Allsup Observes National Health Center Week Aug. 11-17

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Dedicated health professionals help people with limited funds to access medical care—a necessity when seeking Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, Allsup reports.

An important benefit of health centers is access to doctors who can document the severity and impact of someone’s impairments with their claim for SSDI benefits. –Ed Swierczek, Allsup

More than 21 million Americans received high-quality care from approximately 1,200 health centers in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA). Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation, veterans disability appeal and Medicare plan selection services, joins the HRSA in saluting healthcare professionals who work at these facilities during National Health Center Week Aug. 11-17.

Health centers provide medical care to individuals and families living in their communities, including those who have no health insurance. Nearly 20,000 physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurses' work at health centers across the country.

These providers offer affordable, accessible and preventive medical care, with particular emphasis on serving low-income individuals, rural communities and other underserved populations.

Medical documentation is critical for those people who can no longer work because of a severe, long-term illness and are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. “An important benefit of health centers is access to doctors who can document the severity and impact of someone’s impairments with their claim for SSDI benefits,” said Ed Swierczek, senior claimant representative.

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Detailed medical records are an important part of the medical-evidence based federal insurance program, which is administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Applying for SSDI is a complicated process, and two out of three disability insurance claims are denied at the initial application. Click here to learn more.

The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation process to determine eligibility, Swierczek explained:

  • The individual must not be gainfully employed.
  • The condition must interfere with basic work activities.
  • The condition is on the SSA’s list of disabling medical conditions (or medically equals a listing) and is expected to last for at least 12 months and/or result in death.
  • The individual is unable to perform the work he or she had been doing before the disability.
  • The individual can’t perform any other type of work.

Medical documentation helps verify the details that are outlined in someone’s claim for SSDI benefits. “If an individual meets the SSA medical listing criteria, the person may be found disabled at step three of the sequential evaluation process,” Swierczek explained. “There are multiple criteria that can meet the medical listing, which would warrant a finding of disabled under SSA rules.”

“It’s also possible for someone who doesn’t strictly meet the medical listing to have medical findings that are equal to the severity of the medical listing or other complications that result in a finding of disability,” Swierczek added.

Health centers often are a source of primary care for individuals and now serve one out of 15 people living in the U.S., the HRSA reports. For more information about the role of health centers nationwide, visit National Health Center Week online.

For a free Social Security Disability Insurance evaluation, call the Allsup Disability Evaluation Center at (800) 678-3276.

About Allsup

Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Allsup professionals deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to or visit Allsup on Facebook at

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