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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - SSA Publishes Final Rule on "Program Uniformity"

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is making final several regulations affecting all claimants at the hearing level seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. In July, I blogged about the proposed rules including closing the record five days prior to the hearing. The proposed rules are pretty much becoming final as proposed. The final rule contains the following changes:

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    • Claimants, or their representatives, have to submit all evidence or inform the Social Security Administration about the evidence at least five business days from the date of the hearing unless a certain delineated exception applies;
    • Hearing notices will be provided at least seventy-five days before a hearing nationwide (currently twenty days outside of Region 1); and
    • Certain delineated exceptions for good cause to the deadlines for subpoena requests, objections to issues raised under those hearings, and pre-hearing written statements.

The final rule becomes effective January 16, 2017 but the notice does say that "compliance is not required until May 1, 2017."

If you need more information about a Social Security Disability/SSI, personal injury, EEOICPA, long or short-term disability, Railroad Retirement Board disability, or a workers compensation matter, please contact the Law Offices of Tony Farmer and John Dreiser for a free case evaluation. We can be reached at (865) 584-1211 or (800) 806-4611 or through our website.

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