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The Social Security Administration (SSA) is responsible for developing a record and obtaining medical evidence for every disability claim. If you have filed a claim with SSA, it is likely that you will receive a notice from them, requesting that you attend a Consultative Evaluation, commonly referred to as a CE. SSA will usually ask a doctor or psychologist that they contract with to complete the CE. SSA often schedules a CE when there is not enough medical evidence in the claim file to determine whether or not you are disabled.

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Most years the cost of living increases, which results in slight changes in the numbers used by SSA in its disability programs, and it is important to use the correct numbers. The following is a chart of some of the changes between 2016 and 2017:

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Most people who are found disabled will receive SSI or Social Security disability benefits for many years, but there are six factors that can lead to a discontinuation of those benefits:
Return to work
Receipt of income or resources
Fraud
Medical improvement
Incarceration or institutionalization
Change in age category
Read Full Article Here http://maddox-laffoon.com/factors-can-end-social-security-disability-benefits/

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If you are 50 years or older, your age certainly can affect whether or not you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. This is because there is a special regulation embedded in the Code of Federal Regulations that we call the “GRID.” Its official title is the “Medical Vocational Guidelines,” but even some of the Administrative Law Judges call it the GRID. It is laid out in the form of 3 charts, and looks like, well, a grid.

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You have jumped through all SSA’s hoops, filled out all the forms, and maybe even met with an Administrative Law Judge, and your disability benefits have been approved. Finally you get to sit back and stop worrying about SSA paperwork … or do you?
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The Social Security Inspector General has sent out a recent alert warning of a phishing scam involving disability benefit applications. Scammers are attempting to attain personal and vital information from people by offering to help with applications for disability benefits and claims.

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We know that waiting is a tough game. With a caseload as large as this, it makes sense why some cases must have a long wait time.

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Does the Social Security Administration recognize Fibromyalgia (FM) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) as the basis for disability?

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By law, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is required to consider all medical evidence relevant to your impairments, before determining whether they are disabling. What is written in your doctors’ treatment notes, x-ray and MRI reports, evaluations, hospital records, and therapy notes is the most important factor in winning your case. If you do not receive treatment, or are unable to access your treatment records, it is unlikely that your Social Security Disability claim will be approved.

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If you are facing a Social Security disability case you may be deciding upon whether to hire a disability attorney to help fight your battle in court. First it is best to understand the benefits and costs of having a lawyer fight on your behalf. 
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