Social Security: Doubt of the Benefit

Under Social Security regulations, workers with serious injuries, like the loss of two limbs, seldom have difficulty proving that they are entitled to disability payments. For those with other problems, including some types of mental instability, the rules say benefits should be paid if a review shows that these individuals are unable to work. But the Reagan Administration failed to follow the rules, says New York's Attorney General Robert Abrams, who sued the Social Security Administration on behalf of 4,000 mentally ill New Yorkers who were lopped from the rolls, plus an estimated 55,000 whose applications...

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