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Category: Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability Backlogs Exist Nationally

January 14, 2009
Oxner
A newspaper in Oregon recently had a great article about Social Security Disability backlogs. The Oregonian submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Social Security Administration and interviewed several Administrative Law Judges to try to understand why it takes a claimant 650 days to get a Judge's decision in Portland while the national […]
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Understanding SSA Denial Paperwork

June 16, 2009
Oxner
It has finally been recognized that the Social Security Administration needs to provide more detail in denial notices. The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) determined that denied claimants sometimes received communications with inconsistent or hard-to-understand information. Medical sources and reports were not clearly linked to how a determination was made. The SSA generally agreed with […]
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State DDS Jobs Should Be Secure

Because of action by Vice President Biden, job positions for state disability determination services (DDS) should be stable and free of hiring restrictions and unpaid mandatory leaves of absence. Biden asked Governor Ed Rendell, Chairman of the National Governor's Association, to urge all US governors not to furlough or downsize their DDS departments. If all […]
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Backlogs In Social Security Disability

July 22, 2009
Oxner
The backlog of applications for SSD at the initial application stage certainly is increasing with some of it caused by the slump of the economy. The SSA projects that by 2011 another 500,000 claims will be initiated due in part to the ongoing recession. Across the country, there has been an increase in new claims […]
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SSD, SSI Benefits and Same Sex Marriages

July 22, 2009
Oxner
While gay marriages may be recognized in some states, the Social Security Administration, as a Federal office, does not give them validity. The Defense of Marriage Act prohibits any acknowledgement. As such, benefits are not distributed to a spouse if there is a same-sex marriage. As a result, couples will need to consider if a […]
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