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Fraud Alert: Callers Spoofing NOSSCR’s Referral Line Number

  February 13, 2019

We have recently received reports callers spoofing our 1-800 number, claiming to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA), and asking for personal information. NOSSCR will never call you and ask for personal information or claim to be from SSA. If you receive a call from our referral line number (1-800-431-2804), please hang up and…

NOSSCR Hires Consultant Jim Meltsner to Bolster Lobbying

  January 31, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 31, 2019 –NOSSCR is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Jim Meltsner of Meltsner Strategies to assist our lobbying team in Washington, DC. Jim Meltsner brings a deep understanding of Capitol Hill legislative, administrative and political processes, built over a 25 -plus year career in government relations. Jim is currently President…

NOSSCR’S Director of Government Affairs Elected Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Chair of the Board of Directors

  January 16, 2019

Click here for a PDF of the full press release.  WASHINGTON, D.C., January 16, 2019 – The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), the largest coalition of national organizations advocating for inclusive federal policies for children and adults with disabilities, voted unanimously today to install NOSSCR’s Director of Government Affairs, Lisa Ekman, as the new…

Announcing NOSSCR’s Logo for its 40th Anniversary!

  October 24, 2018

Did you know that 2019 will mark NOSSCR’s 40th year of existence? We’re excited to celebrate this important anniversary with a special conference in New Orleans, LA this coming September. We are also celebrating this special year with a unique logo, created in partnership with Firmidible, which we unveiled at our fall 2018 conference in…

Senators to Berryhill: Do Not Reintroduce Reconsideration

  September 7, 2018

Yesterday, ten senators from both parties sent a letter to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Acting Commissioner Nancy Berryhill a expressing opposition to the reintroduction of reconsideration in their states. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) led the effort on the letter and he was joined by nine of his colleagues from the disability “prototype” states. Those…

NOSSCR Celebrates the 62nd Anniversary of SSDI

  August 1, 2018

Today is the 62nd anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower signing into law the 1956 amendments to the Social Security Act, which established Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This was the result of over 20 years of planning and effort and has resulted in over 60 years of coverage for millions of Americans during some…

NOSSCR’s Director of Government Affairs Testifies at the Social Security Subcommittee’s Hearing on Examining Changes to Social Security’s Disability Appeals Process

  July 24, 2018

This Wednesday, July 25, 2018, our Director of Government Affairs, Lisa Ekman, will testify before the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee at the hearing entitled “Examining Changes to Social Security’s Disability Appeals Process,” which will examine the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) recent changes to the disability appeals process and its evaluation. The hearing…

Statement of NOSSCR Executive Director Barbara Silverstone Concerning Executive Order Changing Hiring of Administrative Law Judges

  July 12, 2018

“President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) changing the hiring of Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) from a merit-based system to a political one is unnecessary and harmful, threatening the qualified judicial independence of these judges and undermining the due process rights of Social Security disability claimants. The competitive selection process used by the Social Security Administration and…

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Program to Pay Out All Benefits Until 2032, Says Social Security Trustees Report

  June 5, 2018

On Tuesday, June 5, 2018 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…

NOSSCR Awards Eileen P. Sweeney Distinguished Service Award to Kevin Liebkemann

  May 11, 2018

On Wednesday April 25, 2018, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) presented the Eileen P. Sweeney Distinguished Service Award at its biannual conference for Social Security disability representatives in Atlanta, GA, to attorney and long-time member Kevin Liebkemann. NOSSCR presents this award to an individual whose outstanding service has resulted in a…

National Academies Invites Stakeholder Representatives to Speak on Functional Assessment Tools for People with Disabilities

  February 27, 2018

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Functional Assessment for Adults with Disabilities held its second meeting yesterday, February 26, 2018 focused on the functional assessment of physical and mental abilities relevant to work requirements under the Social Security disability programs. NOSSCR’s Executive Director Barbara Silverstone was invited to speak from the…

NOSSCR Awards Eileen P. Sweeney Distinguished Service Award to Senator Tom Harkin

  December 7, 2017

On Friday, December 1, 2017, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) presented the Eileen P. Sweeney Distinguished Service Award to former Iowa Senator, Tom Harkin. At the award ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa, Barbara Silverstone, NOSSCR’s Executive Director, recognized Senator Harkin for his steadfast dedication to empowering individuals with disabilities throughout his…

Lisa Ekman Testifies Before House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security

  September 7, 2017

Washington, D.C – Yesterday, NOSSCR’s Director of Government Affairs, Lisa Ekman, was invited to testify before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security on the challenges facing the Social Security Administration. The hearing titled, “Hearing on Determining Eligibility for Disability Benefits: Challenges Facing the Social Security Administration,” focused on solutions for reducing the…

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