Archive | January, 2008

Ray of Hope for Disability Reform?

The Cleveland Plain Dealer Editoriailzes Today: After nearly four years, Social Security disability applicants can be forgiven for being cynical about the latest pledges to end the backlog that keeps their cases in limbo. This time, however, there is a ray of hope that the reforms will work. The Social Security Administration has a bigger […]

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Disability Backlog Must be Cut to Brace for Boomers

The Social Security Administration is making progress in reducing its backlog of disability claims, but without more resources, it will like fall further behind as aging boomers overwhelm the system, Comptroller General David Walker said. SSA needs more funding from Congress and it needs to hire more staff, Walker said. “There are serious fundamental and […]

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CBS News Continues its Investigative Report on Denials

CBS reports: “It’s a very tough standard,” said Michael Astrue, commissioner of the Social Security Administration. “And you can argue whether that should be the standard or not, but I’m stuck with that.” A two-month CBS News Investigation uncovered a system whose own standards have been called into question – a federal agency reeling from […]

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CBS Study Show 16,000 have Died Waiting for Benefits

Disability Pay Rejections A two-month CBS News investigation has revealed that many individuals who are disabled are either being rejected or waiting years for a decision on benefits. Armen Keteyian reports. CBS found that 16,000 people have died waiting for disability during the past three years. Click here to see the video:

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Home Lost Waiting for Disability Benefits

He laments that he would have been able to keep the house had he received monthly checks from Social Security Disability Insurance. He first applied four years ago, then applied again, then again through a hearing, then through an appeal. His is one of 26,820 disability cases that are pending in Indiana — and more […]

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Refugees Out in the Cold

A New York Times Editorial today reports that thousands of elderly and disabled refugees who have found safety in the United States in recent years may soon find out just how cold and equivocal America’s welcome can be. These vulnerable newcomers are subject to a federal law that cuts off their disability benefits if they […]

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US to Impose Limits on State Medicaid Programs

The New York TImes Reports: The Bush administration is imposing restrictions on the ability of states to expand eligibility for Medicaid, in an effort to prevent them from offering coverage to families of modest incomes who, the administration argues, may have access to private health insurance.The restrictions mirror those the administration placed on the State […]

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Internet-Based Therapy Promising for Vets with PTSD

Internet-based cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) shows promise, according to a pilot study in the November issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry. The study found that 25 percent of U.S. military personnel assigned to an Internet-based, eight-week program of self-management CBT no longer had PTSD diagnosis after treatment or […]

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