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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…

What will my disability hearing be like?

This is a common question for clients, many of them are nervous and anxious about their hearings.  I also get asked if the client will have to speak and the answer is always YES!  While there will be other people talking at your hearing, the majority will come from you….

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 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…

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…

Some New Social Security Case Rulings

7th Circuit released a ruling on March 6, 2012 that will allow ERISA Longterm disability plans to offset benefits to the insured due to Social Security benefits received for their dependent children. The case is SCHULTZ v. AVIALL, INC . This case affects claimant’s in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. While…