Federal Register Announcement: Social Security Ruling, SSR 20-01p: How We Determine an Individual's Education Category

 

Starting on April 27, 2020, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be implementing SSR 20-01p. The purpose of this ruling is to explain how SSA determines an individual's education category in adult initial disability decisions, determinations, redeterminations, and continuing disability reviews, under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act. [More]

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SSA Press Release: Supplemental Security Income Recipients Will Receive Automatic COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced in a press release on April 15, 2020, that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will receive automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the U.S. Department of Treasury (the Treasury). According to this SSA press release, the Treasury anticipates these automatic payments will be issued no later than early May. [More]

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Federal Register Announcement: Social Security Acquiescence Ruling 19–1(6), Hicks v. Commissioner of Social Security: Disregarding Evidence During Redeterminations Under Sections 205(u) and 1631(e)(7) of the Social Security Act

 

Effective February 4, 2020, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the passing of Acquiescence Ruling (AR) 19-1 from the Sixth Circuit. The purpose of this AR is to provide clarification regarding “interpretation of the provisions of the Social Security Act (Act) that require us to disregard evidence when we conduct a redetermination or make an initial determination of entitlement or eligibility, in cases in which there is a reason to believe that fraud or similar fault was involved in the providing of evidence.” [More]

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Federal Register Announcement: Social Security Administration (SSA) Sets the Manner for the Appearance of Parties and Witnesses at a Hearing

 

The SSA announced in the Federal Register on December 18, 2018, its final rule in regard to setting the time, place, and manner of appearance for hearings at the administrative law judge (ALJ) level of the administrative review process. [More]

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Social Security Administration (SSA) Announces Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Increase for 2020

 

The SSA recently announced a 1.6 percent monthly increase will be paid to all Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security beneficiaries in 2020. According to a press release issued by the agency on October 10, 2019: [More]

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Federal Register Announcement: Social Security Ruling (SSR) 19-3p Requesting Reconsideration or Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge

 

On August 14, 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the passing of SSR 19-3p. The purpose of this SSR is to provide the public with information on how to appeal a decision that a person is not disabled or eligible for benefits under Title II and Title XVI of the Social Security Act. There are two levels of appeal and two ways in which to file those appeals discussed in this ruling. [More]

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SSA Appoints New Commissioner: Andrew M. Saul

 

On June 17, 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the swearing in of its new commissioner, Andrew M. Saul in a press release to the nation. [More]

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Federal Register Announcement: Social Security Ruling (SSR) 19-2pTitles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Obesity

 

On May 20, 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the passing of SSR 19-2p. The purpose of this SSR is to provide information on how SSA evaluates if a person has a medically determinable impairment of obesity and how that condition may affect a claim for disability benefits under Title II and Title XVI of the Social Security Act. [More]

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Federal Register Announcement: SSA Announces Proposed Changes to Rules on Removing “Inability to Communicate in English” as an Education Category

 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced in the Federal Register on February 1, 2019, it’s proposal to eliminate the education category ‘‘inability to communicate in English’’ when it evaluates disability claims for adults under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). [More]

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Federal Register Announcement: SSA Plans Modifications to the Disability Determination Procedures; End of the Single Decisionmaker Test and Extension of the Prototype Test

 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced in the Federal Register on December 12, 2018, it’s plans to end the ‘‘single decisionmaker’’ test by December 28, 2018. In the same notice, SSA also explained its plans to extend the ‘‘prototype’’ test until June 2020. [More]

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