Archive | October, 2009

Backlog of Cases Awaiting Hearing is Reduced

Congressman John Tanner (D-TN), Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, today praised the Social Security Administration (SSA) for the success of its efforts to reduce the unprecedented backlog in disability appeals hearings. Over the course of fiscal year (FY) 2009, the number of pending disability hearings declined for the first time, […]

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All Social Security and SSI Recipients to Receive $250 Payment Instead of COLA

More than 50 million people each received payments of $250 last May. The administration expects that approximately 57 million would get $250 in 2010. Of those, 49 million would be Social Security beneficiaries. The rest of the recipients would be veterans, railroad retirement beneficiaries, disability beneficiaries, those on Supplemental Security Income and public-employee retirees not […]

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Applications Rise, Causing Further Delays

Bloomberg News and the LA Times report on the increases in applications for retirement and disability benefits, further stressing an already overloaded system. “With job prospects bleak or nonexistent, more older Americans are turning to Social Security earlier than they — and the government — had expected. “The Social Security Administration had projected an increase […]

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Judges Admit Pressure to Rush Cases

I once received a letter from a family member of a man who waited for a long time for his case to be heard, and before it could be heard, the man died,” said Randy Frye, an administrative law judge from Charlotte, N. C. “It made me feel terrible. . . . That just shouldn’t […]

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New Regulations Published on Cancer-Based Disability

Social Security has made one of its infrequent updates to the “Listing of Impairments” – the book that describes its criteria for disability for all diseases and conditions. The cancer regulations were last update ten years ago. New revisions are minimal, and you can see the response the agence made to all the comments on […]

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