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SENTINEL TRIBUNE INSIDE Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Page 3 Cheering at Nicollet one hundred disability condifions fast- tracked By Elizabeth Anders Fairmont Social Security District Manager WWG Cheerleaders Sawyer Helgeson, Hannah DeSmith, Steffanie Ankrum, Amelia Malmberg, and Kasia Her cheered their team last Friday night at Nicollet. Seasons aren't the only things that change By Elizabeth Anders Fairmont Social Security District Manager Many people enjoy watch- ing the changing seasons, and in many parts of the country we find ourselves at that time of the year when the shifting from one season to another seems most enjoy- able. In many parts of the country, the lush green foli- age gradually fades to an autumn rainbow of yellow- orange-red-brown. Cool air brings light jackets out of closets. Pumpkins and deco- rative corn begin to appear on porches and doorsteps. But seasons are not the only things that change. When it comes to some changes, we at Social Security need to know about them. If you receive Social Security benefits, there are certain things that we need to know about you in order to continue paying your bene- fits. Here is a reminder of some of the most important reporting responsibilities for people who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Your address. Even if you receive your payments by direct deposit or debit card (as most people do), we still need a good mailing address so we can get in touch with you when we need to. You can inform us of a change of address, as well as telephone number, at our website, www.socialsecurity.gov. Your direct deposit infor- mation. If your payments go to your financial institution for direct deposit, you need to notify us of any changes. If you change your account information without letting us know, your payment could go to the wrong place. You can change your deposit information at our website, www.socialsecurity.gov. Your work, if disabled. If you receive disability bene- fits, we need to know about any work you do. If you start work, stop work, or have any change in your work, hours, or pay, we need to know. Your living arrangements, if you receive SSI. People who receive SSI are paid, in part, based on financial need. Payments may change based on your living arrangements. Because of that, we need to know how many people are in your household and how the expenses are shared. There are other things we need to know about, such as if you're institutionalized, if you're no longer able to han- See a photo in the Sentinel Tribune you like? Now you can order it and other photos not printed quick and easy on line... You can have photos from recent newspapers printed professionally. Select pictures from albums including many that were not printed in the newspaper. These photos are available to you through easy online purchase. die your finances, or ifyodve been convicted of a crime Learn more about report- ing responsibilities for peo- ple receiving retirement or survivors benefits at www. socialsecurity.gov/ pubs/10077.html. Learn more about report- ing responsibilities for peo- ple receiving Social Security disability benefits at www. socialsecurity.gov/ pubs/10153.html. Learn more about report- ing responsibilities for peo- ple receiving SSI at www. socialsecurity.gov/ pubs/11011.html. Some changes can be reported online at www. socialsecurity.gov. You can report changes to us by call- ing 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or contact- ing your local office. Seasons change; there's little to report there. But when it comes to changes in the lives of people who receive benefits from Social Security, please remember to keep us informed. Sentinel Tribune available at: Oleson's Mercantile Hoyt Oil & Convenience Bubai Grocery Thrifty White Drtg, Maynards GroceI, ExpressWay Shady Drive Inz This blue button on our website links YOU to all of our PICTURES Click HERE to See and Buy Pho Sentinel Tribune Photo Mugs, posters and T-shirts are also available. Here's some important news if you're applying for Social Security disability benefits for yourself or a loved one. There are 100 conditions which qualify for an expedited process known as Compassionate Allowances. Compassionate Allowances, which began in December 2007, are a way to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Security's standards for dis- ability benefits. "We have an obligation to award benefits quickly to people whose medical condi- tions are so serious they clearly meet our disability standards," said Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security. "We are now able to do precisely that for 100 severe conditions." The Compassionate Allowances conditions are developed from information received at public outreach hearings, and from the Social Security and Disability Determination Service com- munities, medical and scien- tific experts, and the National Institutes of Health. We also consider which conditions are most likely to meet our definition of disability. "By definition, these ill- nesses are so severe that we don't need to fully develop the applicant's work history to make a decision," said Commissioner Astrue. "As a result, Social Security has eliminated this part of the application process for peo- ple who have a condition on the list, and we can award benefits much more quickly." The Compassionate Allowances initiative is one of two parts of the agency's fast-track system for certain disability claims. When com- bined with the Quick Disability Determination (QDD) process, Social Security last year approved the claims of more than 100,000 people, usually in less than two weeks. This year, the agency expects to fast-track nearly 150,000 cases. Under QDD, a predic- tive model analyzes specific elements of data within the electronic claims file to iden- tify claims where there is a high potential the claimant is disabled and where evidence of the person's allegations can be quickly and easily obtained. For more information on Compassionate Allowances, including a list of all 100 conditions, visit www. socialsecurity.gov/compas- sionateallowances. October is Employee Ownership Month. At Bank Midwest, we look forward to it ever,/year because we are proud that our employees not only work here, but own a part of the compan) This means we work harder to ensure you get the one of a kind service that you deserve. Jo Feathering -- From page I However they can be reattached and used up to a year. "They can be washed, blow dried, curled, flat ironed, (up to 350), they are quite durable," Kolar said. The cost to have them put in is $10.00 for narrow feathers, and $12.00 for wide feathers. To have them replaced is just $4.00. She does a lot of hair coloring including spot colors of pink, purple and green. Although people are start- ing to opt more for feathering, because they do not fade like coloring. She also does traditional hair styling, cuts, perms, facial waxing, texture wave, formal up-do, manicure and spa manicure. She also has a line of salon prod- ucts, and nail polish. Walk-ins are always welcome. In her spare time Kolar enjoys knitting, fishing, and curling up with a good scary fiction story. She also works part time at the Westbrook Library. 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