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SSA disability decision making

United States. General Accounting Office

SSA disability decision making

additional steps needed to ensure accuracy and fairness of decisions at the hearings level : report to Congressional Requesters

by United States. General Accounting Office

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Published by GAO in Washington, D.C .
Written in English

  • United States.
    • Subjects:
    • United States. Social Security Administration,
    • Insurance, Disability -- United States,
    • African Americans -- Civil rights

    • Edition Notes

      StatementUnited States General Accounting Office.
      LC ClassificationsHD7105.25.U6 U54 2003a
      The Physical Object
      Paginationiii, 73 p. ;
      Number of Pages73
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL3346325M
      LC Control Number2004356258

      Social Security is here to help you and your family, but there are strict criteria for meeting the definition of disability. The definition of disability under Social Security is also different than it is for other programs. We do not pay benefits for partial or short-term disability. Social Security has a strict definition of disability. The Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs protect some of the most vulnerable people in our society. A successful disability program must evolve and support making the right decision as early in the process as possible. To help us do that, we must modernize the rules and standards we use to evaluate how.

      Disability Examiners, who make decisions on Social Security Disability and SSI claims, routinely make bad decisions on disability cases. And, unfortunately, so do Administrative law judges at disability hearings. However, by and large, judges represent the best opportunity for an individual to be awarded benefits. Judges have much more flexibility when they review the evidence pertaining to an. This chapter briefly discusses the key issues identified in the committee's preliminary assessment of the Social Security Administration's (SSA's) research plan to redesign the disability decision process (IOM, ), and the subsequent decision by SSA to terminate this redesign effort and explore ways to incrementally improve the current : Gooloo S. Wunderlich, Dorothy P. Rice, Nicole L. Amado.

      Administrative law judges have more flexibility in making their disability determinations than state disability agency examiners, and to some extent this may account for why more individuals are approved for Social Security Disability or SSI at this appeal level than any other level of the Social Security Disability process. For the sake of clarity, is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article.

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paralegals), so don't count on this remaining available.5/5(). Social Security uses claims representatives (CRs) to take the actual disability application or appeal in a local social security field office. Once the claims representative has gathered all of the needed information (at, and after, the disability application interview), they send the disability claim to a state agency (Disability Determination Services, or DDS) for a medical decision.

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I have applied for disability online. I understand that the information I provided and sent to SSA electronically will be used in making a decision on this claim for benefits. Disability Claims Process. The Social Security disability claims process 1 starts at the state disability determination service where most disability decisions are made for SSA at the initial and reconsideration levels.

Briefly, the claims process proceeds through a series of four stages or levels: (1) applications for benefits and preliminary screening are made at the SSA district offices; (2. Social Security Disability: SSA Must Hold Itself Accountable for Continued Improvement in Decision-making.

Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Social Security, Committee of the Ways and Means, House of Representatives. Pub. No. GAO/HEHS– Washington, D.C.: GAO, August b.and Step in SSA’s Disability Decision-making Process, Fiscal Years 57 Table 6: Estimated Distributions of Social Security Disability Allowance Rates across Judges, Hearing Offices, and Primary Diagnoses 66 Table 7: Sample Distributions and Estimates for Primary Model of Social Security Disability Allowance Rates across Judges When a disability examiner has all the information that they need to close a case, the decision can be reached in just a few hours.

However, because of the time it takes to gather all the various pieces of evidence that is considered on a disability case, it can take, on average three to four months for a claimant to receive a decision on their.