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July 2013 Archives

High Debit Express fees eating away at SSD beneficiaries' income

As we discussed on this blog in February, early this year the Treasury Department issued new rules about how federal benefits, including Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, are to be paid. The rules required most beneficiaries to switch from receiving paper checks to getting their benefits through direct deposit into a bank account or through pre-loaded Debit Express cards provided by Comerica Bank.

Senate bill would end 5-month SSDI claim delay for terminally ill

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has introduced a bill that would end, for Social Security Disability Insurance applicants diagnosed with terminal illnesses, the current five-month waiting period before they can begin receiving their beneficiaries. Under current law, Social Security disability benefits begin in the sixth month of disability -- a wait that many terminally ill patients can’t afford.

Are SSD-Medicaid beneficiaries being denied health screenings?

The Affordable Care Act requires virtually all private insurance plans -- including those offered through the ACA’s Medicare and Medicaid expansion program -- to cover a wide range of preventive health screenings. After all, an ounce prevention is worth a pound of cure.

SSD controversy could make application process more challenging

Recently, the House of Representatives has been investigating a complex controversy within the Social Security Administration. Essentially, it came to the attention of Congress that the SSA may have been approving applications for Social Security Disability benefits that would ordinarily be rejected by state agencies or field offices. In addition, some benefits recipients are allegedly remaining beneficiaries long after they no longer meet the criterion that defines what it means to be disabled within this system.

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