Archive | May, 2008

You Pay In, You get Paid, Right?

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — It seems simple enough: you pay for Social Security disability insurance out of every paycheck. Then, if you get hurt and can’t work, you collect that money. But more and more people are finding they can’t always get what they’ve paid for — at least not very easily. David Elices worked […]

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Buffalo Delays: Same Story, Different City

From The Buffalo News: Karen Furman’s son, Kelvin, was 10 when she applied to get federal income assistance for parents with disabled children. Kelvin is now 14, living in a group home and still waiting for the government to decide if he’s disabled. The Buffalo Social Security hearing office, where Furman filed her claim, is […]

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Immigration Bill Requres Social Security Verification for All Jobs

In Today’s Kansas City Star: For critics, it’s an Orwellian nightmare: the government signing off on every single hiring decision made in the United States. For backers, it’s the only logical way to discourage illegal immigrants, one using the nation’s only existing, all-encompassing — and currently flawed — database to block unlawful employment entering the […]

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Applictions Up, Approvals Down

…. The number of workers applying for SSDI disability payments increased to 2.2 million in 2007, 2.6% more that in 2006, while the number of disabled workers approved for payments declined to 37.6 percent, the lowest approval rate in the history of the program. Despite the increase in monthly SSDI payments, now averaging $1004 per […]

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What Social Security is NOT Meant To Do

A New York Times Editorial: ….forcing Social Security to take on the enormous burden of immigration enforcement would be a harmful diversion from its core mission and could strain the bureaucracy to the breaking point. That would have frightening implications for millions of people who are supposed to be served by the Social Security Administration, […]

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What do Social Security Numbers Tell You?

From Kathleen Pender in today’s San Francisco Chronicle: …How does the government assign these numbers? Is there anything you can tell about a person from his or her number? And in using the last two digits, is the IRS favoring one group over another? It turns out that the first three digits – called the […]

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