"This year,  an estimated 1.5 million Americans will declare bankruptcy. Many people may chalk up that misfortune to overspending or a lavish lifestyle, but a new study suggests that more than 60 percent of people who go bankrupt are actually capsized by medical bills.
Bankruptcies due to medical bills increased by nearly 50 percent in a six-year period, from 46 percent in 2001 to 62 percent in 2007, and most of those who filed for bankruptcy were middle-class, well-educated homeowners, according to a report that will be published in the August issue of The American Journal of Medicine. . . ." via Reddit: Medical bills prompt more than 60 percent of U.S. bankruptcies - CNN
Read the Testimony of Dr. Woolhndler from July, 28, 2009, before the Subcommittee on Administrative and Commercial Law - House Judiciary Committee
"The debate over reform of Social Security and Medicare is taking place in a vacuum, without adequate consideration of fundamental facts." The War On Entitlements - NYTimes.com http://nyti.ms/YJcQS1
TO: NOSSCR Members
FROM: Nancy G. Shor, Executive Director
RE: How Will Sequestration Affect SSA?
Sequestration's mandatory budget cuts are scheduled to take effect on Friday, March 1, 2013. The press has reported that "Social Security will not be affected." This is not completely accurate. It is true that the payment of benefits will not be affected. However, the sequestration cuts will affect all other aspects of SSA, including the day-to-day operations of the Agency, by reducing SSA's administrative budget.
According to the SSA Fact Sheet on the effect of sequestration on SSA's operations, field office and hearing office operations will be impacted, although the timing is not clear. SSA estimated that sequestration will result in longer waits in field offices (average of 30 minutes) and for the 800-number. Pending levels of initial disability claims would rise by over 140,000 claims and would have to wait about two weeks longer for an initial decision. Sequestration would result in the loss of over 5,000 more SSA employees.
At the hearing level, claimants will have to wait nearly a month longer for a hearing decision and the progress in reducing the hearings backlog would be eroded. While SSA will try to prioritize reductions to avoid furloughs, they still remain possible. With each furlough day, ODAR would not be able to hold 3,000 hearings.
We will provide further details when we receive more specific information from SSA.