Archive | November, 2011

Doctors at Social Security Revolt: Pressured to Work Faster while Pay is Cut

Earlier this year, senior managers at the Social Security Administration in Baltimore, frustrated by a growing backlog of applications for federal disability benefits, called meetings with 140 of the agency’s doctors. The message was blunt: The number of people seeking benefits had soared. Doctors had to work faster to move cases. Instead of earning $90 […]

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Disability Applications Increase as Population Ages

Kim Paul Carter of St. Augustine thought he would easily qualify for Social Security disability after his second round of debilitating cancer cost him his carpentry job, his house and all of his savings. But Carter, 54, is still waiting a year and a half after applying and has hired a lawyer to appeal the […]

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Veterans Administration Facilitates Social Security Disability Applications

A little-known Veterans Health Administration (VHA) directive requires VHA health care providers to aid veterans in applying for Social Security Disability and other benefits not related to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The directive, 2008-071, mandates that VHA health care providers assist veteran patients with completing non-VA medical forms required for various benefits processes, […]

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Minorities Depend Disproportionately on Social Security

An interesting new report points out the reasons minority populations depend disproportionately on Social Security. The report’s bottom-line message is that Social Security is a more critical safety net for minority Americans, who tend to be poorer and more vulnerable to economic fluctuations than their white counterparts. To be sure, by 2070, economic mobility and […]

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