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Just how important is SSDI anyway?

June 21st, 2013 · No Comments · Blog, Featured Home Page Post

Health & Disability Advocates federal policy director participates in an Urban Institute panel on Social Security Disability Insurance: Challenges and Opportunities, and sums up results of their latest report on Social Security Disability Insurance programs.

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Measure twice, cut once

June 20th, 2013 · No Comments · Blog, Featured Home Page Post

Testimony to Congress from Health & Disability Advocates federal policy director on encouraging employment for those on Social Security Disability Insurance program

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The Sky Is Not Falling

May 31st, 2013 · Comments Off · Blog, Featured Home Page Post

The Social Security Administration Board of Trustees released their annual report today regarding the financial health of the Social Security trust funds. And guess what? – Social Security isn’t “going broke.” There is no immediate crisis in the fiscal health of our social insurance programs. I repeat, no immediate crisis. What I am about to [...]

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A Legacy of Making Work Work

April 26th, 2013 · Comments Off · Blog, Featured Home Page Post

The disability policy and advocacy community lost a key champion this week with the passing of Allen Jensen. Allen’s rich body of work improved the lives and work ability for millions of Americans across the country. Always proud of his Iowa heritage and Midwestern work ethic, Allen was quick to charm, and even quicker at [...]

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Chicago Tribune Gets Disability Wrong

April 6th, 2013 · No Comments · Blog, Featured Home Page Post

Below is a letter to the editor that I submitted to the Chicago Tribune on April 5, 2013 in response to its editorial “Disability insurance, out of control.” It was published in the Local Voices section online and in some zoned sections of Chicagoland Health and Family on April 17, 2013.  I write to disagree with the views [...]

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We take exception; it’s not the rule

July 26th, 2012 · Comments Off · Blog, Featured Home Page Post

Open letter to The New York Times submitted last week: The premise of Frank Bruni’s Individualism in Overdrive (July 17, Op-Ed) might be accurate, but his example of Social Security beneficiaries “bilking the government” is way off the mark.  Disability requirements are stringent – most people are denied – and many eligible people must go [...]

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Dear President Roosevelt

January 10th, 2012 · Comments Off · Blog, Featured Home Page Post

From its inception, Social Security Insurance, and the precursor to SSI, Old Age and Blind Pension, has been about assisting individuals who cannot provide for themselves as well as assuring that their family members do not run out of funds themselves attempting to assist them.   And, from its beginnings, its advocacy has been driven by [...]

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You get the government you pay for

August 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Blog, Featured Home Page Post

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of social security’s insolvency are greatly exaggerated. Future payouts are eminently fixable with a mix of cuts and revenue increases. Problems can be attributed to a lack of investment in good governance. Despite steep budget cuts, Social Security Administration Commissioner Astrue made significant headway in reducing the number of pending disability claims for [...]

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