How Do Non-citizens and Nonresidents Get Benefits?

Social Security pays retirement and disability benefits to tens of millions of Americans. But the program doesn’t just provide for benefits to U.S. citizens. Indeed, even as controversy rages over the status of undocumented workers for various government programs, Social Security’s rules contain many provisions for resident and nonresident aliens, and some of them shock […]

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Outdated Stats Used to Support Attacks on Social Security

The Los Angeles Times recently ran a great article debunking a recent Wall Street Journal piece that attacked Social Security recipients. “… Put it all together, and what you get is an op-ed that appears to be based on statistics but whose import is political. Its implicit theme seems to be that disability appeals are […]

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People With ‘Invisible Disabilities’ Fight For Understanding

Some disabilities are more obvious than others. Many are immediately apparent, especially if someone relies on a wheelchair or cane. But others — known as “invisible” disabilities — are not. People who live with them face particular challenges in the workplace and in their communities…It is hard to pinpoint the number of Americans with an […]

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Social Security: More than Retirement Benefits!

  Social Security is more than just a retirement program. It provides important life insurance and disability insurance protection as well.   In June 2012, 56 million people, or about one in every six U.S. residents, collected Social Security benefits. While three-quarters of them received benefits as retirees or elderly widow(er)s, another 11 million (19 […]

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10 Social Security Rules That Are Insane

This excellent Social Security 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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