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GAO Report - SSA Disability on Unsustainable Path

The news is rife with the problems facing the Social Security Administration today. According to the federal government's long-term fiscal outlook report, the Social Security Disability program is in real trouble. Payments for SSDI amount to over $124 billion, with an average disability payment to individuals ranging around $1,000 per month.

Social Security Office Opens in the Greater Augusta Area

Social Security Disability recipients should be pleased to know that a new Social Security office has opened on Claussen Road, serving the greater Augusta area. The office hopes to reduce the backlog of other offices in the region. Processing times for Social Security claims in Georgia, as well as the rest of the United States, is extremely slow, sometimes averaging well over 400 days. The new office hopes to help more people through faster processing of claims and hearing appeals.

Rick Perry Claims that Social Security Should Be Private

Presidential candidate and current Texas governor Rick Perry suggests that the Social Security Administration should adapt its services to private accounts. What does that mean? He's talking about privatizing Social Security. Former President George W. Bush also attempted to privatize Social Security in 2005, without success.

Southeast Michigan Health Information Exchange Links with SSA

Recently, the Southeast Michigan Health Information Exchange has approved and validated the exchange of electronic health information with the Social Security Administration. What does this mean for Social Security recipients in Southeast Michigan? Hopefully, it means faster processing of Social Security Disability applications.

“Adult Baby” Claims Disability Checks Will Continue

Just when you thought recent news stories regarding Social Security Disability benefits, increases in Medicare Part B premiums, and concerns regarding affordability of health care were over, along comes a story broadcast on FoxNews.com regarding a headline that reads, "Adult Baby Claims Disability Checks Will Continue Despite Coburn Complaint."

Is it Possible to Get Disability While Attending College?

It depends. Social Security Disability benefits are offered to individuals with disabilities. Benefits for individuals with disabilities must meet certain medical criteria to qualify for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) plan, which pays benefits to recipients or family members if you or a child or spouse.

How Will Budget Cuts to SSA Affect your Disability Benefits?

It's no secret that budget cuts are in the works for the Social Security Administration. The question is, will these budget cuts affect your Social Security Disability benefits and services? The answer to that question is yes. However, the news isn't all bad. If you're wondering exactly what you need to know in face of the recent SSA budget cut announcements, this is the information you've been looking for.

Social Security Disability Recipients Getting a Raise - Maybe

The Social Security Administration recently announced a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase for 2012. What does this mean for the individuals who are currently receiving Social Security Disability benefits? It means that millions of these recipients will receive an increase in their benefits for the first time since 2009. The increase amounts to a 3.6% raise in monthly Social Security benefits, which is welcome news to Social Security Disability beneficiaries.

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