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The government wants to cut off my disability benefits. Now what?

This blog has written extensively about how difficult it can be to gain approval for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The process can be long and extremely frustrating. It is a relief to finally start receiving the benefits, because for most people it makes all the difference in being able to make ends meet.

That is why receiving a letter from the Social Security Administration that they are halting your benefits can be such a frightening moment. The first thing you need to do if you receive such a letter is to take a deep breath. You have options.

Comment to the Social Security Administration's Proposed "Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence"

As an attorney practicing Social Security Disability and Veterans Disability in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, I represent hundreds of disabled workers and veterans at all levels of the disability process from initial application to appeals in Federal Court. On behalf of my clients, I am responding to the proposed rule titled, "Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence" as published by the Social Security Administration in the September 9, 2016, Federal Register. Although I approve of the proposed expansion on the definition of medical sources, I cannot support nor agree with the elimination of all deference to treating physicians and the complete disregard of disability decisions made by other governmental or nongovernmental agencies.

Expedite your SSDI application with a 100% VA rating

As a veteran, it is important to remember that if you are drawing disability benefits from the VA, that may not be your only option for collecting disability benefits. If your disability prevents you from working, you might also qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

Getting compensation from both sources can be a big help with making ends meet when you cannot work and earn an income. If you are receiving VA disability benefits, you will still need to make a separate application for SSDI.