August 18, 2017

A few days before Memorial Day, President Donald Trump released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2018. Trump decided to put major programs on the chopping block, including Social Security.

On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly promised that he would “not touch Social Security” and that he in fact wanted to save it. Not only does he betray his promise, but as the Gazette article details, he proposes slashing Social Security by a whopping $72 billion — the biggest cuts would be to the disability programs. The proposed cuts will hurt millions of American workers with disabilities...

August 8, 2017

Englewood Cliffs, NJ – On August 1st, NOSSCR’s executive director, Barbara Silverstone, issued the below statement on the 61st anniversary of Social Security Disability Insurance:

"Today, we celebrate the 61st anniversary of Social Security Disability Insurance. We honor this great moment in history by supporting, strengthening and protecting Social Security.

"For six decades, the disability program has been protecting the American worker by providing essential financial support when he or she is most vulnerable. Rather than finding ways to destroy it...

August 2, 2017

There are many compelling reasons to believe that the impact of the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) and, by extension, ABLE accounts, will be transformative to millions of individuals with disabilities and their families. For children, youth and working-age adults with disabilities, there are multiple reasons to recognize the power and potential of ABLE.

Since June 2016, when the first ABLE program opened in Ohio (STABLE Accounts) for ABLE-eligible individuals nationwide, more than 10,000 individuals with disabilities have opened ABLE accounts, which...

August 2, 2017

While the Social Security Administration and its clients adjust to a rule change that affects the way a judge can rule in disability claim cases, the agency itself is facing a dramatic cut under President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 spending plan.

The Trump administration budget proposes to slice $72 billion over 10 years from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), the main program for workers who become disabled, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

That proposal, coupled with a second one that reduces the insurance pool where disability payments come from, has...

August 2, 2017

Today, on the 61st anniversary of the Social Security Disability Insurance program, Barbara Silverstone issued the following statement:

"Today, we celebrate the 61st anniversary of Social Security Disability Insurance. We honor this great moment in history by supporting, strengthening and protecting Social Security.

"For six decades, the disability program has been protecting the American worker by providing essential financial support when he or she is most vulnerable. Rather than finding ways to destroy it, we need to come together to protect it. This shouldn’t be a...

July 28, 2017

Englewood Cliffs, NJ – Today, NOSSCR’s executive director, Barbara Silverstone, issued the below statement following last night’s vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

“Last night’s failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a huge victory for activists across the country who dedicated countless hours fighting the disastrous Senate bill, and for the millions of Americans who will not lose health coverage. 

“I am pleased and grateful for this win, but I am disappointed that it was only by a small margin. A bill as unpopular as this should have been defeated by...

July 24, 2017

[Stacy] Cloyd said even if more Americans are shifting from having a primary care doctor, people will likely still have some sort of treating provider, who prescribes medication, refers them to a specialist or provides other treatments. She said the opinions of these providers, even if they aren’t true primary care doctors, deserve the greatest weight when making decisions about disability benefits.

SSA also states on its website that the new rule is intended to decrease the number of cases held up in court because of concerns about whether a doctor’s opinion was given enough weight...

July 13, 2017

On Thursday, July 13, 2017, the Board of Trustees released their annual report on the current and projected financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The Report concluded that the Social Security programs are stable and they serve the American people well.

The Trustees Report predicts the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program will be able to pay out all benefits until 2028. This is five years longer than estimated in 2016 (and six years longer than predicted in 2015 after the reallocation of revenues between the Old Age and Survivors (OASI) and Disability...

July 6, 2017

Stacy Cloyd, spokeswoman for New Jersey-based nonprofit National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, said that government oversight of the program has strengthened and that fewer than 4 in 10 benefit applications are approved after all stages of appeal.

The program has endured deep spending cuts at a time when more people are seeking benefits, she added.

“This sort of thing [fraud] is very rare compared to the number of people who receive disability payments,” she said. “I think the real travesty is the long waits people have to endure to get a...

July 6, 2017

“It’s almost impossible for people to self-finance the services and supports they need, unless they are extremely wealthy,” said Lisa D. Ekman, JD, MSW, director of government affairs for the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). “This is literally a life-or-death decision for people. Private insurance does not cover them, so Medicaid is the only source for people to get those services and supports.”

When Glass looked into buying an insurance plan that would best suit her needs, the cost was too high. Just to cover herself would cost between $...

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