Social Security in the United States brings good news for disability evaluation

Social Security in the United States brings good news for disability evaluation
Social Security in the United States brings good news for disability evaluation

The Administration of the Social Security (SSA) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced new measures to improve efficiency and reduce wait times in the disability evaluation process. This initiative seeks to make the process easier for thousands of applicants for disability benefits. SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance).

The main novelty is the reduction of Required work history period of 15 to 5 years. This modification, derived from the Executive Order on Transforming the Customer Experience and the Delivery of Federal Services, seeks to minimize unnecessary administrative burdens. With this measure, it is expected that more applicants will be able to access the SSI (Supplemental Security Income) benefits o SSDI more agilely.

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What you need to know about SSDI

One of the issues that will be simplified is step 4 of the assessment process, where it is verified whether a worker can perform any of his or her relevant previous jobs. By reducing the work history period to be reviewedit is expected that waiting times will be significantly shortened, thus facilitating the work of evaluators and speeding up the receipt of benefits by applicants.

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The new regulations came into force on June 22, 2024, eliminating the need to provide detailed information on Past jobs from more than 5 years agoThis simplification not only saves time, but also reduces errors and omissions in the information provided by applicants.

Additionally, other measures will be implemented to expand eligibility. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beginning October 1, 2024. New SSDI applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to avoid delays and ensure receipt of their monthly payments.

How to update Disability Insurance information?

The beneficiaries of the SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) They must report any changes in their situation that may affect their eligibility, such as changes in income, employment status, marital status, the arrival of a child, or changes in medical condition. Report these changes It is a legal obligation and must be done immediatelyno later than 10 days after the end of the month in which the change occurs, to avoid overpayments or loss of additional benefits.

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He Social Security offers multiple options for reporting changes in SSDI recipients’ status. These can be done online through the SSA websiteby calling toll-free 1-800-772-1213, or for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, TTY 1-800-325-0778. You can also mail changes to the nearest Social Security office or visit your local office in person.

It is essential that beneficiaries comply with this responsibility to avoid inconveniences in receiving their benefits. Ignoring this obligation may result in incorrect payments or loss of additional benefitswhich is why the SSA emphasizes the importance of keeping each beneficiary’s information up to date.

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