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Non-Disability Miscellaneous Issues: Articles


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There are those of us who were still getting used to the transition to ODAR (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review) from OHA (Office of Hearings and Appeals). But as of October 1, 2017, ODAR is no more. Read More

NY ABLE Open for Business

The New York State “Achieving a Better Life Experience” (NY ABLE) program began enrolling participants this past August. NY ABLE is the culmination of federal and state legislation allowing people with disabilities the opportunity to save money without losing essential benefits and services. Read More

OIG Studies ALJ Productivity and Allowance Rates

Two recent reports by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) studied trends in ALJ productivity and allowance rates. Read More

Governor Cuomo Signs Law Ensuring Free

Disabled New Yorkers scored an important victory with the passage and enactment of legislation (A7842/S6078) that will streamline the process to obtain medical records needed to support applications for government benefits free of charge. Governor Cuomo signed the bills into law on September 13, 2017. Read More

District Office Homelessness Coordinators Listed

Did you know that each Social Security District Office has a specially designated homelessness coordinator? Read More

SSA Studies No-Show Rates

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has concluded - sort-of - that high rates of claimants not showing up for hearings or seeking postponements is related to lack of representation. Read More

Disability Benefits Important to Less Educated Workers

A new paper issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) summarizes four major reasons why less-educated workers are more likely to collect Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits. Read More

Lawsuit Challenges Student Loan Offsets

Many Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients are eligible for federal student loan debt forgiveness due to disability. Read More

SSA FY 2016 "Waterfall" Chart Released

As part of its budget justification document, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published its Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Workload Data Disability Appeals. Read More

How Accommodating Are Employers?

Confronting testimony by vocational witnesses at disability hearings can be one of the most challenging aspects of our jobs. A vocational witness might testify, for example, about potential jobs a hypothetical claimant could perform that include accommodations an employer may or may not be willing to offer. Read More