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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Average Processing Times and Approval Rates at Hearings

One of the toughest things I have to do when explaining to people who are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or whose application has been denied is the length of the process. I try to regularly provide an update on processing times and approval rates for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims at some hearing offices (ODAR), but it has been since January of 2017. Please remember that these statistics are only for claims pending at the hearing level or Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. The claims at a hearing office have already been through the Application and Reconsideration steps (typically 6-12 months of waiting already).

Applications for Disability Benefits Continue to Decline - Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Contrary to one of the popular myths that everyone is trying to get disability (another is that everyone with nothing wrong with them gets disability) are the recent statistics from the Social Security Administration (SSA) indicating that applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) have decreased every year since peaking in 2010. In 2017, there were 2.17 million initial applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which represents a 6.4 percent decrease from 2016. Additionally, 2017 saw a decrease in the number of requests for hearings down to 620,977 from 698,579 in 2016. That difference represents an eleven percent (11%) decrease in the number of requests for hearings filed.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Update of Evidence Submission Rules

I recently blogged about new rules promulgated by the Social Security Administration (SSA) regarding Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. There has been a lot of confusion regarding whether an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) can decline to consider evidence that was not necessarily provided prior to the five business day rule, but in which the claimant or claimant's attorney provided information informing the ALJ about the existence of the written evidence prior to five business days of the scheduled hearing.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - 2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

In October of 2017, the government announced information important to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI recipients, as well as Social Security retirees. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI recipients will see a 2.0% increase in benefits for the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) starting in January of 2018. The COLA is based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the third quarter of the current year. The COLA affects many important aspects of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI programs besides the actual amount of benefits paid to claimants. The COLA was put into place in 1975.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Plan to Reduce Hearing Office Backlog

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently released an updated plan to reduce the hearing backlog for people waiting for hearings on their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. The updated plan is part of the Compassionate and Responsive Services (CARES) initiative of the SSA. The original CARES plan set a goal of 1,128,576 dispositions within the last eighteen months, but the reality is that they fell short by over 100,000 claims. It is interesting that the SSA failed to meet its goals despite receiving 105,000 fewer requests for hearings than expected over the last eighteen months. The SSA attributes its failure to meet goals and reduce backlogs due to shortage of hearing level support staff, including administrative law judges and decision writers.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Compassionate Allowance List Increased by Three Conditions

People seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits should be aware that the Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced the addition of three conditions to its Compassionate Allowance (CAL) List. The CAL Program is designed to quickly identify diseases or other medical conditions that would invariable medially qualify the application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) under Step Three of the sequential evaluation process ("The Listings.") The idea is that the conditions are of such as severity that the claimant would qualify based on even a minimal objective medication information. If the condition does not meet the strict criteria, it would not be designated as a CAL case. CAL cases receive expedited processing within the contest of the existing disability determination process. The three new CAL conditions are:

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Average Processing Times and Approval Rates at Hearings

One of the toughest things I have to do when explaining to people who are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or whose application has been denied is the length of the process. I try to regularly provide an update on processing times and approval rates for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims at some hearing offices (ODAR), but it has been since January of 2017. Please remember that these statistics are only for claims pending at the hearing level or Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. The claims at a hearing office have already been through the Application and Reconsideration steps (typically 6-12 months of waiting already).

Can children qualify for disability benefits?

Children are a source of infinite joy and infinite worry. Parents experience a new level of emotions when they welcome children into the world. In some situations, these little loved ones may develop a serious illness or suffer a catastrophic injury. In some cases, these children may qualify for benefits through Social Security.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Evaluating Obesity

Very often, the effects of obesity are often quite severe and interfere with a person's ability to work and perform activities of daily living. The question then becomes is how does obesity play into a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has regulations and rule interpretations regarding the evaluation of obesity. Typically, a person suffering from obesity that is applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or SSI benefits has numerous severe impairments.

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