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SSA Adds New Compassionate Allowances

Recently the commissioner of Social Security, Michael Astrue, announced that starting August 13, 2012, 52 new diseases and conditions will be added to the list of Compassionate Allowances (CAL). This brings the total number of diseases and conditions that qualify for CAL from 113 to 165. Social Security defines Compassionate Allowance as: Compassionate Allowances (CAL)…

201204.13
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SSA’s Hearing Backlog is Top Priority

In February, President Obama’s budget plan for fiscal year 2013 was introduced. Only a slight increase from the 2012 budget amount is proposed for SSA. SSA’s budget amount for 2012 was already $400 million less than the 2010 appropriation. With all of the goals set forth in SSA’s latest strategic plan, how will they be…

201204.06
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SSA makes Electronic Filing a Requirement for Representatives

In January of this year, SSA announced that starting March 16th, 2012, representatives requesting direct payment of fees will be required to file appeals online. This is now part of the “affirmative duties” representatives are required to follow as outlined in the Rules of Conduct and Standards of Responsibility for Representatives. This is in line…