Trump administration proposes rule to punish disabled people

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Trump administration proposes rule to punish disabled people
In its ongoing efforts to make life just that much more difficult and humiliating for vulnerable people, the Trump administration is floating a new rule that would add in layers of bureaucracy for some people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance. The administrative costs for that added level of review would basically zero out any savings to the program, proving once again that cruelty is the point for Donald Tump and team.

The proposed change would make disability insurance recipients demonstrate that they are still disabled, sooner and more frequently, potentially forcing them out of the program. As it stands, obtaining disability benefits under SSDI is arduous and takes months if not years for most applicants. Most applicants, in fact, are denied—upward of 70% for claims filed from 2008 through 2017. Beneficiaries are required to provide ongoing medical documentation for their status, on a schedule that depends on their disability and the potential for their health to improve. The change would create a new category, "likely" medical improvement, as opposed to the existing "possible" recovery and "expected" recovery. That's targeted primarily at older disabled workers, and would increase the number of reviews by 2.6 million, the administration says. That's an 18% increase, costing an estimated $1.8 billion. The administration says it would save $2 billion with the rule.

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Jul 2019
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Under the proposed change, the government would look more closely at whether certain disability insurance recipients still qualify as “disabled” after they’ve already been awarded those benefits. While recipients already have to demonstrate their continuing disability every few years, the proposal would ramp up the examinations, potentially running still-eligible beneficiaries out of the program.
 
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Under the proposed change, the government would look more closely at whether certain disability insurance recipients still qualify as “disabled” after they’ve already been awarded those benefits. While recipients already have to demonstrate their continuing disability every few years, the proposal would ramp up the examinations, potentially running still-eligible beneficiaries out of the program.
So, if a disabled person is also poor and already having a hard time paying to see a doctor, they’re pretty much screwed.
 
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Glad to see Trump once again making sure tax payer dollars are not going down a rabbit hole of fraud and corruption. I've personally seen people milking the disability program that could and should be working. Clamping down on those gaming the system is to be applauded.
 
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Disablility claims went way up under Obama.

My dad hired a guy to do some work on his property, he was lazy, didn't show up many times. He got disability somehow, my dad doesn't know how, and he went out and was able to buy a car by sitting at home and collecting disability checks.

This is the Trump era, it won't be as easy to claim disability.

If you are able to work, you should work. Lots of people scam the disability claims for entitlements.
 
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Unfortunately, because of fraudsters trying to get free money for being lazy, it becomes necessary to do some vetting on people who might be claiming to be disabled falsely.
 
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Did you people NOT read the part where it will cost almost as much as it will save ??? Kinda like Florida's drug testing for welfare recipients. Costs WAY more than they save. They've only removed 2% or 3% of recipients from the rolls. But they're making Senator Blackburn's husband very rich.
 
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Did you people NOT read the part where it will cost almost as much as it will save ??? Kinda like Florida's drug testing for welfare recipients. Costs WAY more than they save. They've only removed 2% or 3% of recipients from the rolls. But they're making Senator Blackburn's husband very rich.
It kinda helps towards "equality" as in, I get no benefits so why should someone who no longer qualifies for the disability benefit still receive it. If you are disabled and nothing to hide, then you wouldn't object to be checked upon more frequently. Whether the system costs more or less is irrelevant, it's to reduce benefit cheats.