Legislative Branch

Benefits via SSA

Reality is that the system for Social Security benefits is broken and abused. There needs to be an overhaul to restore the program to what the public perceives it as, or some similar resemblance. First and foremost is the SSI program, the more abused and costly since these recipients have never contributed. Children get benefits too easily as with a large rate of termination from age 18 evaluations. There needs to ...more »

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Social Security Administration

SSI Program for disabled children

Currently the parents of school age children are given cash payments when children are approved for SSI based on learning disabilities or psychiatric disorders such as ADHD and Bipolar disorder. Parents are required to set up a dedicated bank account for any lump sum back payments, these funds are to be withdrawn for expenses related to the disability. The parents as designated by the law do not use millions of dollars ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Inter-agency information sharing

While working on claims within the Social Security Administration, we very often have to verify a claimant's income from other sources. Many times, this income comes from another government entity such as the VA, EDD, OPM pension, HHSA, Dept of Child Support, etc. We spend time and resources requesting information on the benefits from the claimant, and if the claimant is unable to obtain the information we spend more ...more »

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Social Security Administration

End redundant SSI closeout notices (L991).

Redundant SSI closeout notices are sent for applicants who do not qualify, or do not wish to file for SSI benefits. This information is already ncluded in the claim path and summary of the application we supply to the claimant. If the language in the summary is not sufficient, it could be slightly modified. The need for mailing of these redundant notices in relevant applications could be eliminated at a substantial ...more »

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Social Security Administration

SSA and SSI Overpayments

I suggest that the legislature create laws to impose penalties, late fees, and charge interest on SSA and SSI benefit overpayments when the beneficiary (recipient) is at fault. The interest rate could be as low as 3%, but use penalties to make it hurt when people intentionally withhold (or give false) information in order to receive benefits when payment is not due. Some beneficiaries do things to get benefits they ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Interagency Liaisons

I mainly work with SSI, verifying income and resources in order to properly pay benefits. I believe setting up liaisons between agencies in the Federal Government would save time and paper. Currently I have to fax or call an agency to get information to properly compute benefits due. Unfortunately with the amount of work all agencies must address, I somethimes have to try to call again (if lines are extrememly busy) ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Changes to Social Security disability programs needed

I see someone else suggested changing the "Grid" rules. The age categories need to be increased upward. Given increases in nutrition and medical technology, as well as increases in retirement eligibility ages, I think it is unrealistic to consider an individual age 50 to be "approaching advanced age," and age 55 "advanced age." With changes in the workplace, I also do not believe an older worker today is so economically ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Eliminate SSI's LA B OR H1 income

LA B is written into Law, but H1 unearned income is not. LA B was intended to minimize costly development of income when someone does not have ownership/rental liability. H1 income was introduced in 1978 as a way to develop inside ISM as the claimant rebutted the LA B. Now we develop as a matter of course. LA B is an anachronism and simply causes delays, additional development and the occasional charge of a technical ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Eliminate unemployment, food stamps, SSI, etc for those in jail

When someone goes to jail and is on HUBER, they still show employment and still receive their food stamps, their unemployment balance, their SSI and many other things. This should stop. All these moneis should be sent to the state or federal prison system to cover the cost of their incarceration. In addition, the system is so slow, that someone who goes to jail in a county lock-up is still getting their SSI, unemployment, ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Stop SSI benefits to convicted smugglers

Seems simple. Stop giving SSI checks to convicted smugglers. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. We apprehended and convicted an alien smuggler and also encountered his SSI check stubs as well as a recent receipt for $2,000+ wheels and tires for his car. We contacted SSI to cancel the SSI checks. They advised that if we provided proof that the subject was incarcerated, they would stop the SSI payments during his ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

More accurate wage reporting in MSSICS for SSI claimants

I suggest we change the way we estimate wages for SSI claimants. Instead of have just a monthly estimate, we could have a weekly, bi weekly, or monthly estimate. This will increase the accuracy in the estimation of wages and prevent many overpayments that occur simply from there being an extra pay period in the month and so on. Nearly half or our workload is inputting wages for these claimants and any revision can ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Zero Tolerance for Fraud

The GAO estimates $17 BILLION dollars of improper Medicare payments each year. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays out $4.6 BILLION in improper and fraudulent benefits annually. The Department of Veterans Affairs loses $800 MILLION annually on improper and fraudulent payments. And the FRAUD list goes on and on and on, totaling OVER $100 BILLION PER YEAR!!! 1ST...I suggest that we include the statement ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Supplemental Security Income changes

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Welfare program changes. SSI pays a maximum amount to an individual. It is reduced if it is a ‘couple’ (married). Logic, I assume is, it’s cheaper for two people living together than in individual households. But, if two adults on SSI unmarried in same household, they each get the full benefit. Every individual should have their own record. Couple cases are extremely complex and ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Maximum "Family Federal Benefit Rate (FBR)" for SSI receipients

Create a maximum FAMILY federal benefit rate (FBR) for SSI. This would be similar in concept to the FBR that is payable for a couple on SSI. A family FBR would "cap" the amount benefits being paid to one family that lives in the same household. At this time a family of five (mother, father and three children) could all collect SSI if they met the medical requirements of the program. If the family has no other ...more »

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