Archive | February, 2007

Case Backlogs Grow, Congress Holds Hearings

In many parts of the US, people wait two years for a hearing – and this is after going through two levels of appeal that can make the wait more like three years. Congress is paying attention as a new Social Security Commissioner is being grilled on the problems. From the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch: In […]

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Privatization of Social Security: Our Own Private Nightmare

Privatizing Social Security is a nightmare of an idea. It is a particularly bad idea for older women, who depend on the system more than men. Social Security is women’s main retirement. Without it, an astonishing 59.2 percent would live in poverty in their old age. That’s because women earn less throughout their lives, get […]

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Congressional Hearing on Disability Backlogs

Congressman Michael R. McNulty (D-NY), Chairman, Subcommittee on Social Security of the Committee on Ways and Means, today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability claims backlogs. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 14, 2007. The workload of SSA has grown significantly in recent years […]

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Applicant Dies Waiting for Disability Decision

From the Charlotte Observer: Ronald McKoy, homeless and HIV positive, applied for Social Security disability payments in October 2004 because he said he was too sick to work. About a year later, social workers say, the 50-year-old McKoy barely weighed 100 pounds and went to a local hospital vomiting blood. Yet, even when he died […]

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Long Wait for Benefits

The Los Angeles Times reports: Because of a backlog at the Social Security Administration, hundreds of thousands of people are burning through savings as they wait to see if they qualify for disability benefits. Full story here:

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