Social Security Administration

Advocates criticize proposed SSA administrative rules

Wednesday, September 7, 2016Sixteen disability rights groups, including the National Disability Rights Network, submitted comments to the Social Security Administration on August 26, pushing back against proposed changes to the procedural rules for Social Security disability benefits. Under the proposed regulations,…

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…

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…

Obama Administration proposes new firearm restrictions for Social Security disability beneficiaries

Monday, May 16, 2016The Obama Administration released a draft proposal on April 28 of a controversial new initiative to expand the Social Security Administration’s obligations for reporting people with disabilities to the federal firearm database. The Gun Control Act of 1968 bars people…

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…

Attorney indicted in multi-million dollar Social Security Disability fraud scheme

Thursday, April 21, 2016Eric Conn’s face can be found on huge billboards throughout Eastern Kentucky, urging people to contact his disability benefits practice, the nation’s third-most lucrative. Dubbing himself “Mr. Social Security,” Conn shot a music video of his practice, sold women’s short …

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.…

DOE announces changes to disability, student loan discharge program

Tuesday, April 19, 2016The U.S. Department of Education announced new steps April 12 for proactively identifying student loan borrowers who may be eligible for loan forgiveness due to their disabilities. “In 2012, the Administration took steps to streamline the process to allow for…

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