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18 02, 2018

Budget Agreement Funding Could Reduce Social Security Disability Backlog

2018-02-18T12:18:49+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Social Security Blog|

The bipartisan agreement to raise the caps on discretionary spending in 2018 and 2019 reportedly calls for higher funding for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) operating budget, which is starved for resources after years of cuts, to improve customer service. SSA’s budget shrank by 11 percent between 2010 and 2017, after adjusting for inflation — even as SSA’s workload grew [...]

12 02, 2018

Another day, another stealth attack on Medicaid

2018-02-12T16:31:54+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Social Security Blog|

Another day, another attack on Medicaid — and on the poor and working class. According to a little-noticed McClatchy report this week, Arizona, Kansas, Utah, Maine and Wisconsin have appealed to the Trump administration to seek permission to put lifetime limits on Medicaid coverage for recipients they deem able-bodied. In other words, those five states want to [...]

2 02, 2018

The two biggest budget programs were missing from Trump’s address

2018-02-02T15:15:40+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Social Security Blog|

Two big items were missing from President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday night: Medicare and Social Security. While these entitlement programs were absent from the President's speech, together they take up almost all of the government's mandatory spending. "The harm of neglecting them is they're underfunded," said Howard Gleckman, a [...]

22 11, 2017

Social Security is barreling towards a crisis

2018-01-23T13:01:21+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Social Security Blog|

Recently, my accountant suggested I start taking Social Security benefits. I’m 67, and if I make it to 79 — the average lifespan for an American male — Social Security will pay me about $500,000. Fortunately, I don’t need the money. With our government drowning in debt, I don’t understand the logic in Uncle [...]

13 11, 2017

Disabled forced to wait years for benefits

2018-01-23T13:03:24+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Social Security Blog|

Economic opportunity for all is the cornerstone of the American dream. There are many individuals, however, who face obstacles in reaching this opportunity because of their disability. These individuals have just as strong a desire to be self-sufficient as individuals without disabilities, but desire alone is not enough; the labor force participation rate for [...]