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A Social Security Disability Primer

Brad Reid | Posted 03.15.2015 | Money
Brad Reid

The Social Security Act provides financial benefits to qualified individuals who have suffered a physical or mental disability. "Disability" is define...

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.

How to Get Social Security Benefits When You're Disabled

Jim T. Miller | Posted 10.28.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

The process of getting Social Security disability benefits can be tricky and time-consuming, but you can help yourself by doing your homework and getting prepared.

Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 08.24.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

I wish there were a quick and easy answer to your question, but unfortunately there's nothing quick and easy about Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). There are a lot of rules and regulations, and it's tough to qualify.

Dozens Of FDNY, NYPD Retirees Charged In Massive Fraud Case

AP | COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) — One retired police officer who told the government he was too psychologically damaged to work ran a martial arts studio, prosecutors...

GOP House Members Sound Social Security Warning

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Social Security is approving disability benefits at strikingly high rates for people whose claims were rejected by field offices or stat...

Why Social Security Is Edging Towards The Brink

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 11.12.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security is so overwhelmed by disability claims that some officials are awarding benefits without adequately reviewing appl...

Some Are Too Quick to Criticize the Disabled

David Vognar | Posted 09.25.2012 | Media
David Vognar

That both the liberal Ebert and the conservative Brooks muddle the facts shows that media's image of those with mental disabilities is just about the same, regardless of political affiliation. Clearly we are a long way from treating the disabled as equal citizens.

Disabled Workers Shrink Labor Force

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.08.2012 | Business

More than 1.6 million Americans have signed up for Social Security disability benefits since the recession, taking themselves out of the work force --...

Disability Benefits Last Chance For Jobless To Survive

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 12.28.2011 | Business

As more jobless people run out of unemployment insurance, they are turning to a last resort to make ends meet: government disability benefits. Two ...

Social Security Disability Program On Brink Of Insolvency

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 10.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security's disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financia...

Judges In Social Security Disability Cases Facing Wave Of Violent Threats

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Judges who hear Social Security disability cases are facing a growing number of violent threats from claimants angry over being den...

The Tears of 24 Years May Finally Slow Down

Ann J. Atkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ann J. Atkinson

Almost every day of my law practice for the past 24 years has involved listening to someone tearfully tell the same tale. They worked until they got sick or injured.

Native American Veterans Fight VA and Lose

Tim Giago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Giago

Andy Torress was denied disability pension by the VA, but when he took his medical records to the Social Security Administration, they approved him for 100 percent disability.

New York's Department of Veterans' Affairs: Where's the Outrage?

Luis Montalvan and Aaron Glantz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Luis Montalvan and Aaron Glantz

Internal audits at the VA regional headquarters has revealed over half of all disability claims processed through the New York office had been illegally tampered with.

Unequal Access to Justice

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ivan Katz

A recent nasty, mean-spirited action by the Bush administration ought to induce outrage. Problem is, it is hard to be outraged when you are sleeping.

Social Security Admin Leaves Claimants Waiting For Years

New York Times | ERIK ECKHOLM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Steadily lengthening delays in the resolution of Social Security disability claims have left hundreds of thousands of people in a kind of purgatory, n...