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Applying for Disability Jon Rodis, President MA Chapter of the National Marfan Foundation, Chair of the PAC Kathleen Kane, ESQ Disability Attorney S PILLANE.

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1 Applying for Disability Jon Rodis, President MA Chapter of the National Marfan Foundation, Chair of the PAC Kathleen Kane, ESQ Disability Attorney S PILLANE L AW O FFICES ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

2 SSDI or SSI? Two major programs provide disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – You must earn sufficient credits based on taxable work to be “insured” Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – payments made determined by financial need, and are payable to adults or children who are disabled or blind, have limited income and resources, and meet the living arrangement requirements

3 Making the Decision to File Health Considerations Financial Considerations Emotional Considerations

4 The Filing Process Online or In person?

5 Our Suggested Checklist for Filing  Filling Out the SSI and SSDI Forms  State Funding / Programs  Support Letter (after first denial)  Doctor’s Support Letters  (Condition) Research  (Condition) Doctor’s Evaluation  Medical Records  Approved Cases in State  Daily Journal (with all listings)

6 Early Approval is Possible! Listing of condition under SSA regulations

7 Listing of Impairments

8 Residual Functional Capacity An individual’s residual functional capacity is his or her ability to do physical and mental work activities on a sustained basis despite limitations from his or her impairments. All of the impairments must be considered, including impairments that are not severe.

9 Stages of Appeal Reconsideration Hearing Appeals Counsel U.S. District Court

10 Administrative Hearings Preparation Witnesses Medical Experts Vocational Experts

11 Contingent Fee 25% of retroactive payments with a maximum of $6,000 Attorney Fee

12 Questions?

13 Thanks for listening! Jon Rodis Kathleen Kane, ESQ S PILLANE L AW O FFICES ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦


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