Archive | July, 2008

Florida Legislator Introduces Bill to Reduce Social Security Backlogs

U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL) called a press conference, Monday, to announce legislation to expedite the Social Security Administration disability claims process. Thousands of Tampa Bay area families are caught in a multi-year backlog. Steadily lengthening delays in the resolution of Social Security disability claims have left hundreds of thousands of people in a kind […]

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US Supreme Court Reins in LTD Carriers

The Christian Science Monitor reports on new Supreme Court Ruling: Judges must approach medical disability and health insurance disputes with a skeptical eye when they involve insurance companies that both evaluate and pay employee claims. In a 6 to 3 decision announced Thursday, the US Supreme Court ruled that benefit denials by such companies must […]

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Banks Improperly Garnishing Social Security Deposits

Administration’s Office of the Inspector General. The inspector general found that some financial institutions are apparently violating federal law by garnishing accounts that receive electronic deposits of old age, survivors and disability insurance, and/or supplemental security income payments. These funds are supposed to be protected from creditors except under certain conditions. From today’s Washington Post: […]

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Chicago Tribune and Indy Star Report Extreme Delays in Indiana

The Chicago Tribune reports on Sunday Story in the Indianapolis Star: Indiana residents unable to work because of medical or psychiatric ills are forced to wait far longer than most Americans for disability payments, putting them at greater risk of losing their cars or homes. Indiana has one of the nation’s worst records for processing […]

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