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Grim outlook from government trustees for SSDI funding

New Jersey beneficiaries of Social Security disability benefits have reason to be concerned about the future of the program. Government trustees released projections for Social Security's solvency earlier this month and indicated that without strong action, Social Security disability funds will run dry by 2016.

Those with autism seek help through SSDI

New Jersey parents of autistic children know that the disorder presents huge challenges to the entire family. An important transition for young people with autism is the point at which they turn 18 years old when they can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance. SSDI helps young people with autism, and other mental illnesses, access resources for the transition into adulthood.

Supreme Court rules federal government cannot be sued for sharing medical records

New Jersey recipients of SSDI benefits may be interested to know that the Privacy Act does not necessarily protect their medical records from being shared within government agencies. In a 5-3 opinion, the Supreme Court ruled late last month that the federal government is not liable for emotional distress caused by sharing medical information among agencies.

SSDI examiners inconsistent in initial determinations

Despite agency efforts to introduce consistency in Social Security Disability Insurance determinations, outcomes in SSDI applications and appeals still appear to depend on the particular officer reviewing the case. In other words, if two New Jersey applicants with nearly identical cases applied for disability benefits, which officer considered their claim may be as important as the facts in their application.

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