NOSSCR provides the latest updates from the Social Security Administration.
NPRM TO REMOVE “INABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IN ENGLISH” AS AN EDUCATION CATEGORY
- SSA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on February 2, 2019 proposing to eliminate the education category “inability to communicate in English”when evaluating adult disability claims. “The proposed revisions reflect research and data related to English language proficiency, work, and education; expansion of the international reach of [SSA’s] disability programs; and audit findings by [SSA’s] Office of the Inspector General.”
ADVANCED NPRM ON THE CONSIDERATION OF PAIN IN THE DISABILITY DETERMINATION PROCESS
- SSA issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requesting comments on how the agency considers pain in disability claims to ensure that SSA’s policies remain “aligned with contemporary medicine and health care delivery practices.” Specifically, SSA requested “comments and supporting data related to the consideration of pain and documentation of pain in the medical evidence [it uses] in connection with claims for benefits.”
NPRM SETTING THE MANNER FOR THE APPEARANCE OF PARTIES AND WITNESSES AT A HEARING
- SSA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on November 15, 2018 proposing to revise its rules to explain that the agency retains the right to determine how parties and witnesses will appear at a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) at the hearing level, and will set the time and place for the hearing accordingly.
ADVANCED NPRM ON VOCATIONAL FACTORS USED IN THE ADULT DISABILITY DETERMINATION PROCESS