, and the downward trend seems to be continuing. The total number of recipients for the program is also going down. Members of the baby boomer generation are reaching retirement age in record numbers. This has caused the number of disability recipients to go down as these people are moved to retirement benefits. This has also extended the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) financial forecast. Just two years ago, the…
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