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SSA adds 25 more compassionate allowances

http://www.ssa.gov/news.htm#cal 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…

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…

Poll: Overwhelming Majority of American Voters Support Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits Program – Yahoo! News

Poll: Overwhelming Majority of American Voters Support Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits Program – Yahoo! News. After months of combating unfounded media and political attacks against the SSDI benefits program, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) commissioned a survey to ask Americans if they believe SSDI should…

Misinformation fueling attacks on Disability program – The Hill’s Congress Blog

The fact remains that making it more difficult to qualify for SSDI, and cutting SSDI benefits, would be a “kick the can down the road” approach that won’t have any measurable impact on American taxpayers, or the federal deficit. That strategy may appear pennywise today, but will prove to be…

Another Disability Judge Placed on Leave – WSJ.com

Another Disability Judge Placed on Leave – WSJ.com. The Social Security Administration has placed a disability law judge on paid administrative leave while it looks into complaints about his demeanor during hearings, the man’s lawyer said. Administrative law judge Gerald Krafsur, based on Kingsport, Tenn., was placed on leave last…

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…

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…

Selection of Social Security Case Law 2/17/12 through 3/9/12

DANIELS v. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY United States District Court, N.D. New York – Affirmed 3/6/12 ADHD child’s claim which outlines a level of functioning, based on IEP and school records, which does not meet Social Security’s definition of disabled. We are dealing with an infant who has never been…

More news on disability and unemployment

The USA today recently ran an editorial regarding the rise of disability applications during the recession. In the editorial the length of the process is blamed on attorneys dragging their feet to increase their fees, implies people are cheating the system, and seemingly ignores many facts that those who work…