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Social Security Administration News Archives

Social Security's backlog to be addressed

Nobody in the government is ever totally happy with each year's spending budget . In fact, the most recent one was signed by the President despite his vocal disapproval. However, there are quite a few people cheering at least one provision in the mix. There is an increase in the money allotted toward Social Security that's intended to help clear out the backlog of disability claims.

Protecting yourself from Social Security fraud

The U.S. Social Security Administration is becoming especially diligent in rooting out instances of fraud. For example, it has been investigating instances of people receiving Social Security disability payments when they don't actually have a qualifying disability and other suspicious activity.

5 changes to Social Security that may arrive by 2020

For over 75 years, Social Security has been helping qualifying individuals who have lost their income, often due to disability or retirement. Right now, that means around 42.4 million workers who have retired are getting those benefits checks every month.

New confidence scam targets Social Security benefits

Social Security benefits are always hard-won by past contributions and often hard-won in the tough claims process for disability. This is why beneficiaries and their families must be exceptionally vigilant for attempts to defraud or steal Social Security payments from them.

What is Social Security's family maximum?

Social Security is in place to help workers receive disability and retirement benefits. Family members can receive children's, spousal or survivor benefits based on a worker's Social Security record. There are limits, though, to how much the Social Security Administration (SSA) will pay on one person's history of work. This is called the family maximum limit.

Can we afford to cut the SSD program?

Cuts have been proposed by the administration for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. The reasons for the cuts appear poor. There are allegations that the program is growing, is out-of-control, that there is fraud, that the program is too easy to grant benefits and that it encourages individuals to quit working.

SSA changes weight of treating physician rule

In a recent rule change, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has changed the way in which it will view statements from an applicant's treating physician. Previously, statements of the treating physician had been according "significant weight" as evidence of disability in an application for Social Security Disability benefits.