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SSA adds 25 more compassionate allowances 1.      Angiosarcoma 2.      Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor 3.      Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction 4.      Coffin- Lowry Syndrome 5.      Esthesioneuroblastoma 6.      Giant Axonal Neuropathy 7.      Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome 8.      Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma 9.      Joubert Syndrome 10.     Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis 11.     Liposarcoma- metastatic or recurrent 12.     Malignant Ectomesenchymoma 13.     Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor 14.     Marshall-Smith…

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…


Getting_the_Facts_Straight_on_Disability04-02-13FINAL.pdf.   Great document highlighting the actual FACTS about SSA Disability and not the partial spun fact being presented in many articles.  Also check out this article   which repeats much of the same information I’ve blogged about when these sensational news stories hit the wires    

Open Letter to NPR from Former SSA commissioners

There is information around Social Security circles today that the former SSA commissioners have sent an Open Letter to NPR.  At this time, I have not been able to confirm the source or accuracy of the letter.  Thus the information may or may not be 100% accurate (or even accurate…

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.

What Social Security does not consider in deciding your claim

Clients often ask my what Social Security considers in determining their claim.  I tell them that Social Security looks at their medical records, doctor’s statements, and their own statements to create a residual function capacity (rfc).  This is essentially what activities SSA believes you can do after taking into account…

Social Security adds 52 new conditions to Compassionate Allowances List

PolicyNet/Instructions Updates/EM-12014: Compassionate Allowances List Expansion Announcement–One-Time-Only.   SSA announced today 52 new conditions have been added to the compassionate allowance list, effective August 13, 2012.� If you have a condition that falls on the Compassionate allowances list, your case may be eligible for expedited approval. via Social Security adds…

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…

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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….