Supplemental Security Income

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 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…

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…

IRS modifies proposed ABLE Act regulations

Wednesday, December 9, 2015Responding to feedback from disability advocates, the Internal Revenue Service announced November 20 it would loosen some of the reporting requirements for a new form of savings account designed to provide for long-term disability services. Last December, President Obama signed

Legislators push for year-end Social Security benefits increase

Monday, December 7, 2015Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced a bill December 1 that would provide a 3.9 percent increase in benefits at year’s end for people receiving Social Security benefits, including the more than 19 million individuals receiving either Social Security Disability Insurance…

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

Court: Guardianship cannot be imposed due to marriage concerns

Thursday, November 19, 2015D.D., as he is identified in court papers, is saving up money for an engagement ring for his girlfriend, Janice. A social guy living off Supplemental Security Income benefits and income from his part-time position at a Brooklyn restaurant, D.D.…

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