Archive | July, 2006

Are Disabled Veterans Getting Their Social Security Disability Benefits?

From Charles Hall’s Social Security Blog: The Congressional Budget Office reports that only 15% of those who receive Veterans’ Disability benefits are also receiving Social Security disability benefits. It is unclear how many of these disabled veterans should be receiving Social Security disability benefits. Most of those on VA benefits receive only partial disability benefits, […]

Continue Reading

Most Creditors Can’t Touch Social Security Payments

The LA Times’ Liz Weston Pulliam addresses this question in her recent column: Question: In the past, we’d heard that a bank account could be protected from creditors, U.S. Bankruptcy Court and other government authorities if it were set up to receive only Social Security funds. For several years, we thought we had such an […]

Continue Reading

Government Plans Medicare Changes

The New York Times reports that the Bush administration plans sweeping changes in Medicare payments to hospitals that could cut payments by 20 percent to 30 percent for many complex treatments and new technologies. The changes, the biggest since the current payment system was adopted in 1983, are meant to improve the accuracy of payment […]

Continue Reading

Whistleblower a Pariah at SSA

By all accounts, he has been zealous and effective, perhaps a tad too much so. Over the years, he has taken the agency to task for a long list of alleged failings, both underpayments and overpayments. He often turned out to be right, but the unrelenting, sharp-edged nature of his critiques has left bruises… Social […]

Continue Reading