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FACTS Hearings were postponed in 8 – 9% of the cases in 2012 – 16. The hearing no-show rate for claimants in 2016 was 9%. No relationship has been found between hearing scheduling and no shows/postponements. It has been attributed to the transient nature of claimants and limited staffing for providing follow-up hearing reminders. In […]

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There is constant mischaracterization concerning Social Security Disability recipients who are often disparaged as being “too lazy” or “unwilling” to work. The facts reveal a much different reality. By 2015, there were more than 10 million disabled persons were receiving Social Security Disability benefits. This is decreasing with the aging out of the Baby Boomers […]

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The disability insurers tend to follow certain denial patterns which reflect their own self interest in not paying benefits. The timing of the disability denial may have definite and serious ramifications. The first set of claim denials occur at a time just prior to the transition from Short Term Disability to Long Term Disability. For […]

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There seems to be an unrealistic belief amongst claimants that settlement of their disability claim is available just for the asking. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are some insurers who will not approve disability payment settlements under any condition. They take the position that they will stick by the contract and pay […]

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The Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued its Report on Management and Performance Challenges facing this administration. Reducing the Hearings Backlog and Prevent Its Recurrence Factors contributing to the increase in the number of pending hearings are (1) increase in the number of hearing requests, (2) a decrease in […]

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Face it. The underlying policies of the Social Security Administration (SSA) are clearly lacking. There are no provisions for person to be only partially disabled or to assist employers in retaining disabled persons working in lesser roles. These deficiencies result in 90% of persons found disabled not returning to work. The failure to promote employment […]

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By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued its September, 2015 Audit Report entitled “The Social Security Administration’s Efforts to Eliminate the Hearings Backlog” in which it took SSA to task for its failure in its efforts in this regard. As of March, 2015, […]

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By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Social Security Administration (SSA) addressed SSA’s anti-fraud training in its Congressional Response Report dated September, 2015. This was a follow-up report to OIG’s original report in 2014 which surveyed SSA’s anti-fraud training initiatives. In 2014, OIG worked with SSA to develop […]

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The Audit Report of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Social Security Administration (SSA) on September, 2015 addressed the issue of pending overpayment collections. Overpayments occur when SSA improperly pays recipients too much money as a result of errors. Once recognized, these overpayments become debts owed to the government by the improperly […]

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A recent article in the Los Angeles Times (9/25/15) summarized a new report released by the Social Security Technical Panel, a group which periodically analyzes program data and makes recommendations to the Social Security Administration (SSA). This group analyses have undermined the contentions of many conservative commentators who have derided Social Security Disability recipients as […]

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