Archive | July, 2007

USA Today Lists Wait Times in Your City

From USA Today: The Social Security Administration faces a record — and rapidly growing — backlog of appeals by people who claim they are too disabled to work. Through June, it had just over 745,000 cases pending, and the wait for a hearing averaged 17 months, also a record. Claimants in some parts of the […]

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Social Security is Overstressed, Underfunded and Underperforming

“It is like a disaster here. We can’t do the work we are getting,” said Witold Skwierczynski, an officer of the American Federation of Government Employees who specializes in Social Security field operations.Social Security staffing will have declined by 4,000 positions over two years ending Oct. 1, and the proposed congressional funding should allow the […]

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Lawyer is Valuable Ally in Disability Claims

The News Journal of Wilmingham, Delaware provides a clear explanation of what an attorney does in a case: To participate meaningfully means knowing the complex Social Security regulations and what they require for each subcategory of ailment, considered together with the claimant’s age, education and work experience. As one example, a 50-year-old steel worker with […]

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SSA Staff Shortages Create More Delays

From The Memphis Commercial Appeal …approximately 70 percent of applicants are denied at their initial applications for disability. Those not lucky enough to win initially must appeal for reconsideration (where 93 percent of applicants lose) before eventually having to appeal for a hearing before an administrative law judge. In our experience, the initial application and […]

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Boston Model for Quick Disability Decision Extended Nationwide

Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today announced that Social Security will publish a proposed regulation to extend the quick disability determination (QDD) process to all State disability determination services. The process now operating in the Boston region utilizes a predictive model that analyzes specific elements of data within the electronic claims file. It […]

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Funding Needed to Solve Backlogs

The Federal Times discusses the long-term mpact of the backlogs: “Although there are backlogs in many Social Security Administration workloads, the backlogs in disability claims have most captured the attention of the print media. At the hearings level in the disability appeals process, there are nearly three-quarters of a million cases pending. This number represents […]

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Illegal Workers Infuse Tax Money into Social Security

From the July 2 Oregonian in Portland: Illegal immigrants pump as much as $7 billion in taxes into the Social Security trust fund each year, money that helps pay retirement and disability benefits of U.S. workers. The chances are slim that those undocumented workers will ever see a penny in retirement or other benefits. The […]

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One Third of 20-year-old Workers Will Become Disabled

About one-third of 20-year-old workers today will become disabled before they hit retirement age at 67, according to the Social Security Administration. And the primary cause of disability is chronic disease — cardiovascular, musculoskeletal problems and cancer are leading diagnoses. Read this article about the value of purchasing private disability insurance while you are young. […]

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