Disability News

National Hearing Centers and Their Impact on the Disability Back Log

June 22, 2012

In fiscal years 2010 and 2011, 82,000 disability cases were transferred from SSA’s 10 regions to National Hearing Centers (NHC) in Falls Church, VA, Albuquerque, NM, Chicago, IL, Baltimore, MD and St. Louis, MO. Here, video teleconferencing (VTC) technology is used to connect the…

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Malingering: Why SSA Must Proceed With Caution

May 11, 2012

Malingering is defined as pretending or exaggerating incapacity or illness as to avoid duty or work (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malingering). People may malinger for a variety of secondary gain motives, which may include financial compensation, avoiding work, school or military service, obtaining prescription drugs, or simply to…

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SSA’s Role in the Wounded Warrior Project

May 4, 2012

In order to help expedite claims for our military service members who have become disabled while serving our country, SSA became part of the Wounded Warrior Project. The mission statement of the Wounded Warrior Project is “To Honor and Empower Wounded Warriors.” The Project…

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SSA Adds New Compassionate Allowances

April 27, 2012

Recently the commissioner of Social Security, Michael Astrue, announced that starting August 13, 2012, 52 new diseases and conditions will be added to the list of Compassionate Allowances (CAL). This brings the total number of diseases and conditions that qualify for CAL from 113…

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Understanding SSR 11-1p

March 2, 2012

In the past, Social Security claimants who had appeals pending at the Appeals Council level could file a second new application while waiting for their first application to be decided. Because of SSR 11-1p, this is no longer an option. Either you must wait…

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