Georgia Disability

February 25, 2015

In January 2015, televised investigations suggested that Georgia is the worst state in which to file for Social Security Disability benefits.  Although the rules and regulations are supposed to be imposed uniformly, in the end it is individuals who make the determination about whether a person is disabled.  In Georgia, claimants often face a tough row to hoe, but I am hopeful with the light shed on the situation, that a little more oversight might be paid.

A Cap on Social Security?

February 18, 2015

The White House recently stated that President Obama is willing to discuss with Republicans a measure to limit the growth of Social Security benefits, a proposal that Mr. Obama didn’t even include in his fiscal 2016 budget plan after it drew a hostile reaction from Democrats.

For the second straight year, Mr. Obama failed to include in his budget the so-called “chained CPI” proposal, which would change the inflation formula used to determine cost-of-living increases in Social Security checks. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said it would save more than $230 billion over a decade and reduce deficits.

Democrats have been the most vocal critics of the proposal, but White House press secretary Josh Earnest blamed the GOP Tuesday for the administration not pursuing the initiative.

“We’re certainly open to that conversation with Republicans if they want to have a genuine conversation about strengthening Social Security,” Mr. Earnest said. “But frankly, we’ve not gotten a lot of serious willingness on the part of Republicans to engage in that conversation.”

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I recently read that in North Korea, disabled individuals are used for medical experimentation.  Many defectors have relayed this information and one specifically claimed to have seen it personally in the 1990s

He also stated: “We now know that they are being taken away as children and incarcerated in special camps.”

Nothing like North Korea to make me feel better about the United States’ system!

A new report of the wait times for hearings shows that Jacksonville, Florida is close to the bottom of the list.  Claimants waiting for hearing will now be waiting over 558 days for a determination.  Jacksonville is listed #157 on the list of 163 hearing offices.  Interestingly, three other Florida cities are lower on the list.  Tallahassee is #160 with a wait time of 568 days; Fort Myers is #162 with a wait time of 619 days; and Miami is dead last at #163 with a wait time of 622 days.

The shortest wait time is Metairie with only 279 days to process a case.

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