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New Article about Former Commissioners of Social Security Voicing Support for Disability Programs

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In a recent article from the Huffington Post, Donna Meltzer, the Immediate Past Chairperson, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities; CEO, CEO of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, writes about how 8 former commissioners of the godomain Social Security are voicing their support for the disability programs we have. Read the article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-meltzer/eight-former-commissioner_b_3084878.html...

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What is the Difference Between Social Security’s Definition and a Long Term Disability Definition of Disability?

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The Social Security Administration uses a five step sequential evaluation, the five step sequential evaluation asks whether or not you have engaged in gainful activity, whether you have a severe impairment, meet a listing, whether you can return to the work that you did in the past and whether you are capable of performing other work in the national economy based on your age, education and transferable skills.On the other hand, each long term disability policy has their own definition of disability that generally the[caption id="attachment_4936" align="alignright" width="298"] definition of disability[/caption]definition is the inability to engage in the material and...

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Secret Assignment of Social Security Judges

The Social Security Administration instituted a new policy in Summer 2011 in which the name of the Social Security Administrative Law Judge assigned to your case is withheld until the day of the hearing. This is new policy has made it difficult for Social Security Disability claimants and their attorneys to properly prepare their clients for a hearing.How so? Each Administrative Law Judge has:1. Their own way of conducting a hearing 2. Their own way of viewing the evidence. Some Administrative Law Judges like Memorandums of Law before hearing while others want opening statements.This new policy is being investigated by the...

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Reed Group Bought by Guardian

The Reed Group is an absence management services based in Westminster  Colorado, who administers long term disability plans included those for Johnson & Johnson. The Reed Group has been beholden for many years to employers as a servicing company doing their bidding and reviewing, analyzing and ultimately denying many long term disability claims. Guardian Insurance Company has bought the Reed Group and one can only imagine that this is for the purposed of improving their claim’s denial rate.If your long term disability claim has been administered by Reed Group, contact Reed Group disability claim denied attorney Nancy Cavey who can help...

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Continuing Disability Statements and Your Rights to Long Term Disability Benefits: The Introduction

You may have received a phone call or letter from your long term disability carrier advising that they want to take “a continuing disability statement”, they may even come to your house to attempt to take the statement which I strongly discourage. The introductory part of the continuing disability statement will include:1. The agreement that the interview site is an agreeable location 2. Identify who is present and their relationship, if any, to you 3. The day’s date and time 4. Your acknowledgement that the interview is going to be recorded and your agreement to the same 5. Questions as to whether you are...

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Amending the Social Security Disability On Set Date

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When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, one of the most important dates is what is called the on set date.Generally, the correct on set date is based on medical facts. That means if you were involved in an accident, the date of the accident might be the date of the on set if you were disabled and unable to work as of that date. On the other hand, the on set date might be the date that your doctor told you that you were unable to work.Sometimes, the Administrative Law Judge will offer a “deal” at a Social...

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Parkinson’s and the Social Security Disability Grids

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The Social Security Administration uses at five step process to determine whether or not a Parkinson’s disease patient qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits. At Step 4 of the 5 Step Sequential Evaluation, the Social Security Administration will determine whether you have the ability to perform work that you have done in the past despite your Parkinson’s disease. If the Social Security Administration finds that you can do you past work then your benefits are denied. However, if you can’t do your past relevant work then the Social Security Administration will proceed to the fifth and final step.At Step 5,...

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Tamoxifen and Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits

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Breast cancer patients take the drug Tamoxifen which can cut your chances of having the disease return. However, there are some side effects of Tamoxifen which can cause neurological side effects including tingling and numbness of your fingers and hands. If you suffer from neurological problems as a result of taking chemotherapy drugs, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration doesn’t always make it easy for those who are disabled to get the Social Security Disability benefits that they deserve as a result of chemotherapy and Tamoxifen that you may be taking as apart of...

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Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund — Application Deadline February 28, 2013

It's that time of year again! The applications for the Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund must be received by February 28, 2013. The application is available on our website a twww.440scholarship.org.The purpose of Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund is to aid dependents or descendants of workers who were injured or killed in the course and scope of their employment and who received benefits under the Florida Workers' Compensation Law. In addition, dependents of individuals who primarily work in the operation and/or administration of this same law are eligible to receive scholarships....

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