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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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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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There are cumulative studies which demonstrate that older workers will have poorer access to the labor force as compared to their younger counterparts, whether via active or passive discrimination based on age. For this reason, the age factor remains an important vocational determination factor when deciding disability cases. The National Technical Assistance and Research (NTAR) […]

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By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its Morbidity and Mortality Report on July 31, 2015 which provides information concerning disability types and prevalence for the year 2013. Overall, 22.2% of the United States adult population reported any disability. The most reported types of disability involve mobility (13%) and […]

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Social Security Disability Determination Services Audit Updates 6 – 15 By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. Over the past months, the Office of the Inspector General has issued many reports which have described various performance aspects in the Social Security Administration and cited the following: There is a large range of average processing times for Disability […]

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By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. The Wall Street Journal recently published an article by a conservative think tank guru named Andrew G. Biggs. He instantly criticized the 2016 budget proposal as “the opposite of reform.” Let’s step back a second and review this unique inane statement. Budget proposals are what they are. These are proposed […]

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