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  • As regular readers of SS&Y are aware, the Social Security Administration administers 2 trust funds. The Old Age Survivors Insurance (OAS’) fund pays retirement benefits. The Disability Insurance fund (DI) pays disability benefits. When Congress passed and President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act in November of 2015 to reallocate current contributions between the OASI…

    7+ months ago
  • The Social Security Administration has announced there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment in 2016 for the nearly 65 million Americans drawing Social Security disability, retirement or SSI benefits.  This is because there was no inflation between the third quarter of 2014 and 2015 as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage…

    2+ years ago

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  • Spring-Summer 2015 Newsletter SSDI Insolvency Looms We’ve known it’s been coming for some time and now it’s on our doorstep. Unless Congress acts the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund (DI Trust Fund) will become insolvent late next year and unable to pay full benefits any longer. Millions of Americans who rely on their disability checks for most, if not all,…

    2+ years ago
  • Fall 2014 Newsletter OBAMACARE UPDATE On October 1st it will have been a year since enrollment began in the Affordable Care Act national health insurance program known as Obamacare. The difficulties in the early weeks and months have been well documented. But where are we a year later… Read the Newsletter in PDF format.   Read the Newsletter in PDF…

    2+ years ago

New Social Security Rule Requires Submission Of All Evidence

logo-ssaFor as long as I’ve been practicing Social Security law (which is 35 years as of this spring) there have been judges who ask the Claimant’s representative if the file is complete or if all records have been submitted.  Some even have gone so far is to ask for so-called “independent’ medical exam reports created in connection with Workers’ Compensation or other injury litigation.

I have always complied with these requests although there is no doctor patient relationship between the examiners and the patient.  It is certainly arguable that such records need not have been submitted.

Now a new rule promulgated by the Social Security Administration requires representatives to submit all “evidence known” related to the disability claim.  But what does “related” to the claim mean?  If a Claimant alleges a mental disability does medical evidence pertaining to physical medical treatment need                                                                 to be submitted?  What about postings on social media?

Many feel this new rule will add an additional burden to a Claimant and his or her representative.  Others say the Claimant or the representative have always had the burden to submit all known evidence, whether favorable or unfavorable so the rule merely clarifies the rule.  As for the reports of examiners, the argument is that the representative can address the weight to be given such evidence in a brief or at the hearing.

Call today if you have questions about the Michigan Social Security Disability Attorney and Lawyer Services provided by William Crawforth.

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