24 10, 2018

Medicare open enrollment begins today

2018-12-18T10:16:09-05:00October 24th, 2018|Medicaid Blog, Social Security Blog|

Medicare’s annual eight-week open enrollment period begins today. Beneficiaries have until Dec. 7 to take stock of their current coverage and decide whether it meets their health care needs — and budget. All the decisions made during open enrollment will take effect in January. If you don’t want to change your coverage, no action is required. [...]

10 07, 2018

Federal disability insurance still needs some big fixes

2020-04-30T13:22:43-05:00July 10th, 2018|Social Security Blog|

EVERY SO often, the federal government’s financial performance surprises on the upside. Recent case in point: new data in the annual report of the Social Security trustees showing unexpected resiliency in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Just three years ago, in July 2015, the Obama administration warned that the program’s reserves were [...]

22 06, 2018

House GOP 2019 budget calls for spending cuts

2020-04-30T13:22:11-05:00June 22nd, 2018|Social Security Blog|

House Republicans offered a budget proposal on Tuesday that would cut mandatory spending by $5.4 trillion over a decade, including $537 billion in cuts to Medicare and $1.5 trillion in cuts to Medicaid and other health programs. On Medicare, the budget would move towards a system of private health insurance plans competing with one [...]

15 05, 2018

Government Urged To Improve Disability Services

2018-07-31T11:22:23-05:00May 15th, 2018|Social Security Blog|

Services for children with disabilities and their families should be far more coordinated and easier to access, according to a new report produced for the federal government evaluating everything from health care and special education to employment. The 285-page analysis from the nonprofit National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found that even the [...]

19 04, 2018

Schumer promises to help local Social Security offices

2020-04-30T13:23:41-05:00April 19th, 2018|Social Security Blog|

Sen. Charles Schumer told a crowd of 130 people at the Glenville Senior Center that he will use his clout as majority leader to ensure increased funding for Social Security to improve service at field offices and particularly to speed up handling of disability claims. "I am calling on the Social Security administration to put [...]

11 04, 2018

Trump Signs Order for Recipients of Fed Aid to Work

2020-04-30T13:26:42-05:00April 11th, 2018|Social Security Blog|

President Trump quietly signed a long-anticipated executive order on Tuesday intended to force low-income recipients of food assistance, Medicaid and low-income housing subsidies to join the work force or face the loss of their benefits. The order, in the works since last year, has an ambitious title — “Reducing Poverty in America” — and is [...]

22 03, 2018

Women and Disability Insurance: Five Facts You Should Know

2018-07-31T11:27:54-05:00March 22nd, 2018|Social Security Blog|

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) — which provides modest but vital benefits to workers who can no longer support themselves due to a serious and long-lasting medical impairment — protects everybody who can meet its stringent work-history and medical criteria. SSDI doesn’t discriminate by sex, but for many decades most of its beneficiaries were men. [...]

21 03, 2018

Watchdog reports find issues at Social Security

2020-04-30T13:28:03-05:00March 21st, 2018|Social Security Blog|

Reports of Social Security’s financial problems appear like clockwork, yet the agency’s enormous operational issues receive little attention. Long before 2034 – the currently projected year in which the program will run short of funds – the agency may cease to effectively serve the older and disabled Americans who depend on it for benefits that [...]

28 02, 2018

Trump’s Social Security budget offers changes

2020-04-30T13:27:30-05:00February 28th, 2018|Social Security Blog|

For the elderly and disabled who complain about poor Social Security assistance now, these might be the good old days. President Trump’s proposed fiscal 2019 Social Security Administration (SSA) budget would cut staffing, a recipe for long waits in agency offices and on the telephone for those trying to navigate the often-difficult world of old-age, [...]

18 02, 2018

Budget Agreement Could Reduce Disability Backlog

2020-04-30T13:21:36-05:00February 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 [...]