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June 2014 Archives

Does Financial Crunch Puts Social Security Disability in Jeopardy? Part 1 of 2

Congressional opponents of Social Security Disability (SSD) have raised the alarm about financial problems with the trust fund that provides benefits to millions of American workers who are disabled and can no longer hold down a job. The allegations published by these opponents of the main safety net for disabled American workers attack both the recipients of benefits and the system that provides those benefits. They suggest that somehow the looming shortfall is a surprise and the result of fraud and malingering. They don't take into account the population bulge of workers in the Baby Boom generation who have not yet retired but can no longer work because of illness or injury.

SSA Statistics Show a Decline in Award Rates

The Social Security Disability Insurance program has come under fire in recent years. There's been prime-time news stories, articles, and blogs-each one criticizing the program in one way or another. The theories are often different, and often disjointed-and often, lacking in a factual backing.

Social Security Disability Appeals Backlog in Baltimore

The size of the backlog of Social Security Disability (SSD) claims has been making news recently, as have reports about how long it takes to obtain a decision from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Some offices have longer wait times, others have bigger backlogs. One office that has a poor track record for both is the Baltimore, Maryland, SSA office. At the end of May 2014, there were 11,652 SSD cases pending in Baltimore, an increase of 25 percent from 2012. Claimants in Baltimore are waiting an average of 17 months to receive a decision on their appeals. This is apparently what the Baltimore Sun called the "third-worst" office in the United States.

Check the Facts About Social Security Disability

Critics of Social Security Disability (SSD) who advocate for "reform" often point to numbers with sources developed by those with a not-very-hidden agenda - the destruction of all Social Security programs, but especially SSD. These numbers suggest an out-of-control increase in the number of recipients and applications, and hint that the increase is somehow the result of some type of misbehavior on the part of recipients. Rather than accept these claims without question, let's check the facts.

Social Security Disability and Myasthenia Gravis

June is Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month. Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune neuromuscular disorder characterized by voluntary muscle weakness that fluctuates from location to location. Like some other autoimmune diseases, MG causes the immune system of a person to make antibodies that attack rather than defend. In practical terms, antibodies in people with MG attack receptor sites in muscles that are supposed to receive signals from the brain.

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