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Social Security and Kaiser Permanente Begin Partnership to Speed Up Disability Decisions

Social Security Press Office: Social Security and Kaiser Permanente Begin Partnership to Speed Up Disability Decisions. This will help to make sure that Kaiser’s patients will have a more fully developed record for decisions to be made on.  Many claimant’s get denied early on because SSA never receives most of their medical records.

Agencies’ say electronic records can reduce time for disability rulings – Longview News-Journal: News

The benefits of the new process include: • faster delivery of DoD medical records to Social Security ,• a more efficient system to obtain records,• a reduction in the time it takes to make a medical decision on a disability claim, and • a reduction in the number of consultative…

Grid rules – What are they?

Grid rules are the framework that Social Security looks to based on certain factors to say whether you are disabled.  They come into play at step 5 of the sequential framework, after it is determined that you cannot do your past relevant work of the last 15 years. The grid…

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…

Notable News on Social Security this week

March 20th, 2012 Ways & Means Testimony Re Social Security Disability decisions  There was some interesting testimony and stats that came from the Ways and Means hearing held on Tuesday. I have quoted some below. we estimate that as many as 60 percent of applicants could have received a different…

How long does it take to get Social Security Benefits?

Well the answer is that depends. The length of time it will take to be approved for disability benefits depends greatly on your age, conditions you have, the area you live in, and how quickly your medical providers respond. For most people, the SSA disability benefits process has 3 steps,…

SSA Listings What are they and How can they help my case

Social Security Listings are conditions which have been deemed severe enough, by law, that if the claimant meets or equals a listing they should be automatically found disabled, no further questions asked. SSA has listings which cover both adults and children. This post will talk solely about adult listings, but…

I just got notice of a favorable decision from SSA, do my children also recieve benefits?

Yes, if your children are under the age of 18 (up to 19 if still attending high school), they are eligible for benefits.  Your stepchildren, who live with you full time, may also be eligible for benefits from your account.  In order to recieve benefits for your children a separate…

NOSSCR seeks impact examples for SSR 11-1P

SSR 11-1p prevents claimants appealing their unfavorable hearing decision to the Appeals Council from filing a new disability claim while their appeal is pending.  This has a significant impact on claimants, especially if their condition worsens or they reach a new age bracket, which may allow an approval on the…