Archive | August, 2011

Deluge of New Applications, Still Backlogs at all Levels

Today’s Washington Post reports on the deluge of applications for disability: “Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security’s disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency. “Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs — in […]

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Compassionate Allowance Program has a Big Heart

Today’s Washington Post reports: Diane Braunstein’s large smile and warm laugh can be infectious. She speaks calmly as she sits in a high-backed, dark wooden chair in her spacious Baltimore office, a master bureaucrat. If that seems a cold or callous characterization, her actions have been anything but. One look at her résumé shows she’s […]

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Important News on Restrictions on Filing Subsequent Applications

Our national advocacy organization NOSSCR (see: www.nosscr.org) today issued this bulletin: In today’s Federal Register, SSA published SSR 11-1p, which revises SSA’s policy for filing subsequent applications where a prior application is pending at the Appeals Council. 76 Fed. Reg. 45309 (July 28, 2011). Available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-28/pdf/2011-19103.pdf. Under SSR 11-1p, which is effective today, SSA […]

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What Does Debt Deal Do to Social Security?

Today’s CBS Money-Watch article has a good discussion of the implications of the debt deal for Social Security. These ideas apply equally to disability payments: “The devil’s in the details of the debt deal. Say that three times fast and your tongue will get just as twisted as our politicians’ did in recent weeks. “The […]

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