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Oklahoma Congressman Continues SSDI Funding Review

NewsOK.com reported last week that Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, was pursuing a solution to solve the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) alleged march towards insolvency. According to Langford, the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) will be broke in three years, as more people collect benefits. “There are truly disabled people … that can be hurt on this if we don’t find a way to be able to resolve this issue soon,” Lankford said, according to the website. Last week, Congress held a subcommittee hearing asking SSA officials to testify about how they are combating fraud and ensuring judges are properly scrutinizing applicants. Some elected officials, including Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said SSDI is a lifeline for the truly disabled and urged members to give the SSA more money to review cases. According NewsOK.com, an SSA official said that an additional $1.2 billion to conduct disability reviews could ultimately save taxpayers…
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COLA Increase Could Be Negated By Food Stamps Cuts For Many SSDI Recipients

Last week, we reported about the cost of living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security benefits, which will increase 1.5 percent next year. Well, the Huffington Post reported in an article titled “Food Stamp Cut Wipes Out Some Americans’ Social Security Increases” that some people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will have their COLA negated by cuts to the federal food stamp program, which went into effect two weeks ago. “Nearly 17 percent of food stamp recipients lived in households that also had Social Security income in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available,” HuffPost reported. “Seventeen percent of today’s enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would be nearly 8 million people.” A representative with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a think tank organization, spoke to the HuffPost about the issue. “The COLA isn’t a real increase,…
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Clinical Depression Now Second-Leading Cause of Global Disability

The Los Angeles Times reported last week that clinical depression is now the second-leading cause of global disability, with the highest rates affecting working-age adults and women. In the Times piece titled “It’s a sad, sad, sad, sad world: Depression and global disability”, the paper reported that “researchers found that depressive disorders were second only to lower respiratory infections when it came to inflicting the most years of disability on people throughout the world.” The paper reported that the global rate for depression was 4.4 percent, while the rate for women was 5.5 percent, compared to men at 3.2 percent. Between 1990 and 2010, clinical depression rates rose globally by 38 percent. “These findings reinforce the importance of treating depressive disorders as a public-health priority and of implementing cost-effective interventions to reduce their ubiquitous burden,” the lead author of the study cited by the Times, Alize Ferrari, a researcher at…
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