Social Security Disability Eligibility Cuts Treating-Physician Rule, Keeps Appeal Waiting Times Long

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The Social Security Disability program benefits millions of Americans, no matter how old or young they are. However, a new rule imposed by Social Security recently may make it harder for any patient of any age to be approved for social security disability eligibility. This is because the administration has recently introduced a new rule where doctors’ reports would no longer be used to determine an individual’s eligibility to receive benefits.

Rule changes such as this present additional challenges to hospitals and healthcare institutions trying to determine if their patients qualify for disability benefits.

Social Security Administration Announces an Update to Its “Treating-Physician Rule”

The Social Security Administration has just said that it will now eliminate the use of what is known as the “treating-physician rule” as a basis of disability eligibility. The said rule refers to Social Security’s previous practice of giving a doctor’s report significant weight in supporting a person’s disability entitlement. Previously, Social Security adjudicators are required to consider evidence of disability as presented by the medical professional treating the claimant.

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The Affordable Care Act Marketplace Is Under Threat as Insurers Stand to Lose Federal Subsidies

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All over America, uncertainty continues to loom when it comes to the future of healthcare insurance. In recent months, the Republican party has worked hard to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. Their version of Obamacare, dubbed as the American Health Care Act, presented challenges to both individuals and healthcare facilities with possible changes with their health plans.

However, this attempt failed to secure enough votes to introduce a new healthcare system being supported by President Donald Trump and several members of the Republican party. Following this, President Trump said that the Affordable Care Act would stay in place in the meantime as the GOP carefully plans how best to approach the overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system.

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Five Month Waiting Period for Disability Social Security May Soon Be Scrapped for ALS Patients

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Currently, disability social security policies require a five month waiting period for the approval and release of disability benefits to victims of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The length of the waiting period can be attributed to the sheer volume of applicants and the actual process required by the application.

Depending on where you sit in the queue, you sometimes can’t even be guaranteed that you will be approved within this waiting period. Any back payments can therefore be made past five months.

Immediacy of Need

For many citizens suffering such a disability, this amount of time may prove to be too long and perhaps, too late, especially when they are seeking treatment. For example, patients of ALS suffer from progressive symptoms, such as difficulty in walking, constantly tripping or falling and general weakening of the muscles. Eventually, they may even lose the capability of holding their head up, which affects breathing, speaking, swallowing and chewing.

While there is no treatment that can reverse the effects of ALS, there are ways to slow down the progression of ALS and improve the quality of the patient’s life. Medications, breathing care and physical therapy can help the patient maintain muscle strength for as long as possible. The concern, however, is that as much as nearly half of those with the disease may die within as few as 16 months after diagnosis. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2mMCaKV