Archive | November, 2007

Starter Kit for Disability Application

If you or someone you know recently became disabled and have been thinking about applying for Social Security disability benefits, there’s something you can do to get the process off to a good start. Visit the “Disability Starter Kit” at www.socialsecurity.gov/disability. It will help you prepare for your disability interview and guide you through the […]

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Senator Pressures SSA to End Backlogs

The stories of New Mexicans waiting on their government inspired U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman to take action. There was “Rick,” a 36-year-old leukemia patient, pipeline inspector and father of four, who had to file for bankruptcy after waiting more than 18 months on his appeal for a government disability check. And there was the 48-year-old […]

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AARP: Sick of Waiting

Today the Social Security Administration (SSA) faces a record backlog of disability cases like Leal’s, with 750,000 vulnerable people waiting—some for years—for a hearing and growing more desperate each day. “People have died waiting for a hearing,” Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue concedes. “This is America, and it is simply not acceptable for Americans to […]

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Contact Congress Today about Funding!

Good News on the SSA Budget: Contact your Members of Congress Today! Last week, key Members of the House of Representatives and Senate met as conferees to reconcile their respective versions of the appropriations bill that includes funding for SSA – the fiscal year (FY) 2008 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill. The House and Senate conferees agreed […]

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Finally, New Judges are Ready to Hire

The Social Security Administration can start hiring the judges needed to speed the processing of disability claims now that a new list of candidates qualified for the job is available. This week, the Office of Personnel Management released a new roster of more than 600 ready-to-hire administrative law judges, said Mike Orenstein, a spokesman for […]

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A Check FOR Social Security

Today’s Washington Post reports that the Social Security Administration — where staffing is at its lowest levels since the 1970s and the number of disability claims are at an all-time high — got some hopeful news on its budget yesterday. The House and Senate appropriations committees agreed to provide the agency with $9.9 billion for […]

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