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Listing 1.03 Reconstruction or Surgical Arthodesis of a Major Weight-Bearing Joint

1.03 Reconstructive surgery or surgical arthrodesis of a major weight- bearing joint, with inability to ambulate effectively, as defined in 1.00B2b, and return to effective ambulation did not occur, or is not expected to occur, within 12 months of onset. What SSA means by the “inability to ambulate effectively”: (1) Definition. Inability to ambulate effectively means [..]

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Disability Evaluation Under Social Security

Part III – Listing Of Impairments The Listing of Impairments describes, for each major body system, impairments considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity (or in the case of children under age 18 applying for SSI, severe enough to cause marked and severe functional limitations). Most of the listed impairments [..]

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Listing 1.02 Major Dysfunction of a Joint

1.02 Major dysfunction of a joint(s) (due to any cause): Characterized by gross anatomical deformity (e.g., subluxation, contracture, bony or fibrous ankylosis, instability) and chronic joint pain and stiffness with signs of limitation of motion or other abnormal motion of the affected joint(s), and findings on appropriate medically acceptable imaging of joint space narrowing, bony [..]

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Medicare’s Role for People Under Age 65 with Disabilities

Aug 12, 2016 | Juliette Cubanski, Tricia Neuman Follow @tricia_neuman on Twitter, and Anthony Damico How do people under age 65 with disabilities qualify for Medicare? People under age 65 become eligible for Medicare if they have received SSDI payments for 24 months. Because people are required to wait five months before receiving disability benefits, [..]

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Your Social Security Statement is now at your fingertips

Have you ever received a Social Security Statement in the mail? You know, the one that shows all the earnings you’ve had each year and how much you could receive per month in Social Security benefits when you retire? The Statement contains crucial information workers need to plan for a comfortable retirement. Now, thanks to [..]

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Some With Autism Still Denied ABA

by Kate Harrington, Kaiser Health News | July 13, 2016 Like many parents of children with autism, Braulio De La Cruz sought an expensive therapy called applied behavior analysis — or ABA — when his son Noah Leonardo was diagnosed last year. Noah, now 3 years old, qualifies for Medicaid coverage because he had been [..]

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New Ruling 16-03p – Evaluation of Symptoms

Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Symptoms in Disability Claims This SSR supersedes SSR 96-7p: Policy Interpretation Ruling Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Symptoms in Disability Claims: Assessing the Credibility of an Individual’s Statements. PURPOSE: We are rescinding SSR 96-7p: Policy Interpretation Ruling Titles II and XVI Evaluation of Symptoms in Disability Claims: Assessing [..]

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REVISED INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAYMENT OF PAST DUE SSI BENEFITS

SI 02101.020 Large Past-Due Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Payments by Installments – Individual Alive (EFFECTIVE 06/22/2016) A. Introduction Effective for past-due SSI payments issued on May 22, 2006 or later, section 7502 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, (P.L. 109-171), enacted February 8, 2006, changes the installment formula for SSI past-due payments. This section [..]

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JOHNSTOWN ODAR OFFICE STATISTICS

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Johnstown, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.0 months. The average case processing time in Johnstown is 598 [..]

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