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ATTENTION  NEW YROK SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY CLAIMANTS: If you received an unfavorable or a partially favorable decision between January 1, 2008 and October 18, 2013, on a Social Security Disability claim or a Supplemental Social Security Income Claim, AND that negative decision was issued by Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Michael D. Confresi, ALJ Seymour Fier, […]

DoD, VA Establish Two Multi-Institutional Consortia to Research PTSD and TBI

SOURCE: In response to President Obama’s Executive Order, the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) highlighted today the establishment of two joint research consortia, at a combined investment of $107 million to research the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) over a five-year period. […]

VA Partners with American Bar Association and Legal Services Corporation to Launch a Pilot Program to Help Veterans Receive Decisions Faster and Reduce Claims Backlog

SOURCE: The Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced today a new partnership and pilot program aimed at reducing the claims backlog and making it easier for unrepresented Veterans to receive assistance developing their claims for disability pay. “Ending the backlog is an ‘all hands […]

VA Reaches Out to Veterans about the Health Care Law

SOURCE: The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an awareness campaign and a new website,, to let Veterans know what the Affordable Care Act means for them and their families.  Veterans receiving health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs will see no change in their benefits or out-of-pocket costs when portions of the […]

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Guilty Plea Of Westchester Doctor For Selling Oxycodone Prescriptions

Dr. Arnold Roth Faces 1 to 3 Years Behind Bars After Admitting He Sold $480K Worth of Rx Narcotics With Fraudulent Prescriptions Schneiderman: My Office Will Seek Prison For Doctors Who Traffic In Prescription Drugs-* Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the guilty plea of Westchester anesthesiologist Dr. Arnold Roth on charges he sold […]

NTEU Leader Calls on House Members to Oppose Misguided Bills Targeting Federal Workforce

The leader of the nation’s largest independent union of federal employees today called on members of the House of Representatives to reject this week a handful of damaging bills misdirected at the federal workforce for political purposes. In a letter to House members, President Colleen M. Kelley of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) said […]

Statement by Acting Director Elaine Kaplan on the Supreme Court Decision in United States v. Windsor

SOURCE: “Today’s historic decision by the Supreme Court that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional is a much welcome development in the continuing quest to ensure equal treatment under the law to all Americans.  For the federal government as an employer, it will impact benefits for our married gay and lesbian employees, annuitants, […]

Health centers to help uninsured Americans gain affordable health coverage

SOURCE: Obama administration awards $150 million to provide enrollment assistance Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $150 million in grant awards to 1,159 health centers across the nation to enroll uninsured Americans in new health coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act.  Speaking at the Mountain Park Health […]

Justice Department Settles Lawsuit Against Erie County, N.Y., Over Disability Discrimination

SOURCE: The Justice Department today announced it filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York against Erie County, N.Y., alleging that the county discriminated against an employee with a disability.  The department simultaneously filed a consent decree to resolve the claims.  In its lawsuit, the department alleges […]

Capital Region Personal Care Aide Admits To Defrauding Medicaid For In-Home Services Never Provided

SOURCE: Aide Face Three Years Behind Bars After Felony Guilty Plea Schneiderman: Thefts From Of Our Taxpayer-Funded Medicaid Program Are Intolerable Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the guilty plea of personal care aide Toya Croley for knowingly submitting false timesheets to a billing group, Concepts of Independent Choices, Inc., for reimbursement by the state’s […]