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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Interesting Information on Judges

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently released statistics regarding fiscal year 2016 dealing with Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) determinations on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. I recently have blogged about average processing time in hearing offices and some of these statistics tie into the processing time of claims. The numbers indicate that there were slightly over 50 ALJs that only produced 10 decisions during fiscal year 2016 and about 75 ALJs that produced more than 600 decisions. The bulk of the ALJs produced between 400 and 600 decisions per year, though there is a sizeable group deciding less than 300 claims.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - SSA Publishes Final Rules on Evaluation of Medical Evidence

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently published final rules regarding the evaluation of medical evidence in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. These rules become effective March 27, 2017. A very important change under the new rules is that adjudicators of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or SSI claims no longer have to give special weight to the medical opinions of a claimant's treating source, i.e, a treating primary care physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist. The medical opinions now will be evaluated equally for "persuasiveness" based supposedly on consistency and supportability.

How Long Until My Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Hearing?

People applying for and appealing a denied claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are rightfully concerned with 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). 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).

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:

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE (SSDI) - SSA Releases New Mental Impairment Listings

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued final rules revising medical criteria for evaluating mental disorders in adults and children in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. These rules go into effect on January 17, 2017 and includes some major changes.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) -New Rule Changes to Unsuccessful Work Attempt Regs

Often Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claimants try to return to work while applying for Social Security Disability or appealing the denial of their disability claim. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has rules and regulations defining how those attempts should be treated in regards to the ultimate decision on a claim for disability. The SSA has recently revised the rule on Unsuccessful Work Attempts (UWA) for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims. The rule was published on October 17, 2016 taking effect on November 16, 2016.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Claimants are dying while waiting for hearings

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claimants are losing the battle with illness and injury falling through social safety net waiting for hearings on their disability claims. I periodically update the status of the average processing times at the hearing offices and the numbers have only increased over the last several years. Information recently released by the Social Security Administration (SSA) indicates that between September 26, 2015 and September 1, 2016, that 7,897 Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claimants died while their hearing requests were pending before hearing offices. Additionally, as of March of 2016, there were 1,090 claimants whose cases had received critical case status for terminal illness while awaiting hearings and they still waited an average of 189 days and that 63 of those claimants died while awaiting a hearing. The current national average processing time is 487 days which is up from 480 from the previous fiscal year.

Four ways to increase the odds of a successful SSD application

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is designed to provide benefits to those who are unable to work due to illness or injury. Although these benefits are supposed to be helpful, the process used to receive these benefits often causes frustrations to those who need them most.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Hearing Office Update

A major concern for my clients applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits is the time it takes to get their case decided once they reach the hearing level. I periodically try to provide an update on the processing times and approval rates for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims for some hearing offices (ODAR) in Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky. 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).

Three common questions about Social Security Disability Insurance

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that is designed to offer financial assistance to those with certain disabilities that are unable to work. In order to qualify, applicants must meet certain requirements.

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