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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Undocumented Workers Can’t Claim Earned Social Security Benefits

The cost of providing services to illegal immigrants is largely offset by the economic benefits they generate, according to a new analysis by the investment research company Standard & Poor’s. Unfortunately, those who pay the costs don’t always reap the benefits. The undocumented workers can’t claim the Social Security benefits they have earned, creating a […]

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