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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…

SSA Shutdown Contingency Plan 2013 – shutdown2013.pdf

SSA Shutdown Contingency Plan 2013 – shutdown2013.pdf.   list of SSA items that will and won’t continue if the government shuts down   Things that will not continue: Scheduling cases for hearings, review for OTRs, quality reviews, CDRs, exhibiting case files   Applications and reconsideration will continue to be processed.

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….

Security guard at St. Louis County office building outed federal (Social Security Disability) investigation, prosecutors say

The indictment says that Mamie Wills, 66, was working as a security guard at an unidentified St. Louis County office building when on April 4, she spotted an officer of the Social Security Administration’s Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit tailing a man who was claiming to be disabled. The man was…

New Social Security Rulings and Regulations

Social Security has recently released a new ruling and a new regulation. SSR 12-2p goes into effect immediately and gives guidance on the evaluation of Fibromyalgia cases. Specifically, this ruling gives us requirements on what is needed to show Fibromyalgia as a medically determined impairment.  There are now two ways to…

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…

Disability Judges – SSA’s secret Judge Policy

By now, unless you have been living under a rock, you have seen multiple news stories about Social Security Disability.  Whether it has been the announcement that the fund will run out of reserves in a few years or the media focus on how EASY  people get award benefits, the…