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Social Security Administration

STOP Paper Disability Applications/Appeals From Authorized Reps!

Every Authorized Representative has Internet Access.

Submitting paper Disability applications/appeals take longer to process and are more difficult to control vs. filing those online. Authorized Reps are paid, they are not unpaid. Many authorized reps file by paper because they are operating on pure volume vs. quality. While SSA is focusing on more quality (read tranparent) they are causing us to waste time, resources,... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Help Americans Get off Pain Killers and Get to Work

Thousands of Americans, and especially Native Americans, are addicted to narcotics. Many of them have chronic pain issues, many have addiction issues. It is far less expensive to give them rehabilitative Physical Therapy treatment and get them to work than it is to support their narcotic addiction and put them on disability. We need to expand the use of physical therapy/rehabilitation to ensure people have alternate means... more »

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Social Security Administration

Medical savings

A recent news item states that the government will pay half of all Americans' medical costs within the next decade. I work with SSA disability decisions all day. Drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and obesity are elements of the majority of disability claims, even those that are denied. It's time to approach these three impairments the way smoking was approached. If the government spends a little money now persuading people... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Tighten disability criteria

There has been a gradual loosening of criteria to define "disability" in the past 20 years to the point that a large percentage of our population now qualifies. Safety nets are good but when too many people are in the net, society will not be able to support the burden. Quality of life and self image is much improved with employment rather than living on the dole.

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Social Security Administration

Disability Transitional Age Reform for Social Security benefits

As federal officials and lawmakers explore raising the retirement age in order to cut the federal deficit, consideration should also be given to raising the “transitional age” for disability purposes. Lawmakers and federal officials have emphasized adjusting the retirement age and delaying eligibility for SSA retirement benefits to cut the federal deficit. To my knowledge, no consideration has been given to adjusting... more »

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