Archive | October, 2011

Social Security Disability: Is it Enough to Cover You?

Query: will Social Security disability cover you if become disabled? If you end up totally and permanently disabled, unable to earn money and facing a raft of medical bills, you’re going to need some help. And Social Security disability benefits, at an average of $1,070 a month, aren’t going to cover it. That’s why most […]

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SSA Budget Cutbacks Impact Consumers Profoundly

Mark Miller at Reuters.com writes about the significant service cutbacks being made by Social Security,(SSA). It has responded to the tight budget by reducing employee overtime by 80 percent. That has cut into the amount of time available to help people who come into SSA local field offices for face-to-face services. The agency also lost […]

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Social Security at a Glance

With the freshly announced 3.6% COLA increrase, the first since 2009,this information about Social Security is interesting. —Beneficiaries: 55 million —Retired workers: 35 million —Disabled workers: 8.5 million —Spouses and children: 5 million —Widows, widowers and surviving children: 6.3 million —Total benefits to be paid in 2011: $727 billion —Average monthly payment in August: $1,082 […]

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Social Security Utilized Differently by Minority Populations

Today’s San Francisco Chronicle reports that “Any changes to Social Security will significantly impact future generations, and the American population will be much different ethnically and racially than it is today. It’s crucial that policymakers consider how people of color use Social Security and how it can be modernized to meet the needs of our […]

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SSA Employees Worry about Diminished Services

Today’s Washington Post reports concerns from within: A letter from the National Council of Social Security Administration Field Operations Locals, which is part of the American Federation of Government Employees, looked at three budget scenarios: the current status of the SSA; the fiscal 2012 situation, with only current funding; and 2012 with a 5 percent […]

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