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Backlog of Disability Appeals Keeps Growing

Submitted by Ram on Fri, 07/15/2011 - 14:14

The Social Security Administration (SSA) had high hopes, not too long ago, to significantly decrease the number of backlogged disability appeals in the Social Security system. There were plans to hire more administrative law judges, create more hearing centers and implement technologies that would make it easier to process more hearings across the nation. Unfortunately, what the SSA did not foresee was the significant budget cuts that would put most of these plans on halt.

Social Security Funds Projected to Be Depleted In 25 Years

Submitted by Ram on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:17

A recently-released report from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Medicare Board of Trustees paints a grim picture regarding the future of Social Security benefits. Based upon current projections, the trust funds which provide the basis for payments to Social Security beneficiaries will be completely exhausted by 2036. As a result, millions of Americans whose retirement plans include payments from Social Security will be left with nothing.

Family indicted in Seattle for fake mental disability claims

Submitted by Ram on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 12:40

Nine people in and around the Seattle, WA area have been indicted on charges that they fraudulently obtained Social Security payments. Among the group’s tactics have been filing claims for apparently non-existent mental health issues and receiving benefits under fake identities. The total bill to the American taxpayers was in excess of $700,000.