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...

Missouri's Disabilities Cost-Saving Plan Helps People Save for Long-Term Needs, Treasurer Says

June 28, 2017
KSMU Public Radio

Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt is spreading the word on the resources available through the MO ABLE program.

Schmitt, whose office oversees the initiative, was in Springfield Monday to announce a new coalition involving several southwest Missouri partners.

“The purpose of this coalition is to help us host events, to get the word out, to distribute material, to help identify eligible families and to get people signed up,” Schmitt said.

MO ABLE allows people with...