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A New LGBTQ Victory Is a Victory for All of Us: The Social Security Administration Does the Right Thing

Nancy Altman | Posted 04.16.2016 | Politics
Nancy Altman

Despite its positive mission, SSA has been engaging in a destructive practice that represents government not working for us, but against us. SSA has been sending, to hundreds of thousands of Social Security beneficiaries and SSI recipients, bills for what it concludes are overpayments.

The Social Security Con: How Stay-at-home Moms (or Dads) Lose Their Social Security Disability

Margaret M. Kruse | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Margaret M. Kruse

Applying for SSDI is a more difficult decision than anyone can imagine. It means looking at your once healthy self in the mirror and saying, "I am a disabled person." Can you do that? Can you even conceive of it? Neither could my sister-in-law just two short years ago.

Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

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

Celebrate Social Security, Don't Cut It

Mykle Ann Mora | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Mykle Ann Mora

Social Security needs reform. But, that reform should take place in the form of expansion not cuts. Like millions of other Americans, Social Security is a lifeline for my family, but without an expansion, it is an increasingly fraying one.

Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan's New Social Security Drama | 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 ...

Voodoo Trickle Down Be Damned

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Reaganomics, the plot to appease the rich and condemn the rest, got its comeuppance last week in President Obama's State of the Union speech. The president asked: "Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well?"

Arthur Delaney

Dems Decry Social Security Sneak Attack | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Social Security advocates are accusing House Republicans of launching a sneak attack on disability insurance on the very f...

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.

Down and Out in the Margins of the American Economy

Bill Stieger | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Bill Stieger

We damn well know the pointlessness of self-pity. But through these recent ordeals we have grown jaundiced about our government and both political parties. Our Congress, with little exception, is solely representative of corporate interests, not people like us.

Unemployed Workers Not Turning To Disability After Benefits Run Out: Study

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Most workers who ran out of unemployment insurance in the Great Recession didn't start collecting disability benefits, according to new ...

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.

Saki Knafo

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

Education Department Revamps Broken Disability Review Program

propublica | Sasha Chavkin | Posted 07.19.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of ProPublica. The Education Department proposed new rules on Tuesday to revamp its troubled program for forgiving...

Arthur Delaney

Study: Growing Disability Numbers Not A Plot To Increase Dependency | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some members of Congress have begun leveling accusations that rising enrollment in Social Security's disability insurance program is evi...

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 --...

Medicaid: Help in Hard Times

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Medicaid is vital -- it provides hundreds of millions of children who are poor or have disabilities with comprehensive health coverage enabling them to become productive, taxpaying members of society.

Why 2012 Is a Huge Year for Retiring Boomers

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.17.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Nota bene: 2012 is a critical year on the Baby Boomers' timeline. In 2012, the oldest boomers will turn 66, the magic age at which they can claim the whole enchilada of the Social Security benefits they have earned and, as an added topping, the penalty for working and collecting benefits goes away. Big news, right? Maybe, maybe not.