Disability Determination Process

Congress Approves Funds to Reduce Backlogged SSDI Claims

The backlog of 1.1 million people currently awaiting determinations or an appeal hearings on their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims is no laughing matter, but it’s about to get the much-needed attention it deserves. Congress approved approximately $150 million to address the backlogged hearings and related activities just before the 115th Congress recessed for [...]

Top 6 Mistakes Made Filing for Social Security Disability

There are a lot of reasons a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim can get rejected for, but mostly it can be a very basic mistake. Since these benefits can mean the difference between remaining self-sufficient or going into a financial crisis, it can make a lot of sense to have legal representation from the [...]

SSA’s eHealth Exchange Speeds up VA and Disability Decisions

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that they were partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to launch a new Health IT initiative whereby Social Security (SS) disability case processing sites will now automatically receive medical records from all VA facilities electronically. This will speed up decisions on SS disability claims, making the [...]

Three Tips for Apply for Disability Benefits & 2017 Increase

The new year always brings changes and 2017 is no different than any of its predecessors. Social Security recipients will be receiving a little bit more money than last year. That’s because of the inflation over the past few years, the Federal government is making a cost of living adjustment (COLA) of 0.3%. And, just [...]

Top 10 States with Most Disability Insurance Backlogs

A recent report put out by Allsup ranks the top 10 backlogged states with the most residents awaiting a Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits determination or appeals hearing. The report ranking is based on data generated through the end of December 2016 by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA also reports that the [...]