Truthout Thursday

Denied Social Security disability application

Currently, nearly 8.4 million people receive Social Security Disability Benefits, averaging about US$1,200 a month. Individuals receive these benefits if they are unable to hold a job because of a mental or physical impairment, such as back pain, arthritis or mood disorders.

To continue receiving these benefits, recipients must go through a periodic review process called a Continuing Disability Review. There were 2.2 million such reviews in 2018.

These reviews are meant to ensure that people who have improved or recovered from disability do not continue receiving federal benefits. The process varies depending on medical diagnosis and whether their condition is expected to improve.

Currently, recipients are classified into one of three groups: Medical Improvement Expected, Medical Improvement Possible and Medical Improvement Not Expected. Depending on classification, reviews can occur as frequently as twice a year or as rarely as once every seven years. Regardless of the designation, the review process can result in the termination of benefits.

The Trump administration has proposed the addition of a fourth classification category, called Medical Improvement Likely.

Lillie Greiman & Catherine Ipsen, The Conversation

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13 Responses to Truthout Thursday

  1. Micki says:

    Yes, rural folks will be hardest hit…many of the same people who support Trump.

    But, the “reality” is there are people who scam the system to get SSDI. Granted, it’s not easy to do, because the initial vetting process to receive benefits is arduous…that said, this is a lot of $$$$ to throw at the issue with very little return on the “investment.”

    “…The goal of these proposed changes is to reduce overall benefits costs to the government. The Federal Register indicates that the additional reviews would cost $1.8 billion to administer while saving $2 billion in terminated benefits, for an overall savings of $200 million….”


  2. Den says:

    Squeezing every dollar from the little people so they can keep it themselves, oh what a wicked web they weave.


  3. ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶arol says:

    It’s like there was a coup, Trump and the abetting party have taken over the government and are dismantling it piece by piece. The SS disability is one of the pieces. All laws or rules that bind those at the top, ignored. Anyone not kissing Trump’s ring, he’s going after them, he has HIS justice department at his beck and call. Three men run the place, Trump, McConnell and Barr.

    Doomed, even if a Dem win the election and we toss out republicans and turn the senate. That article I posted the other day, soooo depressing. Every bit of us is a colossal mess.


  4. ಠ¿ಠarol says:

    Christ on a cracker! William Barr crossed Trump, said his tweets make it impossible to do his job. I was watching a movie in the basement, turned on Chris Matthews and there is was! I paused it to run in here to see the headlines, and to tell you what I just heard.

    I said to the TV as I dragged my finger across my throat, get ready for a new attorney general, lol.


    • Micki says:

      Will tomorrow — Friday — be another Friday Night Massacre?

      Criminy! Who’s going to be left to work in the lunatic’s administration???

      This brief excerpt, reads like a pre-emptive mop-up to Barr’s dismissal — trying to save face, after being Trump’s toady during his AG tenure.

      “…Barr said he would not let the president – or anyone else — bully him and that the tweets make it “impossible for me to do my job.”

      “I’m gonna do what I think is right. And you know … I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me,” Barr said.


      • David B. Benson says:

        On St Valentines day?


        • Micki says:

          Oh, good point!

          “…Four men dressed as police officers enter gangster Bugs Moran’s headquarters on North Clark Street in Chicago, line seven of Moran’s henchmen against a wall, and shoot them to death. The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, as it is now called, was the culmination of a gang war between arch rivals Al Capone and Bugs Moran….”


    • Den says:

      It’s a ruse to make him seem more distant, BarrBS.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    A small social at the Alpha Phi. Still, just 14 minutes to the north door of the Hillside Cafe, even after 2 trips to the grocery store. A little rain.


  6. Den says:

    The one that got away:


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