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February 2013 Archives

Telephone scam targets SSDI recipients

People in the Columbia area who receive Social Security Disability benefits should be aware of a scam being perpetrated against people in their situation. A woman in a nearby state says that someone called her and offered her $2,000 per month -- in exchange for $750 right now.

Woman denied SSDI for breast cancer may lose home

As we said in our Feb. 12 blog post, the majority of applications for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits filed by residents of Columbia are initially rejected by the Social Security Administration. When someone living with a disability is told by SSA that he or she are able to work but in fact cannot do so, savings can quickly run out as he or she must pay for medical and everyday expenses without having an income to cover the costs.

Despite news anchor's claim, little fraud in SSDI program

Residents of Columbia, Missouri, who receive Social Security Disability insurance after developing a disability will likely be dismayed to hear a cable news anchor accuse them of fraud. It may be shocking to hear, but that is what Shannon Bream, a guest host on Fox News' "America Live," claimed on the air recently when she said that 8.8 million Americans receive SSDI benefits "under false pretenses."

SSA updating 'intellectual disability' language

Readers in Columbia who believe that the words that we use to describe people with disabilities matter will be interested to learn that the Social Security Administration is changing the way it refers to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Instead of the term "mental retardation," the SSA is planning to say "intellectual disability" from now on. The change reflects more modern attitudes toward using the term "retard" and its pejorative connotations.

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