Prostate Cancer Added to Compassionate Allowances List

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that it has added prostate cancer to the list of medical conditions allowed under its Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program.

The program allows for the expedited process of disability benefit decisions. In addition to prostate cancer, 12 other types of cancers, as well as other disorders that affect the digestive, neurological and immune systems were added to the CAL list.

This is a big deal—other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer in men.

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Can the Social Security Administration Look at My Social Media Accounts?

Several members of Congress said last month that the Social Security Administration and administrative law judges (ALJs) have not done a good job reviewing claims to determine if they are fraudulent.

The representatives have proposed changes, including to social media policies, to review applicants.

Rep. James Lankford and Rep. Jackie Speier said Social Security Administration (SSA) employees should be allowed to look at the social media profiles of those applying for disability, saying that photos and other information people post can expose the applicants as able-bodied, according to the Washington Times.

Currently, the SSA has prohibited ALJs from searching the internet for incriminating evidence when weighing a person’s disability claim.

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SSA Cuts Have Led to Busy Signals and Customer Services Issues

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has undergone a series of service cuts in order to save money, which has led to issues.

According to Reuters, the agency stopped mailing annual statements in 2011 in a budget-cutting move that saves $70 million annually, with Americans given the option to check statements online.

In addition, the SSA has consolidated 92 field offices across the country into 46 offices, and closed 521 contact stations. The results have led to busy signals being reported by callers to the agency’s customer service lines.

If you are waiting for the SSA to contact you, it might be in your best interest to contact a Social Security disability attorney to see if you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

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