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Appeals Council Remand Rate Plunges

2019-09-20T02:33:06-04:00

Every claimant who is denied at hearing by an ALJ has the right to appeal that decision to the Appeals Council, which is a basic safeguard of every claimant’s due process rights. Unfortunately, data released by the Social Security Administration reveals that the number of successful appeals has plummeted over the past eight years.

Appeals Council Remand Rate Plunges2019-09-20T02:33:06-04:00

ALJ Newsletter Compares Hearing Offices to “Sweatshops,” Describes Relationship With ODAR Management as “Acrimonious”

2019-09-20T02:33:39-04:00

In August of 2015, the Association of Administrative Law Judges sent a letter detailing a litany of complaints about ALJ workload and morale in hearing offices around the country. The letter began by describing the deterioration in working conditions in the hearing offices over the past several years in very stark language, and got more pointed from there.

ALJ Newsletter Compares Hearing Offices to “Sweatshops,” Describes Relationship With ODAR Management as “Acrimonious”2019-09-20T02:33:39-04:00

Changes in Social Security Evidence Rules and How They Impact Your Claim

2019-09-20T02:16:47-04:00

Social Security has recently amended its regulations to require that claimants and their representatives in a Social Security disability claim must submit all evidence, whether helpful or not, that relates to whether a person may or may not be disabled.

Changes in Social Security Evidence Rules and How They Impact Your Claim2019-09-20T02:16:47-04:00

A New Republican Proposal Emerges to Reform SSDI

2019-09-20T02:18:12-04:00

In Washington, D.C. this month (August, 2015) there was a renewed focus on the debate over the future of Social Security funding, as congressional Republicans consider a new set of proposals which seek to avert looming fiscal shortfalls in the disability program. Previous posts have detailed other potential plans to shore up the program’s finances, including raising the current cap on FICA taxes, reducing benefits, or transferring funds from the social security retirement trust fund into the disability trust fund to make up for the shortfall. The last option, referred to as an ‘inter-fund [...]

A New Republican Proposal Emerges to Reform SSDI2019-09-20T02:18:12-04:00

How to Protect Your Social Security Number

2019-09-20T02:21:44-04:00

If you are concerned about what you can do to make sure your Social Security number stays safe, make sure to keep the following tips in mind.

How to Protect Your Social Security Number2019-09-20T02:21:44-04:00

American Public Favors Strengthening Social Security

2019-09-20T02:03:13-04:00

While Social Security continues to provide vital economic support to millions of disabled and retired individuals, children, and widows, there are long-term funding concerns which need to be addressed to keep the program fiscally sound for generations to come.

American Public Favors Strengthening Social Security2019-09-20T02:03:13-04:00

Unemployment Has Little Effect on the Number of Disability Claims

2019-09-20T02:08:36-04:00

After the crash of 2008, the unemployment rate in the United States spiked to levels not seen since the Great Depression. Around the same time, the number of individuals applying for Social Security Disability benefits also began climbing - but was there a connection?

Unemployment Has Little Effect on the Number of Disability Claims2019-09-20T02:08:36-04:00

Disability Judges Lose Lawsuit to Reduce Caseloads

2019-09-20T01:45:58-04:00

The union representing the ALJ’s argued in its lawsuit that this number of cases represents an illegal quota that violated the Judge’s independence and the due process rights of applicants.

Disability Judges Lose Lawsuit to Reduce Caseloads2019-09-20T01:45:58-04:00