Archive | June, 2014

Regulations Now in Place for Benefits for Same-Sex Partners

Social Security has published new instructions that allow the agency to process more claims in which entitlement or eligibility is affected by a same-sex relationship. These instructions come in response to last year’s Supreme Court decision in U.S. vs. Windsor, which found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. This latest policy development […]

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Carolyn Colvin is New Commissioner of Social Security

The AP reports that President Barack Obama is naming the acting commissioner of the Social Security Administration to officially fill the job overseeing the massive retirement and disability program amid looming financial challenges. The White House said Friday that Obama will nominate Carolyn Watts Colvin, who has been the deputy commissioner for three and a […]

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Mental Disorders Lead Cause of Disability Payments

According to the latest Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, of the 10,088,739 disabled people receiving federal disability benefits in December 2012, according to the report, 3,576,844—or 35.5 percent–were diagnosed with a mental disorder. The second largest diagnostic group for disabled beneficiaries was “musculoskeletal system and connective tissue” problems. Of the […]

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Medical Records Key to Winning Claim

Decisions on Social Security Disability claims are based nearly entirely on medical records. If the SSA does not have medical records from a particular medical provider who has seen you, then they will not be able to consider those records in their decision. Millions of people file for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income […]

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Imagine a Disability World Without the Internet

For most of us, it’s hard to imagine a world that doesn’t include the Internet. But twenty years ago, the world wide web was a strange new world for most people. Morning talk show hosts and news anchors mentioned “this Internet thing” as though they didn’t quite understand what it was. Time Magazine did a […]

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