Social Security Disability and SSI claimants received good news in July of 2012 when the Social Security Administration issued SSR 12-2p. Up until now, SSDI and SSI claimants met varying levels of scrutiny when alleging disability based on fibromyalgia. Administrative Law Judges routinely denied claims finding complaints not credible, that impairments were not severe, or no medical diagnosis - just to name a few. SSR 12-2p states that fibromyalgia may be a medically determinable impairment when it is established by appropriate medical evidence.
Social Security Disability and SSI claimants (and their representatives) are going to be hamstrung and disadvantaged by a new policy instituted by the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) effective December 19, 2011 where the identity of the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) assigned to a claimant's case will not be disclosed until the time of the hearing. Apparently, the rationale for this new policy is to stop the alleged practice of some advocates who, ODAR claims, "forum shop" to avoid particular ALJs in video hearings and as a reaction to recent attention about "outlier" ALJs with high allowance rates.