Archive | February, 2014

SSA Revises Job Descriptions for Social Security Judges

In an effort to improve consistency in the disability determination process, the Social Security Administration recently announced plans to step up its oversight of the administrative law judges who are responsible for awarding or denying disability benefits. The Social Security Disability Insurance program provides financial benefits to people who are unable to work because of […]

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Fibromylagia Claimants’ Success Rates

Fibromyalgia has become more widely recognized as diagnostic procedures have become more precise, but it can still be an uphill battle to get disability benefits based on this condition. Here is a new study that shows the success rates for applications in a large control group: Social security work disability and its predictors in patients […]

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Changes to SSA Regulations on Cancer Disability

The Social Security Administration has proposed changes that would affect people seeking Social Security Disability or SSI benefits for cancers. The SSA is seeking changes to the Malignant Neoplastic Diseases Listings of Impairments. The listing was last changed in 2009. The proposed changes are: •Change the body system from “Malignant Neoplastic Diseases” to “Cancer.” •How […]

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Why Don’t Claimants Return to Work?

Our national legal association, The National Organization of Social Security Disability Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)closely follows statistics on changes in Social Security. Past President and current Board Member Tom Sutton had a letter to the editor published in the Wall Street Journal, about the decline in labor force participation by U.S. men. The original article described […]

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Disability Applications Do NOT Spike During Periods of High Umemployment

With millions of Americans’ unemployment benefits expiring, and as the Social Security Administration comes under increasing pressure to reform its financially-troubled entitlement program, policymakers are asking whether a significant amount of Americans are bilking disability benefits from federal coffers. A new study from Columbia Business School sheds light on the answer. The research, titled “Unemployment […]

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