Should SSA consider a beneficiary’s disability or age when making a decision about his or her ability to direct the management of benefits?
Are there indicators that a beneficiary is not able to direct the management of his or her benefits? If so, please explain.
Should the existence of a supporter affect SSA’s determination of a beneficiary’s ability to direct the management of his or her benefits? If so, how?
Given the current Ticket to Work regulations, what changes would you make to the payment policies, partnership plus, ticket eligibility, and timely progress review?
Allow pharmaceutical companies to provide financial support to Meidcare patients to purchase expensive MS medication. I currently get support since I have private insurance. But financial support goes away when I transfer to Medicare.
Fund more benefit planners with Workforce experience that have a mandated partnership at local SSA offices to assist with employment / wage reporting and any disputes. Creating a more direct line of communication, Workforce can assist with getting the correct information out there.
It would be great if any communication in regards to going back to work from SSA were more positively worded. When people receive mail like their work activity reports they are scary and intimidating, maybe if they were more welcoming people wouldn't feel like they were doing something wrong by trying to go to work.
Though parents and friends opinion should not be the sole means of evaluating a claimant’s behavior, however it should be taken into great consideration due to the daily interaction they experience.
Dear Social Security Administration: Thank you for this opportunity to comment on evaluations of trauma related disorders. I agree with the comments submitted by Kevin Liebkemann, Legal Services of New Jersey, Emilia Sicilia, Urban Justice, and Jen Burdick, Community Legal Services. I will not repeat their comments. I want to stress that the failure of decision-makers to consider whether a person with a trauma related ...more »
Please see comments in attached document. Thank you.
Dear Social Security Administration: Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on the following three questions about evaluating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma and stressor disorders. CLS agrees with the comments offered by Kevin Liebkemann and Emilia Sicilia. 1. How should we consider evidence about a claimant’s behavior and functioning from non-professional sources, such as parents or friends? ...more »
Following up on comments offered by Kevin Liebkemann and Emilia Sicilia, many children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Order have underlying trauma. Since ODD has been removed from the new Children Mental Impairment Listings at 112.08, it is very important that adjudicators not write off children with ODD diagnoses but explore for trauma issues. Guidance similar to that in SSR 09-2p, which requires adjudicators to ...more »