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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…

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…

Mystery ALJ Policy to end

SSA has announced that the mystery ALJ policy will end effective April 20th, ALJ names will again appear on Notices of hearing. Unrepresented and already have a hearing scheduled?  You can now call the hearing office (prior to April 20th) and request the name of the ALJ hearing your case….

Supplemental Hearings

So you had your disability hearing and now the ALJ has scheduled a supplemental hearing.  What does this mean? Well it depends.  An ALJ may have scheduled a supplemental hearing for a number of reasons. 1) The ALJ may have needed to gather more medical evidence from your doctors or…

Why your loved ones wait in the waiting room at your Social Security Hearing

A question I get asked repeatedly is why the loved ones of the claimant are asked to wait in the waiting room.  Why can’t we sit in the hearing with the person? There really are a couple of reasons why First, the hearing rooms are generally small.  There usually are…

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…

How often Social Security disability is reviewed depends – Business – Ohio

How often Social Security disability is reviewed depends – Business – Ohio. Q: I get Social Security disability. Will my case be reviewed to see if I’m still eligible? A: How often we review your medical condition depends on how severe it is and the likelihood it will improve. Your…

Social Security is approving a lower percentage of cases what can I do to help my case

  Social Security disability is all over the news.  Every time you turn around there is another article about the rise in the number of disability cases being filed, the rise of the number of people receiving benefits, and calls for fundamental changes to the system.  What these stories do not tell…

Social Security Disability – The Initial Application

Applying for Social Security Disability, here is the information you will need to provide to SSA over the course of the initial application Your contact information including Name, Date of Birth, address, phone number, and Social Security Number. The date you allege you became disabled. This is not always the…

How quickly can my Social Security disability claim be approved?

Yes your Social Security Disability claim can be approved very quickly.  I have had client’s approved within 30-45 days.  In fact, I just received an approval letter, on an initial claim filed May 11th, dated June 12th.  That is 32 calendar days and 21 business days and a very relieved…