Are Disabled Veterans Getting Their Social Security Disability Benefits?

From Charles Hall’s Social Security Blog: The Congressional Budget Office reports that only 15% of those who receive Veterans’ Disability benefits are also receiving Social Security disability benefits. It is unclear how many of these disabled veterans should be receiving Social Security disability benefits. Most of those on VA benefits receive only partial disability benefits, […]

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Most Creditors Can’t Touch Social Security Payments

The LA Times’ Liz Weston Pulliam addresses this question in her recent column: Question: In the past, we’d heard that a bank account could be protected from creditors, U.S. Bankruptcy Court and other government authorities if it were set up to receive only Social Security funds. For several years, we thought we had such an […]

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Government Plans Medicare Changes

The New York Times reports that the Bush administration plans sweeping changes in Medicare payments to hospitals that could cut payments by 20 percent to 30 percent for many complex treatments and new technologies. The changes, the biggest since the current payment system was adopted in 1983, are meant to improve the accuracy of payment […]

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Whistleblower a Pariah at SSA

By all accounts, he has been zealous and effective, perhaps a tad too much so. Over the years, he has taken the agency to task for a long list of alleged failings, both underpayments and overpayments. He often turned out to be right, but the unrelenting, sharp-edged nature of his critiques has left bruises… Social […]

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Disabled and Near Retirement Age?

If you are nearing your full retirement age and are wondering if you should apply for Social Security benefits, you may want to consider this: you could earn delayed retirement credits by waiting to collect benefits. A disabled person may be able to collect disability benefits until retirment age. Full story here:

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Medicare Part D Contributing to SSDI Delays?

From the blog of attorney Jonathan Ginsberg: A January 21, 2006 email from Linda McMahon, SSA’s Deputy Commissioner for Operations, suggests that Medicare Part D issues are draining personnel time away from disability processing departments. The 800 number call centers are swamped as are Social Security district offices. With the SSA personnel focused on Medicare, […]

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States Making Wide Ranging Medicaid Changes

The Washington Post today reports that after winning greater freedom from federal Medicaid rules, states are moving aggressively to transform the nation’s largest public health insurance program, adding fees, restricting benefits and creating incentives for patients to take responsibility for their health. The changes are just beginning in several states that are being watched closely […]

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New Law Pushes Millions Off Medicaid

New federal rules that require Medicaid recipients to prove their citizenship could push huge numbers of beneficiaries off state programs for the poor and disabled and into the ranks of the uninsured, health advocates warn. The law is designed to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving full Medicaid benefits. The rules, approved in February and set […]

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Poverty Survey Data from Census Needed, Dems say

The Seattle Post Intelligencer’s article features Democratic lawmakers saying Congress will be working in the dark on big issues such as Social Security and Medicaid if the Census Bureau eliminates a unique survey of poverty and income. The Bush administration has proposed cutting the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Article at this link:

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