SSA Update: Language Barrier Affects Social Security Income

Language Barrier Affects Social Security Income

 

The Social Security Administration has rescinded the rule that found an inability to communicate in English to be a vocational factor that should be considered in determining a person’s entitlement to Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits.  In making this change, the Social Security Administration states that an inability to communicate in English is no longer a good indicator of a person’s ability to engage in work. 
We disagree and feel that common sense indicates that the inability to speak English makes finding and sustaining work is much more difficult.  There are very few jobs in our economy for individuals who don’t speak English and who cannot do heavier types of labor. 
The rule will be published this week in the Federal Register and will become final on April 27, 2020. You can read the full text of the rule here:

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-25/pdf/2020-03199.pdf

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