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“Battle Lines Form in the Fight Over Social Security Payment Reductions”

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This August 5, 2015 MSN Money article talks about the impending crisis involving the money in the SSDI program drying up by the end of 2016.  The article includes a few ideas being tossed around for correcting the problem or at least for buying time until a solution can be found.  The article indicates that less than 1% of the social Security tax paid by employees goes into funding SSDI compared to over 5% going into retirement. One idea in the article is to increase the percentage of the Social Security tax by a couple of percentage points to increase the amount of money going into the disability fund.

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“Meet Ida May Fuller, recipient of 1st Social Security check”

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This January 30, 2015 AP news article found on the Lancaster Online Website talks about the recipient of the first Social Security check, and offers a stark reminder that without action on the part of the federal government, Social Security Disability will be out of money in 2016.  The rich seem to view the disabled as expendable and as such when costs need cut, the first cuts to occur generally impact the poor, disabled and middle class.  If those on Social Security don’t come together and rally for change, we will remain easy targets for the rich to prey on.

Seal of the United States Social Security Admi...

Seal of the United States Social Security Administration. It appears on Social Security cards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Wyden Hearing Statement on Keeping the Promise of Social Security”

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This July 25, 2014 InsuranceNewsNet.Com article talks about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the need to shore it up by 2016, but also reminds us that it is a benefit that is earned and not simply a handout.

English: A collection of pictograms. Three of ...

English: A collection of pictograms. Three of them used by the United States National Park Service. A package containing those three and all NPS symbols is available at the Open Icon Library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Shutdown impact: Tourists, homebuyers hit quickly”

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This September 28, 2013 article found on the TimesLeader.com website talks about the potential Government shutdown and offers an overview of what services would be effected.

Top Pa. officials to get 1.7 percent pay raise – TimesObserver.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information – The Times Observer

Top Pa. officials to get 1.7 percent pay raise – TimesObserver.com

The above link will take you to an article that I found on the front page of the TimesObserver which is the local paper for the Warren, PA area.  Before anyone starts telling me it has nothing to do with mental health, I will say those who are thinking that are partially right.  I say partially, because in the broader picture, this is something that has stroong potential for effecting folks with mental illnesses in Pennsylvania, because as many are aware, last year the state decided to decrease what the amount they paid for the state’s portion of Supplimental Security Income (SSI)  While I at the time commended legislatures on not getting a COLA increase, I am no concerned because they are slated for a 1.7% pay raise and it was just within the past few months that I saw an article in the same paper indicating that the chance of folks on Social Security getting an increase were slim at best and I believe there might have been mention of another decrease being discussed.  So those who are elderly, disabled and any other groups who happen to have a need for Social Security are at risk of not getting any kind of increase, while State government officials are most likely going to get an increase in their pay.

I feel that this is one of those times where from whee I’m sitting it seems like the state government is looking out for themselves and ignoring the fact that they have caused hardship on the more vulnerable portion of the Pennsylvania citizens.  funny how you are suppose to be working for us, but in reality especially for those of us in all aspects of the mental health community it feels like you are working against us.

hb 1587 – Rent Rebate fairness bill

https://pamhi.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/hb1587-points.pdf

The link above is for a PDF file that gives talking points about Hb 1587 which if passed would enable folks in personal care homes to have the ability to keep the full amount of their rent rebate checks as opposed to their current ability to only keep 50% for themselves, with the other half going to the personal care home which is something no other landlord is able to do.

I looked up “Rebate” on http://www.dictionary.com and the following is a definition I found listed from the Legal Dictionary for the word “rebate”

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re·bate

Pronunciation: 'rE-"bAt
Function: noun

:  a refund or deduction of part of a payment, price, or charge — re·bate /'rE-"bAt, ri-'bAt/ verb

“rebate.” Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster, Inc. 17 Jun. 2010. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/rebate>.

Social Security going green

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/21/AR2010042104780.html

The above link will take you to an article that was in the Washington Post on April 22, 2010.  It is something the folks receiving Social Security should be aware of.  While the article indicates primarily new recipients will be receiving their benefits electronically, it is something that I suspect that everyone will be effected by eventually.

“The Treasury Department is making a big push to go green — and save a lot of green — by switching millions of people who receive Social Security and other federal benefits from paper checks to electronic payments.” – Washington Post April 22, 2010

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