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  • As regular readers of SS&Y are aware, the Social Security Administration administers 2 trust funds. The Old Age Survivors Insurance (OAS’) fund pays retirement benefits. The Disability Insurance fund (DI) pays disability benefits. When Congress passed and President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act in November of 2015 to reallocate current contributions between the OASI…

    7+ months ago
  • The Social Security Administration has announced there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment in 2016 for the nearly 65 million Americans drawing Social Security disability, retirement or SSI benefits.  This is because there was no inflation between the third quarter of 2014 and 2015 as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage…

    2+ years ago

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  • Spring-Summer 2015 Newsletter SSDI Insolvency Looms We’ve known it’s been coming for some time and now it’s on our doorstep. Unless Congress acts the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund (DI Trust Fund) will become insolvent late next year and unable to pay full benefits any longer. Millions of Americans who rely on their disability checks for most, if not all,…

    2+ years ago
  • Fall 2014 Newsletter OBAMACARE UPDATE On October 1st it will have been a year since enrollment began in the Affordable Care Act national health insurance program known as Obamacare. The difficulties in the early weeks and months have been well documented. But where are we a year later… Read the Newsletter in PDF format.   Read the Newsletter in PDF…

    2+ years ago

SEQUESTER IS HERE

Displaying a stunning lack of leadership, the President of the United States and United States Congress have jumped off the proverbial financial/political cliff.  The finger pointing began immediately.  As of April 1, 2013, mandated spending cuts will be applied to all branches of the federal government.

What will this mean for the Social Security Administration?  It is true that Social Security benefit amounts will not be affected.  But for the staff at Social Security  Field Offices and branches of the Office of Disability Adjudication & Review (ODAR), the sequestration applies.  This may mean a 20% reduction in hours and pay as personnel are “furloughed” one day a week for 22 weeks.  Or employees could be terminated and facilities closed.

The sequester will mean delays in processing time at Field Offices, longer waits for service on the toll free 800 number, longer waits for a hearing at the ODAR, and a longer wait for decisions after the hearing.  An SSA Fact Sheet prepared prior to the sequester predicted a loss of 5,000 employees.  It was estimated the wait for a hearing would increase by a month.  Ironic, after SSA succeeded in reducing the backlog at the ODAR level in the past couple of years through an aggressive judge-hiring and ODAR-building program.

Maybe the sequester won’t prove to be the disaster many have predicted. Maybe we will adjust and digest the “new normal”. But it won’t be without some suffering.

 

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