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With an eye toward reducing the number of people who can qualify for Social Security Disability (“SSD”) benefits, in 2017, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) eliminated the treating physician rule. The Trump Administration has now asked the SSA to eliminate the “GRID rules,” in order to make it even more difficult for the disabled to obtain SSD benefits.
People dying from cancer will still obtain SSD benefits. We represent a 45 year old metal worker from Bayville with cancer whose SSD benefits were promptly paid after we highlighted to the claim examiners that the claimant’s application should be treated as a compassionate allowance. Cynically, the SSA has no qualms paying a compassionate allowance because the benefits will not be paid for long. A person should not have to prove they are terminally ill in order to receive benefits, which seems to be the goal of the SSA as it keeps changing the rules and regulations in order to make it much more difficult to qualify for SSD benefits.Previous Next
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