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22 03, 2018

Women and Disability Insurance: Five Facts You Should Know

2018-03-22T15:31:49+00:00 March 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 reveal problems at the strained, underfunded Social Security Administration

2018-03-22T15:16:38+00:00 March 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 more work, less staff, longer waits

2018-02-28T12:41:18+00:00 February 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 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 [...]

25 03, 2015

PA Proposed Budget

2018-01-23T13:02:32+00:00 March 25th, 2015|Social Security Blog|

Governor Wolf's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year includes a tax on legal services.  There are some exceptions but legal services provided to Social Security Disability claimants or Workers Compensation claimants are not among them.  It does not seem fair for someone without income because of injury or illness to have to pay [...]