Disability benefits (51 - 60 of 63 items)
Social Security: Effects of Budget Constraints on Disability Program
HRD-88-2: Published: Oct 28, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed state disability determination services (DDS) to: (1) evaluate the effects of budget constraints that the Social Security Administration (SSA) imposed on state agencies' operations; and (2) determine whether SSA productivity standards were appropriate.GAO found that budget reductions: (1) limited the number of continuing disability reviews that...
Social Security: Adjusting Continuing Disability Review Priorities
HRD-87-4: Published: Oct 22, 1986. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1986.
GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) plans for resuming continuing disability reviews (CDR), involving the implementation of the medical improvement review standard. GAO stated its concern about the planned mix of cases SSA will send to state disability determination services (DDS).GAO found that: (1) the SSA case load for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 1986 and for FY 1987...
Social Security: Implementation of New Mental Impairment Criteria for Disability Benefits
HRD-86-75BR: Published: May 19, 1986. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO monitored the Social Security Administration's (SSA) implementation of changes to methods used in evaluating claims relating to mental impairments for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs, as mandated by the Social Security Disability Benefits Reform Act of 1984.GAO found that: (1) although SSA ma...
Social Security: Quality of Services Generally Rated High by Clients Sampled
HRD-86-8: Published: Jan 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1986.
GAO conducted a survey of clients of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs to ascertain their opinions of the quality of SSA services.GAO sent questionnaires to 1,680 SSA clients, asking them to rate SSA services and to compare SSA to other government agencies, and found that: (1) 78 percent r...
Income Security: Selected Disability Payments
HRD-86-47FS: Published: Dec 27, 1985. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed selected issues concerning: (1) the administration of the Medicare part B program in Ohio; and (2) the time frames for paying beneficiaries whose social security disability claims were approved by either administrative law judges (ALJ) or federal courts.GAO noted that: (1) the Social Security Administration (SSA) has implemented a number of procedu...
Disability Programs: SSA Consultative Medical Examination Process Improved; Some Problems Remain
HRD-86-23: Published: Dec 10, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) management of consultative examinations (CE) in its disability programs. GAO evaluated: (1) SSA ability to ensure the quality and reliability of examinations and reports; (2) SSA controls to ensure the necessity and appropriateness of CE purchases; and (3) the operations of major volume providers nation...
Need for More Uniform Application of the Presumptive Disability Provision of the Supplemental Security Income Program
MWD-76-2: Published: Oct 16, 1975. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 1982.
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More Diligent Followup Needed To Weed Out Ineligible SSA Disability Beneficiaries
HRD-81-48: Published: Mar 3, 1981. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1981.
The Disability Insurance program (DI), administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), was established in 1954 to prevent the erosion of retirement benefits of wage earners who become disabled and are prevented from continuing payments into their social security account. The program was expanded in 1956 to authorize cash benefit payments to the disabled. Applications for disability benef...
Need To Prevent Windfall Benefits to Supplemental Security Income Recipients
HRD-80-44: Published: May 30, 1980. Publicly Released: May 30, 1980.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is required to determine Social Security Income (SSI) eligibility and benefit payment amounts on a quarterly basis. It computes benefits based on the income a recipient expects to receive over a projected 3-month period. Basic benefits are reduced dollar for dollar for countable income. Windfall benefits occur when other retroactive income covering prior qu...
Indirect Costs of the Social Security Administration's Disability Programs Are Excessive and Should Be Reduced
HRD-80-23: Published: Nov 19, 1979. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 1979.
The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) reimburses states for costs they incur in making disability decisions under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs. HEW negotiators are responsible for approving plans for almost all indirect costs affecting the disability programs. GAO visited six states which together accounted for about 55 percent...