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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Returning to Work after Receiving Social Security Benefits?

Jeffrey A. Rabin is a Chicago area disability attorney who posted this article to his website: A frequent question from former clients who have been awarded either a period of disability and disability insurance benefits, or SSI benefits, is what work they can perform after the award and still maintain their eligibility for assistance. This […]

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Social Security offices Overwhelmed and Underfunded

Social Security… “also has been buckling under a backlog of applications for benefits pending before administrative law judges. Since Barnhart took over the agency at the end of 2001, the backlog of cases has almost doubled: from 400,000 to 750,000 projected by the end of September. It often takes applicants more than two years — […]

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Slate Magazine: Continue Retirement Benefits Keyed to Age?

From Saturday’s Slate Magazine, an article by William Saletan: “Don’t get me wrong. I hope you have a long and happy life. I just hope your kids don’t end up paying one-fifth to one-third of their incomes to subsidize your retirement and mine. Because that’s what awaits them: more and more boomers living to age […]

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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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