How Would Americans Fix Social Security?

On Tuesday October 18, 2016 Lou attended an event co hosted by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and Voice of the People focused on where the public stands regarding the need for changes to protect and secure Social Security.

No Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2016

From Social Security Matters: “The CPI has not risen since the last cost-of-living adjustment in 2015. As a result, your SSI benefit rate and, for most people, your Social Security benefit amount will stay the same in 2016.”

Medicare set-asides approved more quickly, study finds

A National Council on Compensation Insurance study shows that the Center for Medicare Services is approving Medicare set-asides more quickly, but experts were quick on Monday to point out that the system still has flaws. According to the study, which analyzed 2,200 settlements submitted from the firm Gould and Lamb between Sept. 2009 and Nov. 2013, the average amount of time CMS has taken to approve Medicare setasides has dropped from a peak of 272 days in the second quarter…

SSDI: The truth behind media and political mischaracterizations (re-published from The Hill)

On August 25, The Hill published a commentary by NOSSCR’s Executive Director Barbara Silverstone. The piece, entitled “SSDI: The truth behind media and political mischaracterizations” was submitted in response to recent attacks on the Social Security Disability program that repeat misconceptions its growth. The response provides accurate explanations for the increase in applicants, the need for representatives, and the integrity of the program. Full text of the article is included below, as well as a link to the article on…

Who’s affected when benefits are cut?

Cutting safety nets that so many depend on means people fall through the holes. People like Kira. Watch her tell her story in this video:

60 Minutes Piece On Social Security Disability Coming On Sunday

From the newsletter of the Association of Administrative Law Judges (AALJ), AALJ President Randall Frye writes: This Sunday evening, October 6, the television news show “60 minutes” will air a story regarding the SSA disability adjudication system. AALJ Vice-President, Marilyn Zahm and I were interviewed for over 2 ½ hours by Steve Kroft of “60 minutes”. The interview covered many of the problems judges have experienced with the disability adjudication system at SSA. Some of the subjects discussed include the…

IRS and Social Security Administration Differ on Same-Sex Marriage

There’s a very interesting article on the front page of the New York Times today, “Gay Marriages Get Recognition From the IRS” The I.R.S. will now recognize same-sex marriages that were legal where they were entered into, even if the couple do not live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage. “But the Social Security Administration is now using a ‘place of residence’ standard in determining spousal benefits…,” There are fantastic ramifications here. The IRS says you are married, but…

Same Sex Marriages and the Windsor Case’s Social Security Impact

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court held that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional as a deprivation of equal protection under the Fifth Amendment. United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S.____(2013). Section 3 defined “marriage” and “spouse” to exclude same sex partners. This decision will have an impact on the eligibility of dependents and survivors for Social Security benefits. But the Social Security Administration has not issued guidelines and policies to implement this decision….

Media: Tell the Real Story of Social Security Recipients

Doctors in my community sometimes say “all lawyers are rich and ripping off the system, getting benefits for people who do not deserve them!” My response is: “You do not know what you are talking about. Doctors need to certify recipients for disability, so why don’t you say doctors are ripping off the system?” But upon further reflection why do doctors and some others feel that the system is being ripped off?  Here is a possible explanation. When President Clinton…

Central Coast CAAA Meets May 23

On May 23, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Gianfranco’s, located at 666 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria (805) 684-0720; the Central Coast CAAA section will host a dinner and program, featuring the Honorable Scott Seiden as the keynote speaker. Judge Seiden has agreed to speak about the policies and procedures of the Goleta Board and the major mistakes made before and during trial. He will also provide a brief overview of how SB863 may impact these matters. e is especially looking for…