The Social Security Administration (SSA) intends to modify its contract with Abt Associates, Inc. After multiple clients experienced frustration at the Social Security office, I reached out to John Ross, an elder law attorney and co-host of our podcast ( Big Picture Retirement ) for an explanation and guidance. The model for this is the Pozen plan, the brainchild of Robert Pozen, a former vice chairman of Fidelity Investments and influential Social Security reformer.
Also, when an individual moves from his or her own home into the home of another person and the person gives food or shelter to the individual, we decide whether the change affects the individual’s eligibility for SSI. Considering that many senior citizens are still wary of text messages and likely have never sent or received one, it’s not clear that these optional security measures will go over well.
They have no benefit of their own and rely exclusively on the Social Security spousal benefit available under their spouse’s work record. It seems unlikely that the main Social Security press office is getting even one call a day from anyone in the press. We will prioritize our work efforts to ensure that our customers can access essential Social Security services whenever they want; wherever they want.
And a record six of 10 non-retirees predict Social Security won’t be able to pay them benefits when they stop working. The hearings scheduled for this week before the Senate Finance Committee and the House Social Security Subcommittee will apparently deal, at least in part, with the Astrue-Goss dispute.
I certainly hope the new administration has enough sense to make this observation and react accordingly. We provided a draft of the briefing to the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration on November 9, 2006. There are some fixes: a healthy skepticism about the cases claimants present and the presence of a representative of the Social Security Administration—or better still, a taxpayer’s advocate—at DI hearings would be a start.