Trump Signs Bill Adding Protections For Social Security, SSI Recipients

April 19, 2018
Disability Scoop

Individuals tasked with handling Social Security payments for people with disabilities will be subject to greater scrutiny under a new law signed by President Donald Trump.

The president signed the measure known as the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018, or H.R. 4547, late last week after it was unanimously approved by Congress.

The legislation will impose greater oversight on representative payees who manage Social Security and Supplemental...

Puerto Rico Residents Say Feds Shortchanging Them on Health Care

April 19, 2018
Courthouse News Service

(CN) – Ten residents of Puerto Rico claim in court that the federal government is discriminating against U.S. citizens who reside in the island by providing them with fewer health care benefits than to those offered to residents in any of the 50 states.

In a federal complaint filed in the Miami on Friday, the plaintiffs say that U.S. citizens living in Puerto Rico are currently suffering the challenges and consequences caused by devastating hurricanes, including the loss of many of...

Conservatives and business leaders worried about the deficit take aim at Social Security and Medicare

April 11, 2018
Los Angeles Times

One would have thought that after saddling the U.S. economy with a tax cut costing $1.5 trillion over 10 years, conservatives and their patrons in corporate America would soft-pedal the usual attacks on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

One would be wrong.

Recently, the drumbeats for cuts in social insurance benefits have been sounding louder. As is traditional, the call for cutbacks is placed in the context of concern about rising federal deficits. Just two weeks ago,...

U.S. Social Security funding should ease customer-service crisis

March 28, 2018
Reuters

Need help from the Social Security Administration with your benefits? Be prepared for a long wait.

Years of budget cuts by Congress have left the Social Security Administration (SSA) short of staff on its toll-free customer service line. Long lines form daily outside many local field offices. And the backlog of people waiting for a hearing on disability insurance claims is more than 600 days.

But last week, Congress made a downpayment on a badly needed fix for the customer-...

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