Judge allows hearings on status of disability checks

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A judge has turned down a request to block hearings on whether hundreds of eastern Kentucky residents will keep federal disability benefits.

U.S. District Judge Amul R. Thapar ruled that the people pursuing an injunction against the hearings must complete their cases through the Social Security Administration before challenging the agency in federal court.

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The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1lAUcMr) reports that Thapar dismissed the request for an injunction.

An attorney representing disability beneficiaries filed a motion Friday asking Thapar to change his decision and halt the hearings during a continued challenge in his court, or to stop the hearings while a higher court hears an appeal of the ruling.

Thapr says his court has no jurisdiction at this point to intervene in Social Security’s decision to re-determine if nearly 1,800 people are eligible for disability checks.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

 

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