At a recent White House meeting, families of people with special needs had the opportunity to explain to some very high-ranking administration officials just how painful some of these proposed changes could be.
In one of its first acts of the new Congress, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives changed its rules to prevent lawmakers from shifting money from the Social Security retirement trust fund to the Social Security disability trust fund unless the change would improve the actuarial balance of both funds.
The early withdrawal penalty has been very effective at forcing retirement plan owners to keep money in their retirement accounts, but if a retirement account owner becomes disabled, the IRS will waive the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty.
A recently unveiled whistleblower lawsuit alleges that a prominent Kentucky disability lawyer illegally colluded with a federal disability judge to approve his clients' cases and reap the millions in attorney's fees that came with them.
A bill recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would give people under age 55 access to a program that now helps nursing home-eligible seniors remain in their homes far longer than they might otherwise be able to do.