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Social Security Policy Options, 2015

Categories: Disability,Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Welfare/Social Services

Analyzes 36 policy options commonly proposed by policymakers for the program that accounts for nearly one-quarter of all federal spending. The options are designed to improve Social Security’s long term finances. From the Congressional Budget Office


Chronic Homelessness: Background, Research, and Outcomes

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Disability,Housing/Homelessness,Income/Poverty,Mental Health,Welfare/Social Services

Defines and offers estimates of the extent of the problem, describes characteristics of those who are chronically homeless, and discusses research/actions designed to reduce or end the problem. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Effective Marginal Tax Rates for Low-and Moderate-Income Workers in 2016

Categories: Income/Poverty,Taxes,Uncategorized,Welfare/Social Services

Shows how several tax provisions and transfer programs would affect the 2016 income of a hypothetical family and then provides estimates of marginal tax rates for a representative sample of workers. From the Congressional Budget Office


Eligibility Determination in Virginia’s Medicaid Program 2015

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Virginia Issues,Welfare/Social Services

Finds problems with procedures used by the state to determine eligibility for Medicaid benefits. Offers 16 recommendations for improvement. From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


SSI Recipients by State and County, 2014

Categories: Children,Disability,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Provides information about the number of recipients and benefits by state and county for the Supplemental Security Income program. From the Social Security Administration


SSI Annual Statistical Report, 2014

Categories: Children,Disability,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Describes and provides statistics on the Supplemental Security Income program, including who receives benefits, recipient characteristics, disability and work incentives, awards, and denials. From the Social Security Administration


Social Security and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

Categories: Disability,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Retirement/Social Security,Welfare/Social Services

Explains how the Disability Insurance Fund, on track to be exhausted by 2016, will gain a greater share of Social Security payroll tax money until at least 2018 under provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.   Also increases the penalties for benefits fraud. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Disability Insurance: SSA Could Do More to Prevent Overpayments or Incorrect Waivers to Beneficiaries

Categories: Disability,Govt Finance,Headlines,Retirement/Social Security,Welfare/Social Services

In 2014 the Social Security Administration identified $1.3 billion in overpayments in the Disability Insurance program. This report examines the extent of work-related overpayments and waivers in the DI program, how SSA procedures are expected to prevent overpayments, and how appropriate decisions are made on when to waive overpayment reimbursements. From the Government Accountability Office


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