Financial security

House passes disability special needs trusts measure

Friday, October 7, 2016By a vote of 383-22 on September 20, the House of Representatives approved a new bill that allows people with disabilities to set up their own special needs trusts. “The Special Needs Trust Fairness and Medicaid Improvement Act corrects a…

ABLE Act modifications advance in the Senate

Monday, October 3, 2016The US Senate may soon hear two new bills that seek to build on a 2014 law that aims to make people with disabilities more economically self-sufficient. Under the ABLE Act, signed by President Obama in December 2014, people with…

Social Security Disability Fairness Act introduced

Friday, July 8, 2016A bill in the House of Representatives seeks to expedite Social Security Disability Insurance claims for people with a terminal illness. “Our disability safety net is failing the very people it was put in place to help,” U.S. Rep. Rodney…

Bolivian police violently break up disability protests

Friday, June 17, 2016For nearly six months, protesters have been demanding that the Bolivian government increase disability benefits to the equivalent of $72 a month, or less than a third of the country’s minimum wage. They have marched nearly 380 km across the…

Disability unemployment rate drops below 10 percent

Friday, June 10, 2016The Department of Labor’s disappointing May jobs report is sending mixed signals for the employment prospects for people with disabilities. The unemployment rate for people with disabilities dropped to 9.7 percent, a full percentage less than the previous month

Bill seeks to end SSDI waiting period for people with ALS

Wednesday, May 25, 2016A new bill seeks to expedite Social Security Disability Insurance payments for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Currently, people deemed eligible for SSDI cannot receive payments until five months after being denied with…

Social Security Caregiver Credit Act reintroduced

Thursday, April 7, 2016A recently introduced bill in Congress aims to increase Social Security benefits for workers who take time off to serve as caregivers. Currently, Social Security benefits are calculated based on the number of credits that beneficiaries accumulate during their time…

Bill proposes tax credit for caregivers

Monday, March 21, 2016Reps. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) introduced new legislation March 7 that would create a tax credit for people caring for people with disabilities and the elderly. “These families are making enormous sacrifices and oftentimes struggle to make…

UK cuts future disability benefits for half a million people

Thursday, March 17, 2016The United Kingdom House of Lords voted March 7 to cut Employment and Support Allowance for more than 500,000 people, from £103 to £73 per week, much to the dismay of disability advocates. “The cuts to employment and support allowance…

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