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New rule may mean more frequent reviews for disability recipients

Many of our readers in Alabama know just how hard it is to get approved for Social Security disability benefits. The application process can be arduous and can take quite a bit of time to get through, especially if an appeal is necessary. SSD benefits are a financial lifeline for those who are unable to work any longer due to a physical or mental disability.

However, the federal government is seemingly always looking for ways to tweak the Social Security disability system, which is run by the Social Security Administration. According to recent reports, a potential rule change could add an additional category for the "continuing disability reviews" that each person who receives SSD benefits is subject to.

As the report noted, currently there are three categories in which each recipient of SSD benefits is listed to note the likelihood of their disabilities improving, from, essentially, not likely at all to possible improvement being expected. Depending on the category, the timeframe for review differs, with those who have disabilities that are likely to improve being reviewed more frequently than others. Now, the report indicates that a fourth category is expected to be added: "medical improvement likely." Those who fit within the new fourth category could expect to have their SSD benefits reviewed every two years.

Alabama residents who fought hard to get approved for Social Security disability benefits should stay abreast of potential rule changes that could impact their receipt of these necessary funds. Getting the right information about what to do about reviews by the Social Security Administration is crucial.

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