This Week in Social Security Disability News (Feb 1 – Feb 7, 2014)

Here is a recap of the top stories in Social Security Disability News from this week:

1. Social Security Administration Announces 25 new CAL Conditions:

This year the Social Security Administration has introduced 25 new Compassionate Allowance (CAL) conditions to it’s pre-existing list. CAL conditions are determined by SSA and experts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Individuals who suffer from a CAL condition are given a greater priority during the application process. For example, under the guidelines of CAL some applicants may receive benefits in weeks, instead of months or even years.  Read the full story here.

2. Are Drive-Thru’s Discriminatory?

A man in a wheelchair was refused service at a Burger King in Jackson, Mississippi. The reason? He wasn’t in a car and used his motorized wheelchair in the drive-thru. Employees at the restaurant refused him service, claiming that they do not serve “walk-ups”, indicating only people who drive cars can enjoy a meal from Burger King. Do you think Burger King has the right to refuse service? Read the full story here.         

3. SSA Changes Disability Judge Job Description:

The Social Security Administration has decided to change the job description and implement more authority over Social Security Disability judges. The reason behind the change is to reexamine how judges are distributing benefits and to make it clear to judges that they are now being subject to supervision by the SSA. This new change may affect you and your disability claim by significantly reducing the number of Disability judges in the U.S.  Read the full story here.

4. Same-Sex Couples May Be Able to Receive SSD Benefits:

The SSA is encouraging people in same-sex relationships to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits. They are currently in works with the Department of Justice to establish policies and procedures that will allow same-sex couples to qualify for their spouses benefits. This is great news for individuals in same-sex relationships who were previously unable to receive benefits. Read the full story here.

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