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SSA Publishes Changes to Medical Evidence Evaluation

March 8, 2017 As the Social Security Administration (SSA) continues to work on ways to reduce spending and decrease the SSDI claims backlog, we are closely monitoring any decisions made and actions taken towards these goals. In January, the … Read More

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SSA Continuing Resolution Places Focus on Hearing Backlog

February 9, 2017 Hundreds of thousands of Americans apply for SSDI each year, often because they are facing sudden and unforeseen illnesses or injuries that may last years—or even for the rest of their lives. In their evaluation of … Read More

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Social Security Announces Cost-of-Living Adjustment

October 20, 2016 On Tuesday, October 18, The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that recipients of Social Security benefits will receive a 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).  The modest raise is among the annual increases in benefits since the method for … Read More

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Social Security Proposes Extensive Changes to Consideration of Evidence in Disability Claims

October 4, 2016 On September 9, 2016, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register (FR) whereby they announced their intent to make substantial revisions to how medical evidence will be … Read More

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The 2016 Presidential Election and SSDI

July 26, 2016 photo from eonline.com Social Security has been a popular topic this year as the presidential race continues to heat up, and a particularly significant issue to pay close attention to is whether or … Read More

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A Quick Look at the Social Security Landscape

July 6, 2016 The Advocator Group regularly attends the National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives’ (NOSSCR) biannual conferences, which are frequently attended by high-ranking officials from the Social Security Administration (SSA).  Speaking at the June conference in Miami … Read More

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SSA to Extend Workers’ Compensation Offset

February 4, 2016 The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register, whereby they propose to extend the Workers’ Compensation Offset from age 65 to the Full Retirement Age. In most … Read More

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SSA Announces Plan to Deal with Hearing Backlog

February 4, 2016 As the number of Social Security disability applicants awaiting a hearing on their claim for benefits before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has recently swelled to over one million and as the wait time for that … Read More