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Lift the cap.

We need to extend the life of Social Security by lifting the cap of $113,700, so that payroll taxes apply fairly to every dollar of wages.

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Social Security Disability - Make It Easier To Get Benefits

Please ask your elected officials to introduce/support the: FULLERTON – EDWARDS SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY REFORM ACT Removal of the current five month waiting period for initial payment of SSDI benefits, from disability date of eligibility. The withholding of five months of benefits greatly adds to the financial burden of a claimant, and compromises their financial status to a point, that most can never recover from ...more »

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Preserve + Strengthen Social Security. Stop weakening it

1. There should be a well-staffed Social Security office in every community. Registering is a complex matter and errors often result in incorrect or delayed benefits. One-on-one assistance eliminates errors and makes sure people get the benefits they need. 2. Social Security call centers need more staff. Right now, call centers are operating at the worst efficiency they ever have, and wait times are expected to double ...more »

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CareerACCESS

Fully develop, pilot and implement CareerACCESS.The World Institute on Disability (WID), the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), and PolicyWorks have been working on CareerACCESS, a federal policy initiative that creates an alternative program for SSI young adults with disabilities that want to build careers. The Career ACCESS Program will create changes in federal policy aimed at significantly increasing the ...more »

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Enough to live on?

Currently there are a large number of people who currently make well below poverty level on these benefits. No one should have to live in poverty while disabled or a senior. There should be a minimum of at least 150% of poverty level given for all recipients of SSI, SSDI, and SSA. Current poverty levels are woefully inaccurate as in many areas being at the current poverty level won't cover you for rent and food much ...more »

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Payee Accountings

It seems redundant that a non-repsonder case keeps showing up in ERPA when the payee has been changed, benefits are in suspense or terminated. When the forms are received by WebDocs there should be a screening process that these accountings go through that look at the payee's name, the mbr or ssid and see if benefits are terminated to determine if the accounting can be completed by automated process. This would reduce ...more »

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SS CALL CENTERS

Social Security call centers need more staff. Right now, call centers are operating at the worst efficiency they ever have, and wait times are expected to double this year. As baby-boomers are coming of age, the need for individiual attention at call centers will only grow.

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BENEFIT VERIFICATION FORMS

We need to stop the proposed elimination of the Benefit Verification forms. According to the SSA, 11 million people came into a Social Security office last year looking for forms. Housing, social service agencies, lenders, and charity programs require these forms. The solution is simple: Keep the local ofices open and keep the services intact. ALSO REMEMBER NOT ALL SENIORS HAVE ACCESS TO A COMPUTER OR ARE COMPUTER ...more »

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Consumer Help

There should be a well-staffed Social Security office in every community. Registering is a complex matter and errors often result in incorrect or delayed benefits. One-on-one assistance eliminates errors and makes sure people get the benefits they need. Many Seniors cannot navigate online or even have computer access. Widows who have been paying taxes for 50 years should not have to make in person appointments to change ...more »

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Eliminate wage-input redundancy

How about one great piece of software that handles wage inputs across T2 and T16? It is currently difficult to identify and navigate concurrent claims with submitted paystubs (SSIMWV to MSSICS to eWork etc.), especially in offices that specialize between T2 and T16. It seems that development often gets skipped until (and unless) the error is identified by the scrubber.

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COLA

We need to ensure that the Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) adequately reflect the living expenses of retirees so that seniors are better able to keep up with the rising costs of essential items, expecially health care.

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Do not close field offices: open some that have been closed

Elderly people do not find navigating the web helpful and are the old fashioned type who like to speak to and look at a real human being. Social security benefit filing and benefit issues and Medicare are very complex. It is so unfair and unkind and unconscious to close these offices where citizens who pay taxes get real help and support.

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