Social Security has proposed new regulatiosn which would drastically alter the way evidence is admitted in a Social Security claim. The proposal would maintain that all evidence must be submitted 5 days before the hearing, and that no further evidence would be allowed.
” Our program experience has convinced us that the late submission of evidence to the administrative law judge significantly impedes our ability to issue hearing decisions in a timely manner,â€ the agency said in its proposal.
But Democrats think the proposed rules are too strict.
â€œWhat if youâ€™re having chemotherapy the day of the hearing, and you didnâ€™t know that in advance?â€ a Ways and Means aide said. â€œItâ€™s full of stuff like that. I just donâ€™t see how beneficiaries could navigate this, and the actuary agrees â€” he says this is going to reduce benefits.â€
Nancy Shor, Executive Director of a national group of lawyers representing claimants in these cases, says that it is â€œreally designed to discourage a claimant â€” particularly an unrepresented claimant â€” from appealing a denial of benefits.â€ About a third of those who appeal do not hire lawyers, she said. See full story here: