Pay Retirement Benefits Only to the Disabled over 65?

From an article in today’s Washington Post, which suggests that we should abolish retirment benefits based on age, and only pay them to the disabled aged: …”It’s an argument for ending the link between age and benefits. Social Security actually consists of three programs. One pays benefits based on age; another pays if you lose […]

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Snapshots from Congressional testimony on delays at all Levels of Social Security

I thought you’d be interested in these these excerpts from some March Congressional testimony, coming from the organization that represents staff in Social Security offices at all levels. In 1999 SSA had 311,000 hearings pending. There are now an estimated 750,000 hearings pending, an increase of 140%. The average Administrative Law Judge has approximately 750 […]

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Statistics on Disability denials

From the blog of Charles Hall: The Social Security Administration has released its annual statistical report on the disability insurance program. Perhaps of most interest is the the percentage of all disability claims approved after all levels of review: 1999 61.4% 2000 62.6% 2001 63.0% 2002 59.8% 2003 53.3% One major reason for the decrease […]

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