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Disability Information

Applying
In September 2001, the CFIDS Association of America published an article entitled, "How to Apply for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits if you have Fibromyalgia" by Lynne Matallana, Executive Director.  This CFIDS Association article from the National Fibromyalgia Awareness Campaign guides you through the steps for applying for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits and the pitfalls to avoid.

Are you or someone you know planning to file for disability benefits?  There's a new tool to help.  When an adult applies for disability benefits, a Disability Report (SSA-3368) is completed.  The form helps the SSA obtain information about an applicant's condition, and is the key to obtaining medical records.  Now you can get tips right over the Internet on how to best complete the 3368.  Just click on any section of the form and you'll get a "plain language" explanation of what the SSA is looking for, why they need the information, and how your answers help them decide if you can get disability benefits.  This new tool is your key to having the Disability Report completed before your appointment.  Check it out at visit http://www.ssa.gov/disabilityformhelp/.

Social Security Ruling, SSR 99-2: Titles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
The Social Security Advisory Service (SSAS) has published the Social Security Ruling, SSR 99-2p.; Titles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) on their web site, www.ssas.com.  It also includes an analysis by Ralph Wilborn.

From the SSA's web site:  SSR 99-2p: Policy Interpretation Ruling Titles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

"Historically, CFIDS patients have had an especially difficult time getting their Social Security Disability benefits. To address this problem, in 1999 the Social Security Administration (SSA) published a ruling which stated that CFIDS can be disabling. This ruling, SSR 99-2p, provides an outline that CFIDS patients and doctors can use when developing their disability cases."

Miscellaneous
 "Winning Your Disability Case in Three Words: Frequency, Severity and Duration", an article by Scott E. Davis, Esq.

The CFIDS Association of America published a brochure entitled, " Social Security Disability and CFIDS".

Disability & Legal Assistance:  Frequently Asked Questions

Attorney Alec Sohmerís web site is designed to provide information pertaining to Social Security Disability claims, specifically for those individuals suffering from CFS/FMS.  Check it out at : http://www.disabilityassistance.com/. 

Information on Social Security Disability is available on the Social Security Advisory Service web site at:  http://www.ssas.com/

This article discusses h
ow to talk with your physician about supporting your disability claim.

Attorney Scott Davis discusses important points to consider in deciding if you need a disability attorney.   

Attorney Alec Sohmerís web site is designed to provide information pertaining to Social Security Disability claims, specifically for those individuals suffering from CFS/FMS.  Check it out at : http://www.disabilityassistance.com/. 

Information on disability is also available on the Social Security Advisory Service web site at:  http://www.ssas.com/ 

Disability Resources on the Internet.  Find information and links on every type of disability through this comprehensive site.  Search for disabled resources in your region or browse through topics alphabetically.  There's also information on organizations and general advice on living with a disability.  Check it out at http://www.disabilityresources.org/

 

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