Monthly Archives: December 2013


OPERS Disability Retirement Attorney Representation

The Jones Law Group, LLC assists public employees with obtianing OPERS disability benefits. OPERS members are eligible for one of two disability programs, the original plan or the revised plan.  Employees who had contributions on deposit with OPERS on July 29, 1992, had a one time opportunity to select coverage under one of these programs.  […]


OPERS Pension and Health Care Changes

In September 2012, the Ohio Legislature approved changes to the OPERS pension plan. At the same time, OPERS made changes to its health care plan for retirees. The pension changes take effect Jan. 7, 2013 , and most of the health care changes take effect Jan. 1, 2014.  A summary of these changes is available at […]


First Term: Americans Collecting Disability Increased 1,385,418—Now 1 for Each 13 Full-Time Workers

(CNSNews.com, January 20, 2013) – During President Barack Obama’s first term, the number of Americans collecting federal disability insurance increased by 1,385,418 to a record 8,827,795. As a result, there is now one person collecting disability in this county for every 13 people working full-time. Forty-two years ago, in December 1968, there were 51 people […]


OPERS Pension and Health Care Changes

In September 2012, the Ohio Legislature approved changes to the OPERS pension plan. At the same time, OPERS made changes to its health care plan for retirees. The pension changes take effect Jan. 7, 2013 , and most of the health care changes take effect Jan. 1, 2014.  A summary of these changes is available […]


Social Security Disability Experts Defend SSDI

CALABASAS, Calif., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), the safety net for disabled US workers, has come under recent scrutiny. Some critics suggest the program adds to the national deficit and is a drain on the US economy. They argue the program should be cut back or even eliminated.  Industry experts however are […]


Disability Rights Ohio Board of Directors elects five new members

On Tuesday, April 9, the Disability Rights Ohio Board of Directors elected five new members who have a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise, including civil rights law, program administration, and disability-related consumer advocacy. They will serve four-year terms, beginning immediately, and join Board President Sue Willis, Secretary Angela Kurtz and members-at-large M. Vanessa Eubanks […]


Ohio Supreme Court Rules No Expert Needed to Prove Write-offs Reflect Resaonable Value of Medical Services

In a 5-2 decision authored by the Chief Justice, the Ohio Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals in Moretz v. Muakkassa.  With respect to the medical bill write-offs and the issue of whether expert testimony is required to establish the amount of write-offs, the Court stated in part: “We reaffirm our […]


Insurance Prompt Pay Requirements

In Ohio, there are two separate prompt pay requirements for health insuring Corporations. Medicare, Medicaid or self-insured ERISA plans must comply with federal prompt payment requirements. Otherwise, third-party payers must comply with the state prompt pay requirements.  Failure to comply obligates insurers to pay interest on late payments. Ohio’s Prompt Pay Law Requires Third-Party Payers to: […]


Social Security Announces 1.5 Percent Benefit Increase for 2014

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 63 million Americans will increase 1.5 percent in 2014, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 57 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2014.  Increased payments to more than 8 million […]


Ohio Payday Lending Issues-Interest Rates

I recently had a case in the Franklin County Municipal Court wherein I represented a payday lender who was seeking judgment against a borrower for a relatively small balance but at an annual interest rate of 25%. The Court in my case raised the issue of whether the lender had the legal right to be […]

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Social Security Benefits Increase in 2018

When the Social Security Administration announces the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), there’s usually an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month. Federal benefit rates increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The CPI-W rises when […]

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CAR REPAIR NIGHTMARE LEADS TO CLASS ACTION

Our client had a minor fender bender and took her car in to have a dent repaired. She had insurance, and her insurance was willing to pay the reasonable expenses associated with repairing the vehicle. It is alleged that the repair shop, Three-C Body Shop, encouraged her to leave everything in their hands. Weeks passed […]

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