Social Security Rule Changes Will Harm Disabled Workers

By Samuel Morris and Jessica Wiseman (December 22, 2020, 11:46 AM EST) -- Two new rules from the Trump administration will make it harder for workers and other disabled individuals to collect Social Security disability insurance and supplemental security income benefits. 

The first rule, which took effect Dec. 16, changes the disability appeals process by allowing internal agency lawyers who work for the Social Security Administration, or SSA, to conduct disability hearings that have traditionally been conducted by impartial, independent administrative law judges.

The second proposed rule changes the frequency at which certain individuals who collect benefits will be forced to prove their continuing disability to the agency, and will result in the wrongful termination of benefits...

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