Monthly Archives: December 2012

Payments made while waiting for a decision on your SSDI case

Many people do not know that Social Security MAY payout presumptive SSI payments while waiting for the DDS decision on a case. It is interesting to note that these benefits do not have to be paid back if the case is denied. In order to qualify for this payout, the claimant must have one of the following conditions:

amputation of a leg at the hip;

allegation of total deafness; that is, no sound perception in either ear;

allegation of total blindness; that is, no light perception in either eye;

allegation of bed confinement and immobility without a wheelchair, walker, or crutches, due to a longstanding condition excluding recent accident and recent surgery;

allegation of stroke (cerebral vascular accident) more than three months in the past and continued marked difficulty in walking or using a hand or arm;

allegation of cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or muscular atrophy and marked difficulty in walking (for example the use of braces), speaking, or coordination of the hands or arms;

symptomatic human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS); Form SSA-4814 or SSA-4815 is needed;

a physician confirms by telephone or in a signed statement that an individual has a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less; or a physician or knowledgeable hospice official (for example, hospice coordinator, staff nurse, social worker or medical records custodian) confirms that an individual is receiving hospice services because of a terminal illness;

allegation of a spinal cord injury producing an inability to ambulate without the use of a walker or bilateral hand–held assistive devices for more than two weeks with confirmation of such status from an appropriate medical professional;

allegation of end stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring chronic dialysis, and the file contains a completed CMS–2728 End Stage Renal Disease Medical Evidence Report–Medicare Entitlement and/or Patient Registration;

allegation of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

As always if you have any questions with respect to this or any other issues with SSDI, visit our website at Disabilitybenefitsalliance.com

Compassionate allowances list – 35 new conditions for 2013

Many people have asked for the list of new compassionate allowances. These 35 new conditions have been added so that people who are afflicted will be fast tracked in their applications for SSDI. PLease note that all paperwork still must be done and all supporting materials must be included. If you have any questions, visit our website Disabilitybenefitsalliance.com.

New Compassionate Allowances conditions:
Adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Adult-onset Huntington disease
Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome
Alveolar soft part sarcoma
Aplastic anemia
Beta thalassemia major
Bilateral optic atrophy — infantile
Caudal regression syndrome — Types III and IV
Child T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma
Congenital lymphedema
De Sanctis-Cacchione syndrome
Dravet syndrome
Endometrial stromal sarcoma
Erdheim-Chester disease
Fatal familial insomnia
Fryns syndrome
Fulminant giant cell myocarditis
Hepatopulmonary syndrome
Hepatorenal syndrome
Jervell and Lange-Nielsen syndrome
Leiomyosarcoma
Malignant gastrointestinal stromal tumor
Malignant germ cell tumor
MECP2 duplication syndrome
Menkes disease — classic or infantile onset form
NFU1 mitochondrial disease
Non-ketotic hyperglcinemia
Peritoneal mucinous carcinomatosis
Phelan-McDermid syndrome
Retinopathy of prematurity — Stage V
Roberts syndrome
Severe combined immunodeficiency — childhood
Sinonasal cancer
Transplant coronary artery vasculopathy
Usher syndrome — Type I

Changes in Social Security Disability 2013 – Compassionate Allowances

The Social Security administration has added 35 conditions to their compassionate allowances program. This will allow people with these conditions to have their disability claims fast tracked so that a decision will come in days rather than months. You still need to be careful in preparing and submitting paperwork, but this is a welcome sign for many people. If you have any questions, make sure to get advice or have an advocate on your side so that you can get the benefits that you deserve.

Compassionate Allowances for Social Security Disabilities – 2013

6 changes to social security in 2013

Here is an interesting article on how social security will change in 2013.  While there will be a 1.7% increase in benefits, this is a decrease compared to the 3.6% increase that recipients received in 2012.

6 changes to Social Security in 2013

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