Effective August 15, 2011, Social Security field offices nationwide will close to the public 30 minutes early each day. For example, a local Social Security office that is usually open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will close daily at 3:30 p.m. The new hours will provide cost-cutting measures for the local offices.
For those who have already experienced a Social Security Disability hearing, you may have an understanding of what a Vocational Expert (VE) is, and the role they play at a hearing. For those who have been informed that a VE will be present at your hearing, or-for those who would just like to understand the process a bit more-we thought we would take a minute to blog about VEs at the hearing level.
We've mentioned on our Facebook page before just how long and overwhelming the disability process can be from start to finish. But, rather than continuing to reiterate that fact, we thought we'd give you a detailed breakdown of the different stages, and an approximation of time that it might take for each one.
We released a new article titled "Improving Your Odds of Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits." The article explains why the wait for Social Security Disability (SSD) can be so long, and what applicants can do to speed up the process.
On July 28, 2011, the Social Security Administration announced, and made effective, a new ruling, S.S.R. 11-1p, listing the procedures for handling requests to file subsequent applications for disability benefits. Prior to the new regulation, subsequent disability claims were permitted to be filed under the same title and same type already pending in their administrative review process.