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2013 Board of Trustees Report on Social Security Shows Lack of Funds

by Staff Blogger | June 11th, 2013

June 11, 2013

Each year, the board of trustees assigned to oversee the operations of the Social Security program is tasked with issuing a report on the financial outlook of the program’s trust funds. This year’s report offered stark news to recipients of Social Security benefits.

According to the report, the trust funds that feed programs such as old age retirement and Social Security Disability Benefits will begin losing money in eight years. This means the revenue brought in to the funds from taxes will be exceeded by expenditures of the program. If no action is taken to correct the problem by lawmakers, the funds will completely dry up by as early as 2033.

Until that time, recipients of benefits may see cuts to their benefits. Estimates show the program only having the ability to pay 77 percent of a full benefit to recipients.

The lack of funding is complicated by an influx of citizens applying for Social Security benefits. The number of recipients of Social Security Disability benefits recently swelled to an all-time high of more than 10.5 million people, while the number of retiring baby boomers is expected to continue growing as well.

The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers point out these problems may make it more difficult to have a new claim approved. The firm may be able to help anyone who is considering applying for Social Security benefits or those who have had a claim denied in the past.

Deadline Passes for Switching Alabama Social Security Benefits to Electronic Payments

by Staff Blogger | March 5th, 2013

March 5, 2013

For the past several years, the Social Security Administration has been asking recipients of Social Security Disability and retirement benefits to switch from receiving paper checks to electronically processed deposits. An article from FOX 10 News reported there were still roughly 112,000 individuals in Alabama who had not made the switch before the March 1st deadline.

The decision to make the change to electronic payments was made after an analysis discovered the government could save roughly $1 billion over the next decade by eliminating the printing and mailing costs association with checks. The new system also offers a much more time-efficient method of delivering benefits to recipients.

Treasure Department EFT Director, Walt Henderson, explained that the individuals who have not made the switch yet will not see a disruption in their payments. However, they can expect to be individually contacted via phone and mail to discuss options on how to comply with the new policy.

The switch is simple and can be done in just a few minutes by contacting a local Social Security office.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers have experience handling the complexities of Social Security claims. That’s just one reason the firm encourages anyone who is considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits to discuss your case with a qualified attorney first.