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Common Social Security Disability Terms

ALJ – Administrative Law judge.  This is the person who will be making the decision about your disability at the hearing level.  The Judge runs the hearing, will ask you questions, and will ask questions of any experts present. DDS – Disability Determination Services.  This is the agency, usually a…

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Social Security to start eAuthorization of 827’s

Letter from the Commissioner regarding eAuthorization. Starting April 21, 2012 SSA will begin allowing disability applications to electronically sign 827’s authorization for release of medical records.  This change will apply to all applicants filing online and will mean less pages to print & return to SSA after filing your application….

Social Security Disability News – Chairman Johnson Announces the Third in a Hearing Series on Securing the Future of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program

Insurance News – Chairman Johnson Announces the Third in a Hearing Series on Securing the Future of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program.   U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, today announced a hearing on how disability is…

How to survive until my Social Security benefits are approved: A Multi-Part Series – Pt 1 Medical Care

Almost every single client will at some point ask me how am I expected to get by until my benefits are approved? There is no easy answer, but there are resources that could help you prior to approval. over the course of the next few weeks I will touch on…

Sheltered Workshop/Work Center, how can it help my SSA case?

A Sheltered Workshop or Work Center is defined by the US Department of Labor as Centers that have historically provided rehabilitation services, day treatment, training, and/or employment opportunities to people with disabilities. In most situations, the person is paid below minimum wage, may have job assistance, such as a job…