Jewish Disability Advocacy Day 2015 was a busy day for B'nai B'rith International's Director of Aging Policy Rachel Goldberg, who addressed members of Congress as well as leadership from the Jewish, medical and senior communities in Washington, D.C.
Goldberg focused her remarks on maintaining and increasing funding for Social Security Disability Insurance, a topic currently being debated in Congress. Her comments were featured in an article in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Read excerpts from that article below, along with featured social media postings from that day:
After news broke that the United States government has continued to pay Social Security benefits to Nazi war criminals who left the country willingly before deportation, B'nai B'rith International called for a close in the loophole.
Since moving abroad, these former Nazis have often collected entitlements from the governments of the countries in which they reside. B’nai B’rith urges these governments to cease providing benefits to such individuals and force them to stand trial.
Excerpts from the article in the Washington Free Beacon are below:
Nazi war criminals are still receiving Social Security benefits from the U.S. government despite their past crimes against Jewish people, prompting outrage from numerous Jewish organizations.
“Nazi war criminals who once lived in the United States and faced investigation by the Justice Department continue to collect Social Security payments through a legal loophole, despite having left the country and renounced their U.S. citizenship,” B’nai B’rith International (BBI) wrote in a recent press release calling on Congress to change the law.
“Since moving abroad, these former Nazis have lived undisturbed lives, collecting additional entitlements from the governments of the countries in which they reside,” the group wrote. “B’nai B’rith urges these governments to cease providing benefits to such individuals and force them to stand trial.”
B'nai B'rith International made headlines in the financial world this week, signing off on an encouraging annual Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report.
The statement was picked up by InsuranceNewsNet.com, "the leading, Web-based trade publication for insurance agents, home office personnel, and other professionals in the life, health and property/casualty industries."
Read an excerpt, below:
B'nai B'rith International issued the following news release:
B'nai B'rith International is encouraged by the relative stability outlined in the 2014 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report, but concerned about the immediate need to address the funding challenges facing the Social Security Disability Insurance program (DI).
The big news out of the trustees report was the overall health of Social Security with a surplus of about $2.8 trillion, and income to the program set to exceed expenditures in 2014. These numbers are in line with last year's projections and this year's report expects Social Security's surplus to grow to $2.9 trillion by 2020.
The other important but unsurprising "news" out of the report is that the DI trust fund is at risk of being depleted by 2016. B'nai B'rith International urges Congress to increase the DI's allocation from the payroll tax--a measure which has been routinely carried out 11 times over the life of the program--or many vulnerable or impoverished people face dire consequences in their everyday lives.
"We've actually been aware that this would happen in or around 2016 since the DI's tax allocation was last adjusted in 1994. But in the current political environment, adjusting the split between the two funds for the 12th time in Social Security's history may be harder to do than it should be," B'nai B'rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said.
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