Social Security in ‘a full blown crisis,’: Advocates and recipients say the program needs help
Along with low morale and high turnover among overworked staff, recipients regularly endure long wait times — on the phone and in person — for assistance, daunting paperwork, and confusing instructions, all for some of the most vulnerable beneficiaries of the nation’s largest social service program.
Pa.’s Fetterman using assistive tech in Senate to aid in stroke recovery | Thursday Morning Coffee
Report: The Senate got a digital upgrade to help its newest member do his job.
Meaningful access to the Social Security Administration requires language services | Opinion
A lack of interpreters cuts too many people off from the crucial services they need.
The feds make it too hard for former inmates to access Social Security benefits | Opinion
The government punishes formerly incarcerated people twice by making them jump through too many hoops.
Social Security aid to disabled Pa. residents crashed during the pandemic | Thursday Morning Coffee
Pennsylvania saw the steepest drop of all 50 states, particularly hitting Black and brown residents, new research shows.
Casey, senators press Justice Dept. for answers on web access for disabled people | Friday Coffee
The federal government is supposed to file biennial reports on its web accessibility efforts. The last one was a decade ago.
Living with a disability is very expensive – even with government assistance | Opinion
Adults with disabilities require, on average, 28% more income to achieve an identical standard of living as a household of the same size and income where no one has disabilities
House Dems’ bill would create new Dept. of Accessibility & Inclusion | Thursday Morning Coffee
Nearly 1 in 4 Pennsylvanians have a disability. The state needs to better serve their needs, two Western Pa. lawmakers argue.
As debate rages, Wolf says he will veto attempts to stop Polk and White Haven shutdown
Gov. Tom Wolf has promised to veto a bill that would overturn his administration’s decision to shutter two state facilities that care for the intellectually disabled. Wolf first made the promise in a private Nov. 19 letter to the Philadelphia chapter of ADAPT, a disability rights group, and it was reiterated by a spokesperson Tuesday. […]
The number of disabled people who live at state-run centers has dwindled. That doesn’t mean closing them isn’t controversial
Why is closing state centers for the disabled controversial? Funding is tight, change is scary, and many are not happy with the process.
Pa. House passes Down syndrome abortion ban, Gov. Wolf vows veto
The bill passed 117-76.
Trump budget would take millions away from disabled Americans, former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge writes.
In a New York Times op-Ed, the former Pennsylvania governor called on the Trump administration to restore all the funding it’s proposed to cut for disability programs.