SSA Continues Testing of New Social Security Disability Processing Systems

September 9, 2013

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently facing a backlog of hundreds of thousands of claims for Social Security Disability Benefits that are awaiting decisions.  Experts say that one of the reasons for the massive quagmire of claims is the process that is being used to determine an approval or denial in each case.

The SSA is currently working to correct this issue though by extending testing on two separate models that could be used to determine if an individual’s claim for benefits should be approved. An article from the Federal Register explained the extension for the testing will run until September 26 of next year.

During that time, researchers will examine the advantages and problems with the “single decisionmaker test” and what is being referred to as the “prototype test”. The single decisionmaker process works by allowing the disability examiner to determine if an individual’s disability is worthy of benefits without the signature of a psychological or medical consultant. The prototype system utilizes a similar decision making process, while also implementing the elimination of the reconsideration review at the administrative level.

The testing will be conducted in 10 states, including Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, California, and New York.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin acknowledge the complexities involved with the approval process for Social Security Disability Benefits. The firm is here to help anyone who is considering applying for such benefits.

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