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Social Security Administration in more hot water


Most of our Los Angeles readers have heard the expression "when it rains, it pours." For the Social Security Administration, in the midst of this election year, this expression seems to be more than adequate to describe the state of the current discussion.

The thankless work of the Social Security Administration


Reforming the Social Security Administration and the programs that agency runs are popular ideas to throw around during election season, and our Los Angeles readers can expect to see more on this as November approaches. Social Security Disability benefits in particular are getting a lot of attention during this election cycle, especially amid continual media reports on how this program is facing financial problems. But, perhaps what needs to be addressed more often is why the program is being strained to begin with, and the current discussion would probably benefit more from hearing about potential solutions.

Denied Social Security? It may come down to basic requirements


For most people the process of applying for Social Security Disability is almost a complete mystery, although some people know the general process. Like any other government assistance program, applying for SSD benefits can be time-consuming and arduous, but millions of Americans every year are left with no choice because of their inability to work due to an injury or illness.

A different opinion in the current discussion about SSD benefits


As our Los Angeles readers have probably seen in both news reports and previous posts here, there aren't a whole lot of politicians out on the campaign trail touting the many positive aspects of Social Security Disability benefits. In fact, most people have probably been hearing that there is a wave of sentiment among some of our nation's leaders that this aspect of Social Security needs to be pulled back a bit, citing their many concerns about just who is receiving these benefits and why. There is one United States Senator, however, who has entered the current discussion from a whole new angle: he argues that America should be expanding Social Security.

SSD benefits are a long-standing source of financial aid


As politicians bicker back and forth about Social Security Disability and whether or not significant changes need to be made to the program, a recent article pointed out just how important this part of Social Security is for those who receive the monthly payments. Some of details may just surprise our Los Angeles readers.

Left unable to work, many turn to the SSD application process


For some people, perhaps including many of our Los Angeles readers, the benefits they could receive from the Social Security Administration are a mystery. For instance, while many people know that they may be able to apply for disability benefits if they are unable to work due to a physical or mental health condition, they may not know how to go about applying for those benefits or if their particular disability even qualifies them to apply.

It looks like SSD benefits are becoming a political hot button


Even the most astute observers of political theater can rarely forecast which issues will become an important part of the banter during election season. Our Los Angeles readers may have noticed, however, that Social Security Disability has become one of this election year's hot topics.

Interim director appointed to lead Social Security Administration


Some of our Los Angeles readers may know that the Social Security Administration has been under interim leadership since last year. While this hasn't really been a problem, with the agency conducting business as usual, the President recently took a step to end the interim nature of the agency's leadership by nominating Carolyn W. Colvin to become the permanent head of the agency.

Interim director appointed to lead Social Security Administration


Some of our Los Angeles readers may know that the Social Security Administration has been under interim leadership since last year. While this hasn't really been a problem, with the agency conducting business as usual, the President recently took a step to end the interim nature of the agency's leadership by nominating Carolyn W. Colvin to become the permanent head of the agency.

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