Archive | July, 2011

Cardiovascular Disease Stastitics Creep Up Despite Medical Advances

Here’s a good article about how Social Security Disability can help when Heart Disease strikes: “Despite efforts to educate people regarding cardiovascular and other heart-related diseases and conditions, risk factors, and preventive lifestyle changes, heart disease is still the number one killer in the United States. “While the goal is obviously to prevent heart disease […]

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Rare Diseases Added to Compassionate Allowance List

Compassionate Allowances provide expedited review of applications for disability benefits by quickly identifying those that meet Social Security’s standards. This is especially important for people with rare diseases who, historically, have encountered problems when applying for assistance because those making decisions are not familiar with their diseases. The program was established in 2008 with a […]

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Controversy Over Accountability of Social Security Judges

The judges who decide Social Security disability cases are members of the Administrative Law Judge Corps, an independent body that helps assure that independence from the Social Security Administration in deciding cases. While that is a good thing, sometimes there seems no way to remove a really bad apple from the Corps. “Two congressional committees […]

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Disparity in Decisions Among Judges

Tis Baltimore blog illustrates the vast disparity among judges. Even within hearing offices, judges vary in the opinions they bring to their decisions. It makes it even more important to have a good representative, a lawyer who knows the ropes and the personalities of a local office can make a big difference. …”In San Anto¬≠nio, […]

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