Online Services Available for Many Social Security Tasks

Whether you receive Social Security retirement, disability or survivor benefits, free and secure online services are available at the Social Security Web site, www.socialsecurity.gov, for your use. Included are ways for you to request a letter verifying your benefit amount, to replace a lost Medicare care, and even to change your address or telephone number […]

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Complications may work in your favor

From the Trenton Times: In applying for benefits, complications can work to your advantage. One of the questions on a Social Security retirement claim asks if you have recently been unable to work because of a disability. The government isn’t just trying to be nice by finding out how you’ve been feeling lately. That is […]

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New Immune Disorder Listings Posted for Comment

After several years of study, The Social Security Administration has proposed a major revision to the medical criteria used to evaluate disorders of the immune system. The proposal follows an extensive pre-revision analysis period in which the Administration published a notice of advance rulemaking and held two policy conferences in immune system disorders in the […]

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SSA Proposes Autoimmune Disorder Reg Changes, Comment Period Open till October

The Social Security Administration has taken the next step in a three-year process revising the Regualtions relating to disability claims under the auto-immune disorders. This includes HIV/AIDS, Lupus, arthritic and other autommune disorders, the first revision since 1992. They say: We are proposing to revise the medical criteria that we use to evaluate immune system […]

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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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