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December 2015 Archives

What info does a doctor provide after a CE for mental illness?

We have previously discussed the possibility of Ohio applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income being sent for a Consultative Evaluation by the Social Security Administration. This generally happens when there is not enough evidence for the SSA to make a determination on the applicant's eligibility for benefits. As we have touched on, the agency prefers to send the applicant to his or her normal doctor for these evaluations, though sometimes an independent source will be used. Due to the complexity of, and often lesser available objective tests for, determining mental illness, these types of cases may be more likely to use CEs.

Who gets served on behalf of SSA in a lawsuit about benefits?

This blog has previously discussed the various way in which people who have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits by the Social Security Administration can go about getting that decision reviewed. To refresh, first the applicant would request a second, separate review of the application be the agency. Then, the applicant would request a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. If the person is still denied, he or she can request review by the Appeals Council. If that body denies the application or refuses to review it, the only recourse an applicant would have is a lawsuit in federal court.

Electronic glitch delayed payments to some SSI beneficiaries

With over eight million people in the U.S., including many in Ohio, receiving social security disability benefits, the complexity of coordinating payments can be understandably high. Now, with the holidays approaching, it appears that some individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income have had to wait a little longer for their benefits to come.

Under what condition can a qualified alien receive SSI in Ohio?

About a month ago, this blog discussed the fact that, for a non-U.S. Citizen to receive Supplemental Security Income, he or she must be a qualified alien under the law. We reviewed the fact that foreign citizens may come to the U.S. in a variety of immigration statuses, and only those who are in the country for certain purposes will be considered qualified aliens. We also mentioned that just being in a qualified alien category is not sufficient to receive SSI benefits, as the applicant must also meet one of another set of criteria. Let's take a look at those now.

How does SSA evaluate hearing loss for SSDI purposes?

Two of the most isolating and restricting disabilities a person can have are blindness and deafness. Because of the social nature of human beings, cutting off the visual or auditory communication usually shared with other people can create great challenges for those who happen to have these conditions. Depending on severity, they can certainly affect some people's ability to perform substantial gainful activity. We have previously discussed the basics of how the Social Security Administration evaluates blindness for the purposes of granting Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits. Today, let's look at hearing loss.

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