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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…

Judge upholds Vermont “poor tax”

Tuesday, November 24, 2015The U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont dismissed a lawsuit November 9, filed by Vermont Legal Aid, which challenged a recent change to state welfare benefits as discriminatory against Supplemental Security Income recipients. The lawsuit, filed in

Feds warn of impending SSDI shortfall

Monday, August 3, 2015The Social Security Administration’s Board of Trustees released its annual report [PDF] July 20, calling on Congress to take swift action, or risk cutting disability benefits by nearly 20 percent in 2016. “The Social Security’s Disability Insurance Trust Fund now…

Obama Administration looks to limit gun access for Social Security beneficiaries

Friday, July 31, 2015The Los Angeles Times reported July 18 that the Obama Administration is working on a new proposal that would restrict Second Amendment rights for people receiving Social Security disability benefits who are unable to manage their own finances. Under Social…

Report: SSI recipients are “Priced Out” out of rental housing

Wednesday, July 1, 2015Monthly Supplemental Security Income payments do not cover the costs of rental housing, much less other essential spending, in almost every housing market in the country, a new report asserts. Individuals on SSI, the federal government’s primary program for low-income,…

SSI Restoration Act reintroduced

Wednesday, June 3, 2015Legislators introduced a bill May 19 that aims to increase the amount of income and other resources that individuals can receive while maintaining eligibility for Supplemental Security Income. “For millions of the most vulnerable Americans, Supplemental Security Income isn’t just…

President Obama signs ABLE Act

Wednesday, December 24, 2014People with disabilities and their caregivers will be able to create tax-free savings accounts specifically for disability related expenses, under a new bill signed by President Barack Obama on December 19. The Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience…

Major disability law firm prepares for bankruptcy

Monday, December 22, 2014The nation’s largest law firm representing claimants seeking Social Security disability benefits is likely to soon file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal reported December 12. Binder & Binder, which has nearly 1,000 employees, has 57,000…

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