Two Hearings You Should Know About

September 27, 2018

Recently there have been two hearings of note: House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee's hearing titled “The State of Social Security’s Information Technology” and the Senate's Committee on Finance's hearing to confirm nominee Gail S. Ennis as Social Security Administration's Inspector General. 

To learn more about these and other relevant hearings, please check our Congressional Updates page periodically. 

The Social Security myths you should know before the midterms

September 7, 2018
PBS Newshour

By Philip Moeller

Understanding how Social Security works is especially important as we approach November’s midterm elections. President Donald Trump said during his campaign that he would protect Social Security and Medicare. But he has done little to fulfill that promise since taking office.

A Republican-controlled Congress approved his trillion-dollar tax cut last year, and the predictable increase in federal deficits that has ensued has prompted some Republican leaders to...

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 states are Alabama, Alaska, California (Los Angeles North and Los Angeles West Branches only), Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan,...

Despite a judge's disapproval, Trump administration is doubling down on Medicaid restrictions

August 21, 2018
Los Angeles Times

By Michael Hiltzik

In the real world, it has become clear that placing restrictions such as work and reporting requirements on Medicaid is disastrous.

They’re legally dubious, for one thing — as a federal judge stated in late June when he tossed out work requirements imposed in Kentucky.

More important, they lead to needy beneficiaries being thrown off the program and locked out of healthcare for lengthy periods, often because of confused regulations and the natural...