Disability Determination Services (DDS), the Virginia State Agency funded by the Federal Government to process Social Security disability claims and appeals, is extremely backlogged. Sequestration followed by additional budget cuts causing hiring freezes is largely to blame. In the past, when a disability claim was filed in the claimant’s local SSA District office, then sent…

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The debate rages in my home state of Virginia about whether we should accept the offer of federal reimbursement to our health care system through expanded Medicaid coverage. Basic health care would be extended by this expansion of the program to a class of Virginians that includes the working poor, and those who are medically…

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