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Social Security -- Disability Archives

Gay widower sues Social Security Administration over denied spousal benefits

Attorneys Brian Clymer and Autumn Menard, along with co-counsel Lambda Legal, recently filed a lawsuit against the Social Security Administration. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona on behalf of Michael Ely, a 65-year-old gay man, seeking spousal benefits based on his 43-year relationship with his husband.

GOP 2019 Budget Would Slash $537 Billion from Medicare, Threaten Most Vulnerable

The U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee passed a GOP 2019 Budget Plan along party-lines that would cut $537 billion from Medicare and cause $2.6 trillion in reductions to programs which help economically vulnerable Americans.

Limited working while getting disability benefits explained

Social Security's disability program has built in some work incentives which allow claimants to attempt working while still collecting disability benefits. Longtime Social Security Administration veteran and syndicated columnist Tom Margenau addressed this issue and others in column published earlier this year. Here's that column

Independence of Social Security judges in the balance in case before U.S. Supreme Court

On April 23rd, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Lucia v. SEC, which raises the question of the legitimacy of the appointment of federal administrative law judges ("ALJs"). Although the case deals with ALJs in the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Court's ruling could call into question the legitimacy of how Social Security ALJs are appointed.

Social Security skeptic changes tune after receiving SS retirement benefits

We're big fans of Tom Margenau, a 32-year veteran of the Social Security Administration who retired in 2005 and who has written the syndicated column "Social Security and You" since 1997. His informational column, published every Sunday in the Arizona Daily Star, is a must-read.

Trump's 2019 budget slashes Social Security disability benefits programs while giving away tax cuts to the very rich

President Trump's proposed 2019 federal budget, released earlier this month, wants to cut $72 billion over 10 years from disability programs, including Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Coupled with the cuts to our safety net the budget is a tax giveway to the very rich which balloons the federal deficit. 

Trump's Budget Director makes false attacks on Social Security Disability

Despite President Trump's campaign promise to leave Social Security alone, his budget director, Michael Mulvaney recently called the Social Security disability a "very wasteful program" that has grown too quickly under President Obama and needs to be fixed. The Washington Post gave Mulvaney's claims "Three Pinocchios", meaning that those claims are "mostly false". Here's why.

No single group favored when its members apply for Social Security disability benefits

We saw this column about Social Security disability by Tom Margenau in the Jan. 13 edition of the Tucson newspaper: "The Post-Truth Era and Social Security".