3 Must-Know Disability Benefit News Stories of 2014

The disability benefits world is always changing. The Social Security Administration is constantly making updates to the laws, procedures and processes in order to be more just to the disabled citizens of the United States. Staying aware of new developments can be key to understanding the process of obtaining (and keeping) your disability benefits.

Here are three of the most important changes that have been made since the beginning of the year:

 Veteran’s Application Process Expedited:

On March 18, 2014, Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn W. Colvin announced that the proposed change to the time in which veterans can receive benefits was officially in effect. Now, any veterans who have a 100% permanent and total (P&T) disability will have their application expedited through the process. This means that a judge will see their case within days, as opposed to months or years like many other applicants. To read more, click here.

 What this means for you:    

Disabled veterans seeking benefits can have their application seen in a much faster timeframe. If you are a veteran with a disability, don’t hesitate to give us a call and discuss your claim. We have helped many veterans like you to receive the social security disability benefits they deserve.

 Social Security Judges Have New Rules:

In February 2014, the Social Security Administration announced they are going to make the disability judges more consistent across the board. The SSA is creating more strict guidelines for what qualifies for disability benefits and what doesn’t. Before, judges were not supervised and they each had “complete individual independence.” To change this, the SSA is allowing the judges to be subject to supervision as well making it fairer for all applicants.

 What this means for you:

With judges abiding by uniform disability benefits rules, it’s going to become extremely important to know the exact definitions. Fortunately, we know the guidelines inside and out. With us, you’ll have a much greater chance of getting your disability benefits. To find out more, read our tips to qualifying for social security benefits.

 More Conditions Added to Expedited List:

The January 2014 addition of 25 new conditions to the expedited list now brings the total to 225. Conditions on the expedited list are considered the most severely life-threatening, and for that reason, these applications get seen a lot quicker. In this new list, twelve are forms of cancer.

The list of newly added expedited conditions is:

  1. Angiosarcoma
  2. Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor
  3. Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction
  4. Coffin- Lowry Syndrome
  5. Esthesioneuroblastoma
  6. Giant Axonal Neuropathy
  7. Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson SyndromeIntracranial Hemangiopericytoma
  8. Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma
  9. Joubert Syndrome
  10. Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis
  11. Liposarcoma- metastatic or recurrent
  12. Malignant Ectomesenchymoma
  13. Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor
  14. Marshall-Smith Syndrome
  15. Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor- Grade III
  16. Pallister-Killian Syndrome
  17. Progressive Bulbar Palsy
  18. Prostate Cancer – Hormone Refractory Disease – or with visceral metastases
  19. Revesz Syndrome
  20. Seckel Syndrome
  21. Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome
  22. Small Cell Cancer of the Thymus
  23. Soft Tissue Sarcoma- with distant metastases or recurrent
  24. X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease
  25. X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy

What this means for you:

If you have any of these conditions, contact us immediately. With them recently being added to the expedited list,  we can get started on your application today. For more information, visit our disability benefits help center.