Archive | November, 2008

SSA Proposes Streamlined Processing of Claims to Reduce Backlogs

As baby boomers reach their most disability-prone years, the SSA has seen its disability workload grow significantly in the last five years. In order to speed up and improve the quality of the disability determination process, the agency intends to ensure that individuals who are clearly disabled receive a decision within 20 calendar days of […]

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TV station in North and South Carolina Investigates Delays

Viewers in our area filing for Social Security Disability insurance benefits and waiting years for answers. Sadly, some die before they even get a final answer from the government. So what’s being done to help and how is the backlog here, one of the worst in the country, getting reduced? Talk about waiting. The SSA […]

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Does Anyone Still Want Privatized Social Security?

US News and World Report asks the question. Many retirees who have reduced spending power because of depleted 401(k) accounts are thankful that President Bush’s plan to partially privatize Social Security was never realized. But the debate over personal Social Security accounts rages on. The success of private retirement accounts is dependent on the amount […]

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Fast Track “Compassionate Allowances” for Disability cases

Social Security has that announced it will fast-track applications for Social Security disability for applicants with any of 25 rare diseases and 25 cancers whose medical conditions are very severe. Currently, many people with rare diseases experience devastating delays when they apply for Social Security assistance because those making the decisions are not familiar with […]

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Top Disability Insurer Cheated Social Security, Boston Federal Jury Says

By ROBERT WOODMAN MCSHERRY, Andrews Publications Staff Writer UnumProvident Corp., America’s leading private disability insurer, defrauded the Social Security Administration on disability claims, a Boston federal court jury has found following a bellwether trial. Chris Collins, Unum’s senior vice president and general counsel, said in a statement that the claims underpinning the verdict “have no […]

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