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NEWS
November 20, 2005
ARTHUR E. HESS, 89, died at his home in Charlottesville, VA on Tuesday, November 15, 2005. Known as a trailblazer in implementing both disability insurance and Medicare, Hess paved the way for the successful mid-century expansion of the Social Security Administration into the fields of disability insurance and medical care. He was Deputy Commissioner, then Acting Commissioner, of the Social Security Administration at the time of his retirement in 1974. The chief architect and first Director of the Medicare program officially enacted in 1965, Hess was widely acclaimed for achieving unprecedented cooperation and partnerships with private sector players, including hospitals, state agencies, health departments, and private insurance carriers.
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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.
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.
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 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.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | May 11, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Black people with serious ailments have been much more likely than whites over the past 30 years to be rejected for benefits under Social Security disability programs, according to a federal study.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 of workers and their families.
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.
NEWS
March 8, 2013
I may be influenced by a recent performance of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," but the first word that came to mind after reading Robert Ehrlich's recent column was "mendacity" ("Disability insurance entitlement explodes under Obama," March 3). His depiction of the Obama administration's goals and the current economic and policy environment is long on hyperbole, but noticeably short on facts. Contrary to his assertion, numbers can lie. Mr. Ehrlich begins his column with the oft-repeated canard that a majority of Americans are "on some form of public assistance" and, based on this dubious statistic, asserts that President Barack Obama wants to transform the U.S. into a European-style welfare state.
BUSINESS
By GREGORY KARP and GREGORY KARP,MORNING CALL | May 14, 2006
Not all families are the same when it comes to insurance needs. Established families with middle-age parents and older children need more of some kinds and less of others. "As the value of your home changes, as your assets increase, as your children approach college age and your financial situation changes, quite likely your insurance needs are going to change at the same time," said Roger Sevigny, insurance commissioner of New Hampshire. Here are some tips for evaluating insurance needs for an established family: Life Now is a great time for established families to re-examine their life insurance, for a couple of reasons.
BUSINESS
February 3, 1992
TUESDAY, 1 p.m. Senate Finance, Senate Presidential WingSB 14 Life Insurance -- Charitable Institutions; SB 69 Long-Term Care Insurance -- Minimum Regulatory Requirements; SB 230 Health Maintenance Organizations -- Pharmaceutical Services; SB 269 Health Insurance -- Child Wellness Services Benefits; SB 291 Health Insurance -- Pre-existing ConditionsHouse Constitutional and Administrative Law, Room 140 Lowe Office BuildingHB 457 Economic Growth and Resource...
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