SSA/Conn Fiasco 4-28-16

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Ned Pillersdorf

Eric Conn fiasco update- Today I did my 25th of these infuriating ongoing and unfair redetermination hearings that are primarily occurring in Prestonsburg with St Louis based Judges. More than 1200 hearings have occurred -with 300 more to go.
Based on my experience and the interaction with the great group of volunteer lawyers here is the disturbing trend I have observed. Those individuals with significant mental illness that has rendered them truly disabled are the most at risk for losing their benefits. This is occurring for two reasons. First is that their mental disability has affected their judgment in either ignoring the whole process and essentially defaulting, or in make the foolish decision to represent themselves. The second reason is that as best I can tell Conn simply ignored and failed to submit relevant evidence of psychiatric illness. The unfair storm is further intensified by the astonishing high numbers of local folks who have these problems, and the social stigma and embarrassment that people have in admitting they are mentally ill.
The reason we have won 46% of the claims is in large part due to the great job the volunteer lawyers are doing in producing this evidence and convincing the Judges that the presence of autism, schizophrenia, post-traumatic disorders and other mental illnesses caused the disability during the relevant 2007-2010 time period. The reason the percentage is not higher is that folks continue to foolishly represent themselves. All of this makes the decision of the SSA to put these people through hearings with full knowledge that attorneys can’t get paid to represent them, that much more reprehensible.
Once again if you are scheduled for a hearing -get a lawyer! AppalRed Legal aid # is 606 886 3876
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SSA/Conn Fiasco 4-27-16 Update #2

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Eric Conn fiasco update-recent interesting developments in the two actions that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has taken in the criminal and civil cases against Conn. The DOJ joined in Conn’s motions to continue the June trial date in the criminal case.. The DOJ cited the fact there are several million documents, and additional time is needed to prepare. Assuming this does not include the millions of his former clients medical records that Conn had shredded and burned during his four day bonfire.
On the civil front, in the whistle blower case the DOJ has asked that that case be stayed or put on hold so that Conn could not have his very able attorneys depose witnesses who would presumably testify in the criminal case. In response the whistle blower attorneys accurately pointed out the hypocrisy of the DOJ position. They correctly pointed out that I have on repeated occasions asked the DOJ to stay or put on hold these continuous redetermination hearings. Of course these hearings cover the same subject matter relating to both the civil and criminal cases.
Still have not heard back from the DOJ as to my most recent request to stop these damn hearings. As of today, the number of hearings has exceeded one thousand, and they are going on non-stop.
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SSA/Conn Fiasco 4-27-16 Update #1

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Eric Conn fiasco update-well it’s official -the mistreatment of Conn’s former clients is now officially bi-partisan. The Obama administration SSA initiated the assault, that simultaneously took away monthly cash benefits and medicare health insurance to Conn’s former clients without a shred of evidence they did anything wrong. The only saving grace was that those losing their their health insurance, were protected by the highly functional KYNECT health insurance program in Kentucky. That changed when now Governor Bevin kept his campaign promise to dismantle KYNECT. Now Bevin’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services has implemented a new public benefits online system that has caused around 55,000 people to be terminated effective April 1. Didn’t think this could get worse, but it has.
The legal battles to stop all of this continue.”

Not that any of that KY health insurance benefits or effects those of us caught in this mess that does not live in KY anyways😦

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SSA/Conn Fiasco Update 4-17-16

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Eric Conn fiasco update-If the trajectory of the ongoing hearings continue the arrogant bureaucrats at the Social Security Administration will have subjected 1500 of Conn’s former clients to these unfair redetermination hearings ending in June. My prediction is that somewhere between 750-800 will lose their benefits. This is triggered by receiving an unfavorable notice.
Those receiving an unfavorable notice will first have to appeal to the so-called Appeals Council. It is not really an Appeals Council-in that they promptly turn everyone down.
Once they turn you down- your only recourse is to file an appeal in United States District Court where you live. This is a daunting uphill task. The majority of the appeals will go to Judge Thapar in Pikeville who has been consistently indifferent and extremely slow in the processing of the initial class action challenges to the hearings. It is crucial you go through this process, in that not only will you lose your benefits- the SSA will demand you pay back more than $100,000 in over-payments.
The current class action challenge, which is more focused on the manner the hearings are being conducted is before Judge Chambers in Federal Court in Huntington WV. From all early indications Judge Chambers has been more willing to act in a prompt manner in that he has shortened the filing deadlines. No guarantee of success, but the outstanding legal team we have assembled is determined to right the wrongs of the SSA.
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Ouch

Well,I finally got around to and was able to have that bad tooth (the one causing all of the abscesses) yanked out. That was expected,as I had the apointment on the 15th to finally get it done. What wasn’t expected was having unplanned oral surgery while I was in the chair yesterday,where they did lots of probing/digging,removing a total of 6 teeth,and fragments/root-fragments of those and 2 others.

As I had planned ot be able to eat by yesterday evening,I had also skipped breakfast,and as I’d been dreading it all week (any dental work/pain normally sets off a flare-up of my C-Spine injuries,which is why I avoid going to the dentist),so I didn’t sleep much (even for me) the night before either. So by last night,I was really hurting,very hungry,and oh-so-sleepy,LOL! Feeling slightly better today,and have been able to eat a bit (“a bit”….hahaha,I’ve eaten like a flippin’ horse since I figured out how ot do it without causing issues😛😄 ),and got a couple good naps in today.

Well….at least it’s done,and the best part is it was all free*. Still,not feeling great though😦

 

 

 

*Friday was “Veteran Free Dental Day” at a local clinic that’s filled with both medical/vision/dental students and volunteers. They did an excellent job on me,and despite what I’m feeling now,I didn’t feel much of anything (I was awake) during the surgery. Kudos and much appreciation to the skilled dental student who performed my work,he will go far,methinks:)

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SSA/Conn Fiasco 4-11-16 #2

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As Eric Conn was getting into a car after being released on bond today outside the Federal Courthouse in Lexington, Tanner Hesterberg of WYMT asked him if he had “any messages for his former clients who are losing their disability benefits?” Conn ignored the question. I suspect those clients have a few messages for him.”

 

 

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SSA/Conn Fiasco 4-11-16 #1

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Eric Conn fiasco -thought it was amusing that Conn has been banned from representing anyone seeking benefits as a condition of his release.. The truth is that the universal feedback I have heard from the volunteer lawyers, and my personal experience in representing his 1500 clients is that he did so in such a grossly incompetent manner. Yes, he won all the time- but the truth is he routinely and failed to submit important evidence of disability, much to the extreme detriment of his now former clients
Not so amusing is the Judge in deciding to release Conn in the 19 page order positively noted he was an attorney in good standing with the Kentucky Bar Association. Shame on the Bar Association for giving Conn that. John Grisham could not have imagined this strange set of facts.”

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