DDS Makes Disability Decisions

Q: Do Social Security employees have medical training so they can evaluate medical information for disability application decisions?  A: Local Social Security employees do not make medical decisions for disability applications and do not evaluate medical evidence for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applications.  Whether a person files online or by personal interview, when…
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For Congressional Staff And Now You: Learn About SSA Disability

On May 27, 2014, Congressional staff learned about the Social Security disability program when Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, keynoted a Capitol Hill presentation by SSA executives.   Now you can watch this presentation. This was a teaching session, not a committee hearing. Included were details about the growth, solvency and sustainability of…
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Social Security Newsletter

You can read and subscribe to a free, monthly, Social Security Administration electronic newsletter at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/newsletter/. The current Social Security Update mentions the testimony of Glenn Sklar, SSA Deputy Commissioner for Disability Adjudication and Review, before Congress on November 19, 2013. He testified about Social Security’s efforts to improve the management of the disability appeals…
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Refiling For Disability

Q: Several years ago I filed for Social Security disability benefits, was denied, and returned to work for a short while afterwards before stopping again. Can I file a new application for disability?  A: Yes, you can.The new application would have to use a medical onset date, meaning the date when the disability began, that…
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Appeal A Decision Or Start Over?

Q: If an application for Social Security disability benefits is not approved, is it better to appeal that decision or to file a new application?   A: It is usually better to appeal the decision rather than start over, if you disagree with the decision received on a Social Security application. Among other reasons, using the…
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