Social Security has just announced that they will be moving to new online video hearings for Social Security applicants and the representatives which will allow me to represent you in the hearing by video if you have access to a camera enabled smart phone, tablet or computer. SSA’s commissioner stated:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of finding new ways to serve the public,” said Commissioner of Social Security Andrew Saul. “For over a decade, the agency has used video hearings to get applicants their hearing decisions sooner. This advancement builds on that effort, making it easier and more convenient to attend a hearing remotely, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. To continue to ensure all participants’ safety, we expect online video hearings and telephone hearings will be the only two hearing options for the foreseeable future.”
The Social Security Administration has expanded the list of medical conditions which will automatically qualify for SSI/SSDI benefits. This is called a “Compassionate Allowance”. This is important because it will allow us to represent individuals with certain severe diagnosis and get their benefits more quickly. For a list of compassionate allowances go to:
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