Dec 10, 2005

Commissioner's Proposal Final By February?

Glenn Sklar, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Disability Programs at Social Security, spoke on Friday, December 9 at a continuing legal education conference sponsored by the NC Academy of Trial Lawyers. Most of his presentation concerned Commissioner Barnhart's proposal for a revamped disability determination appeals structure. Sklar told the group that "Every day there are meetings about the comments" received on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). He said to expect a final rule within about six months. Sklar indicated that there had been many comments made on the NPRM and that "No doubt the final rule will be different" from the NPRM.

Nancy Shor, the executive director of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR) also spoke. She said that she expected the Commissioner's proposal to become a final rule by January or February 2006 at the latest.

Bruce Goldin, the Deputy Director of the Division of Information Technology Integration of the Office of Hearings and Appeals at Social Security spoke about the status of AeDib. He showed a website under development that would allow authorized attorneys and representatives to upload via the internet medical evidence to be placed in a claimant's file. This is still in the earliest stages of trials.

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