Archive | September, 2010

SSA Annouces Help for Veterans: HEART

In September, Social Security published final rules about the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax (HEART) Act. The HEART Act changes the way the agency treats certain cash payments to members of the uniformed services and veterans under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, which will enable some of them to continue to receive government […]

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Rising Receipts of Disability Claims Fueled by Unemployment

From Today’s Washington Post: The number of former workers seeking Social Security disability benefits has spiked with the nation’s economic problems, heightening concern that the jobless are expanding the program beyond its intended purpose of aiding the disabled. Applications to the program soared by 21 percent, to 2.8 million, from 2008 to 2009, as the […]

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NPR Reports Social Security Judges in High Risk Jobs

National Public Radio (NPR) today reports that Judges who oversee some of the most emotional cases to reach a courtroom are crying out for more security. Two major groups representing immigration and Social Security judges appeared in Washington on Monday to ask the federal government to do more to protect them from violent threats. In […]

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“Mental Retardation” Language to Be Changed in Social Security Regulations

Today’s Disability Scoop: The Social Security Administration wants to start using the term “intellectual disability/mental retardation” in lieu of “mental retardation,” following a similar switch at other state and federal agencies across the country. In a notice posted last month in the Federal Register, the Social Security Administration indicated that it wants to make the […]

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