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September 2012 Archives

Social Security Disability fraud can be disruptive for beneficiaries

A new identity theft scam is reportedly targeting seniors and disabled persons by rerouting Social Security benefits to their own bank accounts and prepaid debit cards. The objective of the scammers, relatively straightforward, involves obtaining personal information like a full name and bank account number, contacting the Social Security Administration and requesting that payments be rerouted to their own accounts.

Congressional report overlooks accuracy of rejected SSDI applications

According to a recent report by congressional investigators, overworked Social Security officials often award disability benefits without adequately reviewing claims. The investigators reportedly review 300 randomly selected cases from Virginia, Alabama and Oklahoma in which people were awarded disability benefits. In over one quarter of the cases, decisions to award benefits "failed to properly address insufficient, contradictory or incomplete evidence."

Paralympic Games give positive boost to public perception of disabled people

Our Michigan readers may or may not have paid attention to this year's Paralympic Games in London, which immediately followed the Olympic Games. For those unfamiliar with the Paralympic Games, athletes with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities are given the opportunity to compete in events with one another.

Social Security adds adult Huntington's to Compassionate Allowances list

Huntington's disease is a degenerative and fatal disease of the brain that affects roughly 30,000 Americans. Dealing with this disease can be burdensome, as it has a broad impact on the victim's functional abilities and usually results in motor, cognitive and psychiatric disorders. Most people with the condition notice signs in their 40s or 50s, but onset can occur earlier, sometimes before the age of 20, in which case it is considered juvenile Huntington's disease.