Archive | May, 2009

Recession Adding to Social Security Backlogs

Government Executive reports today: The economic downturn, inadequate funding and red tape are at the core of an increasing backlog of Social Security disability cases, panelists said during a roundtable discussion in Washington on Thursday. The government has tried for years to reduce the number of cases awaiting review from administrative law judges, but the […]

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Can I Work After I Get Disability Benefits?

There are really two aspects to this question – can you work after you apply for benefits but before they are granted? Or, secondly, can you work after you are found to be disabled? One of the real quirks of our disability policy is that part time work can be damaging to your claim. This […]

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VA Disability Backlogs Also Climbing

While we complain about the delays in Scial Securty disability, Charles Hall in his excellent blog points out that there is a parrallel universe in the world of VA disability: From VA Watchdog dot Org: According to the Monday Morning Workload Report (MMWR) of the Veterans’ Benefits Administration dated January 5, 2009, the backlog for […]

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More People Taking Early Retirement

For impact on the overall Social Security system, this new statistic is significant for several reasons. It impacts the maturity of the workforce, it demonstrates the desperation of people who are exhausting their unemployment benefits. But more importantly for disability claimants, it adds one more factor to the delays already plaguing Social Security, The LA […]

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No COLA’s Because There’s No Inflation?

The Salt Lake Tribune says that “The absence of a cost-of-living adjustment … will be a shock to older Americans already hit by plummeting home values, investment losses and rising health costs,” The New York Times wrote earlier this month. Senior groups were predictably up in arms. An AARP spokesman moaned that “most seniors have […]

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Impending Doom is Three Decades Off

Us News and World Reports joins a host of papers today reporting “impending” doom for the Social Security Trust Fund. Of curse, the economy has taken its toll, but all in all we are OK for three decades out – then the dreaded out-of-funds date has only been moved up two years. US News says: […]

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Bad News on COLA’s for 2010

The New York Times reports that there will be no cost of living (COLA) increase in checks for 2010. Another impact of the bad economy for recupients of disability and retirment income. The Times says ” for the first time in more than three decades, Social Security recipients will not get any increase in their […]

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SSA to Open New Offices

NOSSCR (www.NOSSCR.org) reports that testimony on April 28, 2009, before the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, SSA updated Congress regarding its plans to use the funds appropriated for fiscal year 2009 and under the stimulus legislation to open new hearing offices and hire additional, desperately needed staff. The stimulus funds ($500 million) will […]

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