Frustration Over Growing Backlogs on Hearings

A Nevada TV station has been tracking the human cost of statistics like these: The average time between a hearing request and a decision was 422 days in fiscal year 2014, said regional communications director Patricia Raymond in an email. At the end of the fiscal year, there were roughly 970,000 cases pending nationwide, she […]

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Look Who’s Putting the Social in Social Security!

Even Uncle Sam is getting social. The Social Security Administration has rolled out several social media platforms to stay in touch with its constituency. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and even Pinterest. There are downloadable webinars too. You can download the regulations that Social Security employees follow. See it all at http://www.ssa.gov/socialmedia/

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Mailing of Paper Earnings Record Statements Resumed by Social Security

Beginning in late 2014, workers attaining ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 who are not receiving Social Security benefits, will receive a Statement in the mail about 3 months before their birthday. After age 60, people will receive a Statement every year. The agency expects to send nearly 48 million Statements […]

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World AIDS Day

SO much has been accomplished against this disease, and still so much to do. Keep supporting your local AIDS organizations. It’s not over till it’s over.

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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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99.8% of Social Security Disability Payments Were Proper

The AP new service actually decided it was REALLY BIG NEWS that Social Security’s inspector general found evidence that 0.2 percent of payments were improper. The news service devoted a major article to reporting that $2 billion in benefit payments over the last seven years appear to have been given to people who did not […]

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World Diabetes Day Today: See How Social Security Evaluates This Illness

Earlier this year, Social Security (SSA) updated its regulations on determining disability based on diabetes. This can be a devastating disability in its advanced stages. SSA promised more specific guidance, and issued the new ruling, 14-2p. Essentially, Social Security always looks at a diagnosis, and then even MORE closely at functional impairment. As always, causation […]

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Veterans’ Day Salute from Social Security

Every day – but particularly on Veterans Day – Social Security salutes those who have put their lives on the line for our freedom. Members of the United States armed forces receive expedited processing of their Social Security disability applications. The expedited process is available for any military service member who alleges he or she […]

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SSA Pilot Program to Identify Criminals Expanding

The Social Security Administration is expanding a Philadelphia-area pilot program nationally to help bar criminals from controlling benefits on behalf of the disabled and elderly. Under the pilot program, potential “representative payees” who collect disability benefits for those unable to handle their own finances were rejected if they had committed one of 12 crimes: human […]

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Social Security Announces COLA Increase for 2015

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015. Over than 58 million Social Security disability recipients, retirees, dependents, and survivors will receive the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) beginning with benefits payable in January, while more than 8 million Supplemental Security Income recipients […]

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