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Fixing Social Security, Part 2 of 2

social security card.jpgIn our previous blog post, we discussed eliminating or changing the cap on Social Security earnings as a way to strengthen the funding of the Social Security Disability and Social Security Retirement programs. This approach appears to be the one preferred by the greatest number of people. However, there have been other proposals to "reform" Social Security, and this blog discusses them below.

Fixing Social Security, Part 1 of 2

social security card.jpgThere has been a lot of press about "fixing" the Social Security system. Most pundits focus on the possibility of reallocating money between the retirement fund and the disability fund, something that has been done many times before. However, a recently passed law has made such a fund transfer contingent on so-called reforms, making it much less likely that reallocation will ever occur.

Some Good News About Social Security (Maybe)

This blog and many other media outlets report frequently on the problems and inadequacies of the Social Security Disability (SSD) system. However, the news is not uniformly bad. For example, the Social Security Administration (SSA), which administers SSD, recently announced that it would open field offices for an additional hour four days each week.

California Woman's SSD Claim Illustrates Common Problems with Social Security Administration

The story of a 60-year-old woman in Orange County, California, and her efforts to obtain Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits when she could no longer work illustrates the need for patience, persistence and help when applying for benefits.

SSD and Other Statistics from the Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration (SSA) releases statistics about beneficiaries every month. Did you know that the agency also prepares statistics about its operations? The numbers for October 2014, released last month, paint the following picture of the agency. 

History of Social Security Disability

The media is paying attention to Social Security Disability (SSD) and all the problems, real and imagined, that currently plague this system. SSD was developed give disability benefits to those who paid into the system while working but could no longer work because of illness or injury. Often lost in the noise about the inadequacies of SSD is its history. Discussions about SSD began during the worst years of the Depression in the 1930s, even though it was not actually implemented until 1956.

Indiana Protest Reflects National Social Security Administration Challenges

The Social Security Administration (SSA) plans to close field offices throughout the United States in an effort to streamline processes and reduce costs. In Indiana, SSA workers protested the proposed closures by marching in front of the field office in New Albany that serves seven counties north of Louisville, Kentucky.

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