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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | March 5, 1997
The life insurance industry and privacy advocates clashed yesterday before a General Assembly committee over the uses and potential abuses of genetic information -- a topic one witness described as "the issue of the new millennium."The House Environmental Matters Committee heard calls from the sponsors of legislation to restrict the use of genetic information about individuals to "get out front" on an issue that is drawing increasing interest in state legislatures nationwide.But Roberta B. Meyer, senior counsel of the American Council of Life Insurance, testified that the legislation would interfere with the industry's essential function of determining risk.
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NEWS
By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | May 20, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Every month, the federal government mails more than $3.6 billion in checks to 5.3 million working-age disabled Americans.Most will get the checks for the rest of their lives even though, according to a national report, hundreds of thousands would like to work again.Vatrice Rivera is one of them. A 30-year-old registered nurse, Rivera had to quit her job three years ago because of thyroid problems and complications from a debilitating infection in her spinal cord.Rivera, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., dreams of working again, perhaps at a desk auditing medical bills, as she did before.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | October 30, 1992
After years of pressure from lawyers for the poor and disabled, the Social Security Administration today was to make public a new process for investigating allegations that an administrative law judge has shown bias.This is the agency's first effort to deal comprehensively and publicly with what has proven to be a limited but persistent problem: allegations that some of the agency's 854 judges routinely allow their prejudices to influence decisions on who is entitled to disability insurance benefits.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | May 11, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Blacks who have serious ailments have been much more likely than whites over the past 30 years to be rejected for benefits under Social Security disability programs, a study has found.The study, by the General Accounting Office, showed that from the initial claim through the appeals process, black people have a more difficult time obtaining benefits from the two largest federal programs for people with severe disabilities.The programs provide $43.2 billion annually in disability checks to millions and their families.
BUSINESS
By Carrie Mason-Draffen | May 29, 2005
Q. I collect a pension and Social Security, but I also work part time. I recently was injured off the job and have been out of work since February. Can I apply for disability, or am I disqualified because of my retirement benefits? A. Receiving a pension doesn't automatically disqualify you from disability benefits. Instead, your eligibility could depend on whether you signed up for the benefit. You waive your right to disability benefits if you decided against paying the average 60 cents a week that employees contribute toward disability insurance, said Jon Sullivan, a New York Workers' Compensation Board spokesman.
NEWS
By John B. O'Donnell and John B. O'Donnell,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | January 26, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Congress was urged yesterday to increase aid to the disabled by billions of dollars even though the Republican majority has been moving to scale back disability programs run by the Social Security Administration.The call for more assistance came from a panel of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a think tank headed by former Social Security Commissioner Robert M. Ball. The new or expanded benefits would cost more than $17 billion over five years.Aimed at encouraging the disabled to work, the proposals include a new tax credit for the disabled working poor, vouchers so recipients can purchase vocational rehabilitation services from private vendors, and a 44 percent increase -- from $500 to $720 a month -- in the amount some recipients can earn without losing benefits.
FEATURES
By Deborah L. Jacobs and Deborah L. Jacobs,CHRONICLE FEATURES | October 15, 1995
If you think working as an independent contractor means you're free and self-reliant, don't kid yourself. Typically, this work arrangement makes you more of a slave than you'd be in a staff job. As a rule, you get no benefits, no paid time off for family or medical emergencies, and no protection against discrimination. Many of the workers accepting these gigs lately would be better off as full-time employees.Companies like independent contractors -- sometimes called consultants, free-lancers, contingency workers, or temps-- because they cost less than employees.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | April 3, 2013
The government in Britain recently did something interesting. It asked everyone receiving an "incapacity benefit" -- a disability program slowly being phased out under new reforms -- to submit to a medical test to confirm they were too disabled to work. A third of recipients (878,000 people) didn't even bother and dropped out of the program rather than be examined. Of those tested, more than half (55 percent) were found fit for work, and a quarter were found fit for some work. But that's Britain, where there's a long tradition of gaming the dole.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | November 29, 1999
Readers reacted with sympathy, empathy, mild outrage and charity (checks and cash) to the story (TJI, Nov. 15) of Michael Younger, the Eastern Shore contractor who broke his back in a fall last spring and whose family has been struggling to get by, with only meager support from the government. The story demonstrated how America's vaunted safety net has big holes.At a time when politicians, Democratic and Republican, brag about the effectiveness of welfare reform, government policy gives limited support to Americans trying to move up from poverty.
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