Social Security disability rule change has advocates raising a red flag

July 24, 2017
Daily Hampshire Gazette

[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...

Family admits to faking mental illness to steal Social Security benefits

July 6, 2017
The Dallas Morning News

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...

Medicaid Is Keeping People With Disabilities From Getting Married

July 6, 2017
The Mighty

“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...

Letter: Op-ed on disability standards is misleading, irresponsible

June 28, 2017
Charleston Gazette-Mail


I am writing in response to the recent opinion piece, “Disability should be for those who truly cannot work.” The author of this op-ed, Dr. Rida Mazagri, opines that the standard by which individuals are determined to be disabled has been “stretched,” giving as an example illiterate individuals, who he suggests are awarded disability benefits simply because they can’t read or write. He argues that they should be educated and put back into the workforce.

I take exception...