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Lawmaker requests review of Social Security Administration

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There is no denying the fact that the Social Security Administration has the best interests of the public in mind. However, just like any organization, issues come up from time to time. As a result, a top lawmaker is requesting a review of the Social Security Administration, following a number of serious disability scandals that have led to a variety of issues.

Rep. Sam Johnson of Texas is expected to ask the Social Security Administration's inspector general to dive into the review.

This comes shorty after a case alleging that more than 100 people in New York, including former police officers, were cheating the Social Security Disability Insurance program by collecting benefits that they were not eligible for.

This is a serious concern for people throughout the United States, including those who are currently receiving disability benefits as well as those who may need to collect at some point in the future.

The Social Security Administration authorizes two kinds of benefits. One is for older Americans who have reached retirement age, and the other, the one that is under fire, is for those who are unable to work as the result of a health concern. This program pays approximately $140 billion to just about 11 million people.

If something is not done shortly, this disability program, one that so many Americans rely on, is going to find itself without enough funding. Anybody who is due disability insurance but has been denied should not give in; they can look for an alternative solution and consult with an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the law.

Source:  The Wall Street Journal, "Key Lawmaker Seeks Disability Fraud Review" No author given, Jan. 16, 2014

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