This blog has written extensively about how difficult it can be to gain approval for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The process can be long and extremely frustrating. It is a relief to finally start receiving the benefits, because for most people it makes all the difference in being able to make ends meet.
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There are three ways the public can comment on this.
As an attorney practicing Social Security Disability and Veterans Disability in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, I represent hundreds of disabled workers and veterans at all levels of the disability process from initial application to appeals in Federal Court. On behalf of my clients, I am responding to the proposed rule titled, "Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence" as published by the Social Security Administration in the September 9, 2016, Federal Register. Although I approve of the proposed expansion on the definition of medical sources, I cannot support nor agree with the elimination of all deference to treating physicians and the complete disregard of disability decisions made by other governmental or nongovernmental agencies.