Social Security Disability &
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 Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law,
 Partner at Needham Mitnick & Pollack, PLC

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In This Issue
Obama Administration Simplifies and Significantly Shortens Application for Health Insurance
If You Have a Disability, You May Qualify for a Free Access Pass to National Parks

Upcoming Events:



ANNANDALE HIGH SCHOOL: On May 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM, Judy Mitnick will be speaking on Guardianships for students turning 18 and Special Needs Trusts to the PTSA at Annandale High School.

ALZHEIMER'S FAMILY DAY CENTER: On May 22, 2013, Angie Griffith will be speaking at the Alzheimer's Family Day Center from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The topic of her speech is "Paying for Long Term Care: What are the Options?" The Center is located at 2812 Old Lee Highway, Suite 210, Fairfax, VA 22031.


CEDAR LANE SCHOOL: On May 23, 2013 at 6:00 pm, Sheri Abrams will be speaking on "The Ins and Outs of Social Security Disability & SSI Benefits" to the Cedar Lane PTSA. Cedar Lane school is located at 101 Cedar Lane, SW, Vienna, VA 22180


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Issue: # 58May 2013
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Obama Administration Simplifies and Significantly Shortens Application for Health Insurance


obamacareThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that the application for health coverage has been simplified and significantly shortened. The application for individuals without health insurance has been reduced from twenty-one to three pages, and the application for families is reduced by two-thirds. The consumer friendly forms are much shorter than industry standards for health insurance applications today.


In addition, for the first time consumers will be able to fill out one simple application and see their entire range of health insurance options, including plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and tax credits that will help pay for premiums.


The Marketplace consumer application can be submitted starting on October 1st and can be found here.


The online version of the application will be an interactive experience that shortens the application process based on individuals' responses. The paper application was simplified and tailored to meet personal situations based on important feedback from consumer groups.


Consumers can apply online, by phone or paper when open enrollment begins October 1, 2013.


There will be clear information provided about how to complete the application, and how to access help in applying and enrolling in coverage.


This consumer-focused approach will facilitate the enrollment of millions of Americans into affordable, high quality coverage while minimizing the administrative burden on states, individuals and health plans.


For more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace, click here.


If You Have a Disability, You May Qualify for a Free Access Pass to National Parks


national park service logoThe Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass available to United States citizens or permanent residents, regardless of age, that have a permanent disability.


The Pass can be used at over 2,000 Federal recreation sites across the nation, including National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, and many National Forest lands.


The Access Pass admits the Pass owner and any passengers traveling with him/her in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas or the Pass owner and three additional adults where per-person fees are charged. The Access Pass may also offer a discount on some expanded amenity fees, such as camping.


Discounts offered by the Pass vary widely across the many different types of recreation sites. Pass owners are encouraged to check with sites they plan to visit before obtaining a pass to verify that their Pass will be accepted. Anytime a Pass is used, photo identification will be requested to verify Pass ownership.


 How to Obtain an Access Pass:


The pass may be obtained two ways, either at a federal recreation site where entrance or standard amenity fees are charged or through the mail.


To obtain a pass you must have identification to verify that you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, which could include:


A U.S. State or Territory issued Drivers License, Identification or Birth Certificate; or

A U.S. Passport or Passport Card; or

A Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).


You must also have documentation that you have a permanent disability, which could include:


A statement signed by a licensed physician attesting that you have a permanent physical, mental, or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, and stating the nature of the impairment; or

A document issued by a Federal agency, such as the Veteran's Administration, which attests that you have been medically determined to be eligible to receive Federal benefits as a result of blindness or permanent disability; or


Proof of receipt of Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI); or

A document issued by a State agency such as the Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, which attests that you have been medically determined to be eligible to receive vocational rehabilitation agency benefits or services as a result of medically determined blindness or permanent disability.


Showing a State motor vehicle department disability sticker, license plate or hang-tag is not acceptable documentation.


Obtaining a Pass Through the Mail:


To obtain an Access pass through the mail, you must complete an application, provide a photocopy of proof of citizenship or residency, documentation of disability and pay the processing fee. The cost of obtaining an Access Pass through the mail is ten dollars ($10) for processing the application (the Pass is free).


Obtaining a Pass in Person:


If you apply for an Access Pass at a Federal recreation site you do NOT need to fill out an application. When you arrive at the recreation site, the officer providing the Pass will verify your documentation of disability and that you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident by checking your ID. You will then be issued the Pass. The Pass is free if obtained in person, and there is no processing fee. Before making a trip to obtain a Pass, be sure to contact the site to ensure that they have Passes available.


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Sheri Abrams' Book "Don't Gamble With Your Social Security Disability Benefits--What Every Virginia Resident Needs To Know To Win A Social Security Disability Case" Is Available

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