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 Development of Written Evidence

 

On October 4, 2017, Social Security Ruling, SSR 17–4p; Titles II and XVI: Responsibility for Developing Written Evidence was released.  According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), “This SSR clarifies our responsibilities and the responsibilities of a claimant and a claimant’s representative to develop evidence and other information in disability and blindness claims. This Ruling applies at all levels of our administrative review process.” [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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SSA Adds Three New Conditions to the Compassionate Allowance List

 

On September 5, 2017 the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced it would bring the total number of Compassionate Allowance conditions to 228 with the addition of CACH--Vanishing White Matter Disease-Infantile and Childhood Onset Forms, Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy, and Kleefstra Syndrome to the list. These additions were effective on September 16, 2017. [More]

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Noah and Emma Rank No. 1 on SSA’s Top Baby Names in 2016

 

Every year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes the top 10 most popular baby names given to children born that year. [More]

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SSA Issues Two New Rulings Regarding Its Treatment of Evidence

 

Effective March 1, 2017, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued Social Security Ruling (SSR) 17-1p Reopening Based on Error on the Face of the Evidence—Effect of a Decision by the Supreme Court of the United States Finding a Law That We Applied To Be Unconstitutional. [More]

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SSA Announces Changes to Final Rules on Evaluation of Medical Evidence

 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 that they are making changes to their final rules on the “Evaluation of Medical Evidence.” [More]

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SSA and Other Cost of Living Increases in 2017

 

Effective January 1, 2017, the California State Supplementary Payment (SSP) portion of Social Security's Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/SSP grant received a cost-of-living increase equivalent to the increase in the California Necessities Index (CNI), which is 2.76 percent. [More]

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SSA Expands SSI Application Window for Emancipating Foster Youth

 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced earlier this summer a new pilot program that will run from August 1, 2016 through July 31, 2017 that will allow foster care youth approaching emancipation to file for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits up to 180 days prior to foster care eligibility ending. This is a change from the usual 90 days that was enacted in 2010. [More]

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SSA Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence

 

On September 9, 2016, the Social Security Administration (SSA) posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register announcing its intention to propose revisions to various aspects of the rules used to govern the evaluation of medical evidence. [More]

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