2018 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums, Deductibles, and coinsurance amounts Announced November 17, 2017

2018 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums, Deductibles

2018 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums, Deductibles. Yet, many people do not pay Part A Premiums because they paid their Medicare taxes. Other people do not get Part A free, they have to pay up to $422 each month. However, Medicare Part B Premiums amount in 2018 is $134 or higher depending on your income.

The 2018 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums, Deductibles, coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs announced November 17, 2017.

Medicare Part B Premiums/Deductibles

For example, Medicare Part B only covers outpatient hospital services, some home health services, doctor services, durable medical equipment, and other items as well.

However, the standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will cost $134.00 for 2018, it is the same amount as in 2017.  Therefore, Medicare Part B will not have an increase for 2018.  But some beneficiaries who were not affected Part B premium increases in prior years may have a Part B premium increase in 2018.  As a result, the 2018 Medicare premium increase will be offset by the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA)   increase in the Social Security benefits next year.

More importantly, Medicare’s first concern is to ensure that beneficiaries have the option for affordable, high-quality care.  That fit their needs, said CMS Administrator Seema Verma.  Therefore, next year no beneficiary protected by provisions will see their Part B premium increase.  More than the increase in their Social Security benefits.  On the other  hand, Medicare beneficiaries should look for options to make a choice between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage.  Before Open Enrollment ends on December 7, 2107.

Content Management System (CMS)

For the purpose of, Content Management System (CMS) recently released the benefit premium and Star Rating information for drug plans and Medicare health.  This Star Ratings will give more health coverage choices and improved access to high-quality health choices.  Also, will decreased premiums in 2018.  As a result, CMS estimates Medicare Advantage average monthly premium will decrease by $ 1.91 about 6 percent in 2018.  Therefore, the average basic premium for a Medicare prescription drug plan in 2018 calculated to decline to an estimated $33.50 per month.  It represents a decrease nearly $1.20 below average basic premium of $34.70 in 2017.  On the other hand, Medicare prescription drug plan average basic premium will decline for the first time since 2012.

CMS also, released annual deductible for all Medicare Part B beneficiaries is $183.00 in 2018.  It is the same annual deductible for Medicare Part B in 2017. However, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug plan premiums and deductibles already finalized and unaffected by this announcement.

Medicare Part A Premiums/Deductibles

Medicare Part A covers skilled nursing facility, some home health care services, and inpatient hospital.  As a matter of fact, 99 percent of Medicare beneficiaries do not have Part A premium due to having at least 40 quarters of Medicare-covered employment.  For inpatient hospital Medicare Part A annual deductible is $1,340 for 2018.  It is an increase of $24 from $1,316 compared to 2017.

For additional 2018 Medicare Part A & B premiums and deductibles information, please visit: https://www.cms.gov/

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Five Reasons Judges Approve Social Security Disability Claims

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When a person is approved it will be because they have gone through the five reasons judges approved social security claims evaluation process. But Social Security finds your filing for disability benefits is disabled, it means they have determined either you met the requirement of a listing in the Social Security Disability Blue Book listings.

There are five reasons Judges approve Social Security Disability Claims.  However, this article will explain all five reasons.

Reason #1: The Judge finds you have a solid work record

Specifically, credibility is the important part of your Social Security Disability (SSD) case.

Yet Judge’s base credibility determination of medical records, physicians’ opinions concerning your work ability and to a smaller degree.  For example, what attempts you made to return to work, if any.

But work history is important for SSD cases.  As a result, the first thing Judges review is work history.  However, a judge not interested in how much you made, but have you worked and paid Social Security taxes.

Provided you have a solid work history, the judge finds your story credible.  If you do not have a solid work history, your claim is not automatically denied.  But a Judge is likely to examine your story closely.

Reason #2: The Judge finds your case is well documented

Sometimes there been countless hearings, even though it was clear the judge decided to approve the claim before the hearing.  The appeal hearing was a mere formality.

Actually, most SSDI claims lost or won prior to the hearing. Why?  Due to proving you are disabled and many months of years of medical and vocational documentation that cannot completed the day of the hearing?  Now if you are trying to win the case the day of the hearing, you probably in trouble.

Yet before the prior hearing, Judges believe your claim to have well documented with relevant disability letters/work limitations from your physicians, statements from people who know your disability, and medical records.  All documentation should be submitted for review to the Judge before your hearing.  As a result, the evidence will tell the Judge what they want to know about your SSD case before they ever see you.  Establishing your case is a strategy to win simply because of years prior to the day of the hearing is critical.

However, hiring and retaining an attorney who specializes in disability law before or soon after filing your appeal claim.  It costs nothing to hire an attorney you only pay a fee for your back benefits if you win.  The attorney only allowed 25% or $6,000 maximum of your back pay benefits.  I recommending finding an SSDI attorney with a nursing degree or a degree in the healthcare field.

Reason #3: The Judge finds your medical records matches your testimony at the hearing

When your medical documentation matches your testimony at the hearing, you should win your SSD case.  Why?  With documented medical records are the number one reason Judges approved SSD claims.  Yet disability claims based on any documented medical diagnosis that has a notable impact on your ability to function.  As a result, Judges listen to your testimony at the hearing but want to see if the story reflect.  For example, have you complied with medical treatments recommendations?  Have you seen and treated consistently with physicians and by a medical specialist or specialists?  Do you have a proper diagnosis?

On the other hand, does your medical records confirm your testimony concerning repetitive, severity, and duration of your symptoms and why they limit your ability to function?

The Judge wanted to know are you taking medications, receiving treatment for your medical condition is serious and incapacitate?  Do you have meaningful side effects from medications that would affect you in a work environment?  However, the Judge will review your medical records on these issues before approving the claim.  The findings of the answer to most these questions are “yes.”

Reason #4: The Judge finds your treating physicians support your claim and have concluded credible written opinions concerning your inability to work

In a Social Security Disability claim, medical records are the “meat” and treating physicians’’ opinions are the “potatoes.”

Yet, Judges want to see your doctors support your disability claim in a written opinions in the form of letters and medical source treatments prior to the hearing.  A lot of doctors do not want to write a statement of your disability.  But it is possible to win without a doctor’s support, yet more difficult.

The Federal Law requires the Judge to carefully review your physician’s opinion and may require to actually accept their opinion.  For example, if your doctor believes you’re disabled and specifically states why the Judge should accept the opinion.  Now you may be in the home stretch to SSD claim approval.

As a result, treating doctor’s opinions must be specific psychological limitations you have in a work environment.  The doctor restating your diagnosis is usually not enough.  However, the doctor needs to explain in detail why your medical conditions prevent you from working.

Medical records are critical at the appeal step because your physician’s opinion accepted and make sense if his or her medical records support and the document states why the physician believes you’re disabled.

Treating physician’s opinions are critical to success like medical records cannot be completed the day of the hearing, due to taking months and years to earn the trust and support of a doctor in a disability claim?

Reason #5: The Judge influenced by other evidence that supports your SSD claim

Judges commonly find other “evidence” in cases such as affidavits from family, co-workers, and friends.  Also, personnel records documenting poor or excellent work performance and absences prior to the date you became disabled.  This evidence confirms and provides witness support for your testimony, your physicians’ opinions and your medical records.

I wish you the best of luck in your Social Security Disability claim.  Remember winning your case is a matter of hard work, preparation of medical records and other documentation should be created months before your hearing and Social Security Administrative Law Judge.

“The Practical Guide to Social Security Disability Benefits”

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Social Security Disability’s Rumor vs. Reality

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Social Security Disability’s rumor vs. reality; we would like to make sure that everyone have a better understanding of the disability insurance program. As a result, Social Security Disability is a lifeline to America’s workers through benefit programs.

Q:  In other words If I’m injured at work, can I collect disability and Worker’s Compensation benefits and make more money than working?(Social Security Disability’s Rumor vs. Reality)

A: No.  As a result, if you are drawing the two Social Security Disability (SSD) and Workers’ Compensation, you should not receive more than 80 percent of what you earn while working.  However, The Social Security Administration (SSA) may decrease the amount of the disability check to anyone receiving Worker’s Compensation benefits.  On the other hand, if you settle your Workers’ Compensation claim for a lump sum of money then you must inform both Medicare and Social Security.  Due to the fact that the Federal Government will not pay for treatment or lost wages that should fund by another system.

Q: Why does it take so long to get approved for Social Security Benefits?

A: Actually the Social Security Disability process is now moving along much faster than it used to.  Consequently, people who suffer from conditions on the “Compassionate Allowance” list https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0423022080 will get special treatment.  Therefore, it still may take more than a year for many SSD claimants to get through the disability process.  As a result, it may take as long as a year for an SSD a case reviewed by adjudicators and physicians at the initial and reconsideration levels.

At the SSD appeal level, and Administrative Law Judge with the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review will hear your case.  Either in person or by video conference often through one of the National Hearing Centers.

Thanks to the Social Security Administration added more judges and new hearing offices to tremendously reduce the backlogs and dramatically reduce shorter delays.  You can only get your SSD claim expedited if you are dying or are losing your home to eviction or foreclosure.  Once approved for benefits you may receive back pay for the time you waited.

Q: Is there an easier way to get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) than Social Security Disability (SSD)?

A: No.  The laws governing indicates whomever medically qualify for disability receives the same disability process.  Whether you apply for SSD based on your work record or for SSI.  SSI is a program for those who never worked or did not pay enough into the Social Security system to qualify for benefits.  Perhaps they were too disabled to work or were raising children.

Q: Can children receive SSI Benefits?

A: The law changed in 1996 making it harder for disabled children to receive SSI.  Children who have a severe impairment are eligible.  Parents with limited resources may qualify for up to $735.00 per month in 2017 to help raise their children.  Unfortunately, there is no SSI benefit for the disabled children of working parents due to their income or resources exceed the SSI program income limits  In order for a disabled child must have two marked impairments or extreme impairment that parents must prove.  Such as areas of learning/talking, finishing the task, getting along, moving around, taking care of personal needs and staying healthy.

For instance, and child with only one arm who has adapted satisfactorily at home and school may not consider disabled.  However, a child who suffers from severe behavior problems probably caused by lead paint exposure or other conditions may qualify for SSI.  Doctors and school personnel view the problems as unusually severe, the judge may agree.

Q: Can I qualify for partial disability under Social Security Disability?

A: No.  Unlike the Worker’s Compensation or Veterans, systems may allow for temporary or partial disability.  You can receive Social Security Disability benefits only if considered totally and permanently disabled.  It means you are unable to earn $1,170 per month gross (substantial gainful activity) for at least one year.

Q: I’ve been on SSD for a year, but I’m feeling better and would like to try to work again.  Do I automatically lose my disability and Medicare benefits?

A: If you’re medical condition has improved enough to return back to work (earning more than $840.00 per month gross), you have nine months for a “trial work period.”  During the trial work period, you will not lose your disability check or Medicare health insurance.  On the other hand, if you are receiving SSI will disregard the first $65.00 you earn, and then reduce your check by one dollar for every two dollars you earn after that.

However, if you are able to earn more than $1,170 per month gross, the checks may get cut off.  That’s if the Government can prove your medical condition improved significantly.  If you are still medically disabled you may keep your Medicare benefits for up to eight and one-half years.  If you become disabled again after returning back work for several years will get special treatment, if it’s necessary for that person has to reapply for disability benefits.

Q: Can I go to a website to find out more about the Social Security Disability process?

A: To find out additional information about Social Security Disability call 1800-772-121.  Or visit your local Social Security Office, or go to https://www.ssa.gov/

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A Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Relieves You from Repaying Federal Student Loans and/or TEACH Grant Service Obligation

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What is TPD discharge? Total Permanent Disability relieves you from repaying federal student loans, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, or Federal Perkins Loan Program, or a complete Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant service-obligation.

A Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) relieves you from repaying a Federal Student Loans, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, Federal Perkins Loan Program, completed Teacher Education Assistance for College, or Higher Education (TEACH) Grant service-obligation.  You must have medical documents stating you will never work again due to your permanent disability.

In order for your federal student loans or TEACH Grant service obligation discharged, you must provide information to the U.S. Department of Education (ED).  Showing you are totally and permanently disabled.  However, ED will evaluate the information to determine if you qualify for TPD discharge.

If you think you might qualify and want to apply for TPD discharge.  Then provide the information ED needs to make a determination by completing TPD discharge application.  However, make sure you gather all supporting documentation that indicates you are totally and permanently disabled.  In other words, it’s determined on your circumstances and attached supporting documentation to your application.  Or you can have your doctor complete Section 4 of the application.  As a result, after completing everything just mail your discharge application and required supporting documentation.  Mail application to U.S. Department of Education, P.O. Box 87130, Lincoln, Nebraska 68501-7130 or fax it to 1-303-696-5250.  You can print out Discharge Application: Total and Permanent Disability and directions to fill out form at https://secure.disabilitydischarge.com/Static/ApplicationOnlinePreview.html

Once your TPD discharge application received before July 1, 2013.  Your application will continue to get processed in accordance with the procedures if effect prior to the regulatory changes.  However, see the procedures described in the application.  However, if you have any questions about applying for Total and Permanent Disability or check on the status of the existing request, please contact Nelnet Total and Permanent Disability Servicer at 1-888-303-7818.

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How Veterans Can Receive Both SSDI and VA Benefits

how veterans can receive both SSDI and VA Benefits

How veterans can receive both SSDI and VA Benefits. An award of VA disability benefits known as service-connected disability compensation is not based on income. So you can receive VA disability compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance at the same time while getting VA disability benefits. Therefore, it is possible to receive SSDI, VA Disability and VA Pension at the same time.

The US veterans with disabilities are often stunned to learn they can qualify for Veteran’s Administration (VA) disability and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) at the same time. Yet many Veterans believe they can only receive VA Disability and not eligible for SSDI.  However, the Veteran’s Administration and Social Security Administration (SSA) are separate but together supportive Organizations.  The Government Accountability Office and SSA provide veterans with access to SSDI.  A special legislation provides help for disabled service personnel to get disability benefits they need.  This is one of the ways how veterans can receive both SSDI and VA Benefits.

Applying for Veteran’s Administration Benefits

However, US military veterans can qualify for VA benefits if they have a mental or physical disability.  That happens from their active military service.  As a result, if their application approved by the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) give a disability rating of 10% to 100%.  That can be a higher rating to receive a higher monthly payment.  Those who receive a 10% rating receive an extra $133.57 per month.  While someone rated at 100% receive $2,915.55 as of December 2016.  However, a rating of 30% with dependents receive more.

Veteran’s application can fast-tracked if the applicant meets one of the following criteria below:

  • Status as a former POW
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sexual trauma while on active duty
  • Evidence of homelessness or serious financial need

As a result, veterans are getting VA benefits when applying for SSDI, their chances of a successful claim increase.  The SSA definition of disability has a strong likeness to the VA standard of “employability”.  However, a higher VA rating means another federal agency has found the applicant disabled to work and have a positive impact on the SSA final decision.

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance

SSDI pays monthly benefits to applicants for both civilian and military who become disabled before reaching retirement age.  In order to qualify for a disabled veterans must have a physical or mental disability that will last at least one year or death.  Also, an employment history that includes at least five years of full-time employment over previous 10 years.

The SSA provides US veterans with special credits that increase the value of earnings for benefit calculation purposes.  Those who served in the military between 1978 and 2001, receive a credit of $100 for every $4,300 earned.  If served in the military between 1957 and 1977, credits are approximately $300 per quarter of active duty income.  For veterans who served on the military dates prior to 1957 credited $160 per month in earnings.

Another SSA allowance to former military personnel veteran meets a least one of the criteria below.  Therefore their disability application will be fast-tracked.

  • Veteran’s Administrative disability rating of 100%
  • Disability during active due after October 1, 2001

SSA not required to automatically follow suit if an applicant has granted benefits by another organization.  Each agency has its own rules and criteria for disability determination such as the VA.  A successful VA application can play a major role in winning and getting approved for SSDI benefits.  Especially if a veterans disability rating is 70% or higher.  However, a lower rating could have an opposite effect that SSA requires applicants to be completely disabled while the VA allows for partial disability.

For additional information about VA and SSDI benefits and how to apply for as disabled veterans.  Visit the Veterans Administration website at http://www.va.gov/ and the SSA website at https://www.ssa.gov/  Or contact the VA at 1800-827-1000 and the SSA at 180-772-1213.

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Social Security Disability Expedites Compassionate Allowances Conditions

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Social Security Disability expedites compassionate allowances conditions.  As long as  you have one of these impairments. Consequently, for more information about the compassionate allowance please click on the link Compassionate Allowance conditions list at https://www.ssa.gov/compassionateallowances/conditions.htm

Released on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

As a result, Social Security Disability expedites Compassionate Allowances claims.  But you must have one of the Compassionate Allowances Conditions below.  More importantly, you must  have medical documents and test results to prove you one of the Compassionate Allowances Conditions.

However, if you have an attorney, inform him or her about the Compassionate Allowances Conditions.  Yet, show you attorney or representative the article and list of Compassionate Allowances.

Social Security Disability Expedites Compassionate Allowances Conditions

(A – D)

Acute Leukemia 
Adrenal Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent 
Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Adult Onset Huntington Disease
Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome
Alexander Disease (ALX) – Neonatal and Infantile
Allan-Herndon-Dudley Syndrome 
Alobar Holoprosencephaly
Alpers Disease 
Alpha Mannosidosis – Type II and III 
ALS/Parkinsonism Dementia Complex 
Alstrom Syndrome 
Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma 
Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) 
Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer – Adult with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
Angelman Syndrome

Angiosarcoma 
Aortic Atresia 
Aplastic Anemia 
Astrocytoma – Grade III and IV 
Ataxia Telangiectasia

Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor 
Batten Disease 
Beta Thalassemia Major
Bilateral Optic Atrophy- Infantile 
Bilateral Retinoblastoma 
Bladder Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable
Breast Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectabl

Canavan Disease (CD)

CACH–Vanishing White Matter Disease-Infantile and Childhood Onset Forms (Effective 9/16/2017)
Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Site

Cardiac Amyloidosis- AL Type 
Caudal Regression Syndrome – Types III and IV 
Cerebro Oculo Facio Skeletal (COFS) Syndrome 
Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis

Child Lymphoblastic Lymphoma

Child Lymphoma 
Child Neuroblastoma – with distant metastases or recurrent
Chondrosarcoma – with multimodal therapy

Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction 
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) – Blast Phase

Coffin-Lowry Syndrome 
Congenital Lymphedema

Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy (Effective 9/16/2017)

Cornelia de Lange Syndrome – Classic Form
Corticobasal Degeneration 
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) – Adult 
Cri du Chat Syndrome 

Degos Disease – Systemic
DeSanctis Cacchione Syndrome
Dravet Syndrome 

(E – I)

Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18)
Eisenmenger Syndrome 
Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma
Endomyocardial Fibrosis 
Ependymoblastoma (Child Brain Cancer)
Erdheim Chester Disease
Esophageal Cancer

Esthesioneuroblastoma 
Ewing Sarcoma
Farber Disease (FD) – Infantile 
Fatal Familial Insomnia
Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva 
Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma – metastatic or recurrent
Friedreichs Ataxia (FRDA)
Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Picks Disease -Type A – Adult 
Fryns Syndrome 
Fucosidosis – Type 1 
Fukuyama Congenital Muscular Dystrophy 

Fulminant Giant Cell Myocarditis 
Galactosialidosis – Early and Late Infantile Types 
Gallbladder Cancer 
Gaucher Disease (GD) – Type 2

Giant Axonal Neuropathy 
Glioblastoma Multiforme (Brain Cancer) 
Glioma Grade III and IV 
Glutaric Acidemia – Type II 
Head and Neck Cancers – with distant metastasis or inoperable or unresectable
Heart Transplant Graft Failure 
Heart Transplant Wait List – 1A/1B 
Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) – Familial Type 
Hepatoblastoma
Hepatopulmonary Syndrome 
Hepatorenal Syndrome 
Histiocytosis Syndromes

Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome 
Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome 
Hydranencephaly
Hypocomplementemic Urticarial Vasculitis Syndrome 
Hypophosphatasia Perinatal (Lethal) and Infantile Onset Types
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

I Cell Disease 
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Infantile Free Sialic Acid Storage Disease 
Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD)
Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses
Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) 

Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma 

(J – M)

Jervell and Lange-Nielsen Syndrome

Joubert Syndrome 
Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa – Lethal Type 
Juvenile Onset Huntington Disease 
Kidney Cancer – inoperable or unresectable
Kleefstra Syndrome (Effective 9/16/2017)

Krabbe Disease (KD) – Infantile 
Kufs Disease – Type A and B 
Large Intestine Cancer – with distant metastasis or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent>
Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses 
Leigh’s Disease
Leiomyosarcoma

Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis
Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome (LNS) 
Lewy Body Dementia

Liposarcoma – metastatic or recurrent 
Lissencephaly 
Liver Cancer 
Lowe Syndrome 
Lymphomatoid Granulomatosis – Grade III 
Malignant Brain Stem Gliomas – Childhood

Malignant Ectomesenchymoma 
Malignant Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor 
Malignant Germ Cell Tumor 
Malignant Multiple Sclerosis

Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor
Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) 
Maple Syrup Urine Disease

Marshall-Smith Syndrome 
Mastocytosis – Type IV 
MECP2 Duplication Syndrome 
Medulloblastoma – with metastases
Menkes Disease – Classic or Infantile Onset Form
Merkel Cell Carcinoma – with metastases 
Merosin Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) – Late Infantile
Mitral Valve Atresia 
Mixed Dementias 
MPS I, formerly known as Hurler Syndrome 
MPS II, formerly known as Hunter Syndrome 
MPS III, formerly known as Sanfilippo Syndrome 
Mucosal Malignant Melanoma 
Multicentric Castleman Disease 
Multiple System Atrophy 
Myoclonic Epilepsy with Ragged Red Fibers Syndrome 

(N – P)

Neonatal Adrenoleukodystrophy 
Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis 
Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation – Types 1 and 2 
NFU-1 Mitochondrial Disease
Niemann-Pick Disease (NPD) – Type A 
Niemann-Pick Disease-Type C 
Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Obliterative Bronchiolitis 
Ohtahara Syndrome

Oligodendroglioma Brain Cancer- Grade III
Ornithine Transcarbamylase (OTC) Deficiency 
Orthochromatic Leukodystrophy with Pigmented Glia 
Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) – Type II 
Osteosarcoma, formerly known as Bone Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable
Ovarian Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable

Pallister-Killian Syndrome 
Pancreatic Cancer
Paraneoplastic Pemphigus 
Patau Syndrome (Trisomy 13) 
Pearson Syndrome 
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease-Classic Form 
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease-Connatal Form 
Peripheral Nerve Cancer – metastatic or recurrent 
Peritoneal Mesothelioma 
Peritoneal Mucinous Carcinomatosis
Perry Syndrome 
Phelan-McDermid Syndrome
Pleural Mesothelioma 
Pompe Disease – Infantile
Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma 
Primary Effusion Lymphoma 
Primary Progressive Aphasia

Progressive Bulbar Palsy
Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy 
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

Prostate Cancer – Hormone Refractory Disease – or with visceral metastases 
Pulmonary Atresia 
Pulmonary Kaposi Sarcoma 

(R – Z)

Retinopathy of Prematurity – Stage V
Rett (RTT) Syndrome

Revesz Syndrome
Rhabdomyosarcoma 
Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata 
Roberts Syndrome

Salivary Cancers 
Sandhoff Disease
Schindler Disease – Type 1

Seckel Syndrome 
Severe Combined Immunodeficiency – Childhood
Single Ventricle

Sinonasal Cancer 

Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome 
Skin Malignant Melanoma with Metastases
Small Cell Cancer (Large IntestineProstate or Thymus)

Small Cell Cancer of the Female Genital Tract
Small Cell Lung Cancer 
Small Intestine Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
Smith Lemli Opitz Syndrome

Soft Tissue Sarcoma – with distant metastases or recurrent
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) – Types 0 and 1
Spinal Nerve Root Cancer-metastatic or recurrent 
Spinocerebellar Ataxia
Stiff Person Syndrome
Stomach Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis 
Tabes Dorsalis 
Tay Sachs Disease – Infantile Type 
Thanatophoric Dysplasia – Type 1 
Thyroid Cancer
Transplant Coronary Artery Vasculopathy
Tricuspid Atresia 
Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy 
Ureter Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
Usher Syndrome – Type I

Ventricular Assist Device Recipient – Left, Right, or Biventricular 
Walker Warburg Syndrome 
Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome 
Wolman Disease
X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease

X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy

Xerodema Pigmentosum

Zellweger Syndrome

“The Practical Guide to Social Security Disability Benefits”

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Social Security Expedites Decisions to Those with Serious Disabilities

social security expedites decisions to those with serious disabilities

Social Security expedites decisions to those with serious disabilities. The three new Compassionate Allowances Conditions (CACH) are Vanishing White Matter Disease-Infantile and Childhood Onset Forms, Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy, and Kleefstra Syndrome. Social Security expedited Disability Benefits for more than 50 medical conditions. Go to https://cpollardlaw.com/social-security-disability/expedited-decisions/
for a complete list of medical impairments on the Compassionate Allowances List.

Released on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), announced three new Compassionate Allowances Conditions (CACH).  As result, the conditions are Vanishing White Matter Disease-Infantile and Childhood-Onset Forms, Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy, and Kleefstra Syndrome.  But Compassionate Allowances are a quick way to identify serious diseases.  Since the medical conditions meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits.  Now Social Security Expedites Decisions to Those with Serious Disabilities.

Yet Social Security committed now and in the future to identify and fast-track diseases that can get approved for disability benefits said Acting Commissioner Berryhill.

Compassionate Allowances List Grows

According to the Compassionate Allowance Program, they identify claims for applicant’s disease or condition.  The claims must meet Social Security statutory standard for disability.  Several claims allowed based on medical confirmation of the diagnosis alone.  For example, pancreatic cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and acute leukemia.  However, there are almost 500,000 people with severe disabilities that were approved.  Through the fast-track policy-complaint disability process now grown to a total 228 conditions.

Since the Compassionate Allowance incorporated that way the agency can easily identify and make quick decisions.  Consequently, other disability cases not covered by the Compassionate Allowances program.  The Social Security’s Health IT program speed up the process by electronic medical records to the disability determination process.  When a person applies for disability benefits then Social Security must get medical records in order to make an accurate determination.  But it may take weeks for healthcare organization to provide medical records for an applicant’s case.  By having electronic records transmission, Social Security can quickly get claimant’s medical information to review and make a determination faster than ever before.

The Compassionate Allowances and Health IT Programs are making stride to ensure Americans with disabilities quickly receive benefits.

For more information about the Compassionate Allowance conditions list, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.

 

Also, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/hit to learn more about the Social Security’s Health IT Program.

You can apply online for disability benefits by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov.

To create my Social Security account, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

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The Federal Judge Will Rule One of These Social Security Disability Verdicts

the federal judge will rule one of these ssd verdicts

The Federal Judge will rule one of these ssd verdicts: Remand the Case, Uphold the Decision, and Change the Decision. If you received a denial letter from the Appeals Council Review, you may feel all hope lost. But there is one last option left for an appeal Federal District Court.  Less than 2% of all applicants file this request. If you disagree with the appeal council’s decision.  Then you can file a civil action/complaint with your local Federal District Court. After 60 days from the date you received your denial letter from the Appeals Council.

Remand the Case

The Federal Judge will rule one of these Social Security Disability (SSD) verdicts.  Remand the Case, Uphold the Decision, and Change the Decision.  First is Remand Social Security Disability case back to the Administrative Law Judge.  Then the Federal Judge decides to end your SSD claim back to the ALJ for another hearing.  For the ALJ to review errors made on the SSD claim.  Yet the Federal Judge request ALJ review specific issues that was not given full consideration by the previous SSD hearing.

Uphold the Decision

It means the Federal Judge decides to uphold SSD original decision by the ALJ and the Appeals Council (AC).  It’s likely attempt to appeal again with Federal Circuit Court.  But this time around have a lower chance for SSD approval outcome.

Change the Decision

A Federal Judge decided to overturn the decision made by ALJ and AC.  The applicant get approved for disability benefits are very rare decision should not expected.

Over 70% of the time, Federal Judges uphold the original decision made by the ALJ and AC.  Most of the remaining 30% of the claims will get sent back for review by an ALJ.  Very few Social Security Disability benefits get approved.

Will I Need an Attorney for Federal District Court?

The appeals process for Federal District courts can get complicated and frustrating. However, the Federal Judges look for legal mistakes made by ALJ’s and included in the briefs.  But if you do not have representation, you will have to write your briefs yourself pointing out how the ALJ made a legal error while making a decision.  Having a disability attorney is necessary for Federal District Court.  If you would like a fighting chance of a positive outcome, I highly recommend finding a disability attorney.  Before you send in a request for federal review

How Long to Receive a Federal Judge Decision?

It can take up to two years to get a scheduled appeal court hearing before you can decide. Due to the ALJ’s having heavy and busy work schedules.  If approved for SSD benefits, you will receive a large one lump sum check for back pay once approved.  Then, you will begin to receive your monthly benefit checks.  If, denied SSD benefits then your last option is to file an appeal with the Federal Circuit Courts. It can be very expensive.

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Veterans Assistance Social Security Disability Project

Veteran Assistance Social Security Disability Project

Veteran Assistance Social Security Disability Project has a toll-free intake line for veterans 877-564-3383. That gives out brief information advice to veterans and screens cases to get invited to a monthly legal clinic. At the Veterans Assistance Project (VAP) legal clinic have volunteer lawyers assess possible legal remedies to help veterans with Social Security Disability claims and appeals. Yet the Veterans Administration Assistance ranges from locating service documents, medical records to prepare filing claims directly representing veteran’s hearings.

This article is for the Veterans Assistance Social Security Disability Project only for New York residents.  However, the City Bar Just Center’s Veterans Project Assistance Project (VAP) provides disable low-income veterans with pro bono legal assistance.  Actually on issues associated with veteran’s, Social Security Disability (SSD) claims to help get approved for benefits.  The Veterans Assistance Social Security Disability is for New York residents.

Veteran Assistance Social Security Disability Project

Yet, veterans can contact VAP at 1877-564-3383 for their intake line.  The VAP Intake Representative give brief advice, information and screens cases to invite veterans to a monthly legal clinic.  For the most part, legal clinic consists of volunteer lawyers to help veterans file SSD claims and appeals with the Veteran Administration.  However, assistance consists of locating service documents and medical records to file SSD claims.  Also, directly representing veterans at SSD appeal hearings.

Since the beginning of VAP has provided legal assistance to more than 1,300 veterans.  Not to mention VAP recovered approximately $5.3 million retroactive disability benefits for veterans.  Moreover, they have given over two million in free legal services for veterans.  Yet, VAP has resources of more than 450 trained pro bono attorneys.  Attorneys are from over 60 law firms and corporations.  But Veterans Assistance Project provides Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for their volunteer attorneys.

In addition, I had the opportunity to speak to Mr. Kent Eiler who is the Direct of the Veterans Assistance Project.  As a result Mr. Kent Eiler was very nice and caring about veterans getting approved for SSDI benefits.  He is always looking for new information to help veterans with their disability claims.  Mr. Kent Eiler even brought my book “The Practical Guide to Social Security Benefits” for additional information about applying for SSDI benefits.

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Ten States Skip the Social Security Disability Reconsideration Step

ten states skip the social security disability reconsideration step

Ten states skip the Social Security Disability Reconsideration step. However, filing an appeal to your initial disability application denial.  However, see below the ten states, your appeal will become your request for a hearing.

Ten states skip the Social Security Disability Reconsideration step.  However, reconsideration step is between the Social Security Disability (SSD) initial denial and the appeal hearing.  Yet, each state agency reviews the disability case again to see if an approval granted.  But it is often called the first appeal.  In addition, these 10 states only offer the first appeal becomes the Request for Hearing.

Ten States Skip the Social Security Disability Reconsideration Step

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. California (Los Angeles North and Los Angeles West Branches only)
  4. Colorado
  5. Louisiana
  6. Michigan
  7. Missouri
  8. New Hampshire
  9. New York
  10. Pennsylvania

But keep in mind these 10 steps does not allow you to file a reconsideration.  Yet, I came across this information and shocked to see you cannot file reconsideration in ten states.  So decided to share this important information on my website.  However, print this information for your records.  In conclusion, always get the updated Social Security Disability information from my website.

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