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What to Do if the Social Security Administration Lists You As Dead

Considering the fact that each year the Social Security Administration lists an average of 14,000 Americans as dead who are very much alive, it’s good to know what…

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Small Social Security increase in 2013

In 2012, seniors received a 3.6 percent Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) and a Medicare premium increase. In 2013, the Social Security COLA is expected to…

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Many confused about Social Security’s origins

February 18, 2011 Many are confused about this history of Social Security, and the purpose for which it was originally intended, FOX News reports. The creation of Social…

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Gov. Rick Perry Backtracking on Social Security Stance

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who recently joined the presidential race, once made no bones about his feelings toward the 76-year-old Social Security program, calling it “a crumbling monument…

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Obama advisers split on Social Security benefits

March 15, 2011 Social Security reform is pulling President Barack Obama economic and political advisers in different directions, The Hill reports. The economic team is pressuring President Obama…

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Indiana Special Olympics Attempts To Break High Five Guinness World Record

Helping and supporting others in the community, especially those with disabilities, is a mission that’s important to our team of Indiana personal injury lawyers here at the law…

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AARP Launches Campaign to Safeguard Social Security and Medicare

May 5, 2011 AARP kicked off a new, multi-million dollar campaign yesterday to protect retirees from potentially “detrimental” budget cuts to Social Security and Medicare. A recent AARP…

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AARP To Attend Social Security “Salon”

On Monday the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will kick off a national Social Security and Medicare "listening tour" called “You’re Earned a Say, and We’re Listening,”…

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More Car Accidents Are Caused By Rain Than Any Other Weather Condition

Spring showers may bring May flowers – but they also bring far too many wrecks. Learn how to keep yourself safe while driving in the rain. According to…

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‘Adult Baby’ Will Continue to Get Social Security Checks

The California man who playacts as an “adult baby” has been cleared of wrongdoing by the Social Security Administration and will continue to receive Supplemental Social Security Income…

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Senator Tom Coburn: Social Security Disability Is Being Used to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has waged a very public crack-down on the Social Security Administration’s disability program, saying in a new interview with The Oklahoman that he thinks…

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You can apply for Social Security Disability benefits online

March 14, 2011 A letter from a reader written to app.com ask what to do in regards to applying for Social Security Disability benefits. The answer says she…

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Improvements to Social Security benefits, Medicare may ensure future for retirees

May 3, 2011 The potential changes being presented to Social Security benefits have caused anxiety for many Americans, especially those with plans to retire soon. Janet Witt, grassroots…

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Age of retirement could increase, affect Social Security

Lawmakers are looking to increase retirement age to make up for the Social Security deficit. For the first time in two decades, there are more Social Security payouts…

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Social Security Administration Website Given Top Customer Satisfaction Rating

Plenty of people have a beef with the Social Security Administration for not approving their disability benefits, among other grievances, but one thing that most people give the…

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Report: Senior Citizens Have Lost 32 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000

A new report from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) analyzes the crooked correlation between cost-of-living for senior citizens and the yearly adjustments made by The Social Security Administration…

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Future retirees need to know how to maximize Social Security benefits

April 4, 2011 Foxbusiness.com has provided a chart to help retirees figure out the best way to file for Social Security benefits for yourself and your spouse. The…

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Social Security benefits judges face threats

January 11, 2011 Social Security benefits judges often receive threats, but those threats may be taken more seriously since the assassination attempt of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, The…

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Man threatens senator’s staff over Social Security benefits

January 11, 2011 A man in Colorado called and made threats to U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s staff to complain about his Social Security benefits, bloomberg.com reports. The man…

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The Average Person Now Retires Later, Says Report

Americans are now retiring at older ages than they were in the mid-’90s, according to analysis of Census Bureau data by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston…

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Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Fraud

Today an Avondale, Louisiana, woman plead guilty to stealing more than $70,000 in disability payments from the Social Security Administration. The 48-year-old woman admitted to U.S. District Judge…

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President asks for financial compromise with Social Security benefits

February 15, 2011 President Barack Obama said in a speech earlier this week that Congress must find a way to compromise a budget that includes adjustments to Social…

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What questions do you have about Social Security benefits?

January 3, 2011 Many retirees depend on Social Security benefits as part of their income, and Social Security reform is affecting how baby boomers will be saving their…

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Government answers questions about Social Security benefits

January 6, 2011 Talking about cuts to Social Security is a hot, sensitive topic right now. New bills being introduced to Congress in regards to Social Security benefits…

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Social Security faces huge deficit

January 14, 2011 The Social Security deficit will be around $6 trillion over the next 75 years, according to FOX News. Thousands of Baby Boomers will be collecting…

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Baby Boomers want Social Security benefits

January 31, 2011 Opinions about Social Security benefits vary across generations. Younger generations may believe it’s unfair that Social Security benefits will run out before they retire, even…

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Report: The graying of society may cause full-blown crisis

According to The Washington Post, the aging of the human race has been faster than anyone could have imagined. As fertility rates have plunged globally, life spans have increased,…

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Social Security Administration May Add Videoconferencing to Website

The Social Security Administration is considering adding videoconferencing to its website to assist seniors who have inquiries about their Social Security or Social Security Disability benefits, said an…

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Group fears secret changes to Social Security benefits

January 5, 2010 An advocate group fears that President Barack Obama and Republicans could make secret deals in regards to Social Security benefits, the Daily Kos reports. According…

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Will Obama address Social Security cuts in State of the Union Address?

January 10, 2011 An editorial on huffingtonpost.com suggest that President Barack Obama will be addressing Social Security benefits and the national deficit in his State of the Union…

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Critics say president should have discussed Social Security reform

January 26, 2011 Critics of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address say he missed an opportunity to talk about Social Security reform, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution blogger…

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President asks for financial compromise with Social Security benefits

February 15, 2011 President Barack Obama said in a speech earlier this week that Congress must find a way to compromise a budget that includes adjustments to Social…

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Social Security Administration may face furlough

February 22, 2011 Officials with the Social Security Administration and union leaders plan to discuss what to do if the government shuts down if President Barack Obama and…

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Politicians should look at all angles before changing Social Security benefits

April 12, 2011 Some believe the approach to solving issues around Social Security benefits is misguided. Political parties differ in their opinions as to what needs to be…

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President Obama addresses Social Security benefits, national deficit

April 14, 2011 Many are concerned about the future of Social Security benefits as President Barack Obama addresses the national deficit. According to cbsnews.com, the president said Social…

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Senators see various sides to Social Security

April 13, 2011 California senators see different sides to making changes to Social Security benefits. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein says everything should be on the table before changes…

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Woman imprisoned for collecting Social Security benefits illegally

A Mobile, Alabama woman has been ordered jail time for illegally collecting Social Security benefits, according to blog.al.com. She will be in prison for 30 days then have…

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Age of retirement could increase, affect Social Security

Lawmakers are looking to increase retirement age to make up for the Social Security deficit. For the first time in two decades, there are more Social Security payouts…

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California man steals Social Security benefits from dead friend

A California man has been accused of spending the Social Security benefits of someone who died in 1988. The total comes to more than $200,000, The Sacramento Bee…

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Politician has reform ideas for Social Security

A South Carolina politician has plans to privatize and eliminate Social Security, according to socialsecuritytoday.com. The politician says he wants to reform Social Security by leaving retirement savings…

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Candidates differ on views for future of Social Security

The Democrat and Republican candidates in Delaware agree to protect the future of Social Security but differ on who the recipients should be, according to DelawareOnline.com. The Republican…

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Views are mixed in regards to no Social Security increase

Though the cost of living expenses have increased over the past year, Social Security beneficiaries will not see an increase to compensate. Many seniors believe they’ll feel a…

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Federal benefits including Social Security benefits going to deceased

U. S. Senator Tom Coburn says the federal government has sent more than $1 billion in payments from various programs to dead people over the past 10 years.…

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Political parties differ in Social Security options

According to a news-leader.com, there are many misconceptions about how political parties feel in regards to Social Security benefits. The newspaper’s feature suggests that Democrats from across the…

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Seniors benefit from Social Security

Social Security benefits serves as the main source of income for women 65 and older, according to a report from the Joint Economic Community. Half of elderly women…

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Woman gets probation for stealing Social Security benefits

A woman will receive probation for Social Security fraud, OA Online reports. The woman continued to take her mother’s Social Security benefits nearly five years after her mother…

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AARP Launches Campaign to Safeguard Social Security and Medicare

May 5, 2011 AARP kicked off a new, multi-million dollar campaign yesterday to protect retirees from potentially “detrimental” budget cuts to Social Security and Medicare. A recent AARP…

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Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Dead Grandfather’s Social Security Benefits for 27 Years

May 9, 2011 On Friday, an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, man entered a guilty plea in federal court for making false statements and stealing 27 years worth of Social…

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Alabama Man Gets Probation After Spending Dead Mother’s Social Security Checks

May 10, 2011 A 58-year-old resident of Prichard, Alabama, received five years probation last week for illegally collecting $33,588 in Social Security monies after his mother died. The…

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Resources available for reporting Social Security benefits fraud

December 15, 2010 The holiday often bring threats of scams, including Social Security benefits fraud. Those who suspect someone is committing Social Security benefits fraud can report it…

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The 9 Best Companies for Disabled Americans to Work

In conjunction with Labor Day, the National Organization on Disability is applauding nine companies that it says recognizes and hires Americans with disabilities. These companies include Sam’s Club,…

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Alabama Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Disability Fraud

The jig is up for a Birmingham, Alabama, woman who falsely applied for and collected Social Security Disability payments for nine years using her former daughter-in-law’s name and…

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Some senators support Social Security bonus

Political parties have come to a mutual agreement that Social Security recipients deserve a $250 bonus to make up for the lack of cost of living increases. Florida…

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Social Security Administration Chief: ‘SSI Program Is Flawed’

On Monday Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael Astrue admitted to The Boston Globe during an editorial board meeting that there are significant problems with the agency’s $10 billion…

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Watchdog Group Calls Out Billionaire David Koch for Social Security Stand

May 6, 2011 On Wednesday, watchdog group Brave New Foundation released an inflammatory new viral video titled “Koch Brothers Exposed.” The eight-minute video juxtaposes footage of American businessman David…

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Debt Deal Protects Social Security for Now

The last-minute debt ceiling deal agreed upon by the House on Sunday, July 31, won’t affect Social Security. CNN reports that the deal won’t touch the program, despite…

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California hit with Social Security scams

According to asianjournal.com, the latest telephone scam has targeted the Latino community in California in regards to Social Security. The Social Security Administration will never ask for your…

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Senators see various sides to Social Security

April 13, 2011 California senators see different sides to making changes to Social Security benefits. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein says everything should be on the table before changes…

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More Car Accidents Are Caused By Rain Than Any Other Weather Condition

Spring showers may bring May flowers – but they also bring far too many wrecks. Learn how to keep yourself safe while driving in the rain. According to…

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More Car Accidents Are Caused By Rain Than Any Other Weather Condition

Spring showers may bring May flowers – but they also bring far too many wrecks. Learn how to keep yourself safe while driving in the rain. According to…

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Caretaker to serve time for stealing Social Security benefits

A New Jersey caretaker will be facing time in a state prison for stealing government benefits, including Social Security, that were paid to a Linden man after his…

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The Average Person Now Retires Later, Says Report

Americans are now retiring at older ages than they were in the mid-’90s, according to analysis of Census Bureau data by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston…

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Top Social Security Judge Steps Down After Criticism

It was announced yesterday that Charlie Andrus--chief Social Security Administration judge in the agency’s Huntington, West Virginia, office—voluntarily stepped down from his position amid controversy about an approval-happy…

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Top Social Security Judge Steps Down After Criticism

It was announced yesterday that Charlie Andrus--chief Social Security Administration judge in the agency’s Huntington, West Virginia, office—voluntarily stepped down from his position amid controversy about an approval-happy…

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Mother seeks Social Security benefits for in-vitro children

January 7, 2011 A U.S. appeals court ruled that a New Jersey woman can seek Social Security benefits for twins conceived in vitro after her husband’s death, according…

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Congress oppresses stimulus check for Social Security beneficiaries

December 9, 2010 A proposal to grant Social Security beneficiaries a one-time payment of $250 was shut down by Congress. According to the Los Angeles Times, the one-time…

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Editorial: Payroll tax decrease could threaten Social Security benefits

December 14, 2010 A Kansas City Star editorial suggest if Congress approves a lower payroll tax, the it would be the end of Social Security benefits. According to…

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Letter: Address Congress about Social Security benefits

January 4, 2011 A letter to the editor in the Appleton Post-Crescent encourages readers to write their legislator in regards to Social Security. The letter’s author believes it’s the…

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Government answers questions about Social Security benefits

January 6, 2011 Talking about cuts to Social Security is a hot, sensitive topic right now. New bills being introduced to Congress in regards to Social Security benefits…

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Will Social Security benefits run out by 2037?

January 27, 2011 According to the Associated Press, new congressional projections show Social Security benefits running deficits until 2037. It’s predicted that Social Security benefits will run out…

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Senators see various sides to Social Security

April 13, 2011 California senators see different sides to making changes to Social Security benefits. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein says everything should be on the table before changes…

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AARP Launches Campaign to Safeguard Social Security and Medicare

May 5, 2011 AARP kicked off a new, multi-million dollar campaign yesterday to protect retirees from potentially “detrimental” budget cuts to Social Security and Medicare. A recent AARP…

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105-year-old has Social Security benefits cut off

November 24, 2010 A woman who turned 105 this year accidently had her Social Security benefits cut off, WINK News reports. The Social Security Administration thought she was…

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Obama advisers split on Social Security benefits

March 15, 2011 Social Security reform is pulling President Barack Obama economic and political advisers in different directions, The Hill reports. The economic team is pressuring President Obama…

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Indiana State University Holds Wrestling Tournament to Raise Funds for Scholarships

Being active and physically fit is one of the best ways prevent injuries in the event of an accident. The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark,…

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Judge Being Investigated for High Rate of Approval on Social Security Disability Appeals

After a Wall Street Journal exposé on the high rate at which administrative law judge David B. Daugherty approves Social Security Disability appeals claims, the U.S. Social Security Administration…

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Top Social Security Judge Steps Down After Criticism

It was announced yesterday that Charlie Andrus--chief Social Security Administration judge in the agency’s Huntington, West Virginia, office—voluntarily stepped down from his position amid controversy about an approval-happy…

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Social Security Judge Retires As Investigation of Work Record Continues

An administrative law judge from Huntington, West Virginia—David B. Daugherty—has announced his retirement as multiple investigations into his work record continue. Daugherty, 75, came under fire in May when…

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More Car Accidents Are Caused By Rain Than Any Other Weather Condition

Spring showers may bring May flowers – but they also bring far too many wrecks. Learn how to keep yourself safe while driving in the rain. According to…

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Debt Deal Protects Social Security for Now

The last-minute debt ceiling deal agreed upon by the House on Sunday, July 31, won’t affect Social Security. CNN reports that the deal won’t touch the program, despite…

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Federal benefits including Social Security benefits going to deceased

U. S. Senator Tom Coburn says the federal government has sent more than $1 billion in payments from various programs to dead people over the past 10 years.…

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Deficit Reduction Deal Could Bring More Social Security Disability Reviews

The deficit reduction deal passed earlier this week could mean that the Social Security Administration will put a higher priority on reviewing recipients of disability payments and supplemental…

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Parties try to find compromise for Social Security benefits

March 25, 2011 According to washingtonpost.com, Democrats are split on whether to take on safety net programs, such as social security benefits. Some Democratic lawmakers say they are…

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Democrats plan to vote for $250 for Social Security beneficiaries

November 15, 2010 Democrats will vote to pay Social Security recipients $250 when they return to Washington. According to ewireinformer.com, Democrats have planned to vote for this bill…

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Senators see various sides to Social Security

April 13, 2011 California senators see different sides to making changes to Social Security benefits. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein says everything should be on the table before changes…

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Social Security beneficiaries to receive checks via direct deposit

December 21, 2010 Social Security beneficiaries will start receiving their checks by direct deposit starting in May. According to CNN, eight of 10 Social Security recipients already has…

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Social Security Administration encourages direct deposit

March 9, 2011 Those who receive Social Security benefits will have them direct deposited into  a bank or credit union account, or Direct Express debit MasterCard by March…

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Age of retirement could increase, affect Social Security

Lawmakers are looking to increase retirement age to make up for the Social Security deficit. For the first time in two decades, there are more Social Security payouts…

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NYC Disability Advocates File Lawsuit to Fight for Taxi Accessibility

To say that New York City resident Christopher Noel has a hard time hailing a cab is an understatement. Of 13,000 taxicabs in the Big Apple, only two…

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Hospital Spending Down Now That Medicare Foots Prescription Drug Bill

Medicare has been paying for its beneficiaries’ prescription drugs since January 2006, and a new study finds that this change has had a large fiscal effect on nursing…

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What to Do if the Social Security Administration Lists You As Dead

Considering the fact that each year the Social Security Administration lists an average of 14,000 Americans as dead who are very much alive, it’s good to know what…

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How to Prepare Your Disabled Children for Your Death

Aging parents of disabled children are right to be concerned about how their child will be taken care of once they've died. And because a reported 12 percent…

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Why Disabled Americans Face Fewer Jobs

Fewer disabled people in America are finding work, and more of them are collecting Social Security Disability benefits—so that officials now say that the trust fund for Social…

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NYC Disability Advocates File Lawsuit to Fight for Taxi Accessibility

To say that New York City resident Christopher Noel has a hard time hailing a cab is an understatement. Of 13,000 taxicabs in the Big Apple, only two…

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Disabled Veteran Fights for Benefits Denied Over Same-Sex Marriage

A disabled veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws defining marriage as being between opposite-sex partners after she was denied veterans benefits. The New…

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Hundreds of New Puerto Rico Disability Claims Raise Fraud Questions

After 300 employees were laid off from a Puerto Rico pharmaceutical plant, 290 of them applied for Social Security Disability and all cited the care of the same…

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The 9 Best Companies for Disabled Americans to Work

In conjunction with Labor Day, the National Organization on Disability is applauding nine companies that it says recognizes and hires Americans with disabilities. These companies include Sam’s Club,…

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Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Fraud

Today an Avondale, Louisiana, woman plead guilty to stealing more than $70,000 in disability payments from the Social Security Administration. The 48-year-old woman admitted to U.S. District Judge…

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Minnesota Man Accused of Social Security Disability Theft

A Perham, Minnesota, man allegedly lied to the Social Security Administration to illegally collection Social Security Disability benefits, reports the Detroit Lakes Tribune. A special agent discovered that…

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Governor Tim Pawlenty Suggests Raising the Social Security Retirement Age

Minnesota governor and GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty suggests that the best way to deal with the prospect of the Social Security Administration running out of funds sometime…

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What to Do if the Social Security Administration Lists You As Dead

Considering the fact that each year the Social Security Administration lists an average of 14,000 Americans as dead who are very much alive, it’s good to know what…

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Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Fraud

Today an Avondale, Louisiana, woman plead guilty to stealing more than $70,000 in disability payments from the Social Security Administration. The 48-year-old woman admitted to U.S. District Judge…

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Rate of Non-Elderly Mental Health Disability in the U.S. Rises

Non-elderly Americans are reporting more mental health disabilities now than they did in 1997—especially those who already suffer from other chronic conditions. This finding comes from a new…

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Are Couples Doing Enough Social Security Planning?

Most married couples in their sixties don’t know how to maximize their Social Security benefits and don’t know whether or not it’s appropriate to ask their financial planner…

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Why Disabled Americans Face Fewer Jobs

Fewer disabled people in America are finding work, and more of them are collecting Social Security Disability benefits—so that officials now say that the trust fund for Social…

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NYC Disability Advocates File Lawsuit to Fight for Taxi Accessibility

To say that New York City resident Christopher Noel has a hard time hailing a cab is an understatement. Of 13,000 taxicabs in the Big Apple, only two…

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Disabled Veteran Fights for Benefits Denied Over Same-Sex Marriage

A disabled veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws defining marriage as being between opposite-sex partners after she was denied veterans benefits. The New…

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Social Security Administration Website Given Top Customer Satisfaction Rating

Plenty of people have a beef with the Social Security Administration for not approving their disability benefits, among other grievances, but one thing that most people give the…

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The 9 Best Companies for Disabled Americans to Work

In conjunction with Labor Day, the National Organization on Disability is applauding nine companies that it says recognizes and hires Americans with disabilities. These companies include Sam’s Club,…

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The 9 Best Companies for Disabled Americans to Work

In conjunction with Labor Day, the National Organization on Disability is applauding nine companies that it says recognizes and hires Americans with disabilities. These companies include Sam’s Club,…

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Why Disabled Americans Face Fewer Jobs

Fewer disabled people in America are finding work, and more of them are collecting Social Security Disability benefits—so that officials now say that the trust fund for Social…

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How to Prepare Your Disabled Children for Your Death

Aging parents of disabled children are right to be concerned about how their child will be taken care of once they've died. And because a reported 12 percent…

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Disabled People ‘Walking Targets’ for Social Security Fraud, Says Advocate

Last week brought disturbing news about the Philadelphia arrests of four people who were imprisoning four mentally disabled people in a basement crawl space in order to cash…

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Those who collect Social Security benefits may not consider possibility of divorce

March 8, 2011 According to latimes.com, few people consider divorce when they think about their incomes dependent on Social Security benefits. Divorced people often make costly errors because…

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Social Security scam targets El Paso residents

December 3, 2010 According to lcsun-news.com, the Social Security office in El Paso is warning residents about a scam that involves phone calls telling people they are due…

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A New Study Asks: How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

In anticipation of the number of drivers over 70 tripling in the next 20 years, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently analyzed senior citizens…

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Electronic deposit safest way to receive Social Security benefits

April 11, 2011 Receiving Social Security benefits electronically is said to be the safest way for one to receive his/her check, according to heraldbulletin.com. Why is it better…

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No more checks in the mail!

Staring next year by March 2013, checks will no longer be issued and mailed to the millions of people who receive government benefits, reports RecordPub.com. This action is…

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Electronic deposit safest way to receive Social Security benefits

April 11, 2011 Receiving Social Security benefits electronically is said to be the safest way for one to receive his/her check, according to heraldbulletin.com. Why is it better…

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No more checks in the mail!

Staring next year by March 2013, checks will no longer be issued and mailed to the millions of people who receive government benefits, reports RecordPub.com. This action is…

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Federal benefits including Social Security benefits going to deceased

U. S. Senator Tom Coburn says the federal government has sent more than $1 billion in payments from various programs to dead people over the past 10 years.…

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House Members Butt Heads Over Social Security’s Role in Debt Ceiling Talk

As potential cuts to Social Security remain on the table in the discussion about how to reduce the federal debt, members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee…

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Woman charged with 14 felonies related to stealing Social Security benefits

November 23, 2010 A 49-year-old woman has been charged with stealing more than $350,000 in Social Security benefits from her mother over a five-year period, according to freep.com.…

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Man sentenced for Social Security fraud

November 22, 2010 A man used his dead brother’s identity to collect Social Security benefits. According to columbian.com, the man will spend six months in prison and six…

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Social Security Administration Website Given Top Customer Satisfaction Rating

Plenty of people have a beef with the Social Security Administration for not approving their disability benefits, among other grievances, but one thing that most people give the…

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Orange County pastor pleads guilty for Social Security fraud

March 10, 2011 An Orange County pastor has pleaded guilty to fraudulent receipt of Social Security benefits, according to cbs19.com. The pastor was receiving Social Security benefits since…

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Terre Haute Community Events Make Great Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Valentines Day is right around the corner and there are always a few lovers out there who, for some reason or another, may have failed to make plans…

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Social Security Administration may face furlough

February 22, 2011 Officials with the Social Security Administration and union leaders plan to discuss what to do if the government shuts down if President Barack Obama and…

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Do you know when to start collecting Social Security?

March 28, 2011 One of the hardest questions for a future retiree is deciding when to retire and collect Social Security benefits. With so much to consider, how…

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Future retirees need to know how to maximize Social Security benefits

April 4, 2011 Foxbusiness.com has provided a chart to help retirees figure out the best way to file for Social Security benefits for yourself and your spouse. The…

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Government answers questions about Social Security benefits

January 6, 2011 Talking about cuts to Social Security is a hot, sensitive topic right now. New bills being introduced to Congress in regards to Social Security benefits…

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Americans don’t have confidence in leadership with Social Security’s future

January 21, 2011 When it comes to the future of Social Security benefits, Americans have concerns, especially with being future retirees. According to a poll on huffingtonpost.com, Americans…

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President asks for financial compromise with Social Security benefits

February 15, 2011 President Barack Obama said in a speech earlier this week that Congress must find a way to compromise a budget that includes adjustments to Social…

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Report: The graying of society may cause full-blown crisis

According to The Washington Post, the aging of the human race has been faster than anyone could have imagined. As fertility rates have plunged globally, life spans have increased,…

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Social Security Administration Told to Improve Online Services

A federal auditor has suggested that the Social Security Administration focus more attention on its online offerings, as more and more beneficiaries now turn to the Internet to…

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Social Security benefits judges face threats

January 11, 2011 Social Security benefits judges often receive threats, but those threats may be taken more seriously since the assassination attempt of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, The…

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Social Security Administration stops visits to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket

January 13, 2011 The Social Security Administration has decided to stop visiting Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket regularly, and it may affect how people receive their Social Security benefits,…

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The ‘Gang of Six’ on Social Security and The Federal Deficit

Have you heard of the “Gang of Six” yet? It’s a group of six bipartisan senators who have outlined a plan to cut the federal deficit by $3.7…

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Social Security benefits may be garnished under few circumstances

February 8, 2011 A letter to foxbusiness.com asks if Social Security benefits can be garnished. Social Security benefits cannot be garnished unless debt incurred is for child or…

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Potential shutdown of Social Security Administration still leaves some anxious

February 25, 2011 Those concerned about the Social Security Administration shutting down may have several questions. In a Q&A published in wtop.com, a report addressed questions, such as…

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Social Security beneficiaries will receive checks in event of government shutdown

March 1, 2011 As the possibility of government shutdown increases, more people are becoming concerned about their Social Security benefits being cut off. However, an article from news-press.com…

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Social Security earnings statements will no longer be mailed out

April 8, 2011 Social Security earnings statements will no longer be mailed in an effort to save money, according to thirdage.com. This is not an issue related to…

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Man steals more than $60,000 in Social Security benefits

April 5, 2011 A man is facing several charges for Social Security fraud, according to woio.com. The mall was indicted on charges of tampering with records, grand theft and…

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Indiana Special Olympics Attempts To Break High Five Guinness World Record

Helping and supporting others in the community, especially those with disabilities, is a mission that’s important to our team of Indiana personal injury lawyers here at the law…

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Americans don’t have confidence in leadership with Social Security’s future

January 21, 2011 When it comes to the future of Social Security benefits, Americans have concerns, especially with being future retirees. According to a poll on huffingtonpost.com, Americans…

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Senate majority leader won’t consider changes to Social Security benefits

March 18, 2011 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he’s not willing to consider changes to Social Security benefits for another 20 years, according to foxnews.com. He says…

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House Members Butt Heads Over Social Security’s Role in Debt Ceiling Talk

As potential cuts to Social Security remain on the table in the discussion about how to reduce the federal debt, members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee…

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How to Prepare Your Disabled Children for Your Death

Aging parents of disabled children are right to be concerned about how their child will be taken care of once they've died. And because a reported 12 percent…

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Top Social Security Judge Steps Down After Criticism

It was announced yesterday that Charlie Andrus--chief Social Security Administration judge in the agency’s Huntington, West Virginia, office—voluntarily stepped down from his position amid controversy about an approval-happy…

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Woman imprisoned for collecting Social Security benefits illegally

A Mobile, Alabama woman has been ordered jail time for illegally collecting Social Security benefits, according to blog.al.com. She will be in prison for 30 days then have…

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More Car Accidents Are Caused By Rain Than Any Other Weather Condition

Spring showers may bring May flowers – but they also bring far too many wrecks. Learn how to keep yourself safe while driving in the rain. According to…

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Woman imprisoned for collecting Social Security benefits illegally

A Mobile, Alabama woman has been ordered jail time for illegally collecting Social Security benefits, according to blog.al.com. She will be in prison for 30 days then have…

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Views are mixed in regards to no Social Security increase

Though the cost of living expenses have increased over the past year, Social Security beneficiaries will not see an increase to compensate. Many seniors believe they’ll feel a…

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Democrats plan to vote for $250 for Social Security beneficiaries

November 15, 2010 Democrats will vote to pay Social Security recipients $250 when they return to Washington. According to ewireinformer.com, Democrats have planned to vote for this bill…

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Seniors against Social Security benefits cuts protest in Connecticut

April 27, 2011 Seniors who are unhappy about cuts to Social Security benefits are protesting, according to 9wsyr.com. A “Don’t make us work til we die” rally was planned…

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Vigo County Residents Can Now Text 911 for Emergency Assistance

When emergencies like car accidents arise, people often 911 for emergency services. And now, people in Vigo County can send a text to 911 for help. According to…

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More Car Accidents Are Caused By Rain Than Any Other Weather Condition

Spring showers may bring May flowers – but they also bring far too many wrecks. Learn how to keep yourself safe while driving in the rain. According to…

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Terre Haute St. Patrick’s Day Activities and Events

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up next Monday, and there is no better place to celebrate than Terre Haute. That's why the team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers…

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Indiana Special Olympics Attempts To Break High Five Guinness World Record

Helping and supporting others in the community, especially those with disabilities, is a mission that’s important to our team of Indiana personal injury lawyers here at the law…

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More Car Accidents Are Caused By Rain Than Any Other Weather Condition

Spring showers may bring May flowers – but they also bring far too many wrecks. Learn how to keep yourself safe while driving in the rain. According to…

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Social Security Administration Told to Improve Online Services

A federal auditor has suggested that the Social Security Administration focus more attention on its online offerings, as more and more beneficiaries now turn to the Internet to…

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Improvements to Social Security benefits, Medicare may ensure future for retirees

May 3, 2011 The potential changes being presented to Social Security benefits have caused anxiety for many Americans, especially those with plans to retire soon. Janet Witt, grassroots…

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Why Disabled Americans Face Fewer Jobs

Fewer disabled people in America are finding work, and more of them are collecting Social Security Disability benefits—so that officials now say that the trust fund for Social…

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Senate Finance Chairman Says Deficit Reduction Package Won’t Impact Social Security

May 11, 2011 The deficit reduction package that Congress is now hammering out won’t include cuts to Social Security, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. On Tuesday,…

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Study finds Latinos rely heavily on Social Security benefits

January 20, 2011 A study done in Colorado found that Latino residents rely more than other races on Social Security, according to publicboradcasting.net. A new group of Latino organizations is trying…

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Many confused about Social Security’s origins

February 18, 2011 Many are confused about this history of Social Security, and the purpose for which it was originally intended, FOX News reports. The creation of Social…

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Group fears secret changes to Social Security benefits

January 5, 2010 An advocate group fears that President Barack Obama and Republicans could make secret deals in regards to Social Security benefits, the Daily Kos reports. According…

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Social Security Administration Accidentally ‘Kills’ 14,000 Americans Each Year

The United States government inadvertently places an estimated 14,000 living people in the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File each year, according to Memphis’s The Commerical Appeal. The…

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Senate Finance Chairman Says Deficit Reduction Package Won’t Impact Social Security

May 11, 2011 The deficit reduction package that Congress is now hammering out won’t include cuts to Social Security, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. On Tuesday,…

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Social Security beneficiaries will receive checks in event of government shutdown

March 1, 2011 As the possibility of government shutdown increases, more people are becoming concerned about their Social Security benefits being cut off. However, an article from news-press.com…

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Improvements to Social Security benefits, Medicare may ensure future for retirees

May 3, 2011 The potential changes being presented to Social Security benefits have caused anxiety for many Americans, especially those with plans to retire soon. Janet Witt, grassroots…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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Hospital Spending Down Now That Medicare Foots Prescription Drug Bill

Medicare has been paying for its beneficiaries’ prescription drugs since January 2006, and a new study finds that this change has had a large fiscal effect on nursing…

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Seniors are seeing decreases in their Social Secuity benefits

February 2, 2011 According to a new survey on PR Newswire, seniors are receiving lower Social Security benefits checks. Some are receiving at least $50 less per month…

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Man sentenced for Social Security fraud

November 22, 2010 A man used his dead brother’s identity to collect Social Security benefits. According to columbian.com, the man will spend six months in prison and six…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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Seniors are seeing decreases in their Social Secuity benefits

February 2, 2011 According to a new survey on PR Newswire, seniors are receiving lower Social Security benefits checks. Some are receiving at least $50 less per month…

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Social Security Administration Accidentally ‘Kills’ 14,000 Americans Each Year

The United States government inadvertently places an estimated 14,000 living people in the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File each year, according to Memphis’s The Commerical Appeal. The…

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Rate of Non-Elderly Mental Health Disability in the U.S. Rises

Non-elderly Americans are reporting more mental health disabilities now than they did in 1997—especially those who already suffer from other chronic conditions. This finding comes from a new…

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Social Security Administration Considers More Sensitive Title For Mental Disorder

January 30, 2013 Mental retardation is listed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a condition that makes a person eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. However, many…

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Man threatens senator’s staff over Social Security benefits

January 11, 2011 A man in Colorado called and made threats to U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s staff to complain about his Social Security benefits, bloomberg.com reports. The man…

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Study: Changes to Social Security benefits may improve health

February 17, 2011 According to a new study published in the Journal of Public Health Policy, Americans over the age of 65 experienced lower mortality rates in the…

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Social Security Administration Chief: ‘SSI Program Is Flawed’

On Monday Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael Astrue admitted to The Boston Globe during an editorial board meeting that there are significant problems with the agency’s $10 billion…

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Will Obama address Social Security cuts in State of the Union Address?

January 10, 2011 An editorial on huffingtonpost.com suggest that President Barack Obama will be addressing Social Security benefits and the national deficit in his State of the Union…

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Man believes Social Security System is fine the way it is

February 23, 2011 A man posted on a Post-Journal readers forum saying the Social Security System is still working just fine the way it is. He believes it’s a…

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President Obama addresses Social Security benefits, national deficit

April 14, 2011 Many are concerned about the future of Social Security benefits as President Barack Obama addresses the national deficit. According to cbsnews.com, the president said Social…

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Do Social Security benefits really contribute to the national deficit?

April 21, 2011 Whether or not Social Security benefits contribute to national debt has been a big debate. According to huffingtonpost.com, eventually all the money the system has…

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The 9 Best Companies for Disabled Americans to Work

In conjunction with Labor Day, the National Organization on Disability is applauding nine companies that it says recognizes and hires Americans with disabilities. These companies include Sam’s Club,…

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NYC Disability Advocates File Lawsuit to Fight for Taxi Accessibility

To say that New York City resident Christopher Noel has a hard time hailing a cab is an understatement. Of 13,000 taxicabs in the Big Apple, only two…

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Caretaker to serve time for stealing Social Security benefits

A New Jersey caretaker will be facing time in a state prison for stealing government benefits, including Social Security, that were paid to a Linden man after his…

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California man steals Social Security benefits from dead friend

A California man has been accused of spending the Social Security benefits of someone who died in 1988. The total comes to more than $200,000, The Sacramento Bee…

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Columnist calls Social Security benefits ‘middle-class welfare’

March 7, 2011 Newsweek columnist Robert J. Samuelson was under fire for calling Social Security benefits “middle-class welfare.” The comment caused backlash from Newsweek readers all over the…

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Views are mixed in regards to no Social Security increase

Though the cost of living expenses have increased over the past year, Social Security beneficiaries will not see an increase to compensate. Many seniors believe they’ll feel a…

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Rate of Non-Elderly Mental Health Disability in the U.S. Rises

Non-elderly Americans are reporting more mental health disabilities now than they did in 1997—especially those who already suffer from other chronic conditions. This finding comes from a new…

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Disabled People ‘Walking Targets’ for Social Security Fraud, Says Advocate

Last week brought disturbing news about the Philadelphia arrests of four people who were imprisoning four mentally disabled people in a basement crawl space in order to cash…

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Social Security benefits may change for seniors after being moved to nursing home

April 7, 2011 Seniors who collect Social Security benefits may wonder how they might be affected should they have to go to a nursing home. According to seattletimes.com,…

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Presidential candidates weigh in on Social Security system

When asked about Social Security during their first presidential debate, both President Obama and Mitt Romney gave brief, detail-free, and general answers, according to CNN Money. Regardless of who’s…

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Obama: ‘I Cannot Guarantee That Social Security Checks Will Go Out’ Next Month

Retired and disabled citizens of the United States are sweating collective bullets right about now as the clock ticks down on Congress’s federal deficit negotiations. In a new…

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Online Social Security statements could be illegal

Saving $70 million annually in paper, printing, and postage, paper Social Security statements have been eliminated for most participating workers, but is going online legal? asks Reuters. This Social…

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Surfing Social Security online

As of May 1, the Social Security Administration has created a feature on its website that allows you to view your Social Security earnings and benefits online, according…

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Online Social Security statements could be illegal

Saving $70 million annually in paper, printing, and postage, paper Social Security statements have been eliminated for most participating workers, but is going online legal? asks Reuters. This Social…

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Political parties differ in Social Security options

According to a news-leader.com, there are many misconceptions about how political parties feel in regards to Social Security benefits. The newspaper’s feature suggests that Democrats from across the…

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Senator Tom Coburn: Social Security Disability Is Being Used to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has waged a very public crack-down on the Social Security Administration’s disability program, saying in a new interview with The Oklahoman that he thinks…

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Woman charged with 14 felonies related to stealing Social Security benefits

November 23, 2010 A 49-year-old woman has been charged with stealing more than $350,000 in Social Security benefits from her mother over a five-year period, according to freep.com.…

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Editorial: Payroll tax decrease could threaten Social Security benefits

December 14, 2010 A Kansas City Star editorial suggest if Congress approves a lower payroll tax, the it would be the end of Social Security benefits. According to…

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Editorial suggests Social Security reform is needed

December 28, 2010 According to an editorial from washingtonpost.com, Social Security reform is essential and achievable. President Barack Obama’s debt commission set out a plan that would cut…

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Senators see various sides to Social Security

April 13, 2011 California senators see different sides to making changes to Social Security benefits. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein says everything should be on the table before changes…

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US Senate unveils bill to prevent cases like the Pennsylvania basement captives

Legislation was unveiled Monday to close a Social Security loophole that enabled a woman to collect government assistance checks that belonged to a mentally disabled person locked in…

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Minnesota Man Accused of Social Security Disability Theft

A Perham, Minnesota, man allegedly lied to the Social Security Administration to illegally collection Social Security Disability benefits, reports the Detroit Lakes Tribune. A special agent discovered that…

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Candidates differ on views for future of Social Security

The Democrat and Republican candidates in Delaware agree to protect the future of Social Security but differ on who the recipients should be, according to DelawareOnline.com. The Republican…

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Politician has reform ideas for Social Security

A South Carolina politician has plans to privatize and eliminate Social Security, according to socialsecuritytoday.com. The politician says he wants to reform Social Security by leaving retirement savings…

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Seniors are seeing decreases in their Social Secuity benefits

February 2, 2011 According to a new survey on PR Newswire, seniors are receiving lower Social Security benefits checks. Some are receiving at least $50 less per month…

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Editorial suggests Social Security reform is needed

December 28, 2010 According to an editorial from washingtonpost.com, Social Security reform is essential and achievable. President Barack Obama’s debt commission set out a plan that would cut…

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Social Security Administration may face furlough

February 22, 2011 Officials with the Social Security Administration and union leaders plan to discuss what to do if the government shuts down if President Barack Obama and…

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Obama advisers split on Social Security benefits

March 15, 2011 Social Security reform is pulling President Barack Obama economic and political advisers in different directions, The Hill reports. The economic team is pressuring President Obama…

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Social Security scam targets El Paso residents

December 3, 2010 According to lcsun-news.com, the Social Security office in El Paso is warning residents about a scam that involves phone calls telling people they are due…

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Editorial suggests Social Security reform is needed

December 28, 2010 According to an editorial from washingtonpost.com, Social Security reform is essential and achievable. President Barack Obama’s debt commission set out a plan that would cut…

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Group fears secret changes to Social Security benefits

January 5, 2010 An advocate group fears that President Barack Obama and Republicans could make secret deals in regards to Social Security benefits, the Daily Kos reports. According…

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Will Obama address Social Security cuts in State of the Union Address?

January 10, 2011 An editorial on huffingtonpost.com suggest that President Barack Obama will be addressing Social Security benefits and the national deficit in his State of the Union…

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Critics say president should have discussed Social Security reform

January 26, 2011 Critics of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address say he missed an opportunity to talk about Social Security reform, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution blogger…

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Social Security Administration may face furlough

February 22, 2011 Officials with the Social Security Administration and union leaders plan to discuss what to do if the government shuts down if President Barack Obama and…

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Obama advisers split on Social Security benefits

March 15, 2011 Social Security reform is pulling President Barack Obama economic and political advisers in different directions, The Hill reports. The economic team is pressuring President Obama…

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Politicians should look at all angles before changing Social Security benefits

April 12, 2011 Some believe the approach to solving issues around Social Security benefits is misguided. Political parties differ in their opinions as to what needs to be…

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President Obama addresses Social Security benefits, national deficit

April 14, 2011 Many are concerned about the future of Social Security benefits as President Barack Obama addresses the national deficit. According to cbsnews.com, the president said Social…

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Woman gets probation for stealing Social Security benefits

A woman will receive probation for Social Security fraud, OA Online reports. The woman continued to take her mother’s Social Security benefits nearly five years after her mother…

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Seniors against Social Security benefits cuts protest in Connecticut

April 27, 2011 Seniors who are unhappy about cuts to Social Security benefits are protesting, according to 9wsyr.com. A “Don’t make us work til we die” rally was planned…

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Hundreds of New Puerto Rico Disability Claims Raise Fraud Questions

After 300 employees were laid off from a Puerto Rico pharmaceutical plant, 290 of them applied for Social Security Disability and all cited the care of the same…

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Hundreds of New Puerto Rico Disability Claims Raise Fraud Questions

After 300 employees were laid off from a Puerto Rico pharmaceutical plant, 290 of them applied for Social Security Disability and all cited the care of the same…

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Social Security Administration Considers More Sensitive Title For Mental Disorder

January 30, 2013 Mental retardation is listed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a condition that makes a person eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. However, many…

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Recession prompts early collection of Social Security benefits

April 6, 2011 According to a blog on Forbes.com, 45% of current retirees reported they had left the work force before they planned to in order to collect…

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Republicans introduce new idea for saving Social Security benefits

April 18, 2011 Three Republican senators have released a plan to save Social Security benefits without raising taxes. They said it would be beneficial to raise the retirement…

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Politician has reform ideas for Social Security

A South Carolina politician has plans to privatize and eliminate Social Security, according to socialsecuritytoday.com. The politician says he wants to reform Social Security by leaving retirement savings…

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Do you know when to start collecting Social Security?

March 28, 2011 One of the hardest questions for a future retiree is deciding when to retire and collect Social Security benefits. With so much to consider, how…

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Parties try to find compromise for Social Security benefits

March 25, 2011 According to washingtonpost.com, Democrats are split on whether to take on safety net programs, such as social security benefits. Some Democratic lawmakers say they are…

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Republicans introduce new idea for saving Social Security benefits

April 18, 2011 Three Republican senators have released a plan to save Social Security benefits without raising taxes. They said it would be beneficial to raise the retirement…

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Baby Boomers want Social Security benefits

January 31, 2011 Opinions about Social Security benefits vary across generations. Younger generations may believe it’s unfair that Social Security benefits will run out before they retire, even…

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What questions do you have about Social Security benefits?

January 3, 2011 Many retirees depend on Social Security benefits as part of their income, and Social Security reform is affecting how baby boomers will be saving their…

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Will Social Security benefits run out by 2037?

January 27, 2011 According to the Associated Press, new congressional projections show Social Security benefits running deficits until 2037. It’s predicted that Social Security benefits will run out…

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Retirees might make sacrifices when living on Social Security benefits

March 24, 2011 Retirees often have to cut back on expenses, especially if they’re living on Social Security benefits, FOX Business reports. Living solely on Social Security benefits…

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Report: The graying of society may cause full-blown crisis

According to The Washington Post, the aging of the human race has been faster than anyone could have imagined. As fertility rates have plunged globally, life spans have increased,…

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Social Security benefits will fluctuate between now and retirement

March 11, 2011 Every year the Social Security Administration sends an annual statement that shows what your Social Security benefits will be at retirement, the Chicago Tribune reports.…

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Taxes, retirement raise questions on Social Security benefits

March 21, 2011 Saving for retirement and collecting Social Security benefits can be confusing. Add taxes to the equation, and it gets really confusing. According to marketwatch.com, there…

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Recession prompts early collection of Social Security benefits

April 6, 2011 According to a blog on Forbes.com, 45% of current retirees reported they had left the work force before they planned to in order to collect…

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Report: The graying of society may cause full-blown crisis

According to The Washington Post, the aging of the human race has been faster than anyone could have imagined. As fertility rates have plunged globally, life spans have increased,…

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Parties try to find compromise for Social Security benefits

March 25, 2011 According to washingtonpost.com, Democrats are split on whether to take on safety net programs, such as social security benefits. Some Democratic lawmakers say they are…

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Politicians should look at all angles before changing Social Security benefits

April 12, 2011 Some believe the approach to solving issues around Social Security benefits is misguided. Political parties differ in their opinions as to what needs to be…

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Senators see various sides to Social Security

April 13, 2011 California senators see different sides to making changes to Social Security benefits. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein says everything should be on the table before changes…

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Raising retirement age may deny Social Security benefits to blue collar workers

April 15, 2011 Collecting Social Security benefits is not a guarantee. Those who work in blue collar jobs, where work is often physical, may not be able to…

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Republicans introduce new idea for saving Social Security benefits

April 18, 2011 Three Republican senators have released a plan to save Social Security benefits without raising taxes. They said it would be beneficial to raise the retirement…

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Waiting to get Social Security benefits may not be ideal

April 20, 2011 An opinion article on boston.com says people should wait as long as they can before claiming Social Security benefits. A person’s Social Security benefit increases…

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Are Couples Doing Enough Social Security Planning?

Most married couples in their sixties don’t know how to maximize their Social Security benefits and don’t know whether or not it’s appropriate to ask their financial planner…

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Reduction in government spending could affect Social Security

February 21, 2011 The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that cut funding by $60 billion, something that could affect Social Security benefits. Indiana Senator Richard…

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House Members Butt Heads Over Social Security’s Role in Debt Ceiling Talk

As potential cuts to Social Security remain on the table in the discussion about how to reduce the federal debt, members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee…

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Gov. Rick Perry Backtracking on Social Security Stance

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who recently joined the presidential race, once made no bones about his feelings toward the 76-year-old Social Security program, calling it “a crumbling monument…

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Columnist calls Social Security benefits ‘middle-class welfare’

March 7, 2011 Newsweek columnist Robert J. Samuelson was under fire for calling Social Security benefits “middle-class welfare.” The comment caused backlash from Newsweek readers all over the…

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California hit with Social Security scams

According to asianjournal.com, the latest telephone scam has targeted the Latino community in California in regards to Social Security. The Social Security Administration will never ask for your…

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Senate Finance Chairman Says Deficit Reduction Package Won’t Impact Social Security

May 11, 2011 The deficit reduction package that Congress is now hammering out won’t include cuts to Social Security, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. On Tuesday,…

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Senate majority leader won’t consider changes to Social Security benefits

March 18, 2011 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he’s not willing to consider changes to Social Security benefits for another 20 years, according to foxnews.com. He says…

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Report: Senior Citizens Have Lost 32 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000

A new report from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) analyzes the crooked correlation between cost-of-living for senior citizens and the yearly adjustments made by The Social Security Administration…

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Seniors benefit from Social Security

Social Security benefits serves as the main source of income for women 65 and older, according to a report from the Joint Economic Community. Half of elderly women…

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Social Security benefits may change for seniors after being moved to nursing home

April 7, 2011 Seniors who collect Social Security benefits may wonder how they might be affected should they have to go to a nursing home. According to seattletimes.com,…

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A New Study Asks: How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

In anticipation of the number of drivers over 70 tripling in the next 20 years, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently analyzed senior citizens…

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American Cities Urged to Prepare for ‘Silver Tsunami of Baby Boomers’

A new Associated Press article urges American cities to get ready for the elderly. And not the hobbling-with-a-cane elderly stereotype. This time there’s a new senior in town,…

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Social Security office alerts Wisconson residents of scam

February 28, 2011 A Social Security office in Wisconsin has alerted Social Security beneficiaries of a new phone scam, htrnews.com reports. The scammer tells the Social Security beneficiaries…

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Democrats plan to vote for $250 for Social Security beneficiaries

November 15, 2010 Democrats will vote to pay Social Security recipients $250 when they return to Washington. According to ewireinformer.com, Democrats have planned to vote for this bill…

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Social Security scam targets El Paso residents

December 3, 2010 According to lcsun-news.com, the Social Security office in El Paso is warning residents about a scam that involves phone calls telling people they are due…

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Social Security office alerts Wisconson residents of scam

February 28, 2011 A Social Security office in Wisconsin has alerted Social Security beneficiaries of a new phone scam, htrnews.com reports. The scammer tells the Social Security beneficiaries…

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Letter: Address Congress about Social Security benefits

January 4, 2011 A letter to the editor in the Appleton Post-Crescent encourages readers to write their legislator in regards to Social Security. The letter’s author believes it’s the…

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Study finds Latinos rely heavily on Social Security benefits

January 20, 2011 A study done in Colorado found that Latino residents rely more than other races on Social Security, according to publicboradcasting.net. A new group of Latino organizations is trying…

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Critics say president should have discussed Social Security reform

January 26, 2011 Critics of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address say he missed an opportunity to talk about Social Security reform, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution blogger…

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Man serves jail time for lying to Social Security

February 4, 2011 A man who lied to the Social Security Administration about his finances is facing jail time, according to the Associated Press. The man will serve…

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President to use principals to guide Social Security reform

February 16, 2011 According to a report from usnews.com, these are a few of the principals President Obama says will guide him in Social Security reform: • Any…

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Watchdog Group Calls Out Billionaire David Koch for Social Security Stand

May 6, 2011 On Wednesday, watchdog group Brave New Foundation released an inflammatory new viral video titled “Koch Brothers Exposed.” The eight-minute video juxtaposes footage of American businessman David…

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Senator Tom Coburn: Social Security Disability Is Being Used to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has waged a very public crack-down on the Social Security Administration’s disability program, saying in a new interview with The Oklahoman that he thinks…

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Kentucky sisters go to court to get Social Security cards

Two sisters, who live in the tiny enclave of Lily, Kentucky, close to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, will finally get Social Security numbers, according to the…

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Governor defends son’s Social Security benefits

Arizona’s governor says that she is troubled that her adult son’s mental illness is again in the news, reports The Republic. She had recently been told by her…

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Social Security employee confesses to fraud

A former Social Security employee was sentenced to six months of house arrest for selling Social Security numbers to a undercover federal agent, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel.…

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Court precedent may be set in-vitro fertilization case

When a child is conceived after his father's death, should his mother have a legal right to Social Security benefits? One Utah woman who gave birth to a baby…

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Delaware Office Rejects High Rate of Disability Claims

Why are Social Security Disability cases heard by Dover, Delaware, judges consistently denied at some of the highest rates in the country? DelmarvaNow.com asks. Not much has improved…

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SSA raids dead man’s account in Arizona

In Phoenix, Arizona, when a 79-year-old man passed away, his daughter discovered that the Social Security Administration (SSA) had taken almost $25,000 from his bank account, according to…

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No more checks in the mail!

Staring next year by March 2013, checks will no longer be issued and mailed to the millions of people who receive government benefits, reports RecordPub.com. This action is…

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Florida man collects dead mother’s Social Security

June 1, 2012 The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando said that a Brevard man was sentenced to four years in a federal prison for collecting nearly $160,000 from…

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Stalemate in Congress could doom SSDI

June 4, 2012 The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is now projected to run out of money by the year 2016, according to Myrtle Beach Online. That’s much…

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Supreme Court approves Affordable Care Act

July 2, 2012 The Affordable Care Act was passed by the United States Supreme Court Thursday in a 5-4 decision, reports the Tucson Citizen. The act requires almost everyone…

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Woman illegally receives SSDI benefits for 15 years

July 11, 2012 A 69-year-old woman of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was sentenced yesterday by a United States district judge to three years’ probation for her illegal receipt of more…

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New book on Social Security

July 25, 2012 The People’s Pension: the Struggle to Defend Social Security by Eric Laursen is a new book that discusses the top ten threats to America’s national…

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Online Social Security statements big success

August 10, 2012 In less than two months, one million people have gone online and created a My Social Security account to view their Social Security statements, reports Wausau…

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Minnesota man found guilty of Social Security fraud

August 24, 2012 In Hermantown, a suburb of Duluth, Minnesota, a 51-year-old man was charged with one count of theft of government funds. He was also charged with…

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82-year-old woman sentenced for Social Security fraud

September 14, 2012 In Montco, Pennsylvania, an 82-year-old Montgomery County resident was sentenced yesterday to six months home confinement and five-years of probation for illegally collecting $186,000 in…

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Connecticut man confesses to using fraudulent Social Security number

A Social Security number is required to get a job and collect Social Security benefits. To apply for a number and card, you must complete an application and…

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Brain tumor patient denied SSD

After her son died of a brain tumor at age 23, a woman received the following letter from the Social Security Administration addressed to him: "We're writing to…

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Employee and employer plead guilty to Social Security Disability fraud

This week a 61-year-old Philipsburg, Montana, man has pleaded guilty to Social Security Disability fraud, reports The Republic. Not only has the Philipsburg man pleaded guilty, but also his…

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Social Security numbers accidentally published in California

The State of California mistakenly published thousands of Social Security numbers on the internet last week, reports WDAM. Nearly 14,000 Social Security numbers belonging to Medi-Cal providers working for…

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Man sentenced for Social Security fraud

November 22, 2010 A man used his dead brother’s identity to collect Social Security benefits. According to columbian.com, the man will spend six months in prison and six…

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Editorial suggests Social Security reform is needed

December 28, 2010 According to an editorial from washingtonpost.com, Social Security reform is essential and achievable. President Barack Obama’s debt commission set out a plan that would cut…

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The Heritage Foundation comments on Social Security and Medicare

On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation released an "Index of Dependence on Government" report, according to Media Matters for America. The Heritage's report comments on important government programs such as…

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Age of retirement could increase, affect Social Security

Lawmakers are looking to increase retirement age to make up for the Social Security deficit. For the first time in two decades, there are more Social Security payouts…

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What questions do you have about Social Security benefits?

January 3, 2011 Many retirees depend on Social Security benefits as part of their income, and Social Security reform is affecting how baby boomers will be saving their…

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Social Security faces huge deficit

January 14, 2011 The Social Security deficit will be around $6 trillion over the next 75 years, according to FOX News. Thousands of Baby Boomers will be collecting…

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Couple faces charges for stealing Social Security benefits

February 8, 2011 A couple is facing charges for cashing a dead person’s Social Security benefit checks, FOX Carolina reports. The woman’s grandfather had died, and she and…

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Reduction in government spending could affect Social Security

February 21, 2011 The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that cut funding by $60 billion, something that could affect Social Security benefits. Indiana Senator Richard…

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Social Security beneficiaries will receive checks in event of government shutdown

March 1, 2011 As the possibility of government shutdown increases, more people are becoming concerned about their Social Security benefits being cut off. However, an article from news-press.com…

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New Rule Protects Disability and Social Security Funds from Garnishment

May 4, 2011 The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a new rule that took effect on Monday making it more difficult for creditors to garnish Social Security…

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Minnesota Man Accused of Social Security Disability Theft

A Perham, Minnesota, man allegedly lied to the Social Security Administration to illegally collection Social Security Disability benefits, reports the Detroit Lakes Tribune. A special agent discovered that…

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Portrait of US poverty not accurate

November 7, 2011 The New York Times reports that the official way of counting poverty is a historical artifact. It was created as a placeholder in 1963 until…

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Census Bureau releases its long-promised alternate measure of poverty

Alternative measures of poverty, quietly published in the past, have shown less poverty among children because of safety-net programs but more poverty among older Americans, who are often…

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US Senate unveils bill to prevent cases like the Pennsylvania basement captives

Legislation was unveiled Monday to close a Social Security loophole that enabled a woman to collect government assistance checks that belonged to a mentally disabled person locked in…

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The unemployed turn to Social Security Disability fund

As many jobless people exhaust their unemployment benefits, they are turning to the Social Security Disability (SSD) fund to survive, reports the Huffington Post. The number of people…

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Social Security numbers, personal information stolen in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Aging (DOA) warns customers that their personal information may be in jeopardy, according to KWCH News. A laptop computer, flash drive, and paper files…

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Social Security to resume statements for 60 and over, for 25 year-olds

The chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging announced Tuesday that Social Security benefits statements will again be sent out to selected age groups, according to The…

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Seniors Missing Out on Benefits

Millions of seniors in the United States are missing out on more than $20 billion in aid that could help pay for food, medicine, and heating, simply because…

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Beware: Fraud Extends to Tax Returns

Thieves have found ways to steal Social Security numbers and dates of birth, which are used to file bogus tax returns, reports Trib.com. The fake returns claim fraudulent deductions…

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Social Security numbers almost leaked

Copies of disks including records for 13 million Texas voters were handed over to the opposing lawyers in the Texas voter ID case, reports My San Antonio. Half…

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Online Social Security statements could be illegal

Saving $70 million annually in paper, printing, and postage, paper Social Security statements have been eliminated for most participating workers, but is going online legal? asks Reuters. This Social…

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May Is Disability Awareness Month

May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month, according to the Houston Chronicle. Most of you are probably aware of the value of health insurance or of life insurance, but…

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Children conceived after father’s death do not get SS benefits

The Supreme Court ruled that a man’s children who were conceived through artificial insemination after his death are not eligible for Social Security survivor benefits, reports the San…

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Vets’ disability pay may be judged by Justices

A disabled vet is asking the Supreme Court to consider whether states violate federal law when they allow divorce courts to count a veteran’s disability toward spousal support,…

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Social Security disability plot revealed

In Adrian, Michigan, three people were jailed after they lied and told police their friend’s gunshot wound was from a robbery, reports lenconnect.com. After the men dropped the robbery…

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NOSSCR launches campaign to defend SSDI

August 3, 2012 Wednesday was the 56th anniversary of the Social Security Act Disability Amendment.  With that act, the United States government made a commitment to provide every…

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Social Security historical shift

August 6, 2012 When Social Security was enacted in the 1930s, it was a better deal than it is today, reports CBS News. If you retired in the 1960s,…

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Nebraska brothers convicted in Social Security Disability fraud case

August 8, 2012 Two Nebraska brothers have been convicted in a federal court of conspiracy and theft in a case of Social Security fraud, reports WOWT News. Following a…

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Seven states awarded more than $20 million for disability employment initiative

September 21, 2012 The Disability Employment Initiative, which already supports 16 state projects, added seven more state grants yesterday to implement exemplary employment services for individuals with disabilities…

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Son steals father’s Social Security for almost three decades

A Fairfield, Connecticut, man was jailed for stealing more than $300,000 in Social Security payments, reports Fairfield Citizen. He has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for…

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Report distorts reality of SSD program

A September 12 report from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations identified problems with the Social Security Disability (SSD) program, but many of these problems are the result…

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Man convicted of receiving fraudulent Social Security Disability payments

Meeting your basic needs when you have little or no income can be a struggle, especially when you are trying to support your family or cope with a…

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Lawmaker accused of Social Security fraud

Yesterday a former Missouri lawmaker was indicted on charges of theft and Social Security fraud, reports the News Tribune. While still getting paid as a House member, the 65-year-old…

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Social Security Disability fast tracking

To address the chronic backlog of the Social Security Administration, the agency is working to streamline the application process. To ease the burden of debilitating conditions, the Social…

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“Ticket to Work” Helps SSI Recipients

December 21, 2012 Millions of Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits want to work, reports Picket News. Ticket to Work is a free, voluntary program that helps…

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Supreme Court hears cause on Social Security taxes

November 10, 2010 Full-time medical students are exempt from paying Social Security taxes, according to wsj.com. The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case on whether or not full-time…

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Social Security beneficiaries to receive checks via direct deposit

December 21, 2010 Social Security beneficiaries will start receiving their checks by direct deposit starting in May. According to CNN, eight of 10 Social Security recipients already has…

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Many confused about Social Security’s origins

February 18, 2011 Many are confused about this history of Social Security, and the purpose for which it was originally intended, FOX News reports. The creation of Social…

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Social Security Administration may face furlough

February 22, 2011 Officials with the Social Security Administration and union leaders plan to discuss what to do if the government shuts down if President Barack Obama and…

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Man believes Social Security System is fine the way it is

February 23, 2011 A man posted on a Post-Journal readers forum saying the Social Security System is still working just fine the way it is. He believes it’s a…

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Potential shutdown of Social Security Administration still leaves some anxious

February 25, 2011 Those concerned about the Social Security Administration shutting down may have several questions. In a Q&A published in wtop.com, a report addressed questions, such as…

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Raising retirement age may deny Social Security benefits to blue collar workers

April 15, 2011 Collecting Social Security benefits is not a guarantee. Those who work in blue collar jobs, where work is often physical, may not be able to…

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AARP Launches Campaign to Safeguard Social Security and Medicare

May 5, 2011 AARP kicked off a new, multi-million dollar campaign yesterday to protect retirees from potentially “detrimental” budget cuts to Social Security and Medicare. A recent AARP…

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Congress’s debate over payroll tax in limbo–part 1

Yet another polarizing debate over the economy, entitlements, taxes, and debts is underway. In the next few days, Congress will make a decision about the payroll tax, which…

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Congress debate over payroll tax in limbo–part 2

A ticking reminder--a countdown clock--for the looming tax increase is kept on the White House website, according to the Birmingham News. But it does not seem to be making…

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Social Security Disability benefits system to undergo a review in 2012

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has commissioned an independent review of the federal disability system, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Administrative Conference of the United States, which studies…

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North Carolina woman steals child’s best friend’s Social Security

Facing multiple felonies, a Fayetteville, North Carolina, woman is accused of signing and cashing her daughter's best friend's Social Security checks, reports WTVD News. The 43-year old woman…

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Private cloud storage considered by Social Security

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is seeking ideas on a new enterprise storage infrastructure to replace aging systems, reports Information Week. Private cloud is one option for a…

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Woman sentenced in Social Security thefts

March 9, 2012 After she was no longer entitled to the Social Security Disability money, a 51-year-old Hyannis woman illegally collected her children's Disability checks, according to the…

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AARP To Attend Social Security “Salon”

On Monday the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will kick off a national Social Security and Medicare "listening tour" called “You’re Earned a Say, and We’re Listening,”…

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Surfing Social Security online

As of May 1, the Social Security Administration has created a feature on its website that allows you to view your Social Security earnings and benefits online, according…

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Social Security Disability scam uncovered in Warren County, New Jersey

A New Jersey couple was sentenced Wednesday for a fraudulent Social Security Disability payment scheme, reports NJ.com. The 44-year-old man of Hackettstown, New Jersey, was sentenced to six months…

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SSA makes costly mistake

July 13, 2012 An oversight by the Social Security Administration (SSA) of not recording 1.2 million people’s names on a list called “Death Master File” may have caused…

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Philly council staffer charged with stealing Social Security checks

July 20, 2012 Beware if you have an elderly person in your family or know an elderly person who receives Social Security benefits, as they may need your…

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Workers with disabilities can help efficiency

July 30, 2012 Recently, America celebrated the 22 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. But even with the passage of this historical act, Americans with disabilities…

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Social Security Disability Insurance attorneys in demand more than ever

August 13, 2012 Today, about 85 percent of disability claimants who appeal denials to administrative law judges hire a lawyer to represent them.  That’s up from 20 percent…

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Social Security and student loans–an odd mix

August 17, 2012 The U.S. government is withholding money from Social Security recipients who stopped paying on federal student loans, reports NPR. While some retirees might be dealing with…

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Social Security benefits going paperless in 2013

September 5, 2012 Natural disasters, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac, show the fragility of the paper check system. After Katrina, tens of thousands of emergency payments had…

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North Carolina woman stole Social Security numbers to qualify for work

September 10, 2012 To be eligible for work, a Thomasville, North Carolina, woman is accused of using the Social Security numbers of two deceased women, reports My Fox 8.…

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Social Security disability claims backlogged

The Social Security Administration is so overwhelmed by disability claims that some officials are awarding benefits without adequately reviewing applications, congressional investigators say in a new report, according…

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Bank accused of discriminating against disabled

The U.S. Department of Justice accused the Bank of America Corp of violating federal laws by discriminating against mortgage applicants on the basis of disability, reports Huffington Post.…

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Man Held Captive for Social Security Disability Checks

Sept. 7, 2012 A 63-year-old disabled man was held captive and abused in a basement of a Southwest Philadelphia home for months by an acquaintance who stole his…

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Presidential candidates weigh in on Social Security system

When asked about Social Security during their first presidential debate, both President Obama and Mitt Romney gave brief, detail-free, and general answers, according to CNN Money. Regardless of who’s…

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Small Social Security increase in 2013

In 2012, seniors received a 3.6 percent Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) and a Medicare premium increase. In 2013, the Social Security COLA is expected to…

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South Carolina reveals massive data breach

After a server at South Carolina’s Department of Revenue was breached by an international hacker, 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers were…

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Maryland man receives SSD benefits after 9-year wait

While a man was lying in a hospital bed recovering from a recent heart procedure, he learned the Social Security Administration (SSA) would pay him more than $206,000…

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Hurricane Sandy means late checks for some Social Security recipients

Your Social Security or disability checks may be late this month if you live in New Jersey, New York, or Connecticut. This month the U.S. Postal Service was…

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SSDI, SSI recipients to see small COLA in 2013

The cost of living adjustment (COLA) increases that Social Security retirement recipients get are also applied to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits,…

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Social Security offices to close earlier

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is cutting public hours at its offices as a cost-saving measure. Starting November 19, Social Security offices will close 30 minutes early each…

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Disabled borrowers may be able to get their student loans forgiven

The Education Department (ED) enacted reforms recently on behalf of borrowers who become disabled, according to ProPublica. Under federal law, borrowers who develop severe and lasting disabilities are…

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Many Americans concerned about cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

According to the Huffington Post, election-day polls found that many Americans call cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security "unacceptable." A total of 15 senators have signed a letter…

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Social Security Commissioner Astrue Honored for Service

Michael J. Astrue was sworn in as Commissioner of Social Security on February 12, 2007, for a six-year term that expires on January 19, 2013. As commissioner, he focused…

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105-year-old has Social Security benefits cut off

November 24, 2010 A woman who turned 105 this year accidently had her Social Security benefits cut off, WINK News reports. The Social Security Administration thought she was…

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Woman creates false alias to collect Social Security Disability benefits

December 2, 2010 A woman in New Mexico has been accused of falsely applying for Social Security Disability benefits, according to newswest9.com. According to the Social Security Administration, she…

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Resources available for reporting Social Security benefits fraud

December 15, 2010 The holiday often bring threats of scams, including Social Security benefits fraud. Those who suspect someone is committing Social Security benefits fraud can report it…

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Man caught stealing Social Security benefits

December 20, 2010 A man is found guilty of stealing the identity of others to obtain Social Security benefits, KARE reports. The U.S. Department of State was notified…

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Mother seeks Social Security benefits for in-vitro children

January 7, 2011 A U.S. appeals court ruled that a New Jersey woman can seek Social Security benefits for twins conceived in vitro after her husband’s death, according…

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Social Security Administration stops visits to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket

January 13, 2011 The Social Security Administration has decided to stop visiting Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket regularly, and it may affect how people receive their Social Security benefits,…

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Man serves jail time for lying to Social Security

February 4, 2011 A man who lied to the Social Security Administration about his finances is facing jail time, according to the Associated Press. The man will serve…

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President to use principals to guide Social Security reform

February 16, 2011 According to a report from usnews.com, these are a few of the principals President Obama says will guide him in Social Security reform: • Any…

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Social Security Administration may face furlough

February 22, 2011 Officials with the Social Security Administration and union leaders plan to discuss what to do if the government shuts down if President Barack Obama and…

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Concerns about Social Security checks addressed in event of government shutdown

February 24, 2011 Concerns about Social Security benefits have been addressed in the event the Social Security Administration has to temporarily shut down, CNN Money reports. Because Social…

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Potential shutdown of Social Security Administration still leaves some anxious

February 25, 2011 Those concerned about the Social Security Administration shutting down may have several questions. In a Q&A published in wtop.com, a report addressed questions, such as…

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Social Security Administration encourages direct deposit

March 9, 2011 Those who receive Social Security benefits will have them direct deposited into  a bank or credit union account, or Direct Express debit MasterCard by March…

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Social Security benefits will fluctuate between now and retirement

March 11, 2011 Every year the Social Security Administration sends an annual statement that shows what your Social Security benefits will be at retirement, the Chicago Tribune reports.…

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Man steals more than $60,000 in Social Security benefits

April 5, 2011 A man is facing several charges for Social Security fraud, according to woio.com. The mall was indicted on charges of tampering with records, grand theft and…

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Social Security benefits may change for seniors after being moved to nursing home

April 7, 2011 Seniors who collect Social Security benefits may wonder how they might be affected should they have to go to a nursing home. According to seattletimes.com,…

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Social Security earnings statements will no longer be mailed out

April 8, 2011 Social Security earnings statements will no longer be mailed in an effort to save money, according to thirdage.com. This is not an issue related to…

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Raising retirement age may deny Social Security benefits to blue collar workers

April 15, 2011 Collecting Social Security benefits is not a guarantee. Those who work in blue collar jobs, where work is often physical, may not be able to…

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Social Security benefits to be received electronically for new applicants

April 26, 2011 It has been all over the news, but starting May 1, those applying for Social Security benefits will only be able to receive their benefits…

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Alabama Man Gets Probation After Spending Dead Mother’s Social Security Checks

May 10, 2011 A 58-year-old resident of Prichard, Alabama, received five years probation last week for illegally collecting $33,588 in Social Security monies after his mother died. The…

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Senate Finance Chairman Says Deficit Reduction Package Won’t Impact Social Security

May 11, 2011 The deficit reduction package that Congress is now hammering out won’t include cuts to Social Security, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. On Tuesday,…

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Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Brother’s Social Security Disability Payments

On Wednesday a Kansas City, Missouri, man plead guilty to aggravated identity theft and mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. Prosecutors say the man, aged…

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Tucson Brothers Plead Guilty to Social Security Fraud

A pair of Tucson, Arizona, brothers plead guilty this week to Conspiracy, Mail Fraud, and Conversion of Social Security Payee Funds for orchestrating a $1.3 million embezzlement scheme…

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Judge Being Investigated for High Rate of Approval on Social Security Disability Appeals

After a Wall Street Journal exposé on the high rate at which administrative law judge David B. Daugherty approves Social Security Disability appeals claims, the U.S. Social Security Administration…

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Social Security Administration May Add Videoconferencing to Website

The Social Security Administration is considering adding videoconferencing to its website to assist seniors who have inquiries about their Social Security or Social Security Disability benefits, said an…

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Senator Tom Coburn: Social Security Disability Is Being Used to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has waged a very public crack-down on the Social Security Administration’s disability program, saying in a new interview with The Oklahoman that he thinks…

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Minnesota Man Accused of Social Security Disability Theft

A Perham, Minnesota, man allegedly lied to the Social Security Administration to illegally collection Social Security Disability benefits, reports the Detroit Lakes Tribune. A special agent discovered that…

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Social Security Administration Accidentally ‘Kills’ 14,000 Americans Each Year

The United States government inadvertently places an estimated 14,000 living people in the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File each year, according to Memphis’s The Commerical Appeal. The…

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Social Security Judge Retires As Investigation of Work Record Continues

An administrative law judge from Huntington, West Virginia—David B. Daugherty—has announced his retirement as multiple investigations into his work record continue. Daugherty, 75, came under fire in May when…

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Budget Cuts Mean Social Security Field Offices Will Close a Half-Hour Early

Congressional budget cuts are forcing the Social Security Administration to reduce its public hours. Beginning August 15, 2011, Social Security field offices across the country will close to…

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Social Security Administration Struggles to Collect $5.4 Billion Overpaid to Disabled Workers

Last month it was revealed that the Social Security Administration overpaid approximately $5.4 billion in benefits to disabled workers in 2009; this week the United States Government Accountability…

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Deficit Reduction Deal Could Bring More Social Security Disability Reviews

The deficit reduction deal passed earlier this week could mean that the Social Security Administration will put a higher priority on reviewing recipients of disability payments and supplemental…

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What to Do if the Social Security Administration Lists You As Dead

Considering the fact that each year the Social Security Administration lists an average of 14,000 Americans as dead who are very much alive, it’s good to know what…

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Raising retirement age may deny Social Security benefits to blue collar workers

April 15, 2011 Collecting Social Security benefits is not a guarantee. Those who work in blue collar jobs, where work is often physical, may not be able to…

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Social Security beneficiaries will receive checks in event of government shutdown

March 1, 2011 As the possibility of government shutdown increases, more people are becoming concerned about their Social Security benefits being cut off. However, an article from news-press.com…

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Raising retirement age may deny Social Security benefits to blue collar workers

April 15, 2011 Collecting Social Security benefits is not a guarantee. Those who work in blue collar jobs, where work is often physical, may not be able to…

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Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Dead Grandfather’s Social Security Benefits for 27 Years

May 9, 2011 On Friday, an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, man entered a guilty plea in federal court for making false statements and stealing 27 years worth of Social…

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Senator Questions Why ‘Adult Baby’ Receives Social Security Disability Checks

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has asked the Social Security Administration to investigate why a 30-year-old man and his roommate are receiving Supplemental Social Security Income benefits. The two…

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Judge Being Investigated for High Rate of Approval on Social Security Disability Appeals

After a Wall Street Journal exposé on the high rate at which administrative law judge David B. Daugherty approves Social Security Disability appeals claims, the U.S. Social Security Administration…

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Social Security Administration May Add Videoconferencing to Website

The Social Security Administration is considering adding videoconferencing to its website to assist seniors who have inquiries about their Social Security or Social Security Disability benefits, said an…

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3 Ways Your Social Security Benefits Are Already Being Cut

Though the debate about whether or not to cut Social Security spending is consuming many a politician these days, a new article from The Wall Street Journal points…

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House Members Butt Heads Over Social Security’s Role in Debt Ceiling Talk

As potential cuts to Social Security remain on the table in the discussion about how to reduce the federal debt, members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee…

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American Cities Urged to Prepare for ‘Silver Tsunami of Baby Boomers’

A new Associated Press article urges American cities to get ready for the elderly. And not the hobbling-with-a-cane elderly stereotype. This time there’s a new senior in town,…

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Obama: ‘I Cannot Guarantee That Social Security Checks Will Go Out’ Next Month

Retired and disabled citizens of the United States are sweating collective bullets right about now as the clock ticks down on Congress’s federal deficit negotiations. In a new…

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Chained CPI Formula Would Rip Off Needy Seniors, Says L.A. Times

A new Los Angeles Times editorial makes no bones about its opposition to a proposed change to the way inflation is calculated for Social Security beneficiaries. “Of all…

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Social Security Administration Accidentally ‘Kills’ 14,000 Americans Each Year

The United States government inadvertently places an estimated 14,000 living people in the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File each year, according to Memphis’s The Commerical Appeal. The…

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The ‘Gang of Six’ on Social Security and The Federal Deficit

Have you heard of the “Gang of Six” yet? It’s a group of six bipartisan senators who have outlined a plan to cut the federal deficit by $3.7…

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Budget Cuts Mean Social Security Field Offices Will Close a Half-Hour Early

Congressional budget cuts are forcing the Social Security Administration to reduce its public hours. Beginning August 15, 2011, Social Security field offices across the country will close to…

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Debt Deal Protects Social Security for Now

The last-minute debt ceiling deal agreed upon by the House on Sunday, July 31, won’t affect Social Security. CNN reports that the deal won’t touch the program, despite…

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Governor Tim Pawlenty Suggests Raising the Social Security Retirement Age

Minnesota governor and GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty suggests that the best way to deal with the prospect of the Social Security Administration running out of funds sometime…

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What to Do if the Social Security Administration Lists You As Dead

Considering the fact that each year the Social Security Administration lists an average of 14,000 Americans as dead who are very much alive, it’s good to know what…

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Social Security Administration Told to Improve Online Services

A federal auditor has suggested that the Social Security Administration focus more attention on its online offerings, as more and more beneficiaries now turn to the Internet to…

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The Average Person Now Retires Later, Says Report

Americans are now retiring at older ages than they were in the mid-’90s, according to analysis of Census Bureau data by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston…

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Gov. Rick Perry Backtracking on Social Security Stance

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who recently joined the presidential race, once made no bones about his feelings toward the 76-year-old Social Security program, calling it “a crumbling monument…

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Hackers Stole Social Security Numbers from 43,000 Yale Staff and Students

Hackers accessed a reported 43,000 Social Security numbers through an unprotected Google FTP server, according to Gizmodo.com. These numbers belonged to faculty, staff, students, and alumni whose information…

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IRS Issues Warning About Social Security Scam

Midwest residents need to be on the lookout for a potential Social Security scam that promises a large tax return but that actually threatens to steal your identity.…

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Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Fraud

Today an Avondale, Louisiana, woman plead guilty to stealing more than $70,000 in disability payments from the Social Security Administration. The 48-year-old woman admitted to U.S. District Judge…

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Rate of Non-Elderly Mental Health Disability in the U.S. Rises

Non-elderly Americans are reporting more mental health disabilities now than they did in 1997—especially those who already suffer from other chronic conditions. This finding comes from a new…

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‘Adult Baby’ Will Continue to Get Social Security Checks

The California man who playacts as an “adult baby” has been cleared of wrongdoing by the Social Security Administration and will continue to receive Supplemental Social Security Income…

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Disabled People ‘Walking Targets’ for Social Security Fraud, Says Advocate

Last week brought disturbing news about the Philadelphia arrests of four people who were imprisoning four mentally disabled people in a basement crawl space in order to cash…

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Report: The graying of society may cause full-blown crisis

According to The Washington Post, the aging of the human race has been faster than anyone could have imagined. As fertility rates have plunged globally, life spans have increased,…

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Portrait of US poverty not accurate

November 7, 2011 The New York Times reports that the official way of counting poverty is a historical artifact. It was created as a placeholder in 1963 until…

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Census Bureau releases its long-promised alternate measure of poverty

Alternative measures of poverty, quietly published in the past, have shown less poverty among children because of safety-net programs but more poverty among older Americans, who are often…

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Kentucky sisters go to court to get Social Security cards

Two sisters, who live in the tiny enclave of Lily, Kentucky, close to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, will finally get Social Security numbers, according to the…

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US Senate unveils bill to prevent cases like the Pennsylvania basement captives

Legislation was unveiled Monday to close a Social Security loophole that enabled a woman to collect government assistance checks that belonged to a mentally disabled person locked in…

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Governor defends son’s Social Security benefits

Arizona’s governor says that she is troubled that her adult son’s mental illness is again in the news, reports The Republic. She had recently been told by her…

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Congress’s debate over payroll tax in limbo–part 1

Yet another polarizing debate over the economy, entitlements, taxes, and debts is underway. In the next few days, Congress will make a decision about the payroll tax, which…

Read More

Congress debate over payroll tax in limbo–part 2

A ticking reminder--a countdown clock--for the looming tax increase is kept on the White House website, according to the Birmingham News. But it does not seem to be making…

Read More

Social Security Disability benefits system to undergo a review in 2012

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has commissioned an independent review of the federal disability system, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Administrative Conference of the United States, which studies…

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The unemployed turn to Social Security Disability fund

As many jobless people exhaust their unemployment benefits, they are turning to the Social Security Disability (SSD) fund to survive, reports the Huffington Post. The number of people…

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Social Security employee confesses to fraud

A former Social Security employee was sentenced to six months of house arrest for selling Social Security numbers to a undercover federal agent, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel.…

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Private cloud storage considered by Social Security

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is seeking ideas on a new enterprise storage infrastructure to replace aging systems, reports Information Week. Private cloud is one option for a…

Read More

Social Security numbers, personal information stolen in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Aging (DOA) warns customers that their personal information may be in jeopardy, according to KWCH News. A laptop computer, flash drive, and paper files…

Read More

Social Security to resume statements for 60 and over, for 25 year-olds

The chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging announced Tuesday that Social Security benefits statements will again be sent out to selected age groups, according to The…

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North Carolina woman steals child’s best friend’s Social Security

Facing multiple felonies, a Fayetteville, North Carolina, woman is accused of signing and cashing her daughter's best friend's Social Security checks, reports WTVD News. The 43-year old woman…

Read More

Court precedent may be set in-vitro fertilization case

When a child is conceived after his father's death, should his mother have a legal right to Social Security benefits? One Utah woman who gave birth to a baby…

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The Heritage Foundation comments on Social Security and Medicare

On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation released an "Index of Dependence on Government" report, according to Media Matters for America. The Heritage's report comments on important government programs such as…

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Seniors Missing Out on Benefits

Millions of seniors in the United States are missing out on more than $20 billion in aid that could help pay for food, medicine, and heating, simply because…

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Delaware Office Rejects High Rate of Disability Claims

Why are Social Security Disability cases heard by Dover, Delaware, judges consistently denied at some of the highest rates in the country? DelmarvaNow.com asks. Not much has improved…

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Woman sentenced in Social Security thefts

March 9, 2012 After she was no longer entitled to the Social Security Disability money, a 51-year-old Hyannis woman illegally collected her children's Disability checks, according to the…

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AARP To Attend Social Security “Salon”

On Monday the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will kick off a national Social Security and Medicare "listening tour" called “You’re Earned a Say, and We’re Listening,”…

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SSA raids dead man’s account in Arizona

In Phoenix, Arizona, when a 79-year-old man passed away, his daughter discovered that the Social Security Administration (SSA) had taken almost $25,000 from his bank account, according to…

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Beware: Fraud Extends to Tax Returns

Thieves have found ways to steal Social Security numbers and dates of birth, which are used to file bogus tax returns, reports Trib.com. The fake returns claim fraudulent deductions…

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No more checks in the mail!

Staring next year by March 2013, checks will no longer be issued and mailed to the millions of people who receive government benefits, reports RecordPub.com. This action is…

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Social Security numbers almost leaked

Copies of disks including records for 13 million Texas voters were handed over to the opposing lawyers in the Texas voter ID case, reports My San Antonio. Half…

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Online Social Security statements could be illegal

Saving $70 million annually in paper, printing, and postage, paper Social Security statements have been eliminated for most participating workers, but is going online legal? asks Reuters. This Social…

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Surfing Social Security online

As of May 1, the Social Security Administration has created a feature on its website that allows you to view your Social Security earnings and benefits online, according…

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May Is Disability Awareness Month

May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month, according to the Houston Chronicle. Most of you are probably aware of the value of health insurance or of life insurance, but…

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Children conceived after father’s death do not get SS benefits

The Supreme Court ruled that a man’s children who were conceived through artificial insemination after his death are not eligible for Social Security survivor benefits, reports the San…

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Vets’ disability pay may be judged by Justices

A disabled vet is asking the Supreme Court to consider whether states violate federal law when they allow divorce courts to count a veteran’s disability toward spousal support,…

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Florida man collects dead mother’s Social Security

June 1, 2012 The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando said that a Brevard man was sentenced to four years in a federal prison for collecting nearly $160,000 from…

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Stalemate in Congress could doom SSDI

June 4, 2012 The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is now projected to run out of money by the year 2016, according to Myrtle Beach Online. That’s much…

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Social Security Disability scam uncovered in Warren County, New Jersey

A New Jersey couple was sentenced Wednesday for a fraudulent Social Security Disability payment scheme, reports NJ.com. The 44-year-old man of Hackettstown, New Jersey, was sentenced to six months…

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Social Security disability plot revealed

In Adrian, Michigan, three people were jailed after they lied and told police their friend’s gunshot wound was from a robbery, reports lenconnect.com. After the men dropped the robbery…

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Supreme Court approves Affordable Care Act

July 2, 2012 The Affordable Care Act was passed by the United States Supreme Court Thursday in a 5-4 decision, reports the Tucson Citizen. The act requires almost everyone…

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Woman illegally receives SSDI benefits for 15 years

July 11, 2012 A 69-year-old woman of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was sentenced yesterday by a United States district judge to three years’ probation for her illegal receipt of more…

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SSA makes costly mistake

July 13, 2012 An oversight by the Social Security Administration (SSA) of not recording 1.2 million people’s names on a list called “Death Master File” may have caused…

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Philly council staffer charged with stealing Social Security checks

July 20, 2012 Beware if you have an elderly person in your family or know an elderly person who receives Social Security benefits, as they may need your…

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New book on Social Security

July 25, 2012 The People’s Pension: the Struggle to Defend Social Security by Eric Laursen is a new book that discusses the top ten threats to America’s national…

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Workers with disabilities can help efficiency

July 30, 2012 Recently, America celebrated the 22 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. But even with the passage of this historical act, Americans with disabilities…

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NOSSCR launches campaign to defend SSDI

August 3, 2012 Wednesday was the 56th anniversary of the Social Security Act Disability Amendment.  With that act, the United States government made a commitment to provide every…

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Social Security historical shift

August 6, 2012 When Social Security was enacted in the 1930s, it was a better deal than it is today, reports CBS News. If you retired in the 1960s,…

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Nebraska brothers convicted in Social Security Disability fraud case

August 8, 2012 Two Nebraska brothers have been convicted in a federal court of conspiracy and theft in a case of Social Security fraud, reports WOWT News. Following a…

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Online Social Security statements big success

August 10, 2012 In less than two months, one million people have gone online and created a My Social Security account to view their Social Security statements, reports Wausau…

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Social Security Disability Insurance attorneys in demand more than ever

August 13, 2012 Today, about 85 percent of disability claimants who appeal denials to administrative law judges hire a lawyer to represent them.  That’s up from 20 percent…

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Social Security and student loans–an odd mix

August 17, 2012 The U.S. government is withholding money from Social Security recipients who stopped paying on federal student loans, reports NPR. While some retirees might be dealing with…

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Minnesota man found guilty of Social Security fraud

August 24, 2012 In Hermantown, a suburb of Duluth, Minnesota, a 51-year-old man was charged with one count of theft of government funds. He was also charged with…

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Social Security benefits going paperless in 2013

September 5, 2012 Natural disasters, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac, show the fragility of the paper check system. After Katrina, tens of thousands of emergency payments had…

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Man Held Captive for Social Security Disability Checks

Sept. 7, 2012 A 63-year-old disabled man was held captive and abused in a basement of a Southwest Philadelphia home for months by an acquaintance who stole his…

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North Carolina woman stole Social Security numbers to qualify for work

September 10, 2012 To be eligible for work, a Thomasville, North Carolina, woman is accused of using the Social Security numbers of two deceased women, reports My Fox 8.…

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82-year-old woman sentenced for Social Security fraud

September 14, 2012 In Montco, Pennsylvania, an 82-year-old Montgomery County resident was sentenced yesterday to six months home confinement and five-years of probation for illegally collecting $186,000 in…

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Social Security disability claims backlogged

The Social Security Administration is so overwhelmed by disability claims that some officials are awarding benefits without adequately reviewing applications, congressional investigators say in a new report, according…

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Bank accused of discriminating against disabled

The U.S. Department of Justice accused the Bank of America Corp of violating federal laws by discriminating against mortgage applicants on the basis of disability, reports Huffington Post.…

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Seven states awarded more than $20 million for disability employment initiative

September 21, 2012 The Disability Employment Initiative, which already supports 16 state projects, added seven more state grants yesterday to implement exemplary employment services for individuals with disabilities…

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Son steals father’s Social Security for almost three decades

A Fairfield, Connecticut, man was jailed for stealing more than $300,000 in Social Security payments, reports Fairfield Citizen. He has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for…

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Report distorts reality of SSD program

A September 12 report from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations identified problems with the Social Security Disability (SSD) program, but many of these problems are the result…

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Connecticut man confesses to using fraudulent Social Security number

A Social Security number is required to get a job and collect Social Security benefits. To apply for a number and card, you must complete an application and…

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Man convicted of receiving fraudulent Social Security Disability payments

Meeting your basic needs when you have little or no income can be a struggle, especially when you are trying to support your family or cope with a…

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Presidential candidates weigh in on Social Security system

When asked about Social Security during their first presidential debate, both President Obama and Mitt Romney gave brief, detail-free, and general answers, according to CNN Money. Regardless of who’s…

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Small Social Security increase in 2013

In 2012, seniors received a 3.6 percent Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) and a Medicare premium increase. In 2013, the Social Security COLA is expected to…

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Brain tumor patient denied SSD

After her son died of a brain tumor at age 23, a woman received the following letter from the Social Security Administration addressed to him: "We're writing to…

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South Carolina reveals massive data breach

After a server at South Carolina’s Department of Revenue was breached by an international hacker, 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers were…

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Maryland man receives SSD benefits after 9-year wait

While a man was lying in a hospital bed recovering from a recent heart procedure, he learned the Social Security Administration (SSA) would pay him more than $206,000…

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Hurricane Sandy means late checks for some Social Security recipients

Your Social Security or disability checks may be late this month if you live in New Jersey, New York, or Connecticut. This month the U.S. Postal Service was…

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SSDI, SSI recipients to see small COLA in 2013

The cost of living adjustment (COLA) increases that Social Security retirement recipients get are also applied to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits,…

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Social Security offices to close earlier

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is cutting public hours at its offices as a cost-saving measure. Starting November 19, Social Security offices will close 30 minutes early each…

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Disabled borrowers may be able to get their student loans forgiven

The Education Department (ED) enacted reforms recently on behalf of borrowers who become disabled, according to ProPublica. Under federal law, borrowers who develop severe and lasting disabilities are…

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Many Americans concerned about cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

According to the Huffington Post, election-day polls found that many Americans call cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security "unacceptable." A total of 15 senators have signed a letter…

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Employee and employer plead guilty to Social Security Disability fraud

This week a 61-year-old Philipsburg, Montana, man has pleaded guilty to Social Security Disability fraud, reports The Republic. Not only has the Philipsburg man pleaded guilty, but also his…

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Lawmaker accused of Social Security fraud

Yesterday a former Missouri lawmaker was indicted on charges of theft and Social Security fraud, reports the News Tribune. While still getting paid as a House member, the 65-year-old…

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Social Security Disability fast tracking

To address the chronic backlog of the Social Security Administration, the agency is working to streamline the application process. To ease the burden of debilitating conditions, the Social…

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Social Security numbers accidentally published in California

The State of California mistakenly published thousands of Social Security numbers on the internet last week, reports WDAM. Nearly 14,000 Social Security numbers belonging to Medi-Cal providers working for…

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Social Security Commissioner Astrue Honored for Service

Michael J. Astrue was sworn in as Commissioner of Social Security on February 12, 2007, for a six-year term that expires on January 19, 2013. As commissioner, he focused…

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“Ticket to Work” Helps SSI Recipients

December 21, 2012 Millions of Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits want to work, reports Picket News. Ticket to Work is a free, voluntary program that helps…

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How to Get Social Security Benefits from an Ex-Spouse

An article published today on CBSMoneyWatch.com addresses how to access additional Social Security monies based on the earnings of an ex-husband or ex-wife. CBS financial blogger Steve Vernon…

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Federal Prosecutors Nab 9 Kent, WA, Residents for Elaborate Disability Scam

Nine auto-dealers from Kent, Washington, were arrested Friday on charges of fraud and theft after allegedly scamming the Social Security Administration out of more than $700,000. The accused,…

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Alabama Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Disability Fraud

The jig is up for a Birmingham, Alabama, woman who falsely applied for and collected Social Security Disability payments for nine years using her former daughter-in-law’s name and…

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Social Security office alerts Wisconson residents of scam

February 28, 2011 A Social Security office in Wisconsin has alerted Social Security beneficiaries of a new phone scam, htrnews.com reports. The scammer tells the Social Security beneficiaries…

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Congress oppresses stimulus check for Social Security beneficiaries

December 9, 2010 A proposal to grant Social Security beneficiaries a one-time payment of $250 was shut down by Congress. According to the Los Angeles Times, the one-time…

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105-year-old has Social Security benefits cut off

November 24, 2010 A woman who turned 105 this year accidently had her Social Security benefits cut off, WINK News reports. The Social Security Administration thought she was…

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Social Security scam targets El Paso residents

December 3, 2010 According to lcsun-news.com, the Social Security office in El Paso is warning residents about a scam that involves phone calls telling people they are due…

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Woman stole Social Security benefits from child

December 7, 2010 A woman in Texas has been indicted for stealing her child’s identity and Social Security benefits, according to newschannel10.com. Investigators believe the Texas woman stole…

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Oklahoma man steals dead mother’s Social Security benefits

December 10, 2010 An Oklahoma man has confessed to stealing more than $96,000 in Social Security benefits from his dead mother, according to Tulsa World. The man has…

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Editorial: Payroll tax decrease could threaten Social Security benefits

December 14, 2010 A Kansas City Star editorial suggest if Congress approves a lower payroll tax, the it would be the end of Social Security benefits. According to…

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Resources available for reporting Social Security benefits fraud

December 15, 2010 The holiday often bring threats of scams, including Social Security benefits fraud. Those who suspect someone is committing Social Security benefits fraud can report it…

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Man caught stealing Social Security benefits

December 20, 2010 A man is found guilty of stealing the identity of others to obtain Social Security benefits, KARE reports. The U.S. Department of State was notified…

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What questions do you have about Social Security benefits?

January 3, 2011 Many retirees depend on Social Security benefits as part of their income, and Social Security reform is affecting how baby boomers will be saving their…

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Letter: Address Congress about Social Security benefits

January 4, 2011 A letter to the editor in the Appleton Post-Crescent encourages readers to write their legislator in regards to Social Security. The letter’s author believes it’s the…

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Group fears secret changes to Social Security benefits

January 5, 2010 An advocate group fears that President Barack Obama and Republicans could make secret deals in regards to Social Security benefits, the Daily Kos reports. According…

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Government answers questions about Social Security benefits

January 6, 2011 Talking about cuts to Social Security is a hot, sensitive topic right now. New bills being introduced to Congress in regards to Social Security benefits…

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Mother seeks Social Security benefits for in-vitro children

January 7, 2011 A U.S. appeals court ruled that a New Jersey woman can seek Social Security benefits for twins conceived in vitro after her husband’s death, according…

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Will Obama address Social Security cuts in State of the Union Address?

January 10, 2011 An editorial on huffingtonpost.com suggest that President Barack Obama will be addressing Social Security benefits and the national deficit in his State of the Union…

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Man threatens senator’s staff over Social Security benefits

January 11, 2011 A man in Colorado called and made threats to U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s staff to complain about his Social Security benefits, bloomberg.com reports. The man…

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Social Security benefits judges face threats

January 11, 2011 Social Security benefits judges often receive threats, but those threats may be taken more seriously since the assassination attempt of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, The…

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Social Security Administration stops visits to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket

January 13, 2011 The Social Security Administration has decided to stop visiting Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket regularly, and it may affect how people receive their Social Security benefits,…

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Social Security faces huge deficit

January 14, 2011 The Social Security deficit will be around $6 trillion over the next 75 years, according to FOX News. Thousands of Baby Boomers will be collecting…

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Study finds Latinos rely heavily on Social Security benefits

January 20, 2011 A study done in Colorado found that Latino residents rely more than other races on Social Security, according to publicboradcasting.net. A new group of Latino organizations is trying…

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Americans don’t have confidence in leadership with Social Security’s future

January 21, 2011 When it comes to the future of Social Security benefits, Americans have concerns, especially with being future retirees. According to a poll on huffingtonpost.com, Americans…

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Widows, widowers often need help with Social Security benefits

January 25, 2011 Widows and widowers are often confused about their eligibility for Social Security benefits, The Star Ledger reports. Whether or not you’re eligible for Social Security…

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Will Social Security benefits run out by 2037?

January 27, 2011 According to the Associated Press, new congressional projections show Social Security benefits running deficits until 2037. It’s predicted that Social Security benefits will run out…

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Woman pleads guilty to Social Security fraud

January 28, 2011 A woman pleaded guilty to fraud for stealing Social Security benefits. According to amarillo.com, the woman lied to receive Social Security Disability benefits for her…

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Baby Boomers want Social Security benefits

January 31, 2011 Opinions about Social Security benefits vary across generations. Younger generations may believe it’s unfair that Social Security benefits will run out before they retire, even…

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Writer believes Social Security benefits won’t go bankrupt

February 1, 2011 In a letter to the editor about Social Security benefits in The Las Vegas Sun, one man says Social Security is not bankrupt and there…

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Seniors are seeing decreases in their Social Secuity benefits

February 2, 2011 According to a new survey on PR Newswire, seniors are receiving lower Social Security benefits checks. Some are receiving at least $50 less per month…

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Electronic switch to receiving Social Security benefits raises concerns

February 7, 2011 Those receiving Social Security benefits will expected to switch to receiving their payments through direct deposit or be issued a debit card, AnnArbor.com reports. The…

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Couple faces charges for stealing Social Security benefits

February 8, 2011 A couple is facing charges for cashing a dead person’s Social Security benefit checks, FOX Carolina reports. The woman’s grandfather had died, and she and…

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Social Security benefits may be garnished under few circumstances

February 8, 2011 A letter to foxbusiness.com asks if Social Security benefits can be garnished. Social Security benefits cannot be garnished unless debt incurred is for child or…

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President asks for financial compromise with Social Security benefits

February 15, 2011 President Barack Obama said in a speech earlier this week that Congress must find a way to compromise a budget that includes adjustments to Social…

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President to use principals to guide Social Security reform

February 16, 2011 According to a report from usnews.com, these are a few of the principals President Obama says will guide him in Social Security reform: • Any…

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Study: Changes to Social Security benefits may improve health

February 17, 2011 According to a new study published in the Journal of Public Health Policy, Americans over the age of 65 experienced lower mortality rates in the…

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Reduction in government spending could affect Social Security

February 21, 2011 The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that cut funding by $60 billion, something that could affect Social Security benefits. Indiana Senator Richard…

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Potential shutdown of Social Security Administration still leaves some anxious

February 25, 2011 Those concerned about the Social Security Administration shutting down may have several questions. In a Q&A published in wtop.com, a report addressed questions, such as…

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Social Security beneficiaries will receive checks in event of government shutdown

March 1, 2011 As the possibility of government shutdown increases, more people are becoming concerned about their Social Security benefits being cut off. However, an article from news-press.com…

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Democrats fight to prevent Social Security benefits cuts

March 2. 2011 A group of U.S. senators is trying to protect cuts against Social Security benefits, according to thehill.com. Nine senators, eight of whom are Democrats, have…

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Social Security cuts prompt protests in 31 states

March 3, 2011 Republicans are posing a $1.7 billion cut to Social Security, promoting agency employees and Social Security beneficiaries to protest in 31 states, People's World reports.…

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Columnist calls Social Security benefits ‘middle-class welfare’

March 7, 2011 Newsweek columnist Robert J. Samuelson was under fire for calling Social Security benefits “middle-class welfare.” The comment caused backlash from Newsweek readers all over the…

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Those who collect Social Security benefits may not consider possibility of divorce

March 8, 2011 According to latimes.com, few people consider divorce when they think about their incomes dependent on Social Security benefits. Divorced people often make costly errors because…

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Social Security Administration encourages direct deposit

March 9, 2011 Those who receive Social Security benefits will have them direct deposited into  a bank or credit union account, or Direct Express debit MasterCard by March…

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Orange County pastor pleads guilty for Social Security fraud

March 10, 2011 An Orange County pastor has pleaded guilty to fraudulent receipt of Social Security benefits, according to cbs19.com. The pastor was receiving Social Security benefits since…

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Social Security benefits will fluctuate between now and retirement

March 11, 2011 Every year the Social Security Administration sends an annual statement that shows what your Social Security benefits will be at retirement, the Chicago Tribune reports.…

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Obama advisers split on Social Security benefits

March 15, 2011 Social Security reform is pulling President Barack Obama economic and political advisers in different directions, The Hill reports. The economic team is pressuring President Obama…

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Man goes to prison for Social Security benefits fraud

March 16, 2011 A man who stole Social Security benefits is looking at several years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines, Central Valley Business Times reports.…

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Poll: Most would rather see cuts in Social Security benefits than state budgets

March 17, 2011 A recent poll shows more Americans would rather see cuts in Social Security benefits than seeing cuts to state budgets, ABC News reports. Those who…

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Senate majority leader won’t consider changes to Social Security benefits

March 18, 2011 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he’s not willing to consider changes to Social Security benefits for another 20 years, according to foxnews.com. He says…

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Taxes, retirement raise questions on Social Security benefits

March 21, 2011 Saving for retirement and collecting Social Security benefits can be confusing. Add taxes to the equation, and it gets really confusing. According to marketwatch.com, there…

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Focus needs to stay on Social Security benefits

March 22, 2011 In a commentary on dailyrecord.com, one man believes the focus needs to be on Social Security benefits for those who live in New Jersey. According…

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Retirees might make sacrifices when living on Social Security benefits

March 24, 2011 Retirees often have to cut back on expenses, especially if they’re living on Social Security benefits, FOX Business reports. Living solely on Social Security benefits…

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Woman conceals mother’s body to receive Social Security benefits

March 24, 2011 A woman whose mother’s body was found in a house faces Social Security fraud charges. The woman concealed her mother’s death to continue to receive…

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Parties try to find compromise for Social Security benefits

March 25, 2011 According to washingtonpost.com, Democrats are split on whether to take on safety net programs, such as social security benefits. Some Democratic lawmakers say they are…

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Do you know when to start collecting Social Security?

March 28, 2011 One of the hardest questions for a future retiree is deciding when to retire and collect Social Security benefits. With so much to consider, how…

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Future retirees need to know how to maximize Social Security benefits

April 4, 2011 Foxbusiness.com has provided a chart to help retirees figure out the best way to file for Social Security benefits for yourself and your spouse. The…

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Man steals more than $60,000 in Social Security benefits

April 5, 2011 A man is facing several charges for Social Security fraud, according to woio.com. The mall was indicted on charges of tampering with records, grand theft and…

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Recession prompts early collection of Social Security benefits

April 6, 2011 According to a blog on Forbes.com, 45% of current retirees reported they had left the work force before they planned to in order to collect…

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Social Security benefits may change for seniors after being moved to nursing home

April 7, 2011 Seniors who collect Social Security benefits may wonder how they might be affected should they have to go to a nursing home. According to seattletimes.com,…

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Social Security earnings statements will no longer be mailed out

April 8, 2011 Social Security earnings statements will no longer be mailed in an effort to save money, according to thirdage.com. This is not an issue related to…

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Electronic deposit safest way to receive Social Security benefits

April 11, 2011 Receiving Social Security benefits electronically is said to be the safest way for one to receive his/her check, according to heraldbulletin.com. Why is it better…

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Politicians should look at all angles before changing Social Security benefits

April 12, 2011 Some believe the approach to solving issues around Social Security benefits is misguided. Political parties differ in their opinions as to what needs to be…

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Senators see various sides to Social Security

April 13, 2011 California senators see different sides to making changes to Social Security benefits. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein says everything should be on the table before changes…

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President Obama addresses Social Security benefits, national deficit

April 14, 2011 Many are concerned about the future of Social Security benefits as President Barack Obama addresses the national deficit. According to cbsnews.com, the president said Social…

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Raising retirement age may deny Social Security benefits to blue collar workers

April 15, 2011 Collecting Social Security benefits is not a guarantee. Those who work in blue collar jobs, where work is often physical, may not be able to…

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Republicans introduce new idea for saving Social Security benefits

April 18, 2011 Three Republican senators have released a plan to save Social Security benefits without raising taxes. They said it would be beneficial to raise the retirement…

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Waiting to get Social Security benefits may not be ideal

April 20, 2011 An opinion article on boston.com says people should wait as long as they can before claiming Social Security benefits. A person’s Social Security benefit increases…

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Do Social Security benefits really contribute to the national deficit?

April 21, 2011 Whether or not Social Security benefits contribute to national debt has been a big debate. According to huffingtonpost.com, eventually all the money the system has…

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Social Security benefits to be received electronically for new applicants

April 26, 2011 It has been all over the news, but starting May 1, those applying for Social Security benefits will only be able to receive their benefits…

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Seniors against Social Security benefits cuts protest in Connecticut

April 27, 2011 Seniors who are unhappy about cuts to Social Security benefits are protesting, according to 9wsyr.com. A “Don’t make us work til we die” rally was planned…

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Do you know where your taxes for Social Security benefits go?

April 29, 2011 A letter to the editor on mwherald.com says the government isn’t using payroll taxes to build the funds for retirement or Social Security benefits, but…

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Woman indicted on charges for Social Security benefits fraud

May 2, 2011 A woman has been indicted on charges for Social Security benefits fraud. The woman applied for and received Social Security survivor benefits for one of…

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Improvements to Social Security benefits, Medicare may ensure future for retirees

May 3, 2011 The potential changes being presented to Social Security benefits have caused anxiety for many Americans, especially those with plans to retire soon. Janet Witt, grassroots…

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New Rule Protects Disability and Social Security Funds from Garnishment

May 4, 2011 The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a new rule that took effect on Monday making it more difficult for creditors to garnish Social Security…

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AARP Launches Campaign to Safeguard Social Security and Medicare

May 5, 2011 AARP kicked off a new, multi-million dollar campaign yesterday to protect retirees from potentially “detrimental” budget cuts to Social Security and Medicare. A recent AARP…

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Watchdog Group Calls Out Billionaire David Koch for Social Security Stand

May 6, 2011 On Wednesday, watchdog group Brave New Foundation released an inflammatory new viral video titled “Koch Brothers Exposed.” The eight-minute video juxtaposes footage of American businessman David…

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Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Dead Grandfather’s Social Security Benefits for 27 Years

May 9, 2011 On Friday, an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, man entered a guilty plea in federal court for making false statements and stealing 27 years worth of Social…

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Alabama Man Gets Probation After Spending Dead Mother’s Social Security Checks

May 10, 2011 A 58-year-old resident of Prichard, Alabama, received five years probation last week for illegally collecting $33,588 in Social Security monies after his mother died. The…

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Senate Finance Chairman Says Deficit Reduction Package Won’t Impact Social Security

May 11, 2011 The deficit reduction package that Congress is now hammering out won’t include cuts to Social Security, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. On Tuesday,…

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Tucson Brothers Plead Guilty to Social Security Fraud

A pair of Tucson, Arizona, brothers plead guilty this week to Conspiracy, Mail Fraud, and Conversion of Social Security Payee Funds for orchestrating a $1.3 million embezzlement scheme…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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Report: Senior Citizens Have Lost 32 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000

A new report from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) analyzes the crooked correlation between cost-of-living for senior citizens and the yearly adjustments made by The Social Security Administration…

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A New Study Asks: How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

In anticipation of the number of drivers over 70 tripling in the next 20 years, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently analyzed senior citizens…

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Senator Tom Coburn: Social Security Disability Is Being Used to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has waged a very public crack-down on the Social Security Administration’s disability program, saying in a new interview with The Oklahoman that he thinks…

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Are Couples Doing Enough Social Security Planning?

Most married couples in their sixties don’t know how to maximize their Social Security benefits and don’t know whether or not it’s appropriate to ask their financial planner…

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Portrait of US poverty not accurate

November 7, 2011 The New York Times reports that the official way of counting poverty is a historical artifact. It was created as a placeholder in 1963 until…

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Census Bureau releases its long-promised alternate measure of poverty

Alternative measures of poverty, quietly published in the past, have shown less poverty among children because of safety-net programs but more poverty among older Americans, who are often…

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Kentucky sisters go to court to get Social Security cards

Two sisters, who live in the tiny enclave of Lily, Kentucky, close to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, will finally get Social Security numbers, according to the…

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US Senate unveils bill to prevent cases like the Pennsylvania basement captives

Legislation was unveiled Monday to close a Social Security loophole that enabled a woman to collect government assistance checks that belonged to a mentally disabled person locked in…

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Governor defends son’s Social Security benefits

Arizona’s governor says that she is troubled that her adult son’s mental illness is again in the news, reports The Republic. She had recently been told by her…

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Congress’s debate over payroll tax in limbo–part 1

Yet another polarizing debate over the economy, entitlements, taxes, and debts is underway. In the next few days, Congress will make a decision about the payroll tax, which…

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Congress debate over payroll tax in limbo–part 2

A ticking reminder--a countdown clock--for the looming tax increase is kept on the White House website, according to the Birmingham News. But it does not seem to be making…

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Social Security Disability benefits system to undergo a review in 2012

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has commissioned an independent review of the federal disability system, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Administrative Conference of the United States, which studies…

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The unemployed turn to Social Security Disability fund

As many jobless people exhaust their unemployment benefits, they are turning to the Social Security Disability (SSD) fund to survive, reports the Huffington Post. The number of people…

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Social Security employee confesses to fraud

A former Social Security employee was sentenced to six months of house arrest for selling Social Security numbers to a undercover federal agent, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel.…

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Private cloud storage considered by Social Security

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is seeking ideas on a new enterprise storage infrastructure to replace aging systems, reports Information Week. Private cloud is one option for a…

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Social Security numbers, personal information stolen in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Aging (DOA) warns customers that their personal information may be in jeopardy, according to KWCH News. A laptop computer, flash drive, and paper files…

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Social Security to resume statements for 60 and over, for 25 year-olds

The chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging announced Tuesday that Social Security benefits statements will again be sent out to selected age groups, according to The…

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North Carolina woman steals child’s best friend’s Social Security

Facing multiple felonies, a Fayetteville, North Carolina, woman is accused of signing and cashing her daughter's best friend's Social Security checks, reports WTVD News. The 43-year old woman…

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Court precedent may be set in-vitro fertilization case

When a child is conceived after his father's death, should his mother have a legal right to Social Security benefits? One Utah woman who gave birth to a baby…

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The Heritage Foundation comments on Social Security and Medicare

On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation released an "Index of Dependence on Government" report, according to Media Matters for America. The Heritage's report comments on important government programs such as…

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Seniors Missing Out on Benefits

Millions of seniors in the United States are missing out on more than $20 billion in aid that could help pay for food, medicine, and heating, simply because…

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Delaware Office Rejects High Rate of Disability Claims

Why are Social Security Disability cases heard by Dover, Delaware, judges consistently denied at some of the highest rates in the country? DelmarvaNow.com asks. Not much has improved…

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Woman sentenced in Social Security thefts

March 9, 2012 After she was no longer entitled to the Social Security Disability money, a 51-year-old Hyannis woman illegally collected her children's Disability checks, according to the…

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AARP To Attend Social Security “Salon”

On Monday the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will kick off a national Social Security and Medicare "listening tour" called “You’re Earned a Say, and We’re Listening,”…

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SSA raids dead man’s account in Arizona

In Phoenix, Arizona, when a 79-year-old man passed away, his daughter discovered that the Social Security Administration (SSA) had taken almost $25,000 from his bank account, according to…

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Beware: Fraud Extends to Tax Returns

Thieves have found ways to steal Social Security numbers and dates of birth, which are used to file bogus tax returns, reports Trib.com. The fake returns claim fraudulent deductions…

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No more checks in the mail!

Staring next year by March 2013, checks will no longer be issued and mailed to the millions of people who receive government benefits, reports RecordPub.com. This action is…

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Social Security numbers almost leaked

Copies of disks including records for 13 million Texas voters were handed over to the opposing lawyers in the Texas voter ID case, reports My San Antonio. Half…

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Online Social Security statements could be illegal

Saving $70 million annually in paper, printing, and postage, paper Social Security statements have been eliminated for most participating workers, but is going online legal? asks Reuters. This Social…

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Surfing Social Security online

As of May 1, the Social Security Administration has created a feature on its website that allows you to view your Social Security earnings and benefits online, according…

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May Is Disability Awareness Month

May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month, according to the Houston Chronicle. Most of you are probably aware of the value of health insurance or of life insurance, but…

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Children conceived after father’s death do not get SS benefits

The Supreme Court ruled that a man’s children who were conceived through artificial insemination after his death are not eligible for Social Security survivor benefits, reports the San…

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Vets’ disability pay may be judged by Justices

A disabled vet is asking the Supreme Court to consider whether states violate federal law when they allow divorce courts to count a veteran’s disability toward spousal support,…

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Florida man collects dead mother’s Social Security

June 1, 2012 The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando said that a Brevard man was sentenced to four years in a federal prison for collecting nearly $160,000 from…

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Stalemate in Congress could doom SSDI

June 4, 2012 The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is now projected to run out of money by the year 2016, according to Myrtle Beach Online. That’s much…

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Social Security Disability scam uncovered in Warren County, New Jersey

A New Jersey couple was sentenced Wednesday for a fraudulent Social Security Disability payment scheme, reports NJ.com. The 44-year-old man of Hackettstown, New Jersey, was sentenced to six months…

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Social Security disability plot revealed

In Adrian, Michigan, three people were jailed after they lied and told police their friend’s gunshot wound was from a robbery, reports lenconnect.com. After the men dropped the robbery…

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Supreme Court approves Affordable Care Act

July 2, 2012 The Affordable Care Act was passed by the United States Supreme Court Thursday in a 5-4 decision, reports the Tucson Citizen. The act requires almost everyone…

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Woman illegally receives SSDI benefits for 15 years

July 11, 2012 A 69-year-old woman of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was sentenced yesterday by a United States district judge to three years’ probation for her illegal receipt of more…

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SSA makes costly mistake

July 13, 2012 An oversight by the Social Security Administration (SSA) of not recording 1.2 million people’s names on a list called “Death Master File” may have caused…

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Philly council staffer charged with stealing Social Security checks

July 20, 2012 Beware if you have an elderly person in your family or know an elderly person who receives Social Security benefits, as they may need your…

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New book on Social Security

July 25, 2012 The People’s Pension: the Struggle to Defend Social Security by Eric Laursen is a new book that discusses the top ten threats to America’s national…

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Workers with disabilities can help efficiency

July 30, 2012 Recently, America celebrated the 22 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. But even with the passage of this historical act, Americans with disabilities…

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NOSSCR launches campaign to defend SSDI

August 3, 2012 Wednesday was the 56th anniversary of the Social Security Act Disability Amendment.  With that act, the United States government made a commitment to provide every…

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Social Security historical shift

August 6, 2012 When Social Security was enacted in the 1930s, it was a better deal than it is today, reports CBS News. If you retired in the 1960s,…

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Nebraska brothers convicted in Social Security Disability fraud case

August 8, 2012 Two Nebraska brothers have been convicted in a federal court of conspiracy and theft in a case of Social Security fraud, reports WOWT News. Following a…

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Online Social Security statements big success

August 10, 2012 In less than two months, one million people have gone online and created a My Social Security account to view their Social Security statements, reports Wausau…

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Social Security Disability Insurance attorneys in demand more than ever

August 13, 2012 Today, about 85 percent of disability claimants who appeal denials to administrative law judges hire a lawyer to represent them.  That’s up from 20 percent…

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Social Security and student loans–an odd mix

August 17, 2012 The U.S. government is withholding money from Social Security recipients who stopped paying on federal student loans, reports NPR. While some retirees might be dealing with…

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Minnesota man found guilty of Social Security fraud

August 24, 2012 In Hermantown, a suburb of Duluth, Minnesota, a 51-year-old man was charged with one count of theft of government funds. He was also charged with…

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Social Security benefits going paperless in 2013

September 5, 2012 Natural disasters, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac, show the fragility of the paper check system. After Katrina, tens of thousands of emergency payments had…

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Man Held Captive for Social Security Disability Checks

Sept. 7, 2012 A 63-year-old disabled man was held captive and abused in a basement of a Southwest Philadelphia home for months by an acquaintance who stole his…

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North Carolina woman stole Social Security numbers to qualify for work

September 10, 2012 To be eligible for work, a Thomasville, North Carolina, woman is accused of using the Social Security numbers of two deceased women, reports My Fox 8.…

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82-year-old woman sentenced for Social Security fraud

September 14, 2012 In Montco, Pennsylvania, an 82-year-old Montgomery County resident was sentenced yesterday to six months home confinement and five-years of probation for illegally collecting $186,000 in…

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Social Security disability claims backlogged

The Social Security Administration is so overwhelmed by disability claims that some officials are awarding benefits without adequately reviewing applications, congressional investigators say in a new report, according…

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Bank accused of discriminating against disabled

The U.S. Department of Justice accused the Bank of America Corp of violating federal laws by discriminating against mortgage applicants on the basis of disability, reports Huffington Post.…

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Seven states awarded more than $20 million for disability employment initiative

September 21, 2012 The Disability Employment Initiative, which already supports 16 state projects, added seven more state grants yesterday to implement exemplary employment services for individuals with disabilities…

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Son steals father’s Social Security for almost three decades

A Fairfield, Connecticut, man was jailed for stealing more than $300,000 in Social Security payments, reports Fairfield Citizen. He has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for…

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Report distorts reality of SSD program

A September 12 report from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations identified problems with the Social Security Disability (SSD) program, but many of these problems are the result…

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Connecticut man confesses to using fraudulent Social Security number

A Social Security number is required to get a job and collect Social Security benefits. To apply for a number and card, you must complete an application and…

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Man convicted of receiving fraudulent Social Security Disability payments

Meeting your basic needs when you have little or no income can be a struggle, especially when you are trying to support your family or cope with a…

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Presidential candidates weigh in on Social Security system

When asked about Social Security during their first presidential debate, both President Obama and Mitt Romney gave brief, detail-free, and general answers, according to CNN Money. Regardless of who’s…

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Small Social Security increase in 2013

In 2012, seniors received a 3.6 percent Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) and a Medicare premium increase. In 2013, the Social Security COLA is expected to…

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Brain tumor patient denied SSD

After her son died of a brain tumor at age 23, a woman received the following letter from the Social Security Administration addressed to him: "We're writing to…

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South Carolina reveals massive data breach

After a server at South Carolina’s Department of Revenue was breached by an international hacker, 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers were…

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Maryland man receives SSD benefits after 9-year wait

While a man was lying in a hospital bed recovering from a recent heart procedure, he learned the Social Security Administration (SSA) would pay him more than $206,000…

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Hurricane Sandy means late checks for some Social Security recipients

Your Social Security or disability checks may be late this month if you live in New Jersey, New York, or Connecticut. This month the U.S. Postal Service was…

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SSDI, SSI recipients to see small COLA in 2013

The cost of living adjustment (COLA) increases that Social Security retirement recipients get are also applied to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits,…

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Social Security offices to close earlier

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is cutting public hours at its offices as a cost-saving measure. Starting November 19, Social Security offices will close 30 minutes early each…

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Disabled borrowers may be able to get their student loans forgiven

The Education Department (ED) enacted reforms recently on behalf of borrowers who become disabled, according to ProPublica. Under federal law, borrowers who develop severe and lasting disabilities are…

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Many Americans concerned about cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

According to the Huffington Post, election-day polls found that many Americans call cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security "unacceptable." A total of 15 senators have signed a letter…

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Employee and employer plead guilty to Social Security Disability fraud

This week a 61-year-old Philipsburg, Montana, man has pleaded guilty to Social Security Disability fraud, reports The Republic. Not only has the Philipsburg man pleaded guilty, but also his…

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Lawmaker accused of Social Security fraud

Yesterday a former Missouri lawmaker was indicted on charges of theft and Social Security fraud, reports the News Tribune. While still getting paid as a House member, the 65-year-old…

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Social Security Disability fast tracking

To address the chronic backlog of the Social Security Administration, the agency is working to streamline the application process. To ease the burden of debilitating conditions, the Social…

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Social Security numbers accidentally published in California

The State of California mistakenly published thousands of Social Security numbers on the internet last week, reports WDAM. Nearly 14,000 Social Security numbers belonging to Medi-Cal providers working for…

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Social Security Commissioner Astrue Honored for Service

Michael J. Astrue was sworn in as Commissioner of Social Security on February 12, 2007, for a six-year term that expires on January 19, 2013. As commissioner, he focused…

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“Ticket to Work” Helps SSI Recipients

December 21, 2012 Millions of Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits want to work, reports Picket News. Ticket to Work is a free, voluntary program that helps…

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How to Get Social Security Benefits from an Ex-Spouse

An article published today on CBSMoneyWatch.com addresses how to access additional Social Security monies based on the earnings of an ex-husband or ex-wife. CBS financial blogger Steve Vernon…

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How to Get Social Security Benefits from an Ex-Spouse

An article published today on CBSMoneyWatch.com addresses how to access additional Social Security monies based on the earnings of an ex-husband or ex-wife. CBS financial blogger Steve Vernon…

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Social Security benefits judges face threats

January 11, 2011 Social Security benefits judges often receive threats, but those threats may be taken more seriously since the assassination attempt of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, The…

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Social Security benefits judges face threats

January 11, 2011 Social Security benefits judges often receive threats, but those threats may be taken more seriously since the assassination attempt of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, The…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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Budget Cuts Mean Social Security Field Offices Will Close a Half-Hour Early

Congressional budget cuts are forcing the Social Security Administration to reduce its public hours. Beginning August 15, 2011, Social Security field offices across the country will close to…

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Chained CPI Formula Would Rip Off Needy Seniors, Says L.A. Times

A new Los Angeles Times editorial makes no bones about its opposition to a proposed change to the way inflation is calculated for Social Security beneficiaries. “Of all…

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Concerns about Social Security checks addressed in event of government shutdown

February 24, 2011 Concerns about Social Security benefits have been addressed in the event the Social Security Administration has to temporarily shut down, CNN Money reports. Because Social…

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Obama: ‘I Cannot Guarantee That Social Security Checks Will Go Out’ Next Month

Retired and disabled citizens of the United States are sweating collective bullets right about now as the clock ticks down on Congress’s federal deficit negotiations. In a new…

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Private cloud storage considered by Social Security

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is seeking ideas on a new enterprise storage infrastructure to replace aging systems, reports Information Week. Private cloud is one option for a…

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Chained CPI Formula Would Rip Off Needy Seniors, Says L.A. Times

A new Los Angeles Times editorial makes no bones about its opposition to a proposed change to the way inflation is calculated for Social Security beneficiaries. “Of all…

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Report: Senior Citizens Have Lost 32 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000

A new report from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) analyzes the crooked correlation between cost-of-living for senior citizens and the yearly adjustments made by The Social Security Administration…

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Politicians should look at all angles before changing Social Security benefits

April 12, 2011 Some believe the approach to solving issues around Social Security benefits is misguided. Political parties differ in their opinions as to what needs to be…

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Raising retirement age may deny Social Security benefits to blue collar workers

April 15, 2011 Collecting Social Security benefits is not a guarantee. Those who work in blue collar jobs, where work is often physical, may not be able to…

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Democrats fight to prevent Social Security benefits cuts

March 2. 2011 A group of U.S. senators is trying to protect cuts against Social Security benefits, according to thehill.com. Nine senators, eight of whom are Democrats, have…

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Social Security cuts prompt protests in 31 states

March 3, 2011 Republicans are posing a $1.7 billion cut to Social Security, promoting agency employees and Social Security beneficiaries to protest in 31 states, People's World reports.…

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What to Do if the Social Security Administration Lists You As Dead

Considering the fact that each year the Social Security Administration lists an average of 14,000 Americans as dead who are very much alive, it’s good to know what…

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New Report: Social Security Paid $40.3 to Dead People

A recent report from the Social Security Inspector General gave plenty of Americans something to wag their heads about this week when it revealed that the agency has…

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New Report: Social Security Paid $40.3 Million to Dead People

A recent report from the Social Security Inspector General gave plenty of Americans something to wag their heads about this week when it revealed that the agency has…

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3 Ways Your Social Security Benefits Are Already Being Cut

Though the debate about whether or not to cut Social Security spending is consuming many a politician these days, a new article from The Wall Street Journal points…

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Woman imprisoned for collecting Social Security benefits illegally

A Mobile, Alabama woman has been ordered jail time for illegally collecting Social Security benefits, according to blog.al.com. She will be in prison for 30 days then have…

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Some senators support Social Security bonus

Political parties have come to a mutual agreement that Social Security recipients deserve a $250 bonus to make up for the lack of cost of living increases. Florida…

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California man steals Social Security benefits from dead friend

A California man has been accused of spending the Social Security benefits of someone who died in 1988. The total comes to more than $200,000, The Sacramento Bee…

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Politician has reform ideas for Social Security

A South Carolina politician has plans to privatize and eliminate Social Security, according to socialsecuritytoday.com. The politician says he wants to reform Social Security by leaving retirement savings…

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California hit with Social Security scams

According to asianjournal.com, the latest telephone scam has targeted the Latino community in California in regards to Social Security. The Social Security Administration will never ask for your…

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Federal benefits including Social Security benefits going to deceased

U. S. Senator Tom Coburn says the federal government has sent more than $1 billion in payments from various programs to dead people over the past 10 years.…

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Boomers can apply for Social Security benefits soon

November 8, 2010 In January of 2011, the nation’s first Baby Boomers will turn 65, according to lufkindailynews.com. That means Baby Boomers can apply for Social Security Benefits.…

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New Rule Protects Disability and Social Security Funds from Garnishment

May 4, 2011 The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a new rule that took effect on Monday making it more difficult for creditors to garnish Social Security…

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Tucson Brothers Plead Guilty to Social Security Fraud

A pair of Tucson, Arizona, brothers plead guilty this week to Conspiracy, Mail Fraud, and Conversion of Social Security Payee Funds for orchestrating a $1.3 million embezzlement scheme…

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Minnesota Man Accused of Social Security Disability Theft

A Perham, Minnesota, man allegedly lied to the Social Security Administration to illegally collection Social Security Disability benefits, reports the Detroit Lakes Tribune. A special agent discovered that…

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Candidates differ on views for future of Social Security

The Democrat and Republican candidates in Delaware agree to protect the future of Social Security but differ on who the recipients should be, according to DelawareOnline.com. The Republican…

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Views are mixed in regards to no Social Security increase

Though the cost of living expenses have increased over the past year, Social Security beneficiaries will not see an increase to compensate. Many seniors believe they’ll feel a…

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Political parties differ in Social Security options

According to a news-leader.com, there are many misconceptions about how political parties feel in regards to Social Security benefits. The newspaper’s feature suggests that Democrats from across the…

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Woman gets probation for stealing Social Security benefits

A woman will receive probation for Social Security fraud, OA Online reports. The woman continued to take her mother’s Social Security benefits nearly five years after her mother…

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Senator Tom Coburn: Social Security Disability Is Being Used to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has waged a very public crack-down on the Social Security Administration’s disability program, saying in a new interview with The Oklahoman that he thinks…

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Social Security Administration Struggles to Collect $5.4 Billion Overpaid to Disabled Workers

Last month it was revealed that the Social Security Administration overpaid approximately $5.4 billion in benefits to disabled workers in 2009; this week the United States Government Accountability…

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Supreme Court hears cause on Social Security taxes

November 10, 2010 Full-time medical students are exempt from paying Social Security taxes, according to wsj.com. The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case on whether or not full-time…

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Woman pleads guilty to Social Security fraud

January 28, 2011 A woman pleaded guilty to fraud for stealing Social Security benefits. According to amarillo.com, the woman lied to receive Social Security Disability benefits for her…

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Senator Questions Why ‘Adult Baby’ Receives Social Security Disability Checks

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has asked the Social Security Administration to investigate why a 30-year-old man and his roommate are receiving Supplemental Social Security Income benefits. The two…

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A New Study Asks: How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

In anticipation of the number of drivers over 70 tripling in the next 20 years, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently analyzed senior citizens…

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How to Get Social Security Benefits from an Ex-Spouse

An article published today on CBSMoneyWatch.com addresses how to access additional Social Security monies based on the earnings of an ex-husband or ex-wife. CBS financial blogger Steve Vernon…

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Disabled Veteran Fights for Benefits Denied Over Same-Sex Marriage

A disabled veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws defining marriage as being between opposite-sex partners after she was denied veterans benefits. The New…

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Social Security Administration Considers More Sensitive Title For Mental Disorder

January 30, 2013 Mental retardation is listed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a condition that makes a person eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. However, many…

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Judge Being Investigated for High Rate of Approval on Social Security Disability Appeals

After a Wall Street Journal exposé on the high rate at which administrative law judge David B. Daugherty approves Social Security Disability appeals claims, the U.S. Social Security Administration…

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Senator Questions Why ‘Adult Baby’ Receives Social Security Disability Checks

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has asked the Social Security Administration to investigate why a 30-year-old man and his roommate are receiving Supplemental Social Security Income benefits. The two…

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Judge Being Investigated for High Rate of Approval on Social Security Disability Appeals

After a Wall Street Journal exposé on the high rate at which administrative law judge David B. Daugherty approves Social Security Disability appeals claims, the U.S. Social Security Administration…

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Lenient Social Security Disability Judge Put on Leave

The Social Security Administration put Huntington, West Virginia, administrative law judge David B. Daugherty on paid leave Thursday and escorted him out of his office after a Wall…

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Number of Americans Awaiting Disability Appeals Decisions Growing

A new study reveals that the logjam of pending disability appeals has grown so that 741,000 Americans are now awaiting hearings that will determine their eligibility for Social…

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House Members Butt Heads Over Social Security’s Role in Debt Ceiling Talk

As potential cuts to Social Security remain on the table in the discussion about how to reduce the federal debt, members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee…

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Chained CPI Formula Would Rip Off Needy Seniors, Says L.A. Times

A new Los Angeles Times editorial makes no bones about its opposition to a proposed change to the way inflation is calculated for Social Security beneficiaries. “Of all…

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Social Security Administration Struggles to Collect $5.4 Billion Overpaid to Disabled Workers

Last month it was revealed that the Social Security Administration overpaid approximately $5.4 billion in benefits to disabled workers in 2009; this week the United States Government Accountability…

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Debt Deal Protects Social Security for Now

The last-minute debt ceiling deal agreed upon by the House on Sunday, July 31, won’t affect Social Security. CNN reports that the deal won’t touch the program, despite…

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Deficit Reduction Deal Could Bring More Social Security Disability Reviews

The deficit reduction deal passed earlier this week could mean that the Social Security Administration will put a higher priority on reviewing recipients of disability payments and supplemental…

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Social Security Administration Told to Improve Online Services

A federal auditor has suggested that the Social Security Administration focus more attention on its online offerings, as more and more beneficiaries now turn to the Internet to…

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Gov. Rick Perry Backtracking on Social Security Stance

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who recently joined the presidential race, once made no bones about his feelings toward the 76-year-old Social Security program, calling it “a crumbling monument…

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Are Couples Doing Enough Social Security Planning?

Most married couples in their sixties don’t know how to maximize their Social Security benefits and don’t know whether or not it’s appropriate to ask their financial planner…

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4 Mentally Disabled People Locked in Basement While Captors Cash Disability Checks

In a news story that’s making waves around the world, a fourth person has been arrested for her connection to a scheme in which four mentally disabled adults…

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‘Adult Baby’ Will Continue to Get Social Security Checks

The California man who playacts as an “adult baby” has been cleared of wrongdoing by the Social Security Administration and will continue to receive Supplemental Social Security Income…

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Disabled People ‘Walking Targets’ for Social Security Fraud, Says Advocate

Last week brought disturbing news about the Philadelphia arrests of four people who were imprisoning four mentally disabled people in a basement crawl space in order to cash…

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Social Security Administration Website Given Top Customer Satisfaction Rating

Plenty of people have a beef with the Social Security Administration for not approving their disability benefits, among other grievances, but one thing that most people give the…

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Applications And Approvals Rates For Social Security Benefits Decreasing

February 6, 2013 Experts say the record low numbers of applications filed for Social Security Disability Benefits could have a correlation with an improving job market in the United…

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Caretaker to serve time for stealing Social Security benefits

A New Jersey caretaker will be facing time in a state prison for stealing government benefits, including Social Security, that were paid to a Linden man after his…

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Boomers can apply for Social Security benefits soon

November 8, 2010 In January of 2011, the nation’s first Baby Boomers will turn 65, according to lufkindailynews.com. That means Baby Boomers can apply for Social Security Benefits.…

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Woman charged with 14 felonies related to stealing Social Security benefits

November 23, 2010 A 49-year-old woman has been charged with stealing more than $350,000 in Social Security benefits from her mother over a five-year period, according to freep.com.…

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Woman creates false alias to collect Social Security Disability benefits

December 2, 2010 A woman in New Mexico has been accused of falsely applying for Social Security Disability benefits, according to newswest9.com. According to the Social Security Administration, she…

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You can apply for Social Security Disability benefits online

March 14, 2011 A letter from a reader written to app.com ask what to do in regards to applying for Social Security Disability benefits. The answer says she…

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Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Brother’s Social Security Disability Payments

On Wednesday a Kansas City, Missouri, man plead guilty to aggravated identity theft and mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. Prosecutors say the man, aged…

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Social Security Administration Chief: ‘SSI Program Is Flawed’

On Monday Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael Astrue admitted to The Boston Globe during an editorial board meeting that there are significant problems with the agency’s $10 billion…

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Lenient Social Security Disability Judge Put on Leave

The Social Security Administration put Huntington, West Virginia, administrative law judge David B. Daugherty on paid leave Thursday and escorted him out of his office after a Wall…

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Top Social Security Judge Steps Down After Criticism

It was announced yesterday that Charlie Andrus--chief Social Security Administration judge in the agency’s Huntington, West Virginia, office—voluntarily stepped down from his position amid controversy about an approval-happy…

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Federal Prosecutors Nab 9 Kent, WA, Residents for Elaborate Disability Scam

Nine auto-dealers from Kent, Washington, were arrested Friday on charges of fraud and theft after allegedly scamming the Social Security Administration out of more than $700,000. The accused,…

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Social Security Judge Retires As Investigation of Work Record Continues

An administrative law judge from Huntington, West Virginia—David B. Daugherty—has announced his retirement as multiple investigations into his work record continue. Daugherty, 75, came under fire in May when…

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The 9 Best Companies for Disabled Americans to Work

In conjunction with Labor Day, the National Organization on Disability is applauding nine companies that it says recognizes and hires Americans with disabilities. These companies include Sam’s Club,…

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How to Prepare Your Disabled Children for Your Death

Aging parents of disabled children are right to be concerned about how their child will be taken care of once they've died. And because a reported 12 percent…

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Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Fraud

Today an Avondale, Louisiana, woman plead guilty to stealing more than $70,000 in disability payments from the Social Security Administration. The 48-year-old woman admitted to U.S. District Judge…

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Governor defends son’s Social Security benefits

Arizona’s governor says that she is troubled that her adult son’s mental illness is again in the news, reports The Republic. She had recently been told by her…

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Congress’s debate over payroll tax in limbo–part 1

Yet another polarizing debate over the economy, entitlements, taxes, and debts is underway. In the next few days, Congress will make a decision about the payroll tax, which…

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Congress debate over payroll tax in limbo–part 2

A ticking reminder--a countdown clock--for the looming tax increase is kept on the White House website, according to the Birmingham News. But it does not seem to be making…

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Social Security Disability benefits system to undergo a review in 2012

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has commissioned an independent review of the federal disability system, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Administrative Conference of the United States, which studies…

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The unemployed turn to Social Security Disability fund

As many jobless people exhaust their unemployment benefits, they are turning to the Social Security Disability (SSD) fund to survive, reports the Huffington Post. The number of people…

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Social Security employee confesses to fraud

A former Social Security employee was sentenced to six months of house arrest for selling Social Security numbers to a undercover federal agent, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel.…

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Private cloud storage considered by Social Security

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is seeking ideas on a new enterprise storage infrastructure to replace aging systems, reports Information Week. Private cloud is one option for a…

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Social Security numbers, personal information stolen in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Aging (DOA) warns customers that their personal information may be in jeopardy, according to KWCH News. A laptop computer, flash drive, and paper files…

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Social Security to resume statements for 60 and over, for 25 year-olds

The chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging announced Tuesday that Social Security benefits statements will again be sent out to selected age groups, according to The…

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North Carolina woman steals child’s best friend’s Social Security

Facing multiple felonies, a Fayetteville, North Carolina, woman is accused of signing and cashing her daughter's best friend's Social Security checks, reports WTVD News. The 43-year old woman…

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Court precedent may be set in-vitro fertilization case

When a child is conceived after his father's death, should his mother have a legal right to Social Security benefits? One Utah woman who gave birth to a baby…

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The Heritage Foundation comments on Social Security and Medicare

On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation released an "Index of Dependence on Government" report, according to Media Matters for America. The Heritage's report comments on important government programs such as…

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Seniors Missing Out on Benefits

Millions of seniors in the United States are missing out on more than $20 billion in aid that could help pay for food, medicine, and heating, simply because…

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Delaware Office Rejects High Rate of Disability Claims

Why are Social Security Disability cases heard by Dover, Delaware, judges consistently denied at some of the highest rates in the country? DelmarvaNow.com asks. Not much has improved…

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Woman sentenced in Social Security thefts

March 9, 2012 After she was no longer entitled to the Social Security Disability money, a 51-year-old Hyannis woman illegally collected her children's Disability checks, according to the…

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AARP To Attend Social Security “Salon”

On Monday the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will kick off a national Social Security and Medicare "listening tour" called “You’re Earned a Say, and We’re Listening,”…

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SSA raids dead man’s account in Arizona

In Phoenix, Arizona, when a 79-year-old man passed away, his daughter discovered that the Social Security Administration (SSA) had taken almost $25,000 from his bank account, according to…

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Beware: Fraud Extends to Tax Returns

Thieves have found ways to steal Social Security numbers and dates of birth, which are used to file bogus tax returns, reports Trib.com. The fake returns claim fraudulent deductions…

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No more checks in the mail!

Staring next year by March 2013, checks will no longer be issued and mailed to the millions of people who receive government benefits, reports RecordPub.com. This action is…

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Social Security numbers almost leaked

Copies of disks including records for 13 million Texas voters were handed over to the opposing lawyers in the Texas voter ID case, reports My San Antonio. Half…

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Online Social Security statements could be illegal

Saving $70 million annually in paper, printing, and postage, paper Social Security statements have been eliminated for most participating workers, but is going online legal? asks Reuters. This Social…

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Surfing Social Security online

As of May 1, the Social Security Administration has created a feature on its website that allows you to view your Social Security earnings and benefits online, according…

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May Is Disability Awareness Month

May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month, according to the Houston Chronicle. Most of you are probably aware of the value of health insurance or of life insurance, but…

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Children conceived after father’s death do not get SS benefits

The Supreme Court ruled that a man’s children who were conceived through artificial insemination after his death are not eligible for Social Security survivor benefits, reports the San…

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Vets’ disability pay may be judged by Justices

A disabled vet is asking the Supreme Court to consider whether states violate federal law when they allow divorce courts to count a veteran’s disability toward spousal support,…

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Florida man collects dead mother’s Social Security

June 1, 2012 The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando said that a Brevard man was sentenced to four years in a federal prison for collecting nearly $160,000 from…

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Stalemate in Congress could doom SSDI

June 4, 2012 The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is now projected to run out of money by the year 2016, according to Myrtle Beach Online. That’s much…

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Social Security Disability scam uncovered in Warren County, New Jersey

A New Jersey couple was sentenced Wednesday for a fraudulent Social Security Disability payment scheme, reports NJ.com. The 44-year-old man of Hackettstown, New Jersey, was sentenced to six months…

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Social Security disability plot revealed

In Adrian, Michigan, three people were jailed after they lied and told police their friend’s gunshot wound was from a robbery, reports lenconnect.com. After the men dropped the robbery…

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Supreme Court approves Affordable Care Act

July 2, 2012 The Affordable Care Act was passed by the United States Supreme Court Thursday in a 5-4 decision, reports the Tucson Citizen. The act requires almost everyone…

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Woman illegally receives SSDI benefits for 15 years

July 11, 2012 A 69-year-old woman of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was sentenced yesterday by a United States district judge to three years’ probation for her illegal receipt of more…

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SSA makes costly mistake

July 13, 2012 An oversight by the Social Security Administration (SSA) of not recording 1.2 million people’s names on a list called “Death Master File” may have caused…

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Philly council staffer charged with stealing Social Security checks

July 20, 2012 Beware if you have an elderly person in your family or know an elderly person who receives Social Security benefits, as they may need your…

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New book on Social Security

July 25, 2012 The People’s Pension: the Struggle to Defend Social Security by Eric Laursen is a new book that discusses the top ten threats to America’s national…

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Workers with disabilities can help efficiency

July 30, 2012 Recently, America celebrated the 22 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. But even with the passage of this historical act, Americans with disabilities…

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NOSSCR launches campaign to defend SSDI

August 3, 2012 Wednesday was the 56th anniversary of the Social Security Act Disability Amendment.  With that act, the United States government made a commitment to provide every…

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Social Security historical shift

August 6, 2012 When Social Security was enacted in the 1930s, it was a better deal than it is today, reports CBS News. If you retired in the 1960s,…

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Nebraska brothers convicted in Social Security Disability fraud case

August 8, 2012 Two Nebraska brothers have been convicted in a federal court of conspiracy and theft in a case of Social Security fraud, reports WOWT News. Following a…

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Online Social Security statements big success

August 10, 2012 In less than two months, one million people have gone online and created a My Social Security account to view their Social Security statements, reports Wausau…

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Social Security Disability Insurance attorneys in demand more than ever

August 13, 2012 Today, about 85 percent of disability claimants who appeal denials to administrative law judges hire a lawyer to represent them.  That’s up from 20 percent…

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Social Security and student loans–an odd mix

August 17, 2012 The U.S. government is withholding money from Social Security recipients who stopped paying on federal student loans, reports NPR. While some retirees might be dealing with…

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Minnesota man found guilty of Social Security fraud

August 24, 2012 In Hermantown, a suburb of Duluth, Minnesota, a 51-year-old man was charged with one count of theft of government funds. He was also charged with…

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Social Security benefits going paperless in 2013

September 5, 2012 Natural disasters, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac, show the fragility of the paper check system. After Katrina, tens of thousands of emergency payments had…

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Man Held Captive for Social Security Disability Checks

Sept. 7, 2012 A 63-year-old disabled man was held captive and abused in a basement of a Southwest Philadelphia home for months by an acquaintance who stole his…

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North Carolina woman stole Social Security numbers to qualify for work

September 10, 2012 To be eligible for work, a Thomasville, North Carolina, woman is accused of using the Social Security numbers of two deceased women, reports My Fox 8.…

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82-year-old woman sentenced for Social Security fraud

September 14, 2012 In Montco, Pennsylvania, an 82-year-old Montgomery County resident was sentenced yesterday to six months home confinement and five-years of probation for illegally collecting $186,000 in…

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Social Security disability claims backlogged

The Social Security Administration is so overwhelmed by disability claims that some officials are awarding benefits without adequately reviewing applications, congressional investigators say in a new report, according…

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Bank accused of discriminating against disabled

The U.S. Department of Justice accused the Bank of America Corp of violating federal laws by discriminating against mortgage applicants on the basis of disability, reports Huffington Post.…

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Seven states awarded more than $20 million for disability employment initiative

September 21, 2012 The Disability Employment Initiative, which already supports 16 state projects, added seven more state grants yesterday to implement exemplary employment services for individuals with disabilities…

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Son steals father’s Social Security for almost three decades

A Fairfield, Connecticut, man was jailed for stealing more than $300,000 in Social Security payments, reports Fairfield Citizen. He has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for…

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Report distorts reality of SSD program

A September 12 report from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations identified problems with the Social Security Disability (SSD) program, but many of these problems are the result…

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Connecticut man confesses to using fraudulent Social Security number

A Social Security number is required to get a job and collect Social Security benefits. To apply for a number and card, you must complete an application and…

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Man convicted of receiving fraudulent Social Security Disability payments

Meeting your basic needs when you have little or no income can be a struggle, especially when you are trying to support your family or cope with a…

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Presidential candidates weigh in on Social Security system

When asked about Social Security during their first presidential debate, both President Obama and Mitt Romney gave brief, detail-free, and general answers, according to CNN Money. Regardless of who’s…

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Small Social Security increase in 2013

In 2012, seniors received a 3.6 percent Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) and a Medicare premium increase. In 2013, the Social Security COLA is expected to…

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Brain tumor patient denied SSD

After her son died of a brain tumor at age 23, a woman received the following letter from the Social Security Administration addressed to him: "We're writing to…

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South Carolina reveals massive data breach

After a server at South Carolina’s Department of Revenue was breached by an international hacker, 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers were…

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Maryland man receives SSD benefits after 9-year wait

While a man was lying in a hospital bed recovering from a recent heart procedure, he learned the Social Security Administration (SSA) would pay him more than $206,000…

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Hurricane Sandy means late checks for some Social Security recipients

Your Social Security or disability checks may be late this month if you live in New Jersey, New York, or Connecticut. This month the U.S. Postal Service was…

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SSDI, SSI recipients to see small COLA in 2013

The cost of living adjustment (COLA) increases that Social Security retirement recipients get are also applied to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits,…

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Social Security offices to close earlier

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is cutting public hours at its offices as a cost-saving measure. Starting November 19, Social Security offices will close 30 minutes early each…

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Disabled borrowers may be able to get their student loans forgiven

The Education Department (ED) enacted reforms recently on behalf of borrowers who become disabled, according to ProPublica. Under federal law, borrowers who develop severe and lasting disabilities are…

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Many Americans concerned about cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

According to the Huffington Post, election-day polls found that many Americans call cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security "unacceptable." A total of 15 senators have signed a letter…

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Employee and employer plead guilty to Social Security Disability fraud

This week a 61-year-old Philipsburg, Montana, man has pleaded guilty to Social Security Disability fraud, reports The Republic. Not only has the Philipsburg man pleaded guilty, but also his…

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Lawmaker accused of Social Security fraud

Yesterday a former Missouri lawmaker was indicted on charges of theft and Social Security fraud, reports the News Tribune. While still getting paid as a House member, the 65-year-old…

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Social Security Disability fast tracking

To address the chronic backlog of the Social Security Administration, the agency is working to streamline the application process. To ease the burden of debilitating conditions, the Social…

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Social Security numbers accidentally published in California

The State of California mistakenly published thousands of Social Security numbers on the internet last week, reports WDAM. Nearly 14,000 Social Security numbers belonging to Medi-Cal providers working for…

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Social Security Commissioner Astrue Honored for Service

Michael J. Astrue was sworn in as Commissioner of Social Security on February 12, 2007, for a six-year term that expires on January 19, 2013. As commissioner, he focused…

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“Ticket to Work” Helps SSI Recipients

December 21, 2012 Millions of Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits want to work, reports Picket News. Ticket to Work is a free, voluntary program that helps…

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Applications And Approvals Rates For Social Security Benefits Decreasing

February 6, 2013 Experts say the record low numbers of applications filed for Social Security Disability Benefits could have a correlation with an improving job market in the United…

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Obama: ‘I Cannot Guarantee That Social Security Checks Will Go Out’ Next Month

Retired and disabled citizens of the United States are sweating collective bullets right about now as the clock ticks down on Congress’s federal deficit negotiations. In a new…

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Applications And Approvals Rates For Social Security Benefits Decreasing

February 6, 2013 Experts say the record low numbers of applications filed for Social Security Disability Benefits could have a correlation with an improving job market in the United…

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Enraged Man Crashes Van into Michigan Social Security Office

A 47-year-old man from Kingsley, Michigan, purposefully crashed his van into a Social Security Administration office on Sunday night in Traverse City, Michigan. The man told the Traverse…

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More Car Accidents Are Caused By Rain Than Any Other Weather Condition

Spring showers may bring May flowers – but they also bring far too many wrecks. Learn how to keep yourself safe while driving in the rain. According to…

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Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Brother’s Social Security Disability Payments

On Wednesday a Kansas City, Missouri, man plead guilty to aggravated identity theft and mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. Prosecutors say the man, aged…

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Tucson Brothers Plead Guilty to Social Security Fraud

A pair of Tucson, Arizona, brothers plead guilty this week to Conspiracy, Mail Fraud, and Conversion of Social Security Payee Funds for orchestrating a $1.3 million embezzlement scheme…

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Minnesota Man Accused of Social Security Disability Theft

A Perham, Minnesota, man allegedly lied to the Social Security Administration to illegally collection Social Security Disability benefits, reports the Detroit Lakes Tribune. A special agent discovered that…

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4 Mentally Disabled People Locked in Basement While Captors Cash Disability Checks

In a news story that’s making waves around the world, a fourth person has been arrested for her connection to a scheme in which four mentally disabled adults…

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Disabled People ‘Walking Targets’ for Social Security Fraud, Says Advocate

Last week brought disturbing news about the Philadelphia arrests of four people who were imprisoning four mentally disabled people in a basement crawl space in order to cash…

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105-year-old has Social Security benefits cut off

November 24, 2010 A woman who turned 105 this year accidently had her Social Security benefits cut off, WINK News reports. The Social Security Administration thought she was…

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Social Security scam targets El Paso residents

December 3, 2010 According to lcsun-news.com, the Social Security office in El Paso is warning residents about a scam that involves phone calls telling people they are due…

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Woman stole Social Security benefits from child

December 7, 2010 A woman in Texas has been indicted for stealing her child’s identity and Social Security benefits, according to newschannel10.com. Investigators believe the Texas woman stole…

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Oklahoma man steals dead mother’s Social Security benefits

December 10, 2010 An Oklahoma man has confessed to stealing more than $96,000 in Social Security benefits from his dead mother, according to Tulsa World. The man has…

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Editorial: Payroll tax decrease could threaten Social Security benefits

December 14, 2010 A Kansas City Star editorial suggest if Congress approves a lower payroll tax, the it would be the end of Social Security benefits. According to…

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Resources available for reporting Social Security benefits fraud

December 15, 2010 The holiday often bring threats of scams, including Social Security benefits fraud. Those who suspect someone is committing Social Security benefits fraud can report it…

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Man caught stealing Social Security benefits

December 20, 2010 A man is found guilty of stealing the identity of others to obtain Social Security benefits, KARE reports. The U.S. Department of State was notified…

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What questions do you have about Social Security benefits?

January 3, 2011 Many retirees depend on Social Security benefits as part of their income, and Social Security reform is affecting how baby boomers will be saving their…

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Letter: Address Congress about Social Security benefits

January 4, 2011 A letter to the editor in the Appleton Post-Crescent encourages readers to write their legislator in regards to Social Security. The letter’s author believes it’s the…

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Group fears secret changes to Social Security benefits

January 5, 2010 An advocate group fears that President Barack Obama and Republicans could make secret deals in regards to Social Security benefits, the Daily Kos reports. According…

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Government answers questions about Social Security benefits

January 6, 2011 Talking about cuts to Social Security is a hot, sensitive topic right now. New bills being introduced to Congress in regards to Social Security benefits…

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Mother seeks Social Security benefits for in-vitro children

January 7, 2011 A U.S. appeals court ruled that a New Jersey woman can seek Social Security benefits for twins conceived in vitro after her husband’s death, according…

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Will Obama address Social Security cuts in State of the Union Address?

January 10, 2011 An editorial on huffingtonpost.com suggest that President Barack Obama will be addressing Social Security benefits and the national deficit in his State of the Union…

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Man threatens senator’s staff over Social Security benefits

January 11, 2011 A man in Colorado called and made threats to U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s staff to complain about his Social Security benefits, bloomberg.com reports. The man…

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Social Security benefits judges face threats

January 11, 2011 Social Security benefits judges often receive threats, but those threats may be taken more seriously since the assassination attempt of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, The…

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Social Security Administration stops visits to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket

January 13, 2011 The Social Security Administration has decided to stop visiting Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket regularly, and it may affect how people receive their Social Security benefits,…

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Social Security faces huge deficit

January 14, 2011 The Social Security deficit will be around $6 trillion over the next 75 years, according to FOX News. Thousands of Baby Boomers will be collecting…

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Study finds Latinos rely heavily on Social Security benefits

January 20, 2011 A study done in Colorado found that Latino residents rely more than other races on Social Security, according to publicboradcasting.net. A new group of Latino organizations is trying…

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Americans don’t have confidence in leadership with Social Security’s future

January 21, 2011 When it comes to the future of Social Security benefits, Americans have concerns, especially with being future retirees. According to a poll on huffingtonpost.com, Americans…

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Widows, widowers often need help with Social Security benefits

January 25, 2011 Widows and widowers are often confused about their eligibility for Social Security benefits, The Star Ledger reports. Whether or not you’re eligible for Social Security…

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Will Social Security benefits run out by 2037?

January 27, 2011 According to the Associated Press, new congressional projections show Social Security benefits running deficits until 2037. It’s predicted that Social Security benefits will run out…

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Woman pleads guilty to Social Security fraud

January 28, 2011 A woman pleaded guilty to fraud for stealing Social Security benefits. According to amarillo.com, the woman lied to receive Social Security Disability benefits for her…

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Baby Boomers want Social Security benefits

January 31, 2011 Opinions about Social Security benefits vary across generations. Younger generations may believe it’s unfair that Social Security benefits will run out before they retire, even…

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Writer believes Social Security benefits won’t go bankrupt

February 1, 2011 In a letter to the editor about Social Security benefits in The Las Vegas Sun, one man says Social Security is not bankrupt and there…

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Seniors are seeing decreases in their Social Secuity benefits

February 2, 2011 According to a new survey on PR Newswire, seniors are receiving lower Social Security benefits checks. Some are receiving at least $50 less per month…

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Electronic switch to receiving Social Security benefits raises concerns

February 7, 2011 Those receiving Social Security benefits will expected to switch to receiving their payments through direct deposit or be issued a debit card, AnnArbor.com reports. The…

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Couple faces charges for stealing Social Security benefits

February 8, 2011 A couple is facing charges for cashing a dead person’s Social Security benefit checks, FOX Carolina reports. The woman’s grandfather had died, and she and…

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Social Security benefits may be garnished under few circumstances

February 8, 2011 A letter to foxbusiness.com asks if Social Security benefits can be garnished. Social Security benefits cannot be garnished unless debt incurred is for child or…

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President asks for financial compromise with Social Security benefits

February 15, 2011 President Barack Obama said in a speech earlier this week that Congress must find a way to compromise a budget that includes adjustments to Social…

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President to use principals to guide Social Security reform

February 16, 2011 According to a report from usnews.com, these are a few of the principals President Obama says will guide him in Social Security reform: • Any…

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Study: Changes to Social Security benefits may improve health

February 17, 2011 According to a new study published in the Journal of Public Health Policy, Americans over the age of 65 experienced lower mortality rates in the…

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Reduction in government spending could affect Social Security

February 21, 2011 The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that cut funding by $60 billion, something that could affect Social Security benefits. Indiana Senator Richard…

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Potential shutdown of Social Security Administration still leaves some anxious

February 25, 2011 Those concerned about the Social Security Administration shutting down may have several questions. In a Q&A published in wtop.com, a report addressed questions, such as…

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Social Security beneficiaries will receive checks in event of government shutdown

March 1, 2011 As the possibility of government shutdown increases, more people are becoming concerned about their Social Security benefits being cut off. However, an article from news-press.com…

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Democrats fight to prevent Social Security benefits cuts

March 2. 2011 A group of U.S. senators is trying to protect cuts against Social Security benefits, according to thehill.com. Nine senators, eight of whom are Democrats, have…

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Social Security cuts prompt protests in 31 states

March 3, 2011 Republicans are posing a $1.7 billion cut to Social Security, promoting agency employees and Social Security beneficiaries to protest in 31 states, People's World reports.…

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Columnist calls Social Security benefits ‘middle-class welfare’

March 7, 2011 Newsweek columnist Robert J. Samuelson was under fire for calling Social Security benefits “middle-class welfare.” The comment caused backlash from Newsweek readers all over the…

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Those who collect Social Security benefits may not consider possibility of divorce

March 8, 2011 According to latimes.com, few people consider divorce when they think about their incomes dependent on Social Security benefits. Divorced people often make costly errors because…

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Social Security Administration encourages direct deposit

March 9, 2011 Those who receive Social Security benefits will have them direct deposited into  a bank or credit union account, or Direct Express debit MasterCard by March…

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Orange County pastor pleads guilty for Social Security fraud

March 10, 2011 An Orange County pastor has pleaded guilty to fraudulent receipt of Social Security benefits, according to cbs19.com. The pastor was receiving Social Security benefits since…

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Social Security benefits will fluctuate between now and retirement

March 11, 2011 Every year the Social Security Administration sends an annual statement that shows what your Social Security benefits will be at retirement, the Chicago Tribune reports.…

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Obama advisers split on Social Security benefits

March 15, 2011 Social Security reform is pulling President Barack Obama economic and political advisers in different directions, The Hill reports. The economic team is pressuring President Obama…

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Man goes to prison for Social Security benefits fraud

March 16, 2011 A man who stole Social Security benefits is looking at several years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines, Central Valley Business Times reports.…

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Poll: Most would rather see cuts in Social Security benefits than state budgets

March 17, 2011 A recent poll shows more Americans would rather see cuts in Social Security benefits than seeing cuts to state budgets, ABC News reports. Those who…

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Senate majority leader won’t consider changes to Social Security benefits

March 18, 2011 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he’s not willing to consider changes to Social Security benefits for another 20 years, according to foxnews.com. He says…

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Taxes, retirement raise questions on Social Security benefits

March 21, 2011 Saving for retirement and collecting Social Security benefits can be confusing. Add taxes to the equation, and it gets really confusing. According to marketwatch.com, there…

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Focus needs to stay on Social Security benefits

March 22, 2011 In a commentary on dailyrecord.com, one man believes the focus needs to be on Social Security benefits for those who live in New Jersey. According…

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Retirees might make sacrifices when living on Social Security benefits

March 24, 2011 Retirees often have to cut back on expenses, especially if they’re living on Social Security benefits, FOX Business reports. Living solely on Social Security benefits…

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Woman conceals mother’s body to receive Social Security benefits

March 24, 2011 A woman whose mother’s body was found in a house faces Social Security fraud charges. The woman concealed her mother’s death to continue to receive…

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Parties try to find compromise for Social Security benefits

March 25, 2011 According to washingtonpost.com, Democrats are split on whether to take on safety net programs, such as social security benefits. Some Democratic lawmakers say they are…

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Do you know when to start collecting Social Security?

March 28, 2011 One of the hardest questions for a future retiree is deciding when to retire and collect Social Security benefits. With so much to consider, how…

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Future retirees need to know how to maximize Social Security benefits

April 4, 2011 Foxbusiness.com has provided a chart to help retirees figure out the best way to file for Social Security benefits for yourself and your spouse. The…

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Man steals more than $60,000 in Social Security benefits

April 5, 2011 A man is facing several charges for Social Security fraud, according to woio.com. The mall was indicted on charges of tampering with records, grand theft and…

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Recession prompts early collection of Social Security benefits

April 6, 2011 According to a blog on Forbes.com, 45% of current retirees reported they had left the work force before they planned to in order to collect…

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Social Security benefits may change for seniors after being moved to nursing home

April 7, 2011 Seniors who collect Social Security benefits may wonder how they might be affected should they have to go to a nursing home. According to seattletimes.com,…

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Social Security earnings statements will no longer be mailed out

April 8, 2011 Social Security earnings statements will no longer be mailed in an effort to save money, according to thirdage.com. This is not an issue related to…

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Electronic deposit safest way to receive Social Security benefits

April 11, 2011 Receiving Social Security benefits electronically is said to be the safest way for one to receive his/her check, according to heraldbulletin.com. Why is it better…

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Politicians should look at all angles before changing Social Security benefits

April 12, 2011 Some believe the approach to solving issues around Social Security benefits is misguided. Political parties differ in their opinions as to what needs to be…

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Senators see various sides to Social Security

April 13, 2011 California senators see different sides to making changes to Social Security benefits. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein says everything should be on the table before changes…

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President Obama addresses Social Security benefits, national deficit

April 14, 2011 Many are concerned about the future of Social Security benefits as President Barack Obama addresses the national deficit. According to cbsnews.com, the president said Social…

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Raising retirement age may deny Social Security benefits to blue collar workers

April 15, 2011 Collecting Social Security benefits is not a guarantee. Those who work in blue collar jobs, where work is often physical, may not be able to…

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Republicans introduce new idea for saving Social Security benefits

April 18, 2011 Three Republican senators have released a plan to save Social Security benefits without raising taxes. They said it would be beneficial to raise the retirement…

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Waiting to get Social Security benefits may not be ideal

April 20, 2011 An opinion article on boston.com says people should wait as long as they can before claiming Social Security benefits. A person’s Social Security benefit increases…

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Do Social Security benefits really contribute to the national deficit?

April 21, 2011 Whether or not Social Security benefits contribute to national debt has been a big debate. According to huffingtonpost.com, eventually all the money the system has…

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Social Security benefits to be received electronically for new applicants

April 26, 2011 It has been all over the news, but starting May 1, those applying for Social Security benefits will only be able to receive their benefits…

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Seniors against Social Security benefits cuts protest in Connecticut

April 27, 2011 Seniors who are unhappy about cuts to Social Security benefits are protesting, according to 9wsyr.com. A “Don’t make us work til we die” rally was planned…

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Do you know where your taxes for Social Security benefits go?

April 29, 2011 A letter to the editor on mwherald.com says the government isn’t using payroll taxes to build the funds for retirement or Social Security benefits, but…

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Woman indicted on charges for Social Security benefits fraud

May 2, 2011 A woman has been indicted on charges for Social Security benefits fraud. The woman applied for and received Social Security survivor benefits for one of…

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Improvements to Social Security benefits, Medicare may ensure future for retirees

May 3, 2011 The potential changes being presented to Social Security benefits have caused anxiety for many Americans, especially those with plans to retire soon. Janet Witt, grassroots…

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New Rule Protects Disability and Social Security Funds from Garnishment

May 4, 2011 The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a new rule that took effect on Monday making it more difficult for creditors to garnish Social Security…

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AARP Launches Campaign to Safeguard Social Security and Medicare

May 5, 2011 AARP kicked off a new, multi-million dollar campaign yesterday to protect retirees from potentially “detrimental” budget cuts to Social Security and Medicare. A recent AARP…

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Watchdog Group Calls Out Billionaire David Koch for Social Security Stand

May 6, 2011 On Wednesday, watchdog group Brave New Foundation released an inflammatory new viral video titled “Koch Brothers Exposed.” The eight-minute video juxtaposes footage of American businessman David…

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Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Dead Grandfather’s Social Security Benefits for 27 Years

May 9, 2011 On Friday, an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, man entered a guilty plea in federal court for making false statements and stealing 27 years worth of Social…

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Alabama Man Gets Probation After Spending Dead Mother’s Social Security Checks

May 10, 2011 A 58-year-old resident of Prichard, Alabama, received five years probation last week for illegally collecting $33,588 in Social Security monies after his mother died. The…

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Senate Finance Chairman Says Deficit Reduction Package Won’t Impact Social Security

May 11, 2011 The deficit reduction package that Congress is now hammering out won’t include cuts to Social Security, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. On Tuesday,…

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Tucson Brothers Plead Guilty to Social Security Fraud

A pair of Tucson, Arizona, brothers plead guilty this week to Conspiracy, Mail Fraud, and Conversion of Social Security Payee Funds for orchestrating a $1.3 million embezzlement scheme…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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Report: Senior Citizens Have Lost 32 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000

A new report from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) analyzes the crooked correlation between cost-of-living for senior citizens and the yearly adjustments made by The Social Security Administration…

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A New Study Asks: How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

In anticipation of the number of drivers over 70 tripling in the next 20 years, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently analyzed senior citizens…

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Senator Tom Coburn: Social Security Disability Is Being Used to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has waged a very public crack-down on the Social Security Administration’s disability program, saying in a new interview with The Oklahoman that he thinks…

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Are Couples Doing Enough Social Security Planning?

Most married couples in their sixties don’t know how to maximize their Social Security benefits and don’t know whether or not it’s appropriate to ask their financial planner…

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Portrait of US poverty not accurate

November 7, 2011 The New York Times reports that the official way of counting poverty is a historical artifact. It was created as a placeholder in 1963 until…

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Census Bureau releases its long-promised alternate measure of poverty

Alternative measures of poverty, quietly published in the past, have shown less poverty among children because of safety-net programs but more poverty among older Americans, who are often…

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Kentucky sisters go to court to get Social Security cards

Two sisters, who live in the tiny enclave of Lily, Kentucky, close to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, will finally get Social Security numbers, according to the…

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US Senate unveils bill to prevent cases like the Pennsylvania basement captives

Legislation was unveiled Monday to close a Social Security loophole that enabled a woman to collect government assistance checks that belonged to a mentally disabled person locked in…

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Governor defends son’s Social Security benefits

Arizona’s governor says that she is troubled that her adult son’s mental illness is again in the news, reports The Republic. She had recently been told by her…

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Congress’s debate over payroll tax in limbo–part 1

Yet another polarizing debate over the economy, entitlements, taxes, and debts is underway. In the next few days, Congress will make a decision about the payroll tax, which…

Read More

Congress debate over payroll tax in limbo–part 2

A ticking reminder--a countdown clock--for the looming tax increase is kept on the White House website, according to the Birmingham News. But it does not seem to be making…

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Social Security Disability benefits system to undergo a review in 2012

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has commissioned an independent review of the federal disability system, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Administrative Conference of the United States, which studies…

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The unemployed turn to Social Security Disability fund

As many jobless people exhaust their unemployment benefits, they are turning to the Social Security Disability (SSD) fund to survive, reports the Huffington Post. The number of people…

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Social Security employee confesses to fraud

A former Social Security employee was sentenced to six months of house arrest for selling Social Security numbers to a undercover federal agent, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel.…

Read More

Private cloud storage considered by Social Security

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is seeking ideas on a new enterprise storage infrastructure to replace aging systems, reports Information Week. Private cloud is one option for a…

Read More

Social Security numbers, personal information stolen in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Aging (DOA) warns customers that their personal information may be in jeopardy, according to KWCH News. A laptop computer, flash drive, and paper files…

Read More

Social Security to resume statements for 60 and over, for 25 year-olds

The chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging announced Tuesday that Social Security benefits statements will again be sent out to selected age groups, according to The…

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North Carolina woman steals child’s best friend’s Social Security

Facing multiple felonies, a Fayetteville, North Carolina, woman is accused of signing and cashing her daughter's best friend's Social Security checks, reports WTVD News. The 43-year old woman…

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Court precedent may be set in-vitro fertilization case

When a child is conceived after his father's death, should his mother have a legal right to Social Security benefits? One Utah woman who gave birth to a baby…

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The Heritage Foundation comments on Social Security and Medicare

On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation released an "Index of Dependence on Government" report, according to Media Matters for America. The Heritage's report comments on important government programs such as…

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Seniors Missing Out on Benefits

Millions of seniors in the United States are missing out on more than $20 billion in aid that could help pay for food, medicine, and heating, simply because…

Read More

Delaware Office Rejects High Rate of Disability Claims

Why are Social Security Disability cases heard by Dover, Delaware, judges consistently denied at some of the highest rates in the country? DelmarvaNow.com asks. Not much has improved…

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Woman sentenced in Social Security thefts

March 9, 2012 After she was no longer entitled to the Social Security Disability money, a 51-year-old Hyannis woman illegally collected her children's Disability checks, according to the…

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AARP To Attend Social Security “Salon”

On Monday the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will kick off a national Social Security and Medicare "listening tour" called “You’re Earned a Say, and We’re Listening,”…

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SSA raids dead man’s account in Arizona

In Phoenix, Arizona, when a 79-year-old man passed away, his daughter discovered that the Social Security Administration (SSA) had taken almost $25,000 from his bank account, according to…

Read More

Beware: Fraud Extends to Tax Returns

Thieves have found ways to steal Social Security numbers and dates of birth, which are used to file bogus tax returns, reports Trib.com. The fake returns claim fraudulent deductions…

Read More

No more checks in the mail!

Staring next year by March 2013, checks will no longer be issued and mailed to the millions of people who receive government benefits, reports RecordPub.com. This action is…

Read More

Social Security numbers almost leaked

Copies of disks including records for 13 million Texas voters were handed over to the opposing lawyers in the Texas voter ID case, reports My San Antonio. Half…

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Online Social Security statements could be illegal

Saving $70 million annually in paper, printing, and postage, paper Social Security statements have been eliminated for most participating workers, but is going online legal? asks Reuters. This Social…

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Surfing Social Security online

As of May 1, the Social Security Administration has created a feature on its website that allows you to view your Social Security earnings and benefits online, according…

Read More

May Is Disability Awareness Month

May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month, according to the Houston Chronicle. Most of you are probably aware of the value of health insurance or of life insurance, but…

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Children conceived after father’s death do not get SS benefits

The Supreme Court ruled that a man’s children who were conceived through artificial insemination after his death are not eligible for Social Security survivor benefits, reports the San…

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Vets’ disability pay may be judged by Justices

A disabled vet is asking the Supreme Court to consider whether states violate federal law when they allow divorce courts to count a veteran’s disability toward spousal support,…

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Florida man collects dead mother’s Social Security

June 1, 2012 The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando said that a Brevard man was sentenced to four years in a federal prison for collecting nearly $160,000 from…

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Stalemate in Congress could doom SSDI

June 4, 2012 The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is now projected to run out of money by the year 2016, according to Myrtle Beach Online. That’s much…

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Social Security Disability scam uncovered in Warren County, New Jersey

A New Jersey couple was sentenced Wednesday for a fraudulent Social Security Disability payment scheme, reports NJ.com. The 44-year-old man of Hackettstown, New Jersey, was sentenced to six months…

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Social Security disability plot revealed

In Adrian, Michigan, three people were jailed after they lied and told police their friend’s gunshot wound was from a robbery, reports lenconnect.com. After the men dropped the robbery…

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Supreme Court approves Affordable Care Act

July 2, 2012 The Affordable Care Act was passed by the United States Supreme Court Thursday in a 5-4 decision, reports the Tucson Citizen. The act requires almost everyone…

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Woman illegally receives SSDI benefits for 15 years

July 11, 2012 A 69-year-old woman of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was sentenced yesterday by a United States district judge to three years’ probation for her illegal receipt of more…

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SSA makes costly mistake

July 13, 2012 An oversight by the Social Security Administration (SSA) of not recording 1.2 million people’s names on a list called “Death Master File” may have caused…

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Philly council staffer charged with stealing Social Security checks

July 20, 2012 Beware if you have an elderly person in your family or know an elderly person who receives Social Security benefits, as they may need your…

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New book on Social Security

July 25, 2012 The People’s Pension: the Struggle to Defend Social Security by Eric Laursen is a new book that discusses the top ten threats to America’s national…

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Workers with disabilities can help efficiency

July 30, 2012 Recently, America celebrated the 22 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. But even with the passage of this historical act, Americans with disabilities…

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NOSSCR launches campaign to defend SSDI

August 3, 2012 Wednesday was the 56th anniversary of the Social Security Act Disability Amendment.  With that act, the United States government made a commitment to provide every…

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Social Security historical shift

August 6, 2012 When Social Security was enacted in the 1930s, it was a better deal than it is today, reports CBS News. If you retired in the 1960s,…

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Nebraska brothers convicted in Social Security Disability fraud case

August 8, 2012 Two Nebraska brothers have been convicted in a federal court of conspiracy and theft in a case of Social Security fraud, reports WOWT News. Following a…

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Online Social Security statements big success

August 10, 2012 In less than two months, one million people have gone online and created a My Social Security account to view their Social Security statements, reports Wausau…

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Social Security Disability Insurance attorneys in demand more than ever

August 13, 2012 Today, about 85 percent of disability claimants who appeal denials to administrative law judges hire a lawyer to represent them.  That’s up from 20 percent…

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Social Security and student loans–an odd mix

August 17, 2012 The U.S. government is withholding money from Social Security recipients who stopped paying on federal student loans, reports NPR. While some retirees might be dealing with…

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Minnesota man found guilty of Social Security fraud

August 24, 2012 In Hermantown, a suburb of Duluth, Minnesota, a 51-year-old man was charged with one count of theft of government funds. He was also charged with…

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Social Security benefits going paperless in 2013

September 5, 2012 Natural disasters, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac, show the fragility of the paper check system. After Katrina, tens of thousands of emergency payments had…

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Man Held Captive for Social Security Disability Checks

Sept. 7, 2012 A 63-year-old disabled man was held captive and abused in a basement of a Southwest Philadelphia home for months by an acquaintance who stole his…

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North Carolina woman stole Social Security numbers to qualify for work

September 10, 2012 To be eligible for work, a Thomasville, North Carolina, woman is accused of using the Social Security numbers of two deceased women, reports My Fox 8.…

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82-year-old woman sentenced for Social Security fraud

September 14, 2012 In Montco, Pennsylvania, an 82-year-old Montgomery County resident was sentenced yesterday to six months home confinement and five-years of probation for illegally collecting $186,000 in…

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Social Security disability claims backlogged

The Social Security Administration is so overwhelmed by disability claims that some officials are awarding benefits without adequately reviewing applications, congressional investigators say in a new report, according…

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Bank accused of discriminating against disabled

The U.S. Department of Justice accused the Bank of America Corp of violating federal laws by discriminating against mortgage applicants on the basis of disability, reports Huffington Post.…

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Seven states awarded more than $20 million for disability employment initiative

September 21, 2012 The Disability Employment Initiative, which already supports 16 state projects, added seven more state grants yesterday to implement exemplary employment services for individuals with disabilities…

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Son steals father’s Social Security for almost three decades

A Fairfield, Connecticut, man was jailed for stealing more than $300,000 in Social Security payments, reports Fairfield Citizen. He has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for…

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Report distorts reality of SSD program

A September 12 report from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations identified problems with the Social Security Disability (SSD) program, but many of these problems are the result…

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Connecticut man confesses to using fraudulent Social Security number

A Social Security number is required to get a job and collect Social Security benefits. To apply for a number and card, you must complete an application and…

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Man convicted of receiving fraudulent Social Security Disability payments

Meeting your basic needs when you have little or no income can be a struggle, especially when you are trying to support your family or cope with a…

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Presidential candidates weigh in on Social Security system

When asked about Social Security during their first presidential debate, both President Obama and Mitt Romney gave brief, detail-free, and general answers, according to CNN Money. Regardless of who’s…

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Small Social Security increase in 2013

In 2012, seniors received a 3.6 percent Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) and a Medicare premium increase. In 2013, the Social Security COLA is expected to…

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Brain tumor patient denied SSD

After her son died of a brain tumor at age 23, a woman received the following letter from the Social Security Administration addressed to him: "We're writing to…

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South Carolina reveals massive data breach

After a server at South Carolina’s Department of Revenue was breached by an international hacker, 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers were…

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Maryland man receives SSD benefits after 9-year wait

While a man was lying in a hospital bed recovering from a recent heart procedure, he learned the Social Security Administration (SSA) would pay him more than $206,000…

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Hurricane Sandy means late checks for some Social Security recipients

Your Social Security or disability checks may be late this month if you live in New Jersey, New York, or Connecticut. This month the U.S. Postal Service was…

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SSDI, SSI recipients to see small COLA in 2013

The cost of living adjustment (COLA) increases that Social Security retirement recipients get are also applied to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits,…

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Social Security offices to close earlier

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is cutting public hours at its offices as a cost-saving measure. Starting November 19, Social Security offices will close 30 minutes early each…

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Disabled borrowers may be able to get their student loans forgiven

The Education Department (ED) enacted reforms recently on behalf of borrowers who become disabled, according to ProPublica. Under federal law, borrowers who develop severe and lasting disabilities are…

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Many Americans concerned about cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

According to the Huffington Post, election-day polls found that many Americans call cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security "unacceptable." A total of 15 senators have signed a letter…

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Employee and employer plead guilty to Social Security Disability fraud

This week a 61-year-old Philipsburg, Montana, man has pleaded guilty to Social Security Disability fraud, reports The Republic. Not only has the Philipsburg man pleaded guilty, but also his…

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Lawmaker accused of Social Security fraud

Yesterday a former Missouri lawmaker was indicted on charges of theft and Social Security fraud, reports the News Tribune. While still getting paid as a House member, the 65-year-old…

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Social Security Disability fast tracking

To address the chronic backlog of the Social Security Administration, the agency is working to streamline the application process. To ease the burden of debilitating conditions, the Social…

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Social Security numbers accidentally published in California

The State of California mistakenly published thousands of Social Security numbers on the internet last week, reports WDAM. Nearly 14,000 Social Security numbers belonging to Medi-Cal providers working for…

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Social Security Commissioner Astrue Honored for Service

Michael J. Astrue was sworn in as Commissioner of Social Security on February 12, 2007, for a six-year term that expires on January 19, 2013. As commissioner, he focused…

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“Ticket to Work” Helps SSI Recipients

December 21, 2012 Millions of Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits want to work, reports Picket News. Ticket to Work is a free, voluntary program that helps…

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Senator Questions Why ‘Adult Baby’ Receives Social Security Disability Checks

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has asked the Social Security Administration to investigate why a 30-year-old man and his roommate are receiving Supplemental Social Security Income benefits. The two…

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Judge Being Investigated for High Rate of Approval on Social Security Disability Appeals

After a Wall Street Journal exposé on the high rate at which administrative law judge David B. Daugherty approves Social Security Disability appeals claims, the U.S. Social Security Administration…

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Social Security Administration Chief: ‘SSI Program Is Flawed’

On Monday Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael Astrue admitted to The Boston Globe during an editorial board meeting that there are significant problems with the agency’s $10 billion…

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Lenient Social Security Disability Judge Put on Leave

The Social Security Administration put Huntington, West Virginia, administrative law judge David B. Daugherty on paid leave Thursday and escorted him out of his office after a Wall…

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Minnesota Man Accused of Social Security Disability Theft

A Perham, Minnesota, man allegedly lied to the Social Security Administration to illegally collection Social Security Disability benefits, reports the Detroit Lakes Tribune. A special agent discovered that…

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Number of Americans Awaiting Disability Appeals Decisions Growing

A new study reveals that the logjam of pending disability appeals has grown so that 741,000 Americans are now awaiting hearings that will determine their eligibility for Social…

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Enraged Man Crashes Van into Michigan Social Security Office

A 47-year-old man from Kingsley, Michigan, purposefully crashed his van into a Social Security Administration office on Sunday night in Traverse City, Michigan. The man told the Traverse…

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American Cities Urged to Prepare for ‘Silver Tsunami of Baby Boomers’

A new Associated Press article urges American cities to get ready for the elderly. And not the hobbling-with-a-cane elderly stereotype. This time there’s a new senior in town,…

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Obama: ‘I Cannot Guarantee That Social Security Checks Will Go Out’ Next Month

Retired and disabled citizens of the United States are sweating collective bullets right about now as the clock ticks down on Congress’s federal deficit negotiations. In a new…

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Social Security Administration Accidentally ‘Kills’ 14,000 Americans Each Year

The United States government inadvertently places an estimated 14,000 living people in the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File each year, according to Memphis’s The Commerical Appeal. The…

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The ‘Gang of Six’ on Social Security and The Federal Deficit

Have you heard of the “Gang of Six” yet? It’s a group of six bipartisan senators who have outlined a plan to cut the federal deficit by $3.7…

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Budget Cuts Mean Social Security Field Offices Will Close a Half-Hour Early

Congressional budget cuts are forcing the Social Security Administration to reduce its public hours. Beginning August 15, 2011, Social Security field offices across the country will close to…

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Hospital Spending Down Now That Medicare Foots Prescription Drug Bill

Medicare has been paying for its beneficiaries’ prescription drugs since January 2006, and a new study finds that this change has had a large fiscal effect on nursing…

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Debt Deal Protects Social Security for Now

The last-minute debt ceiling deal agreed upon by the House on Sunday, July 31, won’t affect Social Security. CNN reports that the deal won’t touch the program, despite…

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Deficit Reduction Deal Could Bring More Social Security Disability Reviews

The deficit reduction deal passed earlier this week could mean that the Social Security Administration will put a higher priority on reviewing recipients of disability payments and supplemental…

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Governor Tim Pawlenty Suggests Raising the Social Security Retirement Age

Minnesota governor and GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty suggests that the best way to deal with the prospect of the Social Security Administration running out of funds sometime…

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What to Do if the Social Security Administration Lists You As Dead

Considering the fact that each year the Social Security Administration lists an average of 14,000 Americans as dead who are very much alive, it’s good to know what…

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Social Security Administration Told to Improve Online Services

A federal auditor has suggested that the Social Security Administration focus more attention on its online offerings, as more and more beneficiaries now turn to the Internet to…

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The Average Person Now Retires Later, Says Report

Americans are now retiring at older ages than they were in the mid-’90s, according to analysis of Census Bureau data by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston…

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Gov. Rick Perry Backtracking on Social Security Stance

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who recently joined the presidential race, once made no bones about his feelings toward the 76-year-old Social Security program, calling it “a crumbling monument…

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Hackers Stole Social Security Numbers from 43,000 Yale Staff and Students

Hackers accessed a reported 43,000 Social Security numbers through an unprotected Google FTP server, according to Gizmodo.com. These numbers belonged to faculty, staff, students, and alumni whose information…

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IRS Issues Warning About Social Security Scam

Midwest residents need to be on the lookout for a potential Social Security scam that promises a large tax return but that actually threatens to steal your identity.…

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New Report: Social Security Paid $40.3 to Dead People

A recent report from the Social Security Inspector General gave plenty of Americans something to wag their heads about this week when it revealed that the agency has…

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New Report: Social Security Paid $40.3 Million to Dead People

A recent report from the Social Security Inspector General gave plenty of Americans something to wag their heads about this week when it revealed that the agency has…

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How to Prepare Your Disabled Children for Your Death

Aging parents of disabled children are right to be concerned about how their child will be taken care of once they've died. And because a reported 12 percent…

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Alabama Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Disability Fraud

The jig is up for a Birmingham, Alabama, woman who falsely applied for and collected Social Security Disability payments for nine years using her former daughter-in-law’s name and…

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Hundreds of New Puerto Rico Disability Claims Raise Fraud Questions

After 300 employees were laid off from a Puerto Rico pharmaceutical plant, 290 of them applied for Social Security Disability and all cited the care of the same…

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Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Fraud

Today an Avondale, Louisiana, woman plead guilty to stealing more than $70,000 in disability payments from the Social Security Administration. The 48-year-old woman admitted to U.S. District Judge…

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Are Couples Doing Enough Social Security Planning?

Most married couples in their sixties don’t know how to maximize their Social Security benefits and don’t know whether or not it’s appropriate to ask their financial planner…

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Why Disabled Americans Face Fewer Jobs

Fewer disabled people in America are finding work, and more of them are collecting Social Security Disability benefits—so that officials now say that the trust fund for Social…

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NYC Disability Advocates File Lawsuit to Fight for Taxi Accessibility

To say that New York City resident Christopher Noel has a hard time hailing a cab is an understatement. Of 13,000 taxicabs in the Big Apple, only two…

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Disabled Veteran Fights for Benefits Denied Over Same-Sex Marriage

A disabled veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws defining marriage as being between opposite-sex partners after she was denied veterans benefits. The New…

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4 Mentally Disabled People Locked in Basement While Captors Cash Disability Checks

In a news story that’s making waves around the world, a fourth person has been arrested for her connection to a scheme in which four mentally disabled adults…

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‘Adult Baby’ Will Continue to Get Social Security Checks

The California man who playacts as an “adult baby” has been cleared of wrongdoing by the Social Security Administration and will continue to receive Supplemental Social Security Income…

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Disabled People ‘Walking Targets’ for Social Security Fraud, Says Advocate

Last week brought disturbing news about the Philadelphia arrests of four people who were imprisoning four mentally disabled people in a basement crawl space in order to cash…

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Social Security Administration Website Given Top Customer Satisfaction Rating

Plenty of people have a beef with the Social Security Administration for not approving their disability benefits, among other grievances, but one thing that most people give the…

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Social Security Administration Considers More Sensitive Title For Mental Disorder

January 30, 2013 Mental retardation is listed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a condition that makes a person eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. However, many…

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Lenient Social Security Disability Judge Put on Leave

The Social Security Administration put Huntington, West Virginia, administrative law judge David B. Daugherty on paid leave Thursday and escorted him out of his office after a Wall…

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3 Ways Your Social Security Benefits Are Already Being Cut

Though the debate about whether or not to cut Social Security spending is consuming many a politician these days, a new article from The Wall Street Journal points…

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How to Get Social Security Benefits from an Ex-Spouse

An article published today on CBSMoneyWatch.com addresses how to access additional Social Security monies based on the earnings of an ex-husband or ex-wife. CBS financial blogger Steve Vernon…

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Top Social Security Judge Steps Down After Criticism

It was announced yesterday that Charlie Andrus--chief Social Security Administration judge in the agency’s Huntington, West Virginia, office—voluntarily stepped down from his position amid controversy about an approval-happy…

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Social Security Judge Retires As Investigation of Work Record Continues

An administrative law judge from Huntington, West Virginia—David B. Daugherty—has announced his retirement as multiple investigations into his work record continue. Daugherty, 75, came under fire in May when…

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Social Security Administration Struggles to Collect $5.4 Billion Overpaid to Disabled Workers

Last month it was revealed that the Social Security Administration overpaid approximately $5.4 billion in benefits to disabled workers in 2009; this week the United States Government Accountability…

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The 9 Best Companies for Disabled Americans to Work

In conjunction with Labor Day, the National Organization on Disability is applauding nine companies that it says recognizes and hires Americans with disabilities. These companies include Sam’s Club,…

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Governor defends son’s Social Security benefits

Arizona’s governor says that she is troubled that her adult son’s mental illness is again in the news, reports The Republic. She had recently been told by her…

Read More

Congress’s debate over payroll tax in limbo–part 1

Yet another polarizing debate over the economy, entitlements, taxes, and debts is underway. In the next few days, Congress will make a decision about the payroll tax, which…

Read More

Congress debate over payroll tax in limbo–part 2

A ticking reminder--a countdown clock--for the looming tax increase is kept on the White House website, according to the Birmingham News. But it does not seem to be making…

Read More

Social Security Disability benefits system to undergo a review in 2012

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has commissioned an independent review of the federal disability system, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Administrative Conference of the United States, which studies…

Read More

The unemployed turn to Social Security Disability fund

As many jobless people exhaust their unemployment benefits, they are turning to the Social Security Disability (SSD) fund to survive, reports the Huffington Post. The number of people…

Read More

Social Security employee confesses to fraud

A former Social Security employee was sentenced to six months of house arrest for selling Social Security numbers to a undercover federal agent, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel.…

Read More

Private cloud storage considered by Social Security

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is seeking ideas on a new enterprise storage infrastructure to replace aging systems, reports Information Week. Private cloud is one option for a…

Read More

Social Security numbers, personal information stolen in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Aging (DOA) warns customers that their personal information may be in jeopardy, according to KWCH News. A laptop computer, flash drive, and paper files…

Read More

Social Security to resume statements for 60 and over, for 25 year-olds

The chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging announced Tuesday that Social Security benefits statements will again be sent out to selected age groups, according to The…

Read More

North Carolina woman steals child’s best friend’s Social Security

Facing multiple felonies, a Fayetteville, North Carolina, woman is accused of signing and cashing her daughter's best friend's Social Security checks, reports WTVD News. The 43-year old woman…

Read More

Court precedent may be set in-vitro fertilization case

When a child is conceived after his father's death, should his mother have a legal right to Social Security benefits? One Utah woman who gave birth to a baby…

Read More

The Heritage Foundation comments on Social Security and Medicare

On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation released an "Index of Dependence on Government" report, according to Media Matters for America. The Heritage's report comments on important government programs such as…

Read More

Seniors Missing Out on Benefits

Millions of seniors in the United States are missing out on more than $20 billion in aid that could help pay for food, medicine, and heating, simply because…

Read More

Delaware Office Rejects High Rate of Disability Claims

Why are Social Security Disability cases heard by Dover, Delaware, judges consistently denied at some of the highest rates in the country? DelmarvaNow.com asks. Not much has improved…

Read More

Woman sentenced in Social Security thefts

March 9, 2012 After she was no longer entitled to the Social Security Disability money, a 51-year-old Hyannis woman illegally collected her children's Disability checks, according to the…

Read More

AARP To Attend Social Security “Salon”

On Monday the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will kick off a national Social Security and Medicare "listening tour" called “You’re Earned a Say, and We’re Listening,”…

Read More

SSA raids dead man’s account in Arizona

In Phoenix, Arizona, when a 79-year-old man passed away, his daughter discovered that the Social Security Administration (SSA) had taken almost $25,000 from his bank account, according to…

Read More

Beware: Fraud Extends to Tax Returns

Thieves have found ways to steal Social Security numbers and dates of birth, which are used to file bogus tax returns, reports Trib.com. The fake returns claim fraudulent deductions…

Read More

No more checks in the mail!

Staring next year by March 2013, checks will no longer be issued and mailed to the millions of people who receive government benefits, reports RecordPub.com. This action is…

Read More

Social Security numbers almost leaked

Copies of disks including records for 13 million Texas voters were handed over to the opposing lawyers in the Texas voter ID case, reports My San Antonio. Half…

Read More

Online Social Security statements could be illegal

Saving $70 million annually in paper, printing, and postage, paper Social Security statements have been eliminated for most participating workers, but is going online legal? asks Reuters. This Social…

Read More

Surfing Social Security online

As of May 1, the Social Security Administration has created a feature on its website that allows you to view your Social Security earnings and benefits online, according…

Read More

May Is Disability Awareness Month

May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month, according to the Houston Chronicle. Most of you are probably aware of the value of health insurance or of life insurance, but…

Read More

Children conceived after father’s death do not get SS benefits

The Supreme Court ruled that a man’s children who were conceived through artificial insemination after his death are not eligible for Social Security survivor benefits, reports the San…

Read More

Vets’ disability pay may be judged by Justices

A disabled vet is asking the Supreme Court to consider whether states violate federal law when they allow divorce courts to count a veteran’s disability toward spousal support,…

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Florida man collects dead mother’s Social Security

June 1, 2012 The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando said that a Brevard man was sentenced to four years in a federal prison for collecting nearly $160,000 from…

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Stalemate in Congress could doom SSDI

June 4, 2012 The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is now projected to run out of money by the year 2016, according to Myrtle Beach Online. That’s much…

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Social Security Disability scam uncovered in Warren County, New Jersey

A New Jersey couple was sentenced Wednesday for a fraudulent Social Security Disability payment scheme, reports NJ.com. The 44-year-old man of Hackettstown, New Jersey, was sentenced to six months…

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Social Security disability plot revealed

In Adrian, Michigan, three people were jailed after they lied and told police their friend’s gunshot wound was from a robbery, reports lenconnect.com. After the men dropped the robbery…

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Supreme Court approves Affordable Care Act

July 2, 2012 The Affordable Care Act was passed by the United States Supreme Court Thursday in a 5-4 decision, reports the Tucson Citizen. The act requires almost everyone…

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Woman illegally receives SSDI benefits for 15 years

July 11, 2012 A 69-year-old woman of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was sentenced yesterday by a United States district judge to three years’ probation for her illegal receipt of more…

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SSA makes costly mistake

July 13, 2012 An oversight by the Social Security Administration (SSA) of not recording 1.2 million people’s names on a list called “Death Master File” may have caused…

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Philly council staffer charged with stealing Social Security checks

July 20, 2012 Beware if you have an elderly person in your family or know an elderly person who receives Social Security benefits, as they may need your…

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New book on Social Security

July 25, 2012 The People’s Pension: the Struggle to Defend Social Security by Eric Laursen is a new book that discusses the top ten threats to America’s national…

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Workers with disabilities can help efficiency

July 30, 2012 Recently, America celebrated the 22 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. But even with the passage of this historical act, Americans with disabilities…

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NOSSCR launches campaign to defend SSDI

August 3, 2012 Wednesday was the 56th anniversary of the Social Security Act Disability Amendment.  With that act, the United States government made a commitment to provide every…

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Social Security historical shift

August 6, 2012 When Social Security was enacted in the 1930s, it was a better deal than it is today, reports CBS News. If you retired in the 1960s,…

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Nebraska brothers convicted in Social Security Disability fraud case

August 8, 2012 Two Nebraska brothers have been convicted in a federal court of conspiracy and theft in a case of Social Security fraud, reports WOWT News. Following a…

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Online Social Security statements big success

August 10, 2012 In less than two months, one million people have gone online and created a My Social Security account to view their Social Security statements, reports Wausau…

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Social Security Disability Insurance attorneys in demand more than ever

August 13, 2012 Today, about 85 percent of disability claimants who appeal denials to administrative law judges hire a lawyer to represent them.  That’s up from 20 percent…

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Social Security and student loans–an odd mix

August 17, 2012 The U.S. government is withholding money from Social Security recipients who stopped paying on federal student loans, reports NPR. While some retirees might be dealing with…

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Minnesota man found guilty of Social Security fraud

August 24, 2012 In Hermantown, a suburb of Duluth, Minnesota, a 51-year-old man was charged with one count of theft of government funds. He was also charged with…

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Social Security benefits going paperless in 2013

September 5, 2012 Natural disasters, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac, show the fragility of the paper check system. After Katrina, tens of thousands of emergency payments had…

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Man Held Captive for Social Security Disability Checks

Sept. 7, 2012 A 63-year-old disabled man was held captive and abused in a basement of a Southwest Philadelphia home for months by an acquaintance who stole his…

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North Carolina woman stole Social Security numbers to qualify for work

September 10, 2012 To be eligible for work, a Thomasville, North Carolina, woman is accused of using the Social Security numbers of two deceased women, reports My Fox 8.…

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82-year-old woman sentenced for Social Security fraud

September 14, 2012 In Montco, Pennsylvania, an 82-year-old Montgomery County resident was sentenced yesterday to six months home confinement and five-years of probation for illegally collecting $186,000 in…

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Social Security disability claims backlogged

The Social Security Administration is so overwhelmed by disability claims that some officials are awarding benefits without adequately reviewing applications, congressional investigators say in a new report, according…

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Bank accused of discriminating against disabled

The U.S. Department of Justice accused the Bank of America Corp of violating federal laws by discriminating against mortgage applicants on the basis of disability, reports Huffington Post.…

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Seven states awarded more than $20 million for disability employment initiative

September 21, 2012 The Disability Employment Initiative, which already supports 16 state projects, added seven more state grants yesterday to implement exemplary employment services for individuals with disabilities…

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Son steals father’s Social Security for almost three decades

A Fairfield, Connecticut, man was jailed for stealing more than $300,000 in Social Security payments, reports Fairfield Citizen. He has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for…

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Report distorts reality of SSD program

A September 12 report from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations identified problems with the Social Security Disability (SSD) program, but many of these problems are the result…

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Connecticut man confesses to using fraudulent Social Security number

A Social Security number is required to get a job and collect Social Security benefits. To apply for a number and card, you must complete an application and…

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Man convicted of receiving fraudulent Social Security Disability payments

Meeting your basic needs when you have little or no income can be a struggle, especially when you are trying to support your family or cope with a…

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Presidential candidates weigh in on Social Security system

When asked about Social Security during their first presidential debate, both President Obama and Mitt Romney gave brief, detail-free, and general answers, according to CNN Money. Regardless of who’s…

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Small Social Security increase in 2013

In 2012, seniors received a 3.6 percent Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) and a Medicare premium increase. In 2013, the Social Security COLA is expected to…

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Brain tumor patient denied SSD

After her son died of a brain tumor at age 23, a woman received the following letter from the Social Security Administration addressed to him: "We're writing to…

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South Carolina reveals massive data breach

After a server at South Carolina’s Department of Revenue was breached by an international hacker, 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers were…

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Maryland man receives SSD benefits after 9-year wait

While a man was lying in a hospital bed recovering from a recent heart procedure, he learned the Social Security Administration (SSA) would pay him more than $206,000…

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Hurricane Sandy means late checks for some Social Security recipients

Your Social Security or disability checks may be late this month if you live in New Jersey, New York, or Connecticut. This month the U.S. Postal Service was…

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SSDI, SSI recipients to see small COLA in 2013

The cost of living adjustment (COLA) increases that Social Security retirement recipients get are also applied to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits,…

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Social Security offices to close earlier

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is cutting public hours at its offices as a cost-saving measure. Starting November 19, Social Security offices will close 30 minutes early each…

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Disabled borrowers may be able to get their student loans forgiven

The Education Department (ED) enacted reforms recently on behalf of borrowers who become disabled, according to ProPublica. Under federal law, borrowers who develop severe and lasting disabilities are…

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Many Americans concerned about cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

According to the Huffington Post, election-day polls found that many Americans call cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security "unacceptable." A total of 15 senators have signed a letter…

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Employee and employer plead guilty to Social Security Disability fraud

This week a 61-year-old Philipsburg, Montana, man has pleaded guilty to Social Security Disability fraud, reports The Republic. Not only has the Philipsburg man pleaded guilty, but also his…

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Lawmaker accused of Social Security fraud

Yesterday a former Missouri lawmaker was indicted on charges of theft and Social Security fraud, reports the News Tribune. While still getting paid as a House member, the 65-year-old…

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Social Security Disability fast tracking

To address the chronic backlog of the Social Security Administration, the agency is working to streamline the application process. To ease the burden of debilitating conditions, the Social…

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Social Security numbers accidentally published in California

The State of California mistakenly published thousands of Social Security numbers on the internet last week, reports WDAM. Nearly 14,000 Social Security numbers belonging to Medi-Cal providers working for…

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Social Security Commissioner Astrue Honored for Service

Michael J. Astrue was sworn in as Commissioner of Social Security on February 12, 2007, for a six-year term that expires on January 19, 2013. As commissioner, he focused…

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“Ticket to Work” Helps SSI Recipients

December 21, 2012 Millions of Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits want to work, reports Picket News. Ticket to Work is a free, voluntary program that helps…

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Seniors benefit from Social Security

Social Security benefits serves as the main source of income for women 65 and older, according to a report from the Joint Economic Community. Half of elderly women…

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Rate of Non-Elderly Mental Health Disability in the U.S. Rises

Non-elderly Americans are reporting more mental health disabilities now than they did in 1997—especially those who already suffer from other chronic conditions. This finding comes from a new…

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Social Security cuts prompt protests in 31 states

March 3, 2011 Republicans are posing a $1.7 billion cut to Social Security, promoting agency employees and Social Security beneficiaries to protest in 31 states, People's World reports.…

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Man sentenced for Social Security fraud

November 22, 2010 A man used his dead brother’s identity to collect Social Security benefits. According to columbian.com, the man will spend six months in prison and six…

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Man caught stealing Social Security benefits

December 20, 2010 A man is found guilty of stealing the identity of others to obtain Social Security benefits, KARE reports. The U.S. Department of State was notified…

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Woman pleads guilty to Social Security fraud

January 28, 2011 A woman pleaded guilty to fraud for stealing Social Security benefits. According to amarillo.com, the woman lied to receive Social Security Disability benefits for her…

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Orange County pastor pleads guilty for Social Security fraud

March 10, 2011 An Orange County pastor has pleaded guilty to fraudulent receipt of Social Security benefits, according to cbs19.com. The pastor was receiving Social Security benefits since…

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Man goes to prison for Social Security benefits fraud

March 16, 2011 A man who stole Social Security benefits is looking at several years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines, Central Valley Business Times reports.…

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Woman conceals mother’s body to receive Social Security benefits

March 24, 2011 A woman whose mother’s body was found in a house faces Social Security fraud charges. The woman concealed her mother’s death to continue to receive…

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Man steals more than $60,000 in Social Security benefits

April 5, 2011 A man is facing several charges for Social Security fraud, according to woio.com. The mall was indicted on charges of tampering with records, grand theft and…

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Woman indicted on charges for Social Security benefits fraud

May 2, 2011 A woman has been indicted on charges for Social Security benefits fraud. The woman applied for and received Social Security survivor benefits for one of…

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Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Dead Grandfather’s Social Security Benefits for 27 Years

May 9, 2011 On Friday, an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, man entered a guilty plea in federal court for making false statements and stealing 27 years worth of Social…

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Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Brother’s Social Security Disability Payments

On Wednesday a Kansas City, Missouri, man plead guilty to aggravated identity theft and mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. Prosecutors say the man, aged…

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Federal Prosecutors Nab 9 Kent, WA, Residents for Elaborate Disability Scam

Nine auto-dealers from Kent, Washington, were arrested Friday on charges of fraud and theft after allegedly scamming the Social Security Administration out of more than $700,000. The accused,…

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Alabama Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Disability Fraud

The jig is up for a Birmingham, Alabama, woman who falsely applied for and collected Social Security Disability payments for nine years using her former daughter-in-law’s name and…

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4 Mentally Disabled People Locked in Basement While Captors Cash Disability Checks

In a news story that’s making waves around the world, a fourth person has been arrested for her connection to a scheme in which four mentally disabled adults…

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Social Security employee confesses to fraud

A former Social Security employee was sentenced to six months of house arrest for selling Social Security numbers to a undercover federal agent, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel.…

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Beware: Fraud Extends to Tax Returns

Thieves have found ways to steal Social Security numbers and dates of birth, which are used to file bogus tax returns, reports Trib.com. The fake returns claim fraudulent deductions…

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North Carolina woman steals child’s best friend’s Social Security

Facing multiple felonies, a Fayetteville, North Carolina, woman is accused of signing and cashing her daughter's best friend's Social Security checks, reports WTVD News. The 43-year old woman…

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Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Fraud

Today an Avondale, Louisiana, woman plead guilty to stealing more than $70,000 in disability payments from the Social Security Administration. The 48-year-old woman admitted to U.S. District Judge…

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Governor Tim Pawlenty Suggests Raising the Social Security Retirement Age

Minnesota governor and GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty suggests that the best way to deal with the prospect of the Social Security Administration running out of funds sometime…

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New Rule Protects Disability and Social Security Funds from Garnishment

May 4, 2011 The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a new rule that took effect on Monday making it more difficult for creditors to garnish Social Security…

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Social Security Administration Chief: ‘SSI Program Is Flawed’

On Monday Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael Astrue admitted to The Boston Globe during an editorial board meeting that there are significant problems with the agency’s $10 billion…

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3 Ways Your Social Security Benefits Are Already Being Cut

Though the debate about whether or not to cut Social Security spending is consuming many a politician these days, a new article from The Wall Street Journal points…

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Letter: Address Congress about Social Security benefits

January 4, 2011 A letter to the editor in the Appleton Post-Crescent encourages readers to write their legislator in regards to Social Security. The letter’s author believes it’s the…

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Group fears secret changes to Social Security benefits

January 5, 2010 An advocate group fears that President Barack Obama and Republicans could make secret deals in regards to Social Security benefits, the Daily Kos reports. According…

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Mother seeks Social Security benefits for in-vitro children

January 7, 2011 A U.S. appeals court ruled that a New Jersey woman can seek Social Security benefits for twins conceived in vitro after her husband’s death, according…

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Social Security Administration stops visits to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket

January 13, 2011 The Social Security Administration has decided to stop visiting Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket regularly, and it may affect how people receive their Social Security benefits,…

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Social Security faces huge deficit

January 14, 2011 The Social Security deficit will be around $6 trillion over the next 75 years, according to FOX News. Thousands of Baby Boomers will be collecting…

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Study finds Latinos rely heavily on Social Security benefits

January 20, 2011 A study done in Colorado found that Latino residents rely more than other races on Social Security, according to publicboradcasting.net. A new group of Latino organizations is trying…

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Americans don’t have confidence in leadership with Social Security’s future

January 21, 2011 When it comes to the future of Social Security benefits, Americans have concerns, especially with being future retirees. According to a poll on huffingtonpost.com, Americans…

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Widows, widowers often need help with Social Security benefits

January 25, 2011 Widows and widowers are often confused about their eligibility for Social Security benefits, The Star Ledger reports. Whether or not you’re eligible for Social Security…

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Critics say president should have discussed Social Security reform

January 26, 2011 Critics of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address say he missed an opportunity to talk about Social Security reform, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution blogger…

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Will Social Security benefits run out by 2037?

January 27, 2011 According to the Associated Press, new congressional projections show Social Security benefits running deficits until 2037. It’s predicted that Social Security benefits will run out…

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Woman pleads guilty to Social Security fraud

January 28, 2011 A woman pleaded guilty to fraud for stealing Social Security benefits. According to amarillo.com, the woman lied to receive Social Security Disability benefits for her…

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Writer believes Social Security benefits won’t go bankrupt

February 1, 2011 In a letter to the editor about Social Security benefits in The Las Vegas Sun, one man says Social Security is not bankrupt and there…

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Seniors are seeing decreases in their Social Secuity benefits

February 2, 2011 According to a new survey on PR Newswire, seniors are receiving lower Social Security benefits checks. Some are receiving at least $50 less per month…

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Man serves jail time for lying to Social Security

February 4, 2011 A man who lied to the Social Security Administration about his finances is facing jail time, according to the Associated Press. The man will serve…

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Electronic switch to receiving Social Security benefits raises concerns

February 7, 2011 Those receiving Social Security benefits will expected to switch to receiving their payments through direct deposit or be issued a debit card, AnnArbor.com reports. The…

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Social Security benefits may be garnished under few circumstances

February 8, 2011 A letter to foxbusiness.com asks if Social Security benefits can be garnished. Social Security benefits cannot be garnished unless debt incurred is for child or…

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President asks for financial compromise with Social Security benefits

February 15, 2011 President Barack Obama said in a speech earlier this week that Congress must find a way to compromise a budget that includes adjustments to Social…

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President to use principals to guide Social Security reform

February 16, 2011 According to a report from usnews.com, these are a few of the principals President Obama says will guide him in Social Security reform: • Any…

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Study: Changes to Social Security benefits may improve health

February 17, 2011 According to a new study published in the Journal of Public Health Policy, Americans over the age of 65 experienced lower mortality rates in the…

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Social Security Administration may face furlough

February 22, 2011 Officials with the Social Security Administration and union leaders plan to discuss what to do if the government shuts down if President Barack Obama and…

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Man believes Social Security System is fine the way it is

February 23, 2011 A man posted on a Post-Journal readers forum saying the Social Security System is still working just fine the way it is. He believes it’s a…

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Concerns about Social Security checks addressed in event of government shutdown

February 24, 2011 Concerns about Social Security benefits have been addressed in the event the Social Security Administration has to temporarily shut down, CNN Money reports. Because Social…

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Social Security cuts prompt protests in 31 states

March 3, 2011 Republicans are posing a $1.7 billion cut to Social Security, promoting agency employees and Social Security beneficiaries to protest in 31 states, People's World reports.…

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Columnist calls Social Security benefits ‘middle-class welfare’

March 7, 2011 Newsweek columnist Robert J. Samuelson was under fire for calling Social Security benefits “middle-class welfare.” The comment caused backlash from Newsweek readers all over the…

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Those who collect Social Security benefits may not consider possibility of divorce

March 8, 2011 According to latimes.com, few people consider divorce when they think about their incomes dependent on Social Security benefits. Divorced people often make costly errors because…

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Social Security Administration encourages direct deposit

March 9, 2011 Those who receive Social Security benefits will have them direct deposited into  a bank or credit union account, or Direct Express debit MasterCard by March…

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Orange County pastor pleads guilty for Social Security fraud

March 10, 2011 An Orange County pastor has pleaded guilty to fraudulent receipt of Social Security benefits, according to cbs19.com. The pastor was receiving Social Security benefits since…

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Social Security benefits will fluctuate between now and retirement

March 11, 2011 Every year the Social Security Administration sends an annual statement that shows what your Social Security benefits will be at retirement, the Chicago Tribune reports.…

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You can apply for Social Security Disability benefits online

March 14, 2011 A letter from a reader written to app.com ask what to do in regards to applying for Social Security Disability benefits. The answer says she…

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Obama advisers split on Social Security benefits

March 15, 2011 Social Security reform is pulling President Barack Obama economic and political advisers in different directions, The Hill reports. The economic team is pressuring President Obama…

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Man goes to prison for Social Security benefits fraud

March 16, 2011 A man who stole Social Security benefits is looking at several years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines, Central Valley Business Times reports.…

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Focus needs to stay on Social Security benefits

March 22, 2011 In a commentary on dailyrecord.com, one man believes the focus needs to be on Social Security benefits for those who live in New Jersey. According…

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Retirees might make sacrifices when living on Social Security benefits

March 24, 2011 Retirees often have to cut back on expenses, especially if they’re living on Social Security benefits, FOX Business reports. Living solely on Social Security benefits…

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Woman conceals mother’s body to receive Social Security benefits

March 24, 2011 A woman whose mother’s body was found in a house faces Social Security fraud charges. The woman concealed her mother’s death to continue to receive…

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Parties try to find compromise for Social Security benefits

March 25, 2011 According to washingtonpost.com, Democrats are split on whether to take on safety net programs, such as social security benefits. Some Democratic lawmakers say they are…

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Do you know when to start collecting Social Security?

March 28, 2011 One of the hardest questions for a future retiree is deciding when to retire and collect Social Security benefits. With so much to consider, how…

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Future retirees need to know how to maximize Social Security benefits

April 4, 2011 Foxbusiness.com has provided a chart to help retirees figure out the best way to file for Social Security benefits for yourself and your spouse. The…

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Man steals more than $60,000 in Social Security benefits

April 5, 2011 A man is facing several charges for Social Security fraud, according to woio.com. The mall was indicted on charges of tampering with records, grand theft and…

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Recession prompts early collection of Social Security benefits

April 6, 2011 According to a blog on Forbes.com, 45% of current retirees reported they had left the work force before they planned to in order to collect…

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Social Security benefits may change for seniors after being moved to nursing home

April 7, 2011 Seniors who collect Social Security benefits may wonder how they might be affected should they have to go to a nursing home. According to seattletimes.com,…

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Social Security earnings statements will no longer be mailed out

April 8, 2011 Social Security earnings statements will no longer be mailed in an effort to save money, according to thirdage.com. This is not an issue related to…

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Electronic deposit safest way to receive Social Security benefits

April 11, 2011 Receiving Social Security benefits electronically is said to be the safest way for one to receive his/her check, according to heraldbulletin.com. Why is it better…

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Politicians should look at all angles before changing Social Security benefits

April 12, 2011 Some believe the approach to solving issues around Social Security benefits is misguided. Political parties differ in their opinions as to what needs to be…

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Senators see various sides to Social Security

April 13, 2011 California senators see different sides to making changes to Social Security benefits. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein says everything should be on the table before changes…

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President Obama addresses Social Security benefits, national deficit

April 14, 2011 Many are concerned about the future of Social Security benefits as President Barack Obama addresses the national deficit. According to cbsnews.com, the president said Social…

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Raising retirement age may deny Social Security benefits to blue collar workers

April 15, 2011 Collecting Social Security benefits is not a guarantee. Those who work in blue collar jobs, where work is often physical, may not be able to…

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Republicans introduce new idea for saving Social Security benefits

April 18, 2011 Three Republican senators have released a plan to save Social Security benefits without raising taxes. They said it would be beneficial to raise the retirement…

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Do Social Security benefits really contribute to the national deficit?

April 21, 2011 Whether or not Social Security benefits contribute to national debt has been a big debate. According to huffingtonpost.com, eventually all the money the system has…

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Social Security benefits to be received electronically for new applicants

April 26, 2011 It has been all over the news, but starting May 1, those applying for Social Security benefits will only be able to receive their benefits…

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Seniors against Social Security benefits cuts protest in Connecticut

April 27, 2011 Seniors who are unhappy about cuts to Social Security benefits are protesting, according to 9wsyr.com. A “Don’t make us work til we die” rally was planned…

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Do you know where your taxes for Social Security benefits go?

April 29, 2011 A letter to the editor on mwherald.com says the government isn’t using payroll taxes to build the funds for retirement or Social Security benefits, but…

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Woman indicted on charges for Social Security benefits fraud

May 2, 2011 A woman has been indicted on charges for Social Security benefits fraud. The woman applied for and received Social Security survivor benefits for one of…

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Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Brother’s Social Security Disability Payments

On Wednesday a Kansas City, Missouri, man plead guilty to aggravated identity theft and mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. Prosecutors say the man, aged…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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Report: Senior Citizens Have Lost 32 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000

A new report from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) analyzes the crooked correlation between cost-of-living for senior citizens and the yearly adjustments made by The Social Security Administration…

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Judge Being Investigated for High Rate of Approval on Social Security Disability Appeals

After a Wall Street Journal exposé on the high rate at which administrative law judge David B. Daugherty approves Social Security Disability appeals claims, the U.S. Social Security Administration…

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Social Security Administration May Add Videoconferencing to Website

The Social Security Administration is considering adding videoconferencing to its website to assist seniors who have inquiries about their Social Security or Social Security Disability benefits, said an…

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Social Security Administration Chief: ‘SSI Program Is Flawed’

On Monday Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael Astrue admitted to The Boston Globe during an editorial board meeting that there are significant problems with the agency’s $10 billion…

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A New Study Asks: How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

In anticipation of the number of drivers over 70 tripling in the next 20 years, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently analyzed senior citizens…

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Senator Tom Coburn: Social Security Disability Is Being Used to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has waged a very public crack-down on the Social Security Administration’s disability program, saying in a new interview with The Oklahoman that he thinks…

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Number of Americans Awaiting Disability Appeals Decisions Growing

A new study reveals that the logjam of pending disability appeals has grown so that 741,000 Americans are now awaiting hearings that will determine their eligibility for Social…

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House Members Butt Heads Over Social Security’s Role in Debt Ceiling Talk

As potential cuts to Social Security remain on the table in the discussion about how to reduce the federal debt, members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee…

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American Cities Urged to Prepare for ‘Silver Tsunami of Baby Boomers’

A new Associated Press article urges American cities to get ready for the elderly. And not the hobbling-with-a-cane elderly stereotype. This time there’s a new senior in town,…

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Obama: ‘I Cannot Guarantee That Social Security Checks Will Go Out’ Next Month

Retired and disabled citizens of the United States are sweating collective bullets right about now as the clock ticks down on Congress’s federal deficit negotiations. In a new…

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Chained CPI Formula Would Rip Off Needy Seniors, Says L.A. Times

A new Los Angeles Times editorial makes no bones about its opposition to a proposed change to the way inflation is calculated for Social Security beneficiaries. “Of all…

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Social Security Administration Accidentally ‘Kills’ 14,000 Americans Each Year

The United States government inadvertently places an estimated 14,000 living people in the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File each year, according to Memphis’s The Commerical Appeal. The…

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Budget Cuts Mean Social Security Field Offices Will Close a Half-Hour Early

Congressional budget cuts are forcing the Social Security Administration to reduce its public hours. Beginning August 15, 2011, Social Security field offices across the country will close to…

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Hospital Spending Down Now That Medicare Foots Prescription Drug Bill

Medicare has been paying for its beneficiaries’ prescription drugs since January 2006, and a new study finds that this change has had a large fiscal effect on nursing…

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Social Security Administration Struggles to Collect $5.4 Billion Overpaid to Disabled Workers

Last month it was revealed that the Social Security Administration overpaid approximately $5.4 billion in benefits to disabled workers in 2009; this week the United States Government Accountability…

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Deficit Reduction Deal Could Bring More Social Security Disability Reviews

The deficit reduction deal passed earlier this week could mean that the Social Security Administration will put a higher priority on reviewing recipients of disability payments and supplemental…

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Governor Tim Pawlenty Suggests Raising the Social Security Retirement Age

Minnesota governor and GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty suggests that the best way to deal with the prospect of the Social Security Administration running out of funds sometime…

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Social Security Administration Told to Improve Online Services

A federal auditor has suggested that the Social Security Administration focus more attention on its online offerings, as more and more beneficiaries now turn to the Internet to…

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The Average Person Now Retires Later, Says Report

Americans are now retiring at older ages than they were in the mid-’90s, according to analysis of Census Bureau data by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston…

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Gov. Rick Perry Backtracking on Social Security Stance

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who recently joined the presidential race, once made no bones about his feelings toward the 76-year-old Social Security program, calling it “a crumbling monument…

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Hackers Stole Social Security Numbers from 43,000 Yale Staff and Students

Hackers accessed a reported 43,000 Social Security numbers through an unprotected Google FTP server, according to Gizmodo.com. These numbers belonged to faculty, staff, students, and alumni whose information…

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IRS Issues Warning About Social Security Scam

Midwest residents need to be on the lookout for a potential Social Security scam that promises a large tax return but that actually threatens to steal your identity.…

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New Report: Social Security Paid $40.3 to Dead People

A recent report from the Social Security Inspector General gave plenty of Americans something to wag their heads about this week when it revealed that the agency has…

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New Report: Social Security Paid $40.3 Million to Dead People

A recent report from the Social Security Inspector General gave plenty of Americans something to wag their heads about this week when it revealed that the agency has…

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Hundreds of New Puerto Rico Disability Claims Raise Fraud Questions

After 300 employees were laid off from a Puerto Rico pharmaceutical plant, 290 of them applied for Social Security Disability and all cited the care of the same…

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Rate of Non-Elderly Mental Health Disability in the U.S. Rises

Non-elderly Americans are reporting more mental health disabilities now than they did in 1997—especially those who already suffer from other chronic conditions. This finding comes from a new…

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Are Couples Doing Enough Social Security Planning?

Most married couples in their sixties don’t know how to maximize their Social Security benefits and don’t know whether or not it’s appropriate to ask their financial planner…

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Why Disabled Americans Face Fewer Jobs

Fewer disabled people in America are finding work, and more of them are collecting Social Security Disability benefits—so that officials now say that the trust fund for Social…

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NYC Disability Advocates File Lawsuit to Fight for Taxi Accessibility

To say that New York City resident Christopher Noel has a hard time hailing a cab is an understatement. Of 13,000 taxicabs in the Big Apple, only two…

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Disabled Veteran Fights for Benefits Denied Over Same-Sex Marriage

A disabled veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws defining marriage as being between opposite-sex partners after she was denied veterans benefits. The New…

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4 Mentally Disabled People Locked in Basement While Captors Cash Disability Checks

In a news story that’s making waves around the world, a fourth person has been arrested for her connection to a scheme in which four mentally disabled adults…

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‘Adult Baby’ Will Continue to Get Social Security Checks

The California man who playacts as an “adult baby” has been cleared of wrongdoing by the Social Security Administration and will continue to receive Supplemental Social Security Income…

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Disabled People ‘Walking Targets’ for Social Security Fraud, Says Advocate

Last week brought disturbing news about the Philadelphia arrests of four people who were imprisoning four mentally disabled people in a basement crawl space in order to cash…

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Social Security Administration Website Given Top Customer Satisfaction Rating

Plenty of people have a beef with the Social Security Administration for not approving their disability benefits, among other grievances, but one thing that most people give the…

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Report: The graying of society may cause full-blown crisis

According to The Washington Post, the aging of the human race has been faster than anyone could have imagined. As fertility rates have plunged globally, life spans have increased,…

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Portrait of US poverty not accurate

November 7, 2011 The New York Times reports that the official way of counting poverty is a historical artifact. It was created as a placeholder in 1963 until…

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Census Bureau releases its long-promised alternate measure of poverty

Alternative measures of poverty, quietly published in the past, have shown less poverty among children because of safety-net programs but more poverty among older Americans, who are often…

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Kentucky sisters go to court to get Social Security cards

Two sisters, who live in the tiny enclave of Lily, Kentucky, close to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, will finally get Social Security numbers, according to the…

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US Senate unveils bill to prevent cases like the Pennsylvania basement captives

Legislation was unveiled Monday to close a Social Security loophole that enabled a woman to collect government assistance checks that belonged to a mentally disabled person locked in…

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Governor defends son’s Social Security benefits

Arizona’s governor says that she is troubled that her adult son’s mental illness is again in the news, reports The Republic. She had recently been told by her…

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Congress’s debate over payroll tax in limbo–part 1

Yet another polarizing debate over the economy, entitlements, taxes, and debts is underway. In the next few days, Congress will make a decision about the payroll tax, which…

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Congress debate over payroll tax in limbo–part 2

A ticking reminder--a countdown clock--for the looming tax increase is kept on the White House website, according to the Birmingham News. But it does not seem to be making…

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Social Security Disability benefits system to undergo a review in 2012

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has commissioned an independent review of the federal disability system, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Administrative Conference of the United States, which studies…

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Social Security numbers almost leaked

Copies of disks including records for 13 million Texas voters were handed over to the opposing lawyers in the Texas voter ID case, reports My San Antonio. Half…

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Woman creates false alias to collect Social Security Disability benefits

December 2, 2010 A woman in New Mexico has been accused of falsely applying for Social Security Disability benefits, according to newswest9.com. According to the Social Security Administration, she…

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Woman stole Social Security benefits from child

December 7, 2010 A woman in Texas has been indicted for stealing her child’s identity and Social Security benefits, according to newschannel10.com. Investigators believe the Texas woman stole…

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Congress oppresses stimulus check for Social Security beneficiaries

December 9, 2010 A proposal to grant Social Security beneficiaries a one-time payment of $250 was shut down by Congress. According to the Los Angeles Times, the one-time…

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Oklahoma man steals dead mother’s Social Security benefits

December 10, 2010 An Oklahoma man has confessed to stealing more than $96,000 in Social Security benefits from his dead mother, according to Tulsa World. The man has…

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Editorial: Payroll tax decrease could threaten Social Security benefits

December 14, 2010 A Kansas City Star editorial suggest if Congress approves a lower payroll tax, the it would be the end of Social Security benefits. According to…

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Resources available for reporting Social Security benefits fraud

December 15, 2010 The holiday often bring threats of scams, including Social Security benefits fraud. Those who suspect someone is committing Social Security benefits fraud can report it…

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Man caught stealing Social Security benefits

December 20, 2010 A man is found guilty of stealing the identity of others to obtain Social Security benefits, KARE reports. The U.S. Department of State was notified…

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Social Security beneficiaries to receive checks via direct deposit

December 21, 2010 Social Security beneficiaries will start receiving their checks by direct deposit starting in May. According to CNN, eight of 10 Social Security recipients already has…

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Editorial suggests Social Security reform is needed

December 28, 2010 According to an editorial from washingtonpost.com, Social Security reform is essential and achievable. President Barack Obama’s debt commission set out a plan that would cut…

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What questions do you have about Social Security benefits?

January 3, 2011 Many retirees depend on Social Security benefits as part of their income, and Social Security reform is affecting how baby boomers will be saving their…

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Government answers questions about Social Security benefits

January 6, 2011 Talking about cuts to Social Security is a hot, sensitive topic right now. New bills being introduced to Congress in regards to Social Security benefits…

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Will Obama address Social Security cuts in State of the Union Address?

January 10, 2011 An editorial on huffingtonpost.com suggest that President Barack Obama will be addressing Social Security benefits and the national deficit in his State of the Union…

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Man threatens senator’s staff over Social Security benefits

January 11, 2011 A man in Colorado called and made threats to U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s staff to complain about his Social Security benefits, bloomberg.com reports. The man…

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Baby Boomers want Social Security benefits

January 31, 2011 Opinions about Social Security benefits vary across generations. Younger generations may believe it’s unfair that Social Security benefits will run out before they retire, even…

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Couple faces charges for stealing Social Security benefits

February 8, 2011 A couple is facing charges for cashing a dead person’s Social Security benefit checks, FOX Carolina reports. The woman’s grandfather had died, and she and…

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Many confused about Social Security’s origins

February 18, 2011 Many are confused about this history of Social Security, and the purpose for which it was originally intended, FOX News reports. The creation of Social…

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Reduction in government spending could affect Social Security

February 21, 2011 The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that cut funding by $60 billion, something that could affect Social Security benefits. Indiana Senator Richard…

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Poll: Most would rather see cuts in Social Security benefits than state budgets

March 17, 2011 A recent poll shows more Americans would rather see cuts in Social Security benefits than seeing cuts to state budgets, ABC News reports. Those who…

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Senate majority leader won’t consider changes to Social Security benefits

March 18, 2011 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he’s not willing to consider changes to Social Security benefits for another 20 years, according to foxnews.com. He says…

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Taxes, retirement raise questions on Social Security benefits

March 21, 2011 Saving for retirement and collecting Social Security benefits can be confusing. Add taxes to the equation, and it gets really confusing. According to marketwatch.com, there…

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Raising retirement age may deny Social Security benefits to blue collar workers

April 15, 2011 Collecting Social Security benefits is not a guarantee. Those who work in blue collar jobs, where work is often physical, may not be able to…

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Waiting to get Social Security benefits may not be ideal

April 20, 2011 An opinion article on boston.com says people should wait as long as they can before claiming Social Security benefits. A person’s Social Security benefit increases…

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Alabama Man Gets Probation After Spending Dead Mother’s Social Security Checks

May 10, 2011 A 58-year-old resident of Prichard, Alabama, received five years probation last week for illegally collecting $33,588 in Social Security monies after his mother died. The…

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Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Brother’s Social Security Disability Payments

On Wednesday a Kansas City, Missouri, man plead guilty to aggravated identity theft and mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. Prosecutors say the man, aged…

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Tucson Brothers Plead Guilty to Social Security Fraud

A pair of Tucson, Arizona, brothers plead guilty this week to Conspiracy, Mail Fraud, and Conversion of Social Security Payee Funds for orchestrating a $1.3 million embezzlement scheme…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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Report: Senior Citizens Have Lost 32 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000

A new report from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) analyzes the crooked correlation between cost-of-living for senior citizens and the yearly adjustments made by The Social Security Administration…

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A New Study Asks: How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

In anticipation of the number of drivers over 70 tripling in the next 20 years, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently analyzed senior citizens…

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Senator Tom Coburn: Social Security Disability Is Being Used to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has waged a very public crack-down on the Social Security Administration’s disability program, saying in a new interview with The Oklahoman that he thinks…

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3 Ways Your Social Security Benefits Are Already Being Cut

Though the debate about whether or not to cut Social Security spending is consuming many a politician these days, a new article from The Wall Street Journal points…

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How to Get Social Security Benefits from an Ex-Spouse

An article published today on CBSMoneyWatch.com addresses how to access additional Social Security monies based on the earnings of an ex-husband or ex-wife. CBS financial blogger Steve Vernon…

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Federal Prosecutors Nab 9 Kent, WA, Residents for Elaborate Disability Scam

Nine auto-dealers from Kent, Washington, were arrested Friday on charges of fraud and theft after allegedly scamming the Social Security Administration out of more than $700,000. The accused,…

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Debt Deal Protects Social Security for Now

The last-minute debt ceiling deal agreed upon by the House on Sunday, July 31, won’t affect Social Security. CNN reports that the deal won’t touch the program, despite…

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Deficit Reduction Deal Could Bring More Social Security Disability Reviews

The deficit reduction deal passed earlier this week could mean that the Social Security Administration will put a higher priority on reviewing recipients of disability payments and supplemental…

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Alabama Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Disability Fraud

The jig is up for a Birmingham, Alabama, woman who falsely applied for and collected Social Security Disability payments for nine years using her former daughter-in-law’s name and…

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North Carolina woman steals child’s best friend’s Social Security

Facing multiple felonies, a Fayetteville, North Carolina, woman is accused of signing and cashing her daughter's best friend's Social Security checks, reports WTVD News. The 43-year old woman…

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Court precedent may be set in-vitro fertilization case

When a child is conceived after his father's death, should his mother have a legal right to Social Security benefits? One Utah woman who gave birth to a baby…

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The Heritage Foundation comments on Social Security and Medicare

On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation released an "Index of Dependence on Government" report, according to Media Matters for America. The Heritage's report comments on important government programs such as…

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Seniors Missing Out on Benefits

Millions of seniors in the United States are missing out on more than $20 billion in aid that could help pay for food, medicine, and heating, simply because…

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Delaware Office Rejects High Rate of Disability Claims

Why are Social Security Disability cases heard by Dover, Delaware, judges consistently denied at some of the highest rates in the country? DelmarvaNow.com asks. Not much has improved…

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Woman sentenced in Social Security thefts

March 9, 2012 After she was no longer entitled to the Social Security Disability money, a 51-year-old Hyannis woman illegally collected her children's Disability checks, according to the…

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AARP To Attend Social Security “Salon”

On Monday the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will kick off a national Social Security and Medicare "listening tour" called “You’re Earned a Say, and We’re Listening,”…

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SSA raids dead man’s account in Arizona

In Phoenix, Arizona, when a 79-year-old man passed away, his daughter discovered that the Social Security Administration (SSA) had taken almost $25,000 from his bank account, according to…

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Beware: Fraud Extends to Tax Returns

Thieves have found ways to steal Social Security numbers and dates of birth, which are used to file bogus tax returns, reports Trib.com. The fake returns claim fraudulent deductions…

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No more checks in the mail!

Staring next year by March 2013, checks will no longer be issued and mailed to the millions of people who receive government benefits, reports RecordPub.com. This action is…

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Online Social Security statements could be illegal

Saving $70 million annually in paper, printing, and postage, paper Social Security statements have been eliminated for most participating workers, but is going online legal? asks Reuters. This Social…

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Surfing Social Security online

As of May 1, the Social Security Administration has created a feature on its website that allows you to view your Social Security earnings and benefits online, according…

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May Is Disability Awareness Month

May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month, according to the Houston Chronicle. Most of you are probably aware of the value of health insurance or of life insurance, but…

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Children conceived after father’s death do not get SS benefits

The Supreme Court ruled that a man’s children who were conceived through artificial insemination after his death are not eligible for Social Security survivor benefits, reports the San…

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Vets’ disability pay may be judged by Justices

A disabled vet is asking the Supreme Court to consider whether states violate federal law when they allow divorce courts to count a veteran’s disability toward spousal support,…

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Florida man collects dead mother’s Social Security

June 1, 2012 The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando said that a Brevard man was sentenced to four years in a federal prison for collecting nearly $160,000 from…

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Stalemate in Congress could doom SSDI

June 4, 2012 The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is now projected to run out of money by the year 2016, according to Myrtle Beach Online. That’s much…

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Social Security Disability scam uncovered in Warren County, New Jersey

A New Jersey couple was sentenced Wednesday for a fraudulent Social Security Disability payment scheme, reports NJ.com. The 44-year-old man of Hackettstown, New Jersey, was sentenced to six months…

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Social Security disability plot revealed

In Adrian, Michigan, three people were jailed after they lied and told police their friend’s gunshot wound was from a robbery, reports lenconnect.com. After the men dropped the robbery…

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Supreme Court approves Affordable Care Act

July 2, 2012 The Affordable Care Act was passed by the United States Supreme Court Thursday in a 5-4 decision, reports the Tucson Citizen. The act requires almost everyone…

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Woman illegally receives SSDI benefits for 15 years

July 11, 2012 A 69-year-old woman of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was sentenced yesterday by a United States district judge to three years’ probation for her illegal receipt of more…

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SSA makes costly mistake

July 13, 2012 An oversight by the Social Security Administration (SSA) of not recording 1.2 million people’s names on a list called “Death Master File” may have caused…

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Philly council staffer charged with stealing Social Security checks

July 20, 2012 Beware if you have an elderly person in your family or know an elderly person who receives Social Security benefits, as they may need your…

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New book on Social Security

July 25, 2012 The People’s Pension: the Struggle to Defend Social Security by Eric Laursen is a new book that discusses the top ten threats to America’s national…

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Workers with disabilities can help efficiency

July 30, 2012 Recently, America celebrated the 22 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. But even with the passage of this historical act, Americans with disabilities…

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NOSSCR launches campaign to defend SSDI

August 3, 2012 Wednesday was the 56th anniversary of the Social Security Act Disability Amendment.  With that act, the United States government made a commitment to provide every…

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Social Security historical shift

August 6, 2012 When Social Security was enacted in the 1930s, it was a better deal than it is today, reports CBS News. If you retired in the 1960s,…

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Nebraska brothers convicted in Social Security Disability fraud case

August 8, 2012 Two Nebraska brothers have been convicted in a federal court of conspiracy and theft in a case of Social Security fraud, reports WOWT News. Following a…

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Online Social Security statements big success

August 10, 2012 In less than two months, one million people have gone online and created a My Social Security account to view their Social Security statements, reports Wausau…

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Social Security Disability Insurance attorneys in demand more than ever

August 13, 2012 Today, about 85 percent of disability claimants who appeal denials to administrative law judges hire a lawyer to represent them.  That’s up from 20 percent…

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Social Security and student loans–an odd mix

August 17, 2012 The U.S. government is withholding money from Social Security recipients who stopped paying on federal student loans, reports NPR. While some retirees might be dealing with…

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Minnesota man found guilty of Social Security fraud

August 24, 2012 In Hermantown, a suburb of Duluth, Minnesota, a 51-year-old man was charged with one count of theft of government funds. He was also charged with…

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Social Security benefits going paperless in 2013

September 5, 2012 Natural disasters, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac, show the fragility of the paper check system. After Katrina, tens of thousands of emergency payments had…

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Man Held Captive for Social Security Disability Checks

Sept. 7, 2012 A 63-year-old disabled man was held captive and abused in a basement of a Southwest Philadelphia home for months by an acquaintance who stole his…

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North Carolina woman stole Social Security numbers to qualify for work

September 10, 2012 To be eligible for work, a Thomasville, North Carolina, woman is accused of using the Social Security numbers of two deceased women, reports My Fox 8.…

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82-year-old woman sentenced for Social Security fraud

September 14, 2012 In Montco, Pennsylvania, an 82-year-old Montgomery County resident was sentenced yesterday to six months home confinement and five-years of probation for illegally collecting $186,000 in…

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Social Security disability claims backlogged

The Social Security Administration is so overwhelmed by disability claims that some officials are awarding benefits without adequately reviewing applications, congressional investigators say in a new report, according…

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Bank accused of discriminating against disabled

The U.S. Department of Justice accused the Bank of America Corp of violating federal laws by discriminating against mortgage applicants on the basis of disability, reports Huffington Post.…

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Seven states awarded more than $20 million for disability employment initiative

September 21, 2012 The Disability Employment Initiative, which already supports 16 state projects, added seven more state grants yesterday to implement exemplary employment services for individuals with disabilities…

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Son steals father’s Social Security for almost three decades

A Fairfield, Connecticut, man was jailed for stealing more than $300,000 in Social Security payments, reports Fairfield Citizen. He has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for…

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Report distorts reality of SSD program

A September 12 report from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations identified problems with the Social Security Disability (SSD) program, but many of these problems are the result…

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Connecticut man confesses to using fraudulent Social Security number

A Social Security number is required to get a job and collect Social Security benefits. To apply for a number and card, you must complete an application and…

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Man convicted of receiving fraudulent Social Security Disability payments

Meeting your basic needs when you have little or no income can be a struggle, especially when you are trying to support your family or cope with a…

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Presidential candidates weigh in on Social Security system

When asked about Social Security during their first presidential debate, both President Obama and Mitt Romney gave brief, detail-free, and general answers, according to CNN Money. Regardless of who’s…

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Small Social Security increase in 2013

In 2012, seniors received a 3.6 percent Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) and a Medicare premium increase. In 2013, the Social Security COLA is expected to…

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Brain tumor patient denied SSD

After her son died of a brain tumor at age 23, a woman received the following letter from the Social Security Administration addressed to him: "We're writing to…

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South Carolina reveals massive data breach

After a server at South Carolina’s Department of Revenue was breached by an international hacker, 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers were…

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Maryland man receives SSD benefits after 9-year wait

While a man was lying in a hospital bed recovering from a recent heart procedure, he learned the Social Security Administration (SSA) would pay him more than $206,000…

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Hurricane Sandy means late checks for some Social Security recipients

Your Social Security or disability checks may be late this month if you live in New Jersey, New York, or Connecticut. This month the U.S. Postal Service was…

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SSDI, SSI recipients to see small COLA in 2013

The cost of living adjustment (COLA) increases that Social Security retirement recipients get are also applied to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits,…

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Social Security offices to close earlier

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is cutting public hours at its offices as a cost-saving measure. Starting November 19, Social Security offices will close 30 minutes early each…

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Disabled borrowers may be able to get their student loans forgiven

The Education Department (ED) enacted reforms recently on behalf of borrowers who become disabled, according to ProPublica. Under federal law, borrowers who develop severe and lasting disabilities are…

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Many Americans concerned about cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

According to the Huffington Post, election-day polls found that many Americans call cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security "unacceptable." A total of 15 senators have signed a letter…

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Employee and employer plead guilty to Social Security Disability fraud

This week a 61-year-old Philipsburg, Montana, man has pleaded guilty to Social Security Disability fraud, reports The Republic. Not only has the Philipsburg man pleaded guilty, but also his…

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Lawmaker accused of Social Security fraud

Yesterday a former Missouri lawmaker was indicted on charges of theft and Social Security fraud, reports the News Tribune. While still getting paid as a House member, the 65-year-old…

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Social Security Disability fast tracking

To address the chronic backlog of the Social Security Administration, the agency is working to streamline the application process. To ease the burden of debilitating conditions, the Social…

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Social Security numbers accidentally published in California

The State of California mistakenly published thousands of Social Security numbers on the internet last week, reports WDAM. Nearly 14,000 Social Security numbers belonging to Medi-Cal providers working for…

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Social Security Commissioner Astrue Honored for Service

Michael J. Astrue was sworn in as Commissioner of Social Security on February 12, 2007, for a six-year term that expires on January 19, 2013. As commissioner, he focused…

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“Ticket to Work” Helps SSI Recipients

December 21, 2012 Millions of Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits want to work, reports Picket News. Ticket to Work is a free, voluntary program that helps…

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Man believes Social Security System is fine the way it is

February 23, 2011 A man posted on a Post-Journal readers forum saying the Social Security System is still working just fine the way it is. He believes it’s a…

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Social Security office alerts Wisconson residents of scam

February 28, 2011 A Social Security office in Wisconsin has alerted Social Security beneficiaries of a new phone scam, htrnews.com reports. The scammer tells the Social Security beneficiaries…

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Social Security numbers almost leaked

Copies of disks including records for 13 million Texas voters were handed over to the opposing lawyers in the Texas voter ID case, reports My San Antonio. Half…

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Hackers Stole Social Security Numbers from 43,000 Yale Staff and Students

Hackers accessed a reported 43,000 Social Security numbers through an unprotected Google FTP server, according to Gizmodo.com. These numbers belonged to faculty, staff, students, and alumni whose information…

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Social Security numbers, personal information stolen in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Aging (DOA) warns customers that their personal information may be in jeopardy, according to KWCH News. A laptop computer, flash drive, and paper files…

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New Report: Social Security Paid $40.3 to Dead People

A recent report from the Social Security Inspector General gave plenty of Americans something to wag their heads about this week when it revealed that the agency has…

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New Report: Social Security Paid $40.3 Million to Dead People

A recent report from the Social Security Inspector General gave plenty of Americans something to wag their heads about this week when it revealed that the agency has…

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Social Security cuts prompt protests in 31 states

March 3, 2011 Republicans are posing a $1.7 billion cut to Social Security, promoting agency employees and Social Security beneficiaries to protest in 31 states, People's World reports.…

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Editorial suggests Social Security reform is needed

December 28, 2010 According to an editorial from washingtonpost.com, Social Security reform is essential and achievable. President Barack Obama’s debt commission set out a plan that would cut…

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Critics say president should have discussed Social Security reform

January 26, 2011 Critics of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address say he missed an opportunity to talk about Social Security reform, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution blogger…

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President to use principals to guide Social Security reform

February 16, 2011 According to a report from usnews.com, these are a few of the principals President Obama says will guide him in Social Security reform: • Any…

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Portrait of US poverty not accurate

November 7, 2011 The New York Times reports that the official way of counting poverty is a historical artifact. It was created as a placeholder in 1963 until…

Read More

Census Bureau releases its long-promised alternate measure of poverty

Alternative measures of poverty, quietly published in the past, have shown less poverty among children because of safety-net programs but more poverty among older Americans, who are often…

Read More

Kentucky sisters go to court to get Social Security cards

Two sisters, who live in the tiny enclave of Lily, Kentucky, close to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, will finally get Social Security numbers, according to the…

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US Senate unveils bill to prevent cases like the Pennsylvania basement captives

Legislation was unveiled Monday to close a Social Security loophole that enabled a woman to collect government assistance checks that belonged to a mentally disabled person locked in…

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Governor defends son’s Social Security benefits

Arizona’s governor says that she is troubled that her adult son’s mental illness is again in the news, reports The Republic. She had recently been told by her…

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Congress’s debate over payroll tax in limbo–part 1

Yet another polarizing debate over the economy, entitlements, taxes, and debts is underway. In the next few days, Congress will make a decision about the payroll tax, which…

Read More

Congress debate over payroll tax in limbo–part 2

A ticking reminder--a countdown clock--for the looming tax increase is kept on the White House website, according to the Birmingham News. But it does not seem to be making…

Read More

Social Security Disability benefits system to undergo a review in 2012

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has commissioned an independent review of the federal disability system, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Administrative Conference of the United States, which studies…

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Are Couples Doing Enough Social Security Planning?

Most married couples in their sixties don’t know how to maximize their Social Security benefits and don’t know whether or not it’s appropriate to ask their financial planner…

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Social Security scam targets El Paso residents

December 3, 2010 According to lcsun-news.com, the Social Security office in El Paso is warning residents about a scam that involves phone calls telling people they are due…

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Social Security office alerts Wisconson residents of scam

February 28, 2011 A Social Security office in Wisconsin has alerted Social Security beneficiaries of a new phone scam, htrnews.com reports. The scammer tells the Social Security beneficiaries…

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Alabama Man Gets Probation After Spending Dead Mother’s Social Security Checks

May 10, 2011 A 58-year-old resident of Prichard, Alabama, received five years probation last week for illegally collecting $33,588 in Social Security monies after his mother died. The…

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IRS Issues Warning About Social Security Scam

Midwest residents need to be on the lookout for a potential Social Security scam that promises a large tax return but that actually threatens to steal your identity.…

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IRS Issues Warning About Social Security Scam

Midwest residents need to be on the lookout for a potential Social Security scam that promises a large tax return but that actually threatens to steal your identity.…

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Social Security to resume statements for 60 and over, for 25 year-olds

The chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging announced Tuesday that Social Security benefits statements will again be sent out to selected age groups, according to The…

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Do you know where your taxes for Social Security benefits go?

April 29, 2011 A letter to the editor on mwherald.com says the government isn’t using payroll taxes to build the funds for retirement or Social Security benefits, but…

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Social Security Administration May Add Videoconferencing to Website

The Social Security Administration is considering adding videoconferencing to its website to assist seniors who have inquiries about their Social Security or Social Security Disability benefits, said an…

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Social Security faces huge deficit

January 14, 2011 The Social Security deficit will be around $6 trillion over the next 75 years, according to FOX News. Thousands of Baby Boomers will be collecting…

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Writer believes Social Security benefits won’t go bankrupt

February 1, 2011 In a letter to the editor about Social Security benefits in The Las Vegas Sun, one man says Social Security is not bankrupt and there…

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Democrats fight to prevent Social Security benefits cuts

March 2. 2011 A group of U.S. senators is trying to protect cuts against Social Security benefits, according to thehill.com. Nine senators, eight of whom are Democrats, have…

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Social Security Administration May Add Videoconferencing to Website

The Social Security Administration is considering adding videoconferencing to its website to assist seniors who have inquiries about their Social Security or Social Security Disability benefits, said an…

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Social Security to resume statements for 60 and over, for 25 year-olds

The chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging announced Tuesday that Social Security benefits statements will again be sent out to selected age groups, according to The…

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Social Security Administration Website Given Top Customer Satisfaction Rating

Plenty of people have a beef with the Social Security Administration for not approving their disability benefits, among other grievances, but one thing that most people give the…

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How to Get Social Security Benefits from an Ex-Spouse

An article published today on CBSMoneyWatch.com addresses how to access additional Social Security monies based on the earnings of an ex-husband or ex-wife. CBS financial blogger Steve Vernon…

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Social Security Administration Website Given Top Customer Satisfaction Rating

Plenty of people have a beef with the Social Security Administration for not approving their disability benefits, among other grievances, but one thing that most people give the…

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Poll: Most would rather see cuts in Social Security benefits than state budgets

March 17, 2011 A recent poll shows more Americans would rather see cuts in Social Security benefits than seeing cuts to state budgets, ABC News reports. Those who…

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Critics say president should have discussed Social Security reform

January 26, 2011 Critics of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address say he missed an opportunity to talk about Social Security reform, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution blogger…

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Will Obama address Social Security cuts in State of the Union Address?

January 10, 2011 An editorial on huffingtonpost.com suggest that President Barack Obama will be addressing Social Security benefits and the national deficit in his State of the Union…

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Man sentenced for Social Security fraud

November 22, 2010 A man used his dead brother’s identity to collect Social Security benefits. According to columbian.com, the man will spend six months in prison and six…

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Couple faces charges for stealing Social Security benefits

February 8, 2011 A couple is facing charges for cashing a dead person’s Social Security benefit checks, FOX Carolina reports. The woman’s grandfather had died, and she and…

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California man steals Social Security benefits from dead friend

A California man has been accused of spending the Social Security benefits of someone who died in 1988. The total comes to more than $200,000, The Sacramento Bee…

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Woman gets probation for stealing Social Security benefits

A woman will receive probation for Social Security fraud, OA Online reports. The woman continued to take her mother’s Social Security benefits nearly five years after her mother…

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Caretaker to serve time for stealing Social Security benefits

A New Jersey caretaker will be facing time in a state prison for stealing government benefits, including Social Security, that were paid to a Linden man after his…

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Woman charged with 14 felonies related to stealing Social Security benefits

November 23, 2010 A 49-year-old woman has been charged with stealing more than $350,000 in Social Security benefits from her mother over a five-year period, according to freep.com.…

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Woman stole Social Security benefits from child

December 7, 2010 A woman in Texas has been indicted for stealing her child’s identity and Social Security benefits, according to newschannel10.com. Investigators believe the Texas woman stole…

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Social Security Administration May Add Videoconferencing to Website

The Social Security Administration is considering adding videoconferencing to its website to assist seniors who have inquiries about their Social Security or Social Security Disability benefits, said an…

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Man steals more than $60,000 in Social Security benefits

April 5, 2011 A man is facing several charges for Social Security fraud, according to woio.com. The mall was indicted on charges of tampering with records, grand theft and…

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Beware: Fraud Extends to Tax Returns

Thieves have found ways to steal Social Security numbers and dates of birth, which are used to file bogus tax returns, reports Trib.com. The fake returns claim fraudulent deductions…

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Taxes, retirement raise questions on Social Security benefits

March 21, 2011 Saving for retirement and collecting Social Security benefits can be confusing. Add taxes to the equation, and it gets really confusing. According to marketwatch.com, there…

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California hit with Social Security scams

According to asianjournal.com, the latest telephone scam has targeted the Latino community in California in regards to Social Security. The Social Security Administration will never ask for your…

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Terre Haute St. Patrick’s Day Activities and Events

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up next Monday, and there is no better place to celebrate than Terre Haute. That's why the team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers…

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Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers Give to the Light House Mission Ministries

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers believe in serving our community by providing more than just legal guidance to the citizens of…

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Vigo County Residents Can Now Text 911 for Emergency Assistance

When emergencies like car accidents arise, people often 911 for emergency services. And now, people in Vigo County can send a text to 911 for help. According to…

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Indiana Special Olympics Attempts To Break High Five Guinness World Record

Helping and supporting others in the community, especially those with disabilities, is a mission that’s important to our team of Indiana personal injury lawyers here at the law…

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Terre Haute Community Events Make Great Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Valentines Day is right around the corner and there are always a few lovers out there who, for some reason or another, may have failed to make plans…

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Indiana State University Holds Wrestling Tournament to Raise Funds for Scholarships

Being active and physically fit is one of the best ways prevent injuries in the event of an accident. The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark,…

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Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers Give to the Light House Mission Ministries

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers believe in serving our community by providing more than just legal guidance to the citizens of…

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Terre Haute St. Patrick’s Day Activities and Events

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up next Monday, and there is no better place to celebrate than Terre Haute. That's why the team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers…

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Terre Haute Community Events Make Great Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Valentines Day is right around the corner and there are always a few lovers out there who, for some reason or another, may have failed to make plans…

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Woman stole Social Security benefits from child

December 7, 2010 A woman in Texas has been indicted for stealing her child’s identity and Social Security benefits, according to newschannel10.com. Investigators believe the Texas woman stole…

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Vigo County Residents Can Now Text 911 for Emergency Assistance

When emergencies like car accidents arise, people often 911 for emergency services. And now, people in Vigo County can send a text to 911 for help. According to…

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Why Disabled Americans Face Fewer Jobs

Fewer disabled people in America are finding work, and more of them are collecting Social Security Disability benefits—so that officials now say that the trust fund for Social…

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Disabled Veteran Fights for Benefits Denied Over Same-Sex Marriage

A disabled veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws defining marriage as being between opposite-sex partners after she was denied veterans benefits. The New…

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The Heritage Foundation comments on Social Security and Medicare

On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation released an "Index of Dependence on Government" report, according to Media Matters for America. The Heritage's report comments on important government programs such as…

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Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers Give to the Light House Mission Ministries

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers believe in serving our community by providing more than just legal guidance to the citizens of…

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Report: Senior Citizens Have Lost 32 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000

A new report from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) analyzes the crooked correlation between cost-of-living for senior citizens and the yearly adjustments made by The Social Security Administration…

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Governor Tim Pawlenty Suggests Raising the Social Security Retirement Age

Minnesota governor and GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty suggests that the best way to deal with the prospect of the Social Security Administration running out of funds sometime…

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Governor Tim Pawlenty Suggests Raising the Social Security Retirement Age

Minnesota governor and GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty suggests that the best way to deal with the prospect of the Social Security Administration running out of funds sometime…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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Small Social Security increase in 2013

In 2012, seniors received a 3.6 percent Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) and a Medicare premium increase. In 2013, the Social Security COLA is expected to…

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Senator Tom Coburn: Social Security Disability Is Being Used to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has waged a very public crack-down on the Social Security Administration’s disability program, saying in a new interview with The Oklahoman that he thinks…

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‘Adult Baby’ Will Continue to Get Social Security Checks

The California man who playacts as an “adult baby” has been cleared of wrongdoing by the Social Security Administration and will continue to receive Supplemental Social Security Income…

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Number of Americans Awaiting Disability Appeals Decisions Growing

A new study reveals that the logjam of pending disability appeals has grown so that 741,000 Americans are now awaiting hearings that will determine their eligibility for Social…

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Enraged Man Crashes Van into Michigan Social Security Office

A 47-year-old man from Kingsley, Michigan, purposefully crashed his van into a Social Security Administration office on Sunday night in Traverse City, Michigan. The man told the Traverse…

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Enraged Man Crashes Van into Michigan Social Security Office

A 47-year-old man from Kingsley, Michigan, purposefully crashed his van into a Social Security Administration office on Sunday night in Traverse City, Michigan. The man told the Traverse…

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Tucson Brothers Plead Guilty to Social Security Fraud

A pair of Tucson, Arizona, brothers plead guilty this week to Conspiracy, Mail Fraud, and Conversion of Social Security Payee Funds for orchestrating a $1.3 million embezzlement scheme…

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Reduction in government spending could affect Social Security

February 21, 2011 The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that cut funding by $60 billion, something that could affect Social Security benefits. Indiana Senator Richard…

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Man threatens senator’s staff over Social Security benefits

January 11, 2011 A man in Colorado called and made threats to U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s staff to complain about his Social Security benefits, bloomberg.com reports. The man…

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Writer believes Social Security benefits won’t go bankrupt

February 1, 2011 In a letter to the editor about Social Security benefits in The Las Vegas Sun, one man says Social Security is not bankrupt and there…

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Man steals more than $60,000 in Social Security benefits

April 5, 2011 A man is facing several charges for Social Security fraud, according to woio.com. The mall was indicted on charges of tampering with records, grand theft and…

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Court precedent may be set in-vitro fertilization case

When a child is conceived after his father's death, should his mother have a legal right to Social Security benefits? One Utah woman who gave birth to a baby…

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Oklahoma man steals dead mother’s Social Security benefits

December 10, 2010 An Oklahoma man has confessed to stealing more than $96,000 in Social Security benefits from his dead mother, according to Tulsa World. The man has…

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Disabled Veteran Fights for Benefits Denied Over Same-Sex Marriage

A disabled veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws defining marriage as being between opposite-sex partners after she was denied veterans benefits. The New…

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Vigo County Residents Can Now Text 911 for Emergency Assistance

When emergencies like car accidents arise, people often 911 for emergency services. And now, people in Vigo County can send a text to 911 for help. According to…

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Judge Being Investigated for High Rate of Approval on Social Security Disability Appeals

After a Wall Street Journal exposé on the high rate at which administrative law judge David B. Daugherty approves Social Security Disability appeals claims, the U.S. Social Security Administration…

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3 Ways Your Social Security Benefits Are Already Being Cut

Though the debate about whether or not to cut Social Security spending is consuming many a politician these days, a new article from The Wall Street Journal points…

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Columnist calls Social Security benefits ‘middle-class welfare’

March 7, 2011 Newsweek columnist Robert J. Samuelson was under fire for calling Social Security benefits “middle-class welfare.” The comment caused backlash from Newsweek readers all over the…

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NYC Disability Advocates File Lawsuit to Fight for Taxi Accessibility

To say that New York City resident Christopher Noel has a hard time hailing a cab is an understatement. Of 13,000 taxicabs in the Big Apple, only two…

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NYC Disability Advocates File Lawsuit to Fight for Taxi Accessibility

To say that New York City resident Christopher Noel has a hard time hailing a cab is an understatement. Of 13,000 taxicabs in the Big Apple, only two…

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Widows, widowers often need help with Social Security benefits

January 25, 2011 Widows and widowers are often confused about their eligibility for Social Security benefits, The Star Ledger reports. Whether or not you’re eligible for Social Security…

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Widows, widowers often need help with Social Security benefits

January 25, 2011 Widows and widowers are often confused about their eligibility for Social Security benefits, The Star Ledger reports. Whether or not you’re eligible for Social Security…

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Taxes, retirement raise questions on Social Security benefits

March 21, 2011 Saving for retirement and collecting Social Security benefits can be confusing. Add taxes to the equation, and it gets really confusing. According to marketwatch.com, there…

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House Members Butt Heads Over Social Security’s Role in Debt Ceiling Talk

As potential cuts to Social Security remain on the table in the discussion about how to reduce the federal debt, members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee…

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Hackers Stole Social Security Numbers from 43,000 Yale Staff and Students

Hackers accessed a reported 43,000 Social Security numbers through an unprotected Google FTP server, according to Gizmodo.com. These numbers belonged to faculty, staff, students, and alumni whose information…

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Reach out to a Terre Haute Personal Injury Attorney Today

The financial burden that often comes with a serious injury can be too much for many people to bear. Unexpected medical debt, damaged personal property, and the sudden loss of income can impact the budgets of most families. The good news is that a successful injury claim could help reduce that financial strain after a serious accident. Get in touch with a Terre Haute personal injury lawyer with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin to learn more.