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New U.S. Federal budget may affect Social Security Disability

With President Trump now in office, many Americans are curious to see what new policies will be implemented and how they will affect the country. One of Trump's campaign promises was to drastically cut back on government spending, which likely would mean reduced or eradicated budgets for many federal departments. At the time of his campaign, he did promise not to cut spending to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. It now appears, however, that the promise may not be honored.

According to White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, it appears this administration is trying to make a distinction between a Social Security "core," likely meaning retirement benefits, and Social Security Disability benefits. There could be huge ramifications for this, which could affect millions of Americans throughout the country.

The new budget, which rolls out this week, includes $1.7 trillion dollars in cuts to various social insurance and assistance programs, including both food stamps and Social Security Disability. It is important to recognize that this budget is not yet set in stone, and it remains to be seen what will inevitably come from it or how it will affect those on Social Security or those attempting to be approved for Social Security Disability benefits, but it may have an impact.

One thing we do know for certain is that there is no better time than today to get started if you had intentions to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. The process is not easy for everyone, so if you believe you may qualify you may want to get more information about Social Security Disability to see whether you qualify and how to apply.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Trump's budget plan continues his deceitful attack on the disabled - and violates a campaign pledge," by Michael Hiltzik, May 22, 2017

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