Social Security Disability Insurance

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…

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…

Bill seeks to expand Second Amendment due process protections for Social Security disability recipients, veterans

Wednesday, April 27, 2016Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced new legislation April 14 to block a controversial Obama Administration proposal to impose new firearm restrictions on recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, as well as create new procedural safeguards aiming…

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.…

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…

Disability rights groups oppose proposed House budget

Wednesday, March 30, 2016The nation’s largest consortium of disability rights groups slammed the House of Representative’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget [PDF] on March 15, over concerns about the impact of its proposed cuts to the federal safety net for people with disabilities.…

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