Archive: Kimberly Blanton

Portrait of mother hugging her grown up son with Down syndrome

What the heck is a representative payee? Social Security approves a family member or, less frequently, an organization to receive benefits on behalf of an individual who is old and infirm or has a disability. The representative is required to ensure that the benefits are being used to meet the needs of the person in…

Woman with long COVID

Fewer people with disabilities applied for federal benefits during COVID. The main reason for the drop could’ve been anything from the ease of working at home to evade the virus to the difficulty of applying after Social Security closed its field offices during the pandemic. But fewer applicants does not point to progress. In fact,…