Archive | June, 2011

Social Security Accused of Moving Goalposts

The Baltimore CIty Paper reports that the number of applicants for disability has exploded during the past two decades, and waiting times increased to an average of more than 500 days. Baltimore is the site for the largest processing components of the Social Security Administration. The long wait times have left some desperately poor applicants […]

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Dire Backlogs Grow: Applicants Face Long Waits for Justice

In today’s USA Today, this article discusses the growing numbers for pending cases. In spite of everything SSA is doing to reduce these times and numbers, it can’t seem to keep up with new applications: “More than 728,000 Americans are awaiting appeal hearings for Social Security disability benefits, a 5% jump in pending cases during […]

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Last Chance Comment on Proposed Rule Change

Today is the last day to enter comments on a detrimental rule change that SSA proposes involving consultative examinations. As we all know, many of these purchased exams are inexpert and confusing, and allow a denial to be issued when the decision maker has no other evidence. This change would allow SSA to give up […]

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Ticket to Work Program Helps SSI Recipients Return to Work

Millions of Americans receive disability benefits from Social Security and there could be good news for many of those who want to work. A free and voluntary program called Ticket to Work gives individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) access to meaningful employment while maintaining control over benefit […]

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Disabled Vets Depend on Social Security

•Most people don’t know that a veteran may be eligible for both Social Security benefits and Veterans’ benefits – and this is particularly true for survivors’ benefits. Although both disability systems have their problems and delays, often Social Security will be granted sooner than VA disability benefits and payment are based on work history outside […]

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