In Honor of Take Your Dog to Work Day

This Friday is take your dog to work day, a day wear canine lovers of all types bring their beloved four legged friends to the daily grind.  For service dogs, they go to work everyday helping people who are disabled manage their day-to-day lives. Here is a great story from the Kansas City Star celebrating these furry friends.  Enjoy the story here.  ...

A Little History, Celebrating Fathers

  On July 19, 1910, the governor of the U.S. state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.”  However, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day became a nationwide holiday in the United States. There are more than 70 million fathers in the United States.  ...

Social Security Administration Publishes Rulings Regarding Disability Evaluation of Endocrine Disorders

The Social Security Administration (SSA) published two rulings in the Federal Register on June 2, 2014. Social Security Ruling (SSR) 14-2p provides guidance on how the agency evaluates diabetes mellitus (DM) in claims for disability benefits, and SSR 14-3p does the same for endocrine disorders other than DM. Social Security Rulings (SSR) are decisions by SSA based on analysis of legal or administrative decisions, or other interpretations of the law of regulations. SSRs do not have the same legal effect as statutes, regulations, or case law, but they are binding upon all components of SSA. Therefore, SSA decision-makers are required to follow the guidance and instructions in SSRs in administering SSA’s benefit programs. Both SSRs had an effective date of June 2, 2014. On April 8, 2011, SSA removed endocrine disorders, including DM, from the Listing of Impairments (listings) based on the premise that the disorders as described there “no longer accurately identified people who are disabled.” The listings are impairments considered so severe that if an individual meets or equals the medical criteria set forth in a listed impairment, they would qualify for disability benefits from SSA. When SSA rescinded the listed impairments for endocrine disorders, they asserted they would still consider the disorders a potential cause of disability and would issue further guidance on analyzing claims based on endocrine disorders. Hence, SSRs 14-2p and 14-3p. SSR 14-2p describes the different types of DM (Type 1 and Type 2), hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, and the medical complications that can result from DM, such as retinopathy, cardiovascular disease, nephropathy, and neuropathy. The ruling sets forth that DM will be analyzed in the five step sequential...