10 Social Security Rules That Are Insane

This excellent Social Securty blog post by Charles Charles Hall shared a list of crazy rules from the regulation book for Social Secuirty employees: Laurence Kotlikoff has a list of excerpts from Social Security’s Program Operations Manual Series (POMS) 1 “Even if we caused the (benefits) overpayment, you must show that you are without fault.” […]

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Closed Period of Disability an Option

“I just can’t hold on any longer, I am so broke,” clients say to us. “I have to do something!” Often as people wait months and even years for Social Security’s tangled web to shake out their claims, they consider dropping their cases, and trying somehow to work.The question is whether full-time work is realistic. […]

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Social Security Program Broadly Popular

From Salon: The beauty of Social Security, the ingenuity of that program, is that it represents basic American values that are shared very broadly. So, as a consequence, Social Security is extremely successful, but it’s also extremely popular across the political spectrum. We found in polling that Tea Partyers support it, union members support it, […]

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New Social Security Disability Applications Drop 14% from 2010

The number of people receiving disability insurance payments from the Social Security Administration declined last year for the first time since 1983, a reduction that comes as Congress faces a deadline to fund the program or risk cutting benefits to millions of Americans. The decline, attributed in large part to economic and demographic trends, follows […]

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75 Years Ago, Social Security Mailed its First Check

Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 — the first Social Security payout. Fuller, of Ludlow, Vermont, didn’t realize it at the time, but her check helped launch the granddaddy of all entitlement programs. And it secured Fuller, who never married and had no children, a […]

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Prejudice Against the Disabled “American as Apple Pie”

In efforts to paint some of those applying for disability benefits as undeserving, we tend to question both the severity and the legitimacy of the qualifying health condition. We tell ourselves they don’t deserve assistance because the condition just isn’t that bad, and regardless, they are to blame for their health problems anyway. Disability is […]

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The Slippery Slope of Consultative Exams

As part of an initial application or of a continuing disability review, a claimant may be scheduled for a consultative medical examination. If you know someone being sent to a “consultative examination” by the Social Security Administration (SSA), there are several important to know. The law requires that SSA gives preference to a report from […]

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Fight in the House Over Social Security Fund

The White House has weighed in publicly for the first time today on a House Republican move that could precipitate a fight over Social Security in the next two years. The House voted last week to block a routine transfer of tax revenue between Social Security’s retirement and disability funds; the latter is projected to […]

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Chart of Where Social Security Benefits Are Going

In the past year, awards to disability recipients are trending downward while our aging demographics have pushed up the number of retirees collecting benefits.

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Tips for filing an Application for Disability Benefits

The decision to file an application for disability benefits is always difficult. Aside from the many complex tasks involved and forms to complete, there is the emotional aspect of acknowledging that outside help is necessary. Anyone who has dealt with insurance companies knows it can be a less-than-supportive experience. When you have your appointment, with […]

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