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Session Wrap 2017: New Legislation to Enforce Medical Records Access Rules

A.7842 (Gottfried)/S.6078 (Valesky) will ensure free access to medical records for those applying for Social security and Medicaid benefits, as well as some veteran’s benefits. Read More


Requesting Correctional Facilities Records

Advocates face endless challenges requesting medical records to support their clients’ disability claims, and complying with the Social Security Administration’s “all evidence rules.” Read More


New Mental Impairment Listing Issued

Six years, a new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), and 2,245 public comments later, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has published significant revisions to its mental impairment listings. Read More


Help to Find Health Resources

The Legal Action Center (LAC) released a new web tool, State Profiles of Health Care Information for the Criminal Justice System, which includes state-by-state profiles with information about the health system and health coverage options that are available in each state and the District of Columbia. Read More


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Gets New Name

The Institute of Medicine recently proposed a new name and new diagnostic criteria for the condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome. While experts generally agree that the disease has a physical basis, they have struggled for decades to characterize its symptoms. Read More


VA Directive Replaced

In the March 2013 edition of the Disability Law News, we reported that advocates were having some success in getting information from the Department of Veterans Affairs by using the VA’s disability benefit questionnaires (DBQ). The forms are designed as part of the VA’s own disability benefits program. Read More


VA Disability Questionnaires Available

Having trouble getting evaluations from the Veterans Administration? Advocates report that using the VA’s own disability questionnaires may improve your response rate. Read More


What Is...Transverse Myelitis

Transverse Myelitis (hereinafter “TM”) is a neurological disorder caused by inflammation across both sides of one segment of the spinal cord. TM is a rare disorder described as a “softening of the spinal cord.” Read More


What Is...Sjorgen's Syndrome

A disease that has recently come to great media attention due to Venus Williams’s recent diagnosis is Sjorgen’s Syndrome. But although Venus Williams may be famous, this disease is not and has everyone wondering, what is Sjorgen’s Syndrome? Read More


What Is...the Asthma/Acetaminophen Link?

For some time, parents and doctors alike have been alarmed by the dramatic increase in childhood asthma. One obvious factor in the increase is better detection by doctors, but recently, some doctors have started to examine a possible link between use of acetaminophen by children and an increased risk of developing asthma, as well as an increase in severity of symptoms of asthma. Before exploring this interesting development, some background information on both asthma and acetaminophen may be helpful. Read More