Immigration and Social Security – Illegal Workers Pay for Services They Can Never Receive

Taxes paid on illegal immigrant’s earnings help pay Social Security and Medicare benefits for US Citizens. The accounts ballooned during the 1990s as illegal immigrants poured into the United States, and it represents about $520 billion in earnings paid to workers. “They’re filling our coffers,” said Vincent Gawronski, an immigration expert and political science professor […]

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Long Delays to Get Hearing Dates Nationwide

In 2005, the average length of time it took to get a hearing after a request for a hearing was 485 days (16 months) from the date one asked for a hearing. The average lengths of time to get a hearing (after a hearing is requested) was obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The […]

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Studies Show Genetic Marker for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Rick Weiss, a Washington Post Staff Writer reported today that new evidence shows that CFS is actually a collection of five-plus conditions with varying genetic and environmental causes, scientists reported yesterday. There is an important common feature: The brains and immune systems of affected people do not respond normally to physical and psychological stresses. See […]

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Here Illegally, Many Pay Taxes Hoping for Eventual Citizenship

The L.A. Times reports that tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants are expected to abide by Uncle Sam’s rules by filing tax returns — with the hope of someday becoming U.S. citizens. Though there is no way of knowing how many people are filing taxes in response to the national debate on immigration, Southern California […]

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Disability and Other Benefits for Vets

From The Chicago Tribune: If you’re a veteran or in the military now, you may not know about all the benefits you’re entitled to. Even if you do, gobbledygook could stop you like a tank. Pick up a government publication and you might need a translator to find whether you’re eligible for some of the […]

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Massachusetts: New Universal Health Care Law

The state of Massachusetts recently passed a law that makes major reforms to its health-care system. As of July 1, a new federal law would require anyone trying to sign up for Medicaid to show a passport, birth certificate or other proof of U.S. citizenship. In this NPR audio interview, Scott Helman, political reporter for […]

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Social Security Loses Billions Through Mistaken Payments

The Social Security Administration’s disability program loses billions of dollars through overpayments and payments to ineligible beneficiaries, the agency’s Office of Inspector General found in a report issued this week. The report, requested by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, estimated overpayments of $5.1 billion identified between October 2003 and November 2005. The SSA […]

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Just How Does Social Security Disability Work?

From the AARP magazine’s website comes this detailed explanation of various aspects of the Social Security disability system: What Is Social Security Disability Insurance? Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is one of the three basic protections provided by Social Security. The other two are Old Age Insurance and Survivors Insurance (OASI). When a worker’s earnings […]

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Approvals for Disability Claims within 20 days?

Reported today by the Seattle Post Intelligencer and the Associated Press: People who are clearly disabled could be approved for disability benefits in as little as 20 days under a new determination process to be rolled out by the Social Security Administration. The new procedures, to be finalized Tuesday, could cut at least nine months […]

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