Archive | December, 2007

Law Students Team Up to Help Vets in Detroit

For two years, Hugh Rowan, a Vietnam-era veteran, tried unsuccessfully to get his Social Security disability benefits restored. “To say that Social Security representatives are not very receptive to you by phone would be an understatement,” said Rowan, 55, whose health problems crippled his ability to walk and to work. Now, Rowan is no longer […]

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Proposed Rule-Changes on Hearings Opposed by Democrats

Social Security has proposed new regulatiosn which would drastically alter the way evidence is admitted in a Social Security claim. The proposal would maintain that all evidence must be submitted 5 days before the hearing, and that no further evidence would be allowed. ” Our program experience has convinced us that the late submission of […]

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SSA Gets Funding from Congress, Bill Now Awaits Bush Signature.

From NOSSCR (The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, www.nosscr.org ): The FY 2008 Omnibus budget bill, which has been passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, recommends a funding level for SSA of $9,746,953,000. The President’s FY 2008 budget request for SSA was $9,596,953,000. The first version of the Labor-HHS […]

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Vets With PTSD: Benefit Eligibility Varies by Location

McClatchy Newpapers Reports from WASHINGTON: Veterans coming home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with debilitating mental ailments are discovering that their disability payments from the government vary widely depending on where they live, an exclusive McClatchy analysis has found. As a result, many of the recent veterans who’re getting monthly payments for post-traumatic […]

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Editorial Questions Proposed Regulations Changing Hearing Rules

For people with disabilities, it is important that SSA improve its process for making disability determinations. We strongly support efforts to reduce unnecessary delays for claimants and to make the process more efficient, so long as the steps proposed do not affect the fairness of the process to determine a claimant’s entitlement to benefits. Any […]

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New York Times editorial: Disabled and Waiting for Justice

…A case in point is the worsening bureaucratic delays at the chronically underfunded Social Security Administration which have kept hundreds of thousands of disabled Americans from timely receipt of their Social Security disability benefits. … the backlog of applicants who are awaiting a decision after appealing an initial rejection has soared to 755,000 from 311,000 […]

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Disability Cases Take Longer as Backlog Rises

Today’s New York Times reports: Steadily lengthening delays in the resolution of Social Security disability claims have left hundreds of thousands of people in a kind of purgatory, now waiting as long as three years for a decision. Two-thirds of those who appeal an initial rejection eventually win their cases. But in the meantime, more […]

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Badly Wounded Vet Slighted by VA

A World War II Medal of Honor recipient couldn’t believe it when he learned about a Marine who was severely disfigured by a suicide bomber in Iraq and then had to fight the Department of Veterans Affairs to get full disability benefits. Ty Ziegel, a Marine, was badly wounded in Iraq. He battled the VA […]

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Lawyers Volunteer to Help Vets get Disability Benefits

WASHINGTON — The scene resembled Hollywood’s version of how a multibillion-dollar legal deal might be negotiated. Big-name corporate law firm. Posh conference room, with a conference table so large 70 attorneys fit easily around it. Video technicians, hovering nearby, beam the meeting to other big law firms from Boston to Seattle. Yet there was no […]

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