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New bill attempts SSDI reform for the terminally ill – World News Report

New bill attempts SSDI reform for the terminally ill – World News Report.   Looks like some in Congress are looking to end the 5 month wait period for those who are terminally ill.  This would make a huge difference for many who are currently ill die before their benefits…

SSA Benefits and Same Sex couples

Statement of Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, on Payments to Same-Sex Couples.   “I am pleased to announce that Social Security is now processing some retirement spouse claims for same-sex couples and paying benefits where they are due.  The recent Supreme Court decision on Section 3 of…

Social Security Disability in the News

You can’t turn on the TV, Radio or open any magazine or newspaper, not to mention internet sites, blogs etc, without finding a new article on Social Security Disability.  The information being provided ranges from factually incorrect and very negative to more positive stories that get their facts right.  It…

New Social Security Rulings and Regulations

Social Security has recently released a new ruling and a new regulation. SSR 12-2p goes into effect immediately and gives guidance on the evaluation of Fibromyalgia cases. Specifically, this ruling gives us requirements on what is needed to show Fibromyalgia as a medically determined impairment.  There are now two ways to…

My doctor says I am totally disabled but I was denied my Social Security Disability

I can’t repeat it enough your doctor saying your totally disabled means nothing. Not to your case Not to your attorney Not to Social Security And not to the courts Finally, Dr. Agre’s finding that Renstrom was “totally disabled” “gets no deference because it invades the province of the Commissioner to…

New 6th Circuit case on EAJA fees

http://j.st/WG6 The district court gave a sentence-four remand bit refused EAJA fees citing that due to the contingent fee retainer used in SSA cases,  the plaintiff has not incurred any fees thus EAJA was not available and the assignment was barred by Anti-assignment act. 6th Circuit reversed stating that plaintiff…

Supreme Court: In Vitro Twins Conceived After Dad’s Death Are Not Entitled to Survivor Benefit – News – ABA Journal

Supreme Court: In Vitro Twins Conceived After Dad’s Death Are Not Entitled to Survivor Benefit – News – ABA Journal. Survivor death benefits (and thus also Disabled Adult Child off Dad’s record benefits)  are not available under current laws to children conceived through IVF after a parent’s death.   NOTE: each case…

Social Security Case Rulings Week of March 23, 2012

8th Circuit MEADOR v. ASTRUE United States District Court, W.D. Arkansas, Fort Smith Division. March 16, 2012. Remanded The ALJ explanation that the claimant played basketball and one sentence dismissing the other doctor’s opinion is not sufficient to explain the weight given to Doctor’s statements. 10th Circuit IN THE MATTER…

Social Security Case Rulings week of March 29, 2012

6th Circuit DRAGON v. COMMISSONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. Filed: March 26, 2012. REVERSED AND BENEFITS AWARDED A judge cannot reject an IQ test as being too old when there is no evidence that indicates the test was invalid, nor do the test results…

Social Security Case Rulings week of March 16, 2012

6th Circuit DORAN v. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. March 13, 2012. Affirmed an ALJ may rely on a Vocational Experts own experience as testimony in determining the number of jobs available for DOT positions with mixed skill or exertional levels (job may be performed…