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Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan's New Social Security Drama

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) took center stage of a new Social Security drama on Thursday, with the House Ways and Means Committee he chairs ...

Arthur Delaney

Obama Budget Rejects GOP Social Security Move

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is not playing along with Republican demands to reform the Social Security Disability Insurance program. In...

Igor Bobic

Rand Paul: Disability Insurance Wasted On People With Anxiety And Back Pain

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday began a two-day tour through New Hampshire, the first Republican primary state, where where he offered up a heap o...

Modernize Disability Benefits So People With Disabilities Can Work

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

As companies like Walgreens, AMC, EY and others have found, employees who have disabilities are extremely productive, highly loyal and less likely to quit. If we find the right jobs for the right people, it will boost companies' bottom line.

Awaiting the 2014 Social Security Trustees' Report

Kathy Ruffing | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Kathy Ruffing

Social Security's trustees will release their annual review of the program's finances on Monday, and while we're not sure what the report will say, the trustees last year estimated that Social Security's combined trust funds will be exhausted in 2033.

Why I Bought Long-Term Disability Insurance

PolicyGenius | Posted 07.16.2014 | Money
PolicyGenius

Our brains are wired to make us terrible judges of risk, so best to trust the facts.

Shutting Down Families in Need

Sid Mohn | Posted 12.22.2013 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Congress will once again be forced to deal with these same issues. And as we anticipate these conversations, I and many of my colleagues wonder -- can we count on them to keep families in poverty from falling into hunger, homelessness, and danger in the middle of winter?

WATCH: Steve Kroft's '60 Minutes' Report Gets It All Wrong

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.09.2013 | Media

A report on social security disability that aired on "60 Minutes" this Sunday continues to draw ire from critics like Lisa Ekman, federal policy direc...

The Social Security 2013 Trustees Report Is Out... But What Does It Mean for People With Disabilities? Eight Things You Need to Know

Donna Meltzer | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Donna Meltzer

Here are 8 things you need to know about the 2013 Trustees Report and what it means for people with disabilities.

America's Disability Program Has A Huge Problem On Its Hands

Posted 06.03.2013 | Business

America's disability benefits program was recently thrown into the middle of an ideological battlefield after This American Life, the WBEZ radio show ...

Study: The Poorest Disabled Americans Are Priced Out Of Housing Market

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 05.22.2013 | Business

Federal assistance provided to the poorest disabled Americans is less than sufficient, leaving some disabled Americans unable to afford a place to liv...

Will Wrigley

Senators To Obama: End Veterans Benefits Backlog

HuffingtonPost.com | Will Wrigley | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The majority of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday, urging his "direct and public involvement" in fixing ...

Eight Former Commissioners of Social Security Voice Support for Disability Programs

Donna Meltzer | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Donna Meltzer

Eight former Commissioners of the Social Security Administration (SSA) have since released an open letter in support of the Social Security disability programs.

Saki Knafo

Backlash Grows Against Media's Portrayal Of Americans Taking Disability Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 04.11.2013 | Business

For three years after chronic back pain finally caused her to leave her job waiting tables, Julia Juan says she tried to find work that her body could...

The Facts About the Social Security Disability Programs

Donna Meltzer | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Donna Meltzer

A recent series that aired on NPR stations across the U.S. ("Unfit for Work: The Startling Rise of Disability in America" and "Trends With Benefits") paints a misleading and often inaccurate picture of the Social Security programs that serve as a vital lifeline for millions of Americans with severe disabilities.

NPR Reporter Chana Joffe-Walt Gets Disability Wrong

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.29.2013 | Media
Lennard Davis

Ms. Joffe-Walt, who is neither an economist nor a specialist on disability, is making a claim that in an economics class would be red penciled with the corrective -- "be very cautious when trying to provide simplistic explanations for data you've brought together."

Disability Fraud?

Robert Slayton | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Everybody is talking about the recent NPR segment of This American Life on disabilities, "Unfit for Work."

Chelsea Kiene

Veterans Present Petition To White House Calling Obama To Fix Benefits Backlog

HuffingtonPost.com | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans met with senior White House officials Wednesday to express what they are calling an urgent need...

My Laptop Gave Me What My Autoimmune Disease Took Away

Cathy Chester | Posted 05.07.2013 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

The most important reason why I love my laptop is it opens the world to me without the need to leave the comfort of my home. When you have a disability, that's a very important reason.

A Life Lesson: Protect What You Value

Megan K. McAvoy | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business
Megan K. McAvoy

Consider why you work. The common answers to this question are: current consumption, future consumption (retirement), and pride that you get from your career. Our income is our greatest asset, but have you considered what would happen if one day you could no longer go to work?

Disability Payments For Rocking Too Hard!?

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.16.2013 | Business

Roger Tullgren is so into heavy metal it’s sick. Seriously though folks, some say its a chronic condition. Tullgren, a 42-year-old resident of H...

Paul Vale

A Thousand Cuts: 'The Big Problem For Me Is Fear'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Vale | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

This article is part of a Huffington Post series on the global impact of austerity -- "A Thousand Cuts" -- from affordable housing funds lost in San F...

Army Veteran Mistakenly Declared Dead Four Times

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.13.2012 | Business

Being falsely declared dead once could provide enough existential uncertainty and financial hardship to last a lifetime. But how about four times? ...

Government Disability Fund Could Go Broke By 2018

New York Times | MOTOKO RICH | Posted 06.07.2011 | Business

Programs intended to steer people with more moderate disabilities back into jobs have managed to take only a small sliver of beneficiaries off the Soc...

The Disability, Health Care and Employment Connection

Ari Ne'eman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Ne'eman

Amy, a 22-year-old with a spinal cord injury, is caught in a vicious catch-22. If she goes to work, she will lose the assistance that makes it possible for her to work and live independently in the first place.