SSA Appoints New Commissioner: Andrew M. Saul

 

On June 17, 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the swearing in of its new commissioner, Andrew M. Saul in a press release to the nation. [More]

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Federal Register Announcement: Social Security Ruling (SSR) 19-2pTitles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Obesity

 

On May 20, 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the passing of SSR 19-2p. The purpose of this SSR is to provide information on how SSA evaluates if a person has a medically determinable impairment of obesity and how that condition may affect a claim for disability benefits under Title II and Title XVI of the Social Security Act. [More]

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Federal Register Announcement: SSA Announces Proposed Changes to Rules on Removing “Inability to Communicate in English” as an Education Category

 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced in the Federal Register on February 1, 2019, it’s proposal to eliminate the education category ‘‘inability to communicate in English’’ when it evaluates disability claims for adults under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). [More]

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Federal Register Announcement: SSA Plans Modifications to the Disability Determination Procedures; End of the Single Decisionmaker Test and Extension of the Prototype Test

 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced in the Federal Register on December 12, 2018, it’s plans to end the ‘‘single decisionmaker’’ test by December 28, 2018. In the same notice, SSA also explained its plans to extend the ‘‘prototype’’ test until June 2020. [More]

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SSA Announces COLA Increase for 2019

 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced a 2.8 percent monthly increase will be paid to all Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security beneficiaries in 2019. According to a press release issued by the agency on, October 11, 2018: [More]

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SSA Adds Five New Conditions to the Compassionate Allowance List

 

On August 20, 2018 the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced it would bring the total number of Compassionate Allowance conditions to 233 with the addition of: [More]

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SSA Rescinds Three Past Rulings

 

On May 14, 2018 and June 18, 2018, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced it would be rescinding three past Social Security Rulings (SSRs). There are several reasons the agency does this including duplication of the old ruling with a newer one or an update in information now available. [More]

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SSA Creates New Forms to be Used in Disability Applications

 

On November 22, 2017, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the creation of two new forms. One is to facilitate the gathering of information for fee agreements when a claimant has a representative assisting with a claim. [More]

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SSA Announces Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Increase for 2018

 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announces a 2.0 percent monthly increase will be paid to all Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security beneficiaries in 2018.  According to a press release issued by the agency on, October 13, 2017:  [More]

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SSA Issues New Ruling Regarding Cases Involving Sickle Cell Disease

 

On September 15, 2017, Social Security Ruling, SSR 17–3p; Titles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) went into effect. According to the agency, “This SSR provides guidance on SCD and how we evaluate SCD in disability claims under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act.” [More]

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