Because you are disabled.

File for disability benefits.

Appeal your case.

How you presented your initial application was the best you could do at that time given what you knew and were told.

But, if you were not successful, appeal (1) because you are disabled and (2) because you can improve on your presentation.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

What SSA is Doing & Not Doing

 Visit  for official Social Security information.

Social Security Administration Statement:
"What workloads is SSA not doing during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Created: March 18, 2020

"We have suspended the following workloads until further notice:
  • "We will not start or complete any current medical continuing disability reviews. If you have a medical continuing disability review pending, please do not request medical information from your doctors at this time. We will follow up with you for any medical evidence once the COVID-19 public health emergency subsides. 
  • "Where possible, we are suspending our processing and collection of overpayments. 
  • "We are not conducting organization or individual representative payee accountings. 
  • "We will not be able to process a third party requests for information, except from appointed representatives and representative payees 
  • "We will not process any Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests."

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Let Them Know

In these days of Covid-19, just in case you become sick, make two lists:  (1) Health Contacts & (2) Medications.  Put them in an easy to notice place in your home.

HEALTH CONTACTS:  Write out the name and telephone number of your primary care physician or clinic and your insurance card numbers and a brief summary of any current health conditions.

MED LIST:   If you are taking medications, write out detailed instructions, copy from the prescription label.

List the medications (include prescriptions and over-the-counter vitamins, supplements, etc.) and where they are located. 

List the times per day when the medication is taken, whether it is before, after or with food or with a full glass of water or otherwise.

List how much of the medication is taken—whether any pill chopping or grinding is needed.

Do the same also if you are the caregiver for another and/or for any pets who are on medication.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Continuing Disability Reviews

The Social Security Administration in November, 2019, gave notice of new rules regarding the frequency and notice of Continuing Disability Reviews (see Social Security summary below). 

If Social Security makes these rules final, people currently receiving Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income Disability benefits will face more frequent and likely more aggressive reviews.

What you need to do if you are currently receiving disability benefits.

1.  Make sure that Social Security has your current mailing address.

2.  Answer any inquiry from Social Security promptly.  Stick to the deadlines.  Keep a copy of your correspondence with Social Security.

3.  To be able to respond to Social Security inquiries, you need to plan ahead—make sure you have your medical information at your fingertips—the names and addresses and telephone numbers of your treating providers and the names and prescriptions/instructions for your medications.

Social Security summary:
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Rules Regarding the Frequency and Notice of Continuing Disability Reviews (November 18, 2019)
Summary: We propose to revise our regulations regarding when and how often we conduct continuing disability reviews (CDR), which are periodic reviews of eligibility required for benefit continuation. The proposed rules would add a category to the existing medical diary categories that we use to schedule CDRs and revise the criteria for assigning each of the medical diary categories to cases. The proposed rules would also change the frequency with which we perform a CDR for claims with the medical diary category for permanent impairments. The revised changes would ensure that we continue to maintain appropriate stewardship of the disability program and identify medical improvement (MI) at its earliest point.

The proposed changes to Continuing Disability Reviews (CDR) are published here:

For general help in organizing your medical and prescription records and in talking to Social Security, see my book, How to Get Social Security Disability and SSI Disability.