Archive | March, 2009

Legislators Angered at SSA’s Slow Improvement

Today’s Portland Oregonian reports that despite an infusion of $148 million and attention at the highest levels, the Social Security Administration has made little progress reducing an enormous backlog of disability claims for the nation’s sickest and most vulnerable people, a House subcommittee heard Tuesday. The hearing into the agency’s record came amid rising criticism […]

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New Help for the Uninsured

Together Rx Access, a multicompany collaborative patient assistance program that provides discounts on prescription drugs for people without health insurance, has widened its eligibility criteria so that 90 percent of uninsured Americans will qualify. As the number of uninsured Americans has risen in the past decade, so has the number of people living with HIV […]

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Electronic Records Exchange: Will it Speed Decisions?

Social Security has apparently been using the records exchange protocols described in this article for over a year. The program can receive electronic records frommedical providers – unquestionably this has been a huge bottleneck. Our offices can wait months for records after they are requested, so any inprovements along this line are welcome. Fox News […]

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Furlough Idea Spreads as States Cut Budgets, SSA Objects to DDS Layoffs

The idea of furloughing state employees to balance budgets is spreading. This could spell disaster for the states’ Disability Determinations Services offices — these are the offices in each state where initial and reconsideration decisions are made on Social Security disability and SSI disability claims. Let’s hear what the Commissioner of SOcial Security thinks about […]

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Economy and Disabilities Change Retirement Strategies

US News and World Report says that almost half of half (48 percent) of the baby boomers surveyed in 2007 planned to collect Social Security after age 62. Thiose plans were altered by the economy and also unexpected disabilities. Since 2007, the majority of these survey respondents (80 percent) have not changed their plans. However, […]

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Obama Makes Healthcare Priorities Clear

Today’s Los Angeles Times notes that “Barack Obama makes no small plans. Until last week, there was still skepticism in Washington that the president really meant to tackle all of his big domestic goals at the same time: healthcare reform, alternative energy, education projects, plus a tax hike on the well-off to pay for it […]

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