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Emergency Message Clarifies Thrid Party Can Assist with Claims Filing

SSA issued Emergency Message (EM)-17032 on October 11, 2017. The EM clarifies that a third party can help a claimant file for disability benefits by completing an iClaim for DIB or DIB/SSI. Read More


HALLEX Sections Updated

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has made some changes to and added HALLEX sections. Read More


Attorney Advisor Program Extended

SSA extended the attorney advisor program for six months, with a new sunset date of February 5, 2018. Attorney advisors are authorized to conduct certain prehearing proceedings and to issue fully favorable decisions. Read More


New Compassionate Allowances Issued

On September 7, 2017, SSA announced the addition of three new Compassionate Allowance (CAL) Conditions. Read More


Neurological Disorder Listings Corrected

SSA announced a minor correction to section 11.00H.4. in the preamble of the Listing on Neurological Disorders. This Listing was last amended a year ago, effective September 29, 2016. Read More


New Social Security Ruling on Sickle Cell Disease

SSA issued Social Security Ruling (SSR) 17-3p, “Titles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Sickle Cell Disease (SCD),” effective September 15, 2017. It provides basic background information about SCD and its variants and guidance on how SSA adjudicators should consider evidence regarding this impairment in a simple Q&A format. Read More


SSR 17-4p Muddies the Waters

In recent years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has published two sets of regulations ramping up the responsibility of claimants and their representatives to develop evidence in disability claims in a timely manner. Read More


SSR 16-3p Revised

Is “effective date” different than “applicable date”? Yes, according to the Office of the Federal Register. In response, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has revised Social Security Ruling (SSR) 16-3p, to reflect the change in terminology from “effective” to “applicable.” Read More


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


SSR 91-3p Rescinded

When Congress enacted the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) way back in 1990, it amended the standard used to determine disability for disabled widows' [widowers' and surviving divorced spouses'] benefits payable in months after December 1990. Read More