Government Benefits

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…

Disability and senior rights groups demand investigation of Kansas Medicaid backlog

Thursday, August 11, 2016In a letter sent July 8 to the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services [PDF], the Disability Rights Center of Kansas called on the federal government to investigate the state’s growing Medicaid backlog. “Ongoing delays risk depriving applicants…

Court blocks Texas Medicaid cuts

Tuesday, August 2, 2016In a two-page order [PDF], the Texas Supreme Court temporarily blocked planned Medicaid cuts July 8 that advocates feared would decimate the state’s services for autism therapy and other physical, occupational and speech therapeutic services for children with disabilities.…

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…

SSDI Return to Work Act introduced

Friday, June 24, 2016A new bill, introduced in the Senate on June 8, would create a new system of classifications for beneficiaries of the Social Security Disability Insurance system, similar to those in most state workers’ compensation systems. Currently, there are no separate…

Court strikes down Florida workers’ compensation limit on temporary disability benefit

Thursday, June 16, 2016The Florida Supreme Court ruled June 9 that a 1994 law, limiting to 2 years the length of time that people can receive “temporary total disability benefits” under the state’s workers’ compensation scheme, violates the state’s constitution. The plaintiff in…

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…

Bill introduced to exempt taxes on discharged debt from disability, student loan forgiveness program

Monday, April 25, 2016Two days after the Obama Administration announced comprehensive reforms to the federal student loan forgiveness program for people with severe disabilities, a bipartisan group of senators is pushing for additional changes to ensure the forgiven debt is tax free. Under…

Court: SSA can’t be sued to recover attorney’s fees

Wednesday, April 20, 2016A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by a disability rights law firm to sue the Social Security Administration for failing to reimburse it for legal fees it was owed for helping clients obtain Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.…

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