Indy man says he panhandles because he's forced to wait almost 2 years for disability

August 8, 2018
The Indy Channel

By Rafael Sanchez

An Indianapolis man says he’s taken to the streets to panhandle because his application for disability requires him to wait almost two years for help.

Richard Frizzle underwent heart surgery in April 2017 and applied for disability that August. Ten months later, Frizzle is still awaiting approval. With no income and no idea whether he’ll get disability, Frizzle has turned to panhandling.

“You learn to survive out here,” Frizzle said. “I got to do...

Supreme Court Ruling to Shake Up Social Security Disability Claim System

August 8, 2018
Think Advisor

By Allison Bell

Changes in how the Social Security Administration (SSA) processes claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) could soon cause new headaches for group disability plans — and for the financial professionals who sell, service and administer the plans.

Witnesses talked about the looming SSDI claim determination changes Wednesday, at a hearing organized by the House Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee.

One big change is a new set of final...

The wait for Social Security disability benefits in Pa. might grow longer under new proposal

July 26, 2018

By Claudia VargasIn an effort to reduce its massive backlog of disability determination appeals, the Social Security Administration plans to reinstate an additional step in the appeals process for Pennsylvania and nine other states.Social Security officials say the extra step — called reconsideration — would create a more uniform system across the country and help the administration reach its goal of resolving disability appeals within 270 days. Critics have said it could have the opposite...

House Panel Passes Social Security Online Tools Act

July 20, 2018
Think Advisor

By Melanie WaddellThe House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Social Security and Tax Policy passed on Wednesday the “Social Security Online Tools Innovation Act,” H.R. 3309, which requires the Social Security Administration to provide online tools to help individuals assess their disability benefits.The bill, which was reported to the full House, requires the Social Security commissioner to make publicly available online tools allowing individuals that are eligible for disability...