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Congressional subcommittee hearing on SSDI changes

At a hearing held by the House’s Subcommittee on Social Security, committee Representatives heard testimony from various interested and affected parties about the impact of pending changes to Social Security’s disability appeals process. For nearly 20 years, ten states have benefited from elimination of an appeals process called “reconsideration”, a step preceding hearing of a claimant’s case by an Administrative Law Judge.  Eliminating the prototype “reconsideration hearings” in those ten states shortened the decision process considerably, so Committee Members and others are questioning why the Social Security Administration has announced it is reinstating the reconsideration hearing in those 10 states, especially before a permanent Director of Social Security has been seated.  This blog by the House Ways & Means Social Security Subcommittee describes the Subcommittee’s proceedings. Click here to read more.

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