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By: Sipi Gupta | May 20, 2017

The Kentucky attorney who called himself “Mr. Social Security” pleaded guilty to charges of theft of government money and payments to a federal judge for his role in defrauding the Social Security Administration (SSA). On March 24, Eric C. Conn admitted to working with doctors and an administrative law judge to procure $550 million in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for clients who may not have been disabled. 

Attorney Conn built the third-largest disability benefits practice in the United States out of his tiny eastern Kentucky town of Pikeville.  The Wall Street Journal reported that he made $3.8 million from disability appeals in 2010 alone.  Under federal law, an attorney is entitle...

By: Sipi Gupta | April 25, 2017

The Trump administration is planning to allocate billions of public education dollars to expand private school voucher programs, but vouchers may not be the best option for families with special needs children.


Vouchers allow parents to use public funds to pay for tuition at a private school of their choice, including religiously affiliated schools.  This may seem like a good solution for students with disabilities, especially those having trouble thriving in the public school setting, but parents who accept and use vouchers may be unwittingly giving up their child’s rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Act guarantees children with disabilities a “free and appropriate public education” that meets thei...

By: Sipi Gupta | January 27, 2017

The war on Medicaid impacts our disabled children, disabled adults, and senior citizens.  Read Steve Gold's recent Philadelphia Inquirer editorial describing what's at stake.