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2017 SSDI and SSI Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA)

In 2017, there will be small changes to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) based on the cost of living.

2017 Medicare Costs

For 2017, Medicare has adjusted some of the expenses that Medicare beneficiaries pay.

Key Dates for Covered California

Get health coverage for 2017 during Covered California open enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare open enrollment is from October 15 until December 7.

ABLE Accounts Have Arrived

DB101 can help you see whether the nation’s first ABLE program might help you build assets while keeping benefits.

U.S. Department of Education to Forgive the Student Loan Debt of People with Disabilities

If you have a disability and have federal student loan debt, you can apply to have your debt forgiven and may get a letter about this.

The ABLE Act Webinar – Featuring STABLE - Ohio’s ABLE Act Program

Register for this May 10th webinar about one of the country's very first ABLE Account programs.

2016 Medicare Costs

For 2016, Medicare has adjusted some of its expenses, but the Part B premium won't change for most people.

No SSDI and SSI Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) in 2016

In 2016, there will be no changes to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) based on the cost of living.

Key Dates for Covered California Enrollment

Get health coverage for 2016 during Covered California open enrollment.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare open enrollment is from October 15 until December 7.

"My DB101" Features

My DB101 makes it easier to save your favorite DB101 pages, mini-tools, and Calculator sessions.

The ABLE Act Will Help People with Disabilities Build More Assets

This new law will let people with disabilities save up money in special accounts that have tax advantages and won’t count towards benefits programs resource limits.

2015 SSDI and SSI Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA)

In 2015, small adjustments will be made to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) based on changes in the cost of living.

New Medicare Premium Amounts for 2015

For 2015, Medicare has adjusted some of the premiums and other expenses that Medicare beneficiaries pay.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare open enrollment is from October 15 – December 7.

Key Dates for Covered California

Important dates are coming up for enrollment in Covered California.

The Faces and Facts of Disability

Social Security has a new media campaign about SSDI.

The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare: Health Insurance Changes Coming Your Way Under the Affordable Care Act

The Kaiser Family Foundation has produced a video explaining the most important changes coming with the Affordable Care Act in 2014.

Texting Scam Targets Users of Social Security's Direct Express Debit Card

A texting scam has targeted people who use a Direct Express debit card to collect their Social Security benefits. People are being fooled into revealing their account numbers and PINs.

Check out the New HealthCare.gov

HealthCare.gov can help you understand how health coverage is changing.

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Cuts Reduced

In 2009, the State of California passed a law to severely reduce IHSS services. After years of lawsuits, the State has settled and agreed to make much smaller cuts that will be phased out.

Apply for SDI online!

There is a new online application system for State Disability Insurance (SDI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL).

Switch to Electronic Federal Benefit Payments Now!

Everyone who receives federal benefit payments by paper check is required by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to switch to an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013.

New Medicare Premium Amounts for 2013

For 2013, Medicare has adjusted some of the premiums and other expenses that Medicare beneficiaries pay.

Social Security adds 35 conditions to the Compassionate Allowances Program

There are now a total of 200 Compassionate Allowances to help people with serious medical conditions get Social Security disability benefits more quickly.

Social Security’s Ticket to Work Partnership Plus: A Real California Win-Win Story

Social Security’s Ticket to Work program helps Californians with disabilities on SSI or SSDI get job training, find employment, and get ongoing support after starting work.

Improvements for Medi-Cal's Working Disabled Program

The Medi-Cal Working Disabled Program has several new program rules that improve the benefits of the program for people who are disabled and working.

The Department of Defense Increases Hiring of People with Disabilities

People with disabilities now make up 14% of civilian hires at the Department of Defense (DOD). DOD and other federal agencies have been using diverse strategies to find good employees with disabilities.

Senators and Governors Focus on Increasing the Employment of People with Disabilities

The U.S. Senate recently released a report looking at the current state of employment for people with disabilities and making policy recommendations to increase employment. At the same time, the National Governors Association announced a new focus on expanding employment for people with disabilities, making it a top priority.

Major Companies and Government Launch Initiative for Disability Employment

Executives from more than a dozen major companies met with high-level elected officials from Congress and state governments to discuss disability employment and plan an ongoing project to increase employment of people with disabilities in the private sector.

Important New Features on the Social Security Website Make Understanding and Applying for Disability Benefits Easier

The Social Security Administration (SSA) website now lets you provide an electronic signature for Form SSA-827 (Authorization to Disclose Information to Social Security) when you apply for benefits and it lets you check your earnings and benefit information online.

DB101 en español live!

We are pleased to announce that the Spanish language DB101 website in California is back online!

Build-up Your Retirement Savings Now with help from the payroll tax holiday!

According to the Employment Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), more than 40% of Americans risk running out of money in retirement. This particular scenario seems bleak enough, but when one considers people are living longer, retirement savings become even more important to ones long-term financial management.

A Youth Toolkit on Personal Assistance Services

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced the release of Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood, a guide designed to help transition-age youth with significant disabilities.

Mandatory Enrollment of Seniors and Persons with Disabilities in Medi-Cal Managed Care

Many seniors and persons with disabilities who use Medi-Cal, approximately 380,000 people, will have to join a Medi-Cal managed care plan soon.

New research helps Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries return to work

We know that many SSDI beneficiaries worry about losing their cash benefits if they earn too much money. The Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND) is designed to help eliminate this problem and will help participants who want to earn more, keep more of their SSDI income.

Two-year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

It's been two years since the Affordable Care Act was signed by President Obama. Since then, our health care system has improved in many ways.

What Benefits Am I on Now?

How can I find out what my current Social Security disability benefits are? You can request a Benefits Planning Query (BPQY) from Social Security that summarizes your current benefits situation.

Medicare Provides Assistance to Help Beneficiaries Get Big Savings On Prescription Drug Costs

Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Part D plans will see 50% savings on their brand name and some authorized generic drugs. These changes make it easier than ever for people on Medicare with limited incomes to save on their drug costs.

Housing Assistance for Non-Elderly Persons with Disabilities

HUD is offering approximately $40 million to public housing authorities across the country to fund approximately 5,300 Housing Choice Vouchers for non-elderly persons with disabilities, allowing them to live independently.

Federal Government Launches New and Improved National Resource Directory for Military and Veteran Communities

The National Resource Directory is designed to serve a broad base of users including Service Members, Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and their families and caregivers. It has proved to be a useful tool for service providers who support Veterans, such as Federal Recovery Coordinators, health care providers and case managers at Veterans Service Organizations.

Medicare and You

The following link provides an electronic Medicare handbook offers answers to your Medicare questions. The handbook includes important facts and changes you will need for 2011.

Americorps Program and Their Committment to Inclusion

AmeriCorps is a national service program often referred to as the "Domestic Peace Corps." People who join AmeriCorps commit to do a year of service in exchange for a modest living stipend and a scholarship. AmeriCorps is a real-life education and work experience wrapped into one. AmeriCorps is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to volunteers with disabilities. Thanks to the Heart Act of 2008, individuals receiving SSI and SSDI payments can accept AmeriCorps stipends without jeopardizing their Social Security benefits.

SSI Recipients Can Now Report Wages by Telephone

Social Security has introduced a new automated wage reporting system for SSI recipients. The system allows SSI recipients to report their work income via telephone in the beginning of each month.

The Veterans Benefits Online Tools Project at WID

WID is very proud to share that we are using this report to start the planning to build a national online benefits tools and information services web site, so veterans can better navigate benefit programs and secure available employment as they transition to civilian life.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit Extended Through August 31, 2011

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) promotes the hiring of individuals who qualify as a member of a target group and provides a federal tax credit to employers who hire these individuals.

SSA Access Ability: recruiting individuals with disabilities

SSA is recruiting qualified applicants with disabilities for career opportunities in a variety of fields.

Social Security Administration (San Francisco Region) Selective Placement Program

SSA’s Selective Placement Program assists qualified individuals with disabilities obtain non-competitive employment under the Schedule A hiring authority (appointments for individuals with mental retardation, severe physical disabilities or psychiatric disabilities).


Senate Committee Focuses on Employment of People with Intellectual Disabilities

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, convened the first in a series of hearings to study ways to improve employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

Affordable Care Act: Six-Month Anniversary Update

September 23, 2010 is the six-month anniversary of the new health care reform law, The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. The ACA will lead to significant changes in our nation’s health care system, including extending health care coverage to many more Americans. This is a summary of the major changes that started on September 23, 2010.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Summary and Updates

Many changes brought about by these new laws are of particular significance to people with disabilities.

Health Care Reform Update: High-Risk Pools

Starting on July 1, 2010, people who can’t get insurance because of pre-existing conditions will have immediate access to high-risk pools that don’t exclude people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Obama Administration Offers New Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity Rules

The Departments of Health and Human Services jointly issued new rules providing parity for consumers enrolled in group health plans who need treatment for mental health or substance use disorders.The new rules prohibit group health insurance plans from restricting access to care.