Archive | March, 2012

SSA Reduces Services Due to Budget

The Social Security Administration recently reported a loss of 4,000 employees in fiscal year 2011, and expects a loss of 3,000 employees this fiscal year and 2,000 employees in FY 2013. This adds up to 9,000 lost employees at SSA and state Disability Determination Services (DDS) offices nationwide. In FY 2012, the federal agency is […]

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Musculoskeletal Disorder Regulation Housekeeping

The Social Security Administration will seek public comment this year on musculoskeletal disorders, as part of its ongoing housekeeping of its Listing of Impairments. This is the regulation that determines whether someone qualifies for Social Security disability benefits. Musculoskeletal conditions are those affecting bones, muscles and ligaments, joints, nerves and tendons in the body. The […]

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Social Security Restores Mailing Status Statements

There was a controversy last year when, for budgetary reasons, Social Security suspended mailing statement sof accumulated retirement credits each year. The agency says it’s working to restore the mailings, which were specifically mandated by Congress in 1989. The money has been requested in the president’s 2012-13 budget, but Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue […]

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It’s Insurance not Welfare

People who are receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits, unemployment insurance, or workers’ compensation are correct in not viewing these payments as a handout from the government. Rather they are receiving the proceeds of income insurance for which they, or their employer, paid premiums over their lifetime. The case of Social Security retirement benefits […]

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Continuing Disability Reviews are Routine

Continuing Disability Reviews are done periodically for those receiving Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration initially thinks a person has medically improved sufficiently to be able to work. All children receiving SSI based on disability are re-evaluated at age 18, whether or not they have medically improved. Sometimes Social Security is correct, often […]

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Good Bye to Paper Checks

One year from now, the federal government will stop issuing paper checks for Social Security benefits including Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. The U.S. Treasurer said Thursday that the clock is now ticking for those who continue to receive a monthly check in the mail. By March 1, 2013, all beneficiaries — including those with […]

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