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Social Security Update
April 21, 2008

In This Issue:

Second Hearing Held on Compassionate Allowances

Social Security Announces Agreement With National Institutes of Health

We Helped Mothers Save On Prescription Drugs - You Can Too!

Trustees Report

Multilanguage Gateway Opens Doors

Third Parties, Get The Verification You Need

Second Hearing Held on Compassionate Allowances

On April 7, the Social Security Administration held the second public hearing on compassionate allowances. 

The hearing, held in Boston, featured some of the nation’s leading oncology experts presenting testimony and sharing their views about the best ways to determine compassionate allowances for children and adults with cancer. 

Compassionate allowances are a way to expedite the processing of disability claims for applicants whose medical conditions are so severe that their conditions obviously meet Social Security standards.

To learn more, read the testimony or view a webcast of the hearing, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.

Social Security Announces Agreement With National Institutes of Health

Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue has announced an agreement with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to assist Social Security in serving people with disabilities.

NIH will help Social Security ensure that elements of the compassionate allowance initiative are based on sound up-to-date medical science.

 “The agreement with NIH is very exciting news,” Commissioner Astrue said. “It represents an unprecedented level of cooperation between two of the nation’s largest institutions serving people with disabilities.”

To learn more about the agreement, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/pressoffice/pr/compassionate-allowances-0408-pr.htm

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We Helped Mothers Save on Prescription Drugs — You Can Too!

Medicare Poster

People all over the country are helping their mothers save as much as $3,600 per year on the cost of prescription drugs.  You can too!

This Mother’s Day, Social Security is again working with faith-based community organizations and other interested third parties to let people know about the extra help available to Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes and resources.  The extra help, which could cover monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payment costs, is worth as much as $3,600 each year.

To learn more or to help someone you know apply, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp/mom.htm

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Trustees Report

Trustees Report logo

The Social Security Board of Trustees has released its annual report on the financial health of the Social Security Trust Funds. Key dates for program costs exceeding tax revenues and Trust Fund exhaustion remain unchanged.

You can read the Trustees Report at the following at www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/TR/TR08/

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Multilanguage Gateway Opens Doors

World Globe

On the Internet, Social Security offers information to the public in 15 languages besides English.  At our Multilanguage Gateway, you can find key Social Security publications in the following languages: Arabic; Armenian; Chinese; Farsi; French; Greek; Haitian-Creole; Italian; Korean; Polish; Portuguese; Spanish; Russian; Tagalog; and Vietnamese. Open doors by referring people who speak other languages to our Multilanguage Gateway at www.socialsecurity.gov/multilanguage.

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Third Parties, Get The Verification You Need

Business Services Online

Social Security is working on a new online service that will allow third parties, such as banks, private employers and financial institutions, to verify Social Security numbers with the consent of the individual. 

Social Security is required by law to provide these verifications. However, the current paper-based process is both inefficient and time-consuming because it is done by local Social Security offices on a case-by-case basis.

The online initiative is called CBSV — Consent-Based Social Security Number Verification.  Before Social Security would verify a Social Security number, the individual number holder would have to provide consent and the company would have to pay for the access.

CBSV is expected to be up and running by October 2008, but third parties who want to participate need to sign up now.  The enrollment period has been extended to June 30.

Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/bso/cbsvMarketing.html for more information.

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