Trump Administration Proposes Social Security Rule Changes that Could Cut off Thousands of Disabled Recipients

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The Philadelphia Inquirer: Trump Administration Proposes Social Security Rule Changes that Could Cut off Thousands of Disabled Recipients (December 12, 2019)

The Trump administration is proposing changes to Social Security that could terminate disability payments to hundreds of thousands of Americans, particularly older people and children. The new rule would change they way they classify people with disabilities and institute more frequent disability determinations, pushing more people into an already overloaded system, and slowing it down for everyone. The ultimate result will be people losing benefits, particularly people 50-65 years old. Justice in Aging attorney Kate Lang said, “they’re out to shrink the rolls. And they’re setting people up to not comply.”

Free Webinar: Hart v. Berryhill Implementation (also known as Hart v. Colvin)

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When: September 7, 2017

Because of the poor quality of his exams, many people who were examined by Dr. Frank Chen for their Social Security disability or SSI disability claim may now be able to have their disability claim reviewed if they request it. Notices were scheduled to go out on September 25, 2017 to over 4,000 people with closed claims, who may be eligible for some type of relief and will now need to decide whether to elect relief under the settlement. This training gives practical details of who is eligible for relief, what type of relief they are eligible for, and how to obtain relief. The settlement is very complex, and representatives will benefit from learning about the variations in the types of relief, depending on the status of a claim.
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Plaintiffs Deprived of Disability Benefits File Lawsuit against Social Security for Using Faulty Medical Reports


Oakland, CA—A class action lawsuit was filed today in federal district court in San Francisco against the Social Security Administration (SSA) by three plaintiffs who were deprived of disability benefits because of SSA’s continued reliance on medical reports from a doctor who has been disqualified. The grossly deficient reports were based on cursory examinations (often lasting ten minutes or less), referenced tests that were never performed, and were inconsistent with plaintiffs’ medical records. On the basis of these faulty reports, plaintiffs who were no longer able to work were denied Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, essential to their well-being.

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