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Social Security Disability Resources!

We've provided a few of our favorites to help you through the maze of applying for disability.

Have you recently been denied? You aren't alone. Here are the most recent study results:

  1. Initial claim decision 37% approved 63% denied
  2. Reconsideration 15% approved 85% denied
  3. Administrative Law Judge 61% approved 39% denied or dismissed

[Social Security disability claim approval rates declined slightly in 2003, according to figures published by the U.S.General Accountability Office (GAO) July 2, 2004]


Social Security News Worth Noting:

Supreme Court Holds that Government May Offset Student Loan Debt Against Social Security Beneifits - The United States may offset Social Security benefits to collect a student loan debt that has been outstanding for over 10 years, the U.S. Supreme Court held today (December 7, 2005) in Lockhart v. United States et al. See more info.

New Disability Program Benefits: Effective August 1, 2006, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will implement major changes in disability benefits programs. Though changes are aimed at getting benefits faster, they may be making it more complicated. Read more.

Phasing out the Appeals Council and Introducing the New “Decision Review Board”: A new body called the Decision Review Board will be created to correct the decision errors at all levels of the Social Security Disability process. Claimants who receive unfavorable decisions will be allowed to get another review by the Decision Review Board. However, claimants will be required to submit to the Board, a statement explaining why they disagree with the administrative law judge's opinion. The old Appeals Council will be gradually phased out as this new Decision Review Board is implemented through the nation. Read more.


Resource Links

Find out if you're eligible for Social Security Benefits Government web site with FAQ, eligibility answers, etc.

Sign up for the government's Social Security newsletter to be the first to know about changes that will impact you.

Physicians' Disability Services and Pds Disability Facts Newsletter A Christian attorney has put together the best resources out there for applying for disability: workbooks that will help you every step of the way so you can decrease the odds of needing an attorney and much more!

Fifteen Key Questions About Disability Benefits By Douglas M. Smith, Attorney at Law

Find Social Security Disability Attorneys for help on
claiming disability benefits under Social Security Law . Including
Disability Compensation, Disability Retirement Plan and Disability
Discrimination.

Social Security Disability "Secrets" Myths, tips, advice.

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