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Nov 1, 2014

It's An Old Story But Worth Repeating

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  • Oct 31, 2014

    Not A Good Idea

         From WKMG:
    Someone got into the Halloween spirit at work, but it's not a co-worker's treat. An employee at the Social Security Administration office in Lake Mary said she's offended by decorations that transformed a cubicle into a fake Ebola hospital ward.
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  • Oct 30, 2014

    Many People Don't Know About Social Security Disability Benefits; Varied Opinions On Benefit Rates

              From a survey conducted by Greenwald and Associates for the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) in June 2014:

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  • Oct 29, 2014

    "More SSA Crazy"

         Here's an e-mail I received recently from a member of my staff, labeled "More SSA Crazy.": "Prospect [prospective client] called the DO [District Office] to set up an appt to file a SSI claim. Whoever he talked with denied him an appt to file b/c[because] he did not have a doctor." 
         No, that's definitely not Social Security policy and, yes, that person at the District Office wasn't trained that way.  This isn't at all typical but this sort of off the wall thing does happen. 
         We'll get it sorted out.

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  • Oct 28, 2014

    Huge Majorities Willing To Raise Taxes To Support Social Security

         From a survey conducted by Greenwald and Associates for the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) in June 2014:

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  • Oct 27, 2014

    Thousands Die Each Year Waiting For Action On Their Social Security Disability Claims

         For decades there have been newspaper articles on Social Security disability claimants dying while their cases were being adjudicated. We'll soon have a study of these deaths. It's to be released on November 1. However, the abstract is out now. The authors say they identified 24 conditions where claimants are unlikely to survive the adjudication process. However, the big takeaway from the abstract is that they found that 42,000 people died while their disability claims were being adjudicated during the time period 1996 to 2007. That's thousands of deaths a year. Certainly some of these deaths were unavoidable because the claimants lived only a short time after filing their claims but not all. 

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  • Oct 26, 2014

    Protecting Attorney PII

         Social Security issues new staff instructions to try to better protect personally identifiable information of attorneys representing Social Security claimants.

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