Archive | August, 2008

Debit Cards for Social Security Benefits

Social Security recipients can now get monthly payments on a prepaid debit card. The Direct Express Debit MasterCard is being rolled out in 10 states by the Treasury Department and Dallas-based Comerica Bank. It’s an alternative to paper checks and direct deposit. But as with every financial product, there is some fine print. Here’s what […]

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Milwaukee Hearing Delays Dismal

The claimant’s file is among a stack of more than 762,000 disability cases pending nationally in the Social Security Administration. The agency has been plagued with a growing backlog in the past decade as it struggles to handle more retirement and disability cases. The problem has been compounded by shrinking staffs, archaic record-keeping and ineffective […]

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Candidates Skate Thin Ice on Social Security Reform

From today’s New York Times: Party elders and analysts who have seen many a politician fall victim to the jinx of Social Security, which was signed into law 73 years ago Thursday, say they are not surprised. “All you have to do is open your mouth and you’re dead meat,” said Bill Frenzel, a former […]

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Fight to the Death: Getting Disability Benefits in Oregon

Today’s Oregonian reports: Americans seeking Social Security’s disability benefits find themselves stuck in a morass of bureacracy that often takes years to navigate. Social Security officials say they’re working hard to remedy the backlog. But they acknowledge it’ll be years before they bring it under control. Meanwhile, claimants suffer and sometimes die waiting for a […]

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