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Monday, March 23, 2009

Social Security 2009 Updates

Below is a list of things that have changed for 2009. If you are wondering what the cost of living is or what your monthly benefit will be this year, just check out the items below.


1)      In order to obtain a quarter of coverage in 2009, an individual must have taxable earnings of $1,090;


2)      People receiving benefits under Title XVI of the Social Security Act (SSI recipients) will receive an increase in the amount they are receiving. An eligible individual will receive $674 in 2009, an eligible individual with an eligible spouse will receive $1,011, and and an essential person will receive $338;


3)      Work will be considered substantial gainful activity as follows: if you are blind, SGA is $1,640 and if you are not blind, SGA is $980; and


4)      People receiving Disability Insurance Benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act will receive a 5.8% cost-of-living increase.

If you are unsure how the above items affect you, contact your local district office for information.

Source: West’s Social Security Reporting Service, Vol. 136, No.2, 12/11/2008.


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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Congratulations to Deb Lumpkins
It is a sad day for Gateway as it loses the 25 year veteran consumer attorney, Deb Lumpkins. Deb will be joining the team of Attorney Generals who work diligently to protect Missouri consumers and citizens.

Deb has been with Gateway for the last several years and was successful in litigating FDCPA, FCRA and other consumer claims.

She will be missed. Everyone at Gateway sends well wishes and luck for Deb in her new position.
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