social security

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Petition to Sean Hannity

Change the 5 month mandatory wait for terminally ill patients who need SS Disability

Right now there is a MANDATORY wait for those applying for social security disability (US Code USC 423, sec C #2). For many this wait is not a problem, however, what about our terminally ill patients who do not have 5 months to spare? It needs to change! HELP US CHANGE THIS LAW! The law should read for every patient that is deemed terminally ill (12 months or less) by a medical doctor is EXEMPT from the 5 month wait and shall receive social security disability payments as soon as possible. Our father was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Adenocarcinoma in January. His name is David Coyne. Our dad was head of household. He supported us, his 4 daughters, and our mom (his wife of 36 years) his entire life. He worked for everything he got. Never asking for handouts. Our dad paid his taxes. Our dad LOVES his country. OUR COUNTRY IS LETTING HIM DOWN. Our father was approved for disability benefits through the Compassionate Allowance Condition of the SSA in January of 2016; they are still waiting and have yet to receive any government assistance! All programs, TERI and Compassionate Allowance, for SSD expedite the application process only NOT the payments. Patients still have to wait the mandatory 5 months minimum. His health insurance went from $400 to $1260 per month when he had to move to COBRA. For the past 8 months my mother has worked cleaning houses trying to keep up the bills. We have taken on helping them out in a every way possible from doing home repairs to paying monthly bills to having fundraisers so they don't have to struggle. We are finding that TOO MANY people are facing this issue, this INJUSTICE. My parents need that money; my parents earned that money. Please join us in our fight to change the 5 month mandatory wait for disability, this should not apply to our citizens that are terminally ill. WE ARE GOING TO BRING THIS ALL THE WAY TO WASHINGTON.

alison marini
775 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Sherrod Brown, Robert Casey, Charles Schumer, Bill Cassidy, Mike Crapo, Pat Toomey, Rob Portman, DIane Feinstein

Eastman Disability Reform Act of 2017

Social Security’s disability program has been broken for decades; it’s well known and has never been fixed. Everyone knows somebody who’s had this problem. I solved the “how” and “why” it’s occurred for so long unabated, writing a bipartisan Senate bill called the Eastman Disability Reform Act of 2017—the first meaningful change since the Disability Benefits Reform Act of 1984. This restores the publics trust in the agency and Congress. Between 800,000 and 1.2 million file disability appeals each year—over half of them later win, taking up to 3 years. During this time, many of these honest Americans declare bankruptcy, lose their homes and sometimes their marriages; all through little fault of their own. The instant rejection of legitimate disability claims has been mandated by the agency at a level of 85% (or more) off all disability applications per year. The statistic has been disguised for years as the National Agree Rate (NAR) and needs revision, as well as the access and availability of records for decisions being in a usable format everyone can access. Physicians contracted by the agency to examine claimants will have extreme patient caseloads alleviated; allowing for proper evaluations. The 15,000 to 25,000 unnecessary federal disability cases the judiciary hears each year will be significantly lowered; speeding up the appeals process overall.  Please help these hundreds of thousands of honest Americans every year, who cannot work and have paid into the system for their entire working careers. It shouldn’t be easier to get asylum or citizenship in a foreign country than disability is in America.                                                 ESPAÑOL                                                                                                                                                           El programa de discapacidad del Seguro Social se ha roto durante décadas; es bien conocido y nunca ha sido arreglado. Todo el mundo conoce a alguien que ha tenido este problema. He resuelto "cómo" y "por qué" este problema ha ocurrido durante tanto tiempo. Escribí un proyecto de ley bipartidista del Senado llamado Ley de Reforma de la Discapacidad de Eastman de 2017 - el único cambio significativo desde la Ley de Reforma de Beneficios de Discapacidad de 1984. Esto restaura la confianza del público en la agencia y el Congreso. Entre 800.000 y 1.2 millones de personas presentan apelaciones por discapacidad cada año. Más de la mitad de ellos siempre ganan, llevando hasta 3 años. Durante este tiempo, muchos de estos honestos estadounidenses declaran la bancarrota, pierden sus hogares ya veces sus matrimonios; Todo a través de poco auto-culpa. El rechazo instantáneo de reclamaciones legítimas de discapacidad ha sido ordenado por la agencia al nivel del 85% (o más) de todas las reclamaciones de discapacidad por año. Las estadísticas se han disfrazado durante años como la Tasa de Acuerdo Nacional (NAR) y la necesidad de revisión, así como el acceso y la disponibilidad de los registros para que las decisiones se encuentran en un formato utilizable que todos pueden acceder. Los médicos contratados por la agencia para examinar a los pacientes tendrán cargas de trabajo extremas eliminadas, permitiendo evaluaciones más precisas. Los 15.000 a 25.000 casos innecesarios de discapacidad federal que el poder judicial oye cada año serán reducidos. Esto acelerará el proceso de apelación para todos. Ayude por favor a estos centenares de millares de Americanos honestos cada año, que no pueden trabajar y han pagado en el sistema para sus carreras enteras de trabajo. No debería ser más fácil obtener asilo o ciudadanía en un país extranjero que la discapacidad en los Estados Unidos.

Darren Eastman
113 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Robert A. McDonald, President of the United States, United States Congress - Congressman David Jolly, Robert A. McDonald, Carolyn W. Colvin (Social Security Administration Director)

Stop Social Security from denying benefits to 100% disabled veterans

Social Security is denying disability insurance to veterans deemed 100% disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This is placing veterans with military service related injuries through unneeded bureaucratic and financial hardships, while also putting the benefits they are receiving through the VA in jeopardy. Please stand with our injured veterans by asking Social Security to accept the disability assessment completed by the VA when considering disability benefits. Federal agencies must be on the same page to better serve our veterans. In 2010 the VA determined I was 100% disabled and unemployable from a military service related injury. Unable to work, I also applied for Social Security disability payments. I was shocked they would not accept the VA’s assessment and required a second evaluation. They determined I was not 100% disabled and could work because I had a college degree, reasoning I could sit at a desk all day despite the medical documentation and the VA assessment saying otherwise. The discrepancy between these two agencies creates a painful catch-22 for thousands of disabled veterans. When Social Security’s assessment contradicts the VA’s, not only are veterans denied Social Security disability payments, it threatens the benefits they receive from the VA. If we were to get a job to make ends meet, enduring pain and the worsening of our injuries, the VA could stop our benefits. Our veterans should not be placed into this situation. Many veterans rely on the combined benefits from the VA and Social Security just to stay afloat. The current policy of requiring two assessments wastes taxpayer dollars, creates confusion, and results in many veterans not receiving the benefits they earned. We need an immediate change in policy to protect those who have sacrificed their health. Please sign and share my petition calling on Social Security to accept the disability and employment assessments of the VA. Thank you for supporting America’s veterans.

Vernon Hinote
69,788 supporters