Obamacare enrollment starts October 1

            For so many of our clients, the lack of access to medical care is a significant problem.  With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government is seeking to get as many Americans insured as possible through the individual mandate.  If you are not already covered by health insurance, you will need to apply for health insurance through the state exchanges.  You will also apply for subsidies in the form of tax credits if you need help paying for the insurance.  Open enrollment through the exchanges begins October1.  Coverage will then begin January 1.  Open enrollment ends by March 31, 2014, at which time open enrollment closes.  For information please go to HealthCare.gov which links to the Health Insurance Market Place.

You can also visit our site at chewninglegal.com for more information on Social Security Disability in Wisconsin.

Manitowoc to be home to two new community clinics

According to the Lakeshore Chronicle, two clinics for low- and no-income individuals are opening on October 1, 2013. These clinics are the Red Shield Health Clinic, 402 N. 9th St, Manitowoc.  Services are available on Tuesdays from 5 – 10p.m.  The clinic’s phone number is (920) 684-7117.  Also, Community Clinics of Manitowoc County is opening at 600 York St, Manitowoc. That clinic will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Community Clinics of Manitowoc County can be reached at (920) 320-6775.

Winter Chewning & Geary believes it is important to keep our clients informed of free and low cost health care.  Too many of our clients lack access to the treatment they need.  Hopefully with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, all of our clients will have access to necessary health care, but if not clinics for low- and no-income individuals are a valuable community resource.

The Ins and Outs of the Social Security Disability Program – February 21 at the Appleton Public Library

Attorney Don Chewning will be giving an informational talk at Appleton Public Library on February 21, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.  I will be giving background information on the Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs, including the basics legal requirements and procedure.  We will be in Meeting Room C.  The Appleton Public Library is located at 225 N. Oneida St.  Appleton, WI 54911.   For more information, you can visit the library’s event posting.

Kewaunee program on Social Security Disability and SSI

Winter, Chewning & Geary, LLC will be presenting a program tonight at the Kewaunee Public Library explaining the Social Security Disability and SSI programs.  This is an informational program intended for the general public.  The talk begins at 5:00 p.m. The Kewaunee Public Library is located at  822 Juneau Street, Kewaunee WI. 54216.

2012 Super Lawyers Rising Stars announced

I’m happy to report that for the second year in a row I’ve been named among the Rising Stars in this year’s Wisconsin Super Lawyers magazine.  A digital copy of the magazine is available at digital.superlawyers.com.  Thanks to those lawyers who nominated me.  According to the Super Lawyers website, the Rising Stars are chosen after “[l]awyers are asked to nominate the best attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.”  There is then a research and final selection process after which “[n]o more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list.”

Social Security offices closed on Black Friday

Social Security’s website indicates that it’s offices will be closed to the public on Friday, November 23, 2012. Although it’s not a federal holiday, Social Security employees are going to be using the day to catch up on their workload.

If you have any questions concerning Social Security on that day, please feel free to contact Attorney Donald J. Chewning.

Social Security disability awards now accepted as basis for student loan forgiveness

Earlier this week, the Department of Education announced that Social Security disability awards will now serve as proof of disability for purposes of requesting forgiveness for outstanding student loans.  As explained in an article by Lily O’Donnell at The Huffington Post, the new rules eliminate redundant disability determination processes:

Under federal law, someone who becomes severely disabled after taking out student loans is eligible to have their debt forgiven. But until recently, they’d have to jump through bureaucratic hoops to do so, even if they’d already gone through an essentially identical process to receive Social Security benefits.

Under a new set of rules, adopted earlier this month, the Education Department will recognize Social Security award letters as proof of disability, streamlining the process immensely.

For more information contact Chewning Legal, LLC. Additional information on the history of the change in rules, there is an interesting article at GantDaily.com. U.S. Education Department Adopts Crucial Reform for Disabled Borrowers.


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