Author Archives: Melissa Buckley

CAN YOU APPLY ONLINE FOR SSI/SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME BENEFITS?

Currently, it is NOT possible to apply online for SSI. To apply for SSI, you must either go to the local Social Security Office or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday to apply. … Continue reading

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GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN AND HOW IT WILL AFFECT YOU

From the Social Security website, this is what Social Security is saying will be affected by the Government Shut Down: Important Information About the Federal Government Shutdown Due to the Federal Government Shutdown, Social Security field offices are open with … Continue reading

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APPLY ONLINE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

Does the application process seem incomprehensible? Social Security has a videotape “webinar” to explain the claims process. The webinar can be found here. You cannot apply online, at this time, for SSI.

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ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE– ALJ–TRAINING VIDEO

This is a training video for Administrative Law Judges regarding Vocational Expert (VE) testimony: HERE.

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OBTAINING THOSE CRITICAL MEDICAL RECORDS

At the threshold of every Social Security disability case are the medical records. Even the most sympathetic examiner or ALJ  needs the medical evidence to estabilish an applicant’s disability. Social Security has an obligation to develop the file (the “record”), by obtaining … Continue reading

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OPEN LETTER FROM FORMER COMMISSIONERS OF SOCIAL SECURITY

NPR recently aired a piece called, “Unfit for Work: The Startling Rise of Disability in America”. In response to the piece aired on NPR, eight former Commissioners of Social Security have written an open letter, defending yet another attack on the … Continue reading

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Dear Administrative Law Judge:

For many months, correspondence to the ALJ assigned to hear a case, had to be addressed, “Dear Administrative Law Judge.” Why was it not addressed to the Judge by name? Social Security had adopted a policy of keeping secret the … Continue reading

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IT’S ABOUT TIME: INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

Social Security has published a proposed change to the designation of conditions of impaired intellectual functioning, including low IQ testing results. For years Social Security has used “mental retardation.” It is now proposing to change that designation, in conformance with … Continue reading

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THE UNDESERVING POOR

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act, saying, “We can never insure one-hundred percent of the population against one-hundred percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life. But we have tried to frame a law … Continue reading

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NUMBERS THAT MATTER UPDATED

Social Security has a two numbers that I think conflict, but are critical to remember (see the link at the bottom for those numbers in 2015): Before you have been declared disabled the “magic number” is $1,010 per month: if … Continue reading

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