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Is This New Policy Increasing Social Security Disability Wait Times?

Do you know what lupus is? It is a disease that happens when a person’s immune system turns against the rest of their body. As the disease progresses, the immune system attacks organs and other vital tissues causing pain that can often keep a person bedridden. This can make working a job nearly impossible, which may force some to file for Social Security disability benefits. However, a new policy could make filing a claim harder for lupus sufferers and people like them. Will a New Policy Increase Social Security Disability Wait Times? Fraud is a rare thing when it comes to Social Security disability insurance. Less than 1 percent of all SSDI claims are fraudulent, but lawmakers are constantly vigilant of new ways to secure the program. That’s why they are rolling out a new policy this year. This new policy takes away the special consideration given to the medical…
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Can Money Be Taken from My Disability Check to Pay Old Student Loan Debt?

According to a recent article in the New York Daily News, the Department of Education has been taking money from people’s disability checks to pay back old student loan debt. The reason that this is an issue, other than the fact that money that disabled people rely on to make ends meet is being taken from them, is that in many cases, the people are unaware that their old student loan debt could be forgiven through a disability-based discharge. The Daily News article features a report on a lawsuit that seven disability beneficiaries filed against that federal government. The lawsuit concerns the Department of Education’s debt collection practices, specifically, when it comes to collecting from disabled borrowers. In the suit, the people claim that the Department of Education is quick to use the Social Security disability benefit offset, which allows them to garnish money from disability paychecks to pay back…
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How Long Could I Have to Wait to Get a Disability Hearing?

Could a new rule make the wait time for a Social Security disability hearing even longer? Per a KCUR 89.3 report, that may be the case. Currently, applicants must wait an average of around 600 days for a hearing. The long wait times have reportedly led to a nationwide backlog of Social Security disability hearings. The backlog dates back nearly a decade. Jason Fichtner, who was acting deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration back then, told KCUR 89.3 that at that time, the Great Recession was in full swing, leading to the SSA receiving a large influx of disability benefits applications. With so many people applying for disability benefits at once and the SSA’s operating budget shrinking 10 percent since 2010, the agency fell behind, and they have never been able to catchup. Currently, over a million disability applicants nationwide are awaiting disability hearings. Unfortunately, not only does this…
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