SSA Opens New Disability Hearing Offices, Improving Support to SSDI Applicants

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New hearing offices in Missouri, Tennessee and Georgia mean more resources to help Social Security disability applicants through the process more quickly, Allsup reports

One of the most important decisions you can make is who you will choose to represent you at your Social Security disability hearing.

Disability hearing offices have opened in Missouri, Tennessee and Georgia. That’s good news for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applicants, according to Allsup, which provides Social Security disability representation and Medicare plan selection services.

“Each new office means more government resources providing attention to Social Security disability applicants’ claims for benefits at the hearing level,” said Mike Stein, vice president of claims at Allsup, which has helped tens of thousands of people to receive their SSDI benefits.

Social Security Disability Insurance is a federally mandated disability insurance program overseen by the Social Security Administration that operates separately from the retirement and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. SSDI provides monthly benefits to individuals with severe disabilities. The federal program requires an application and disability claim review process to receive benefits.

The SSA has opened a new hearing office in Columbia, Mo., Franklin, Tenn., and Augusta, Ga., providing additional resources to help with the backlog of Social Security disability claims at the hearing level of the disability review process. Generally, SSDI applicants must attend a hearing after their benefits have been denied at earlier levels of the Social Security disability review process.

Social Security Disability Hearings
The Social Security disability application process involves many layers and can be a complicated process. By the time Social Security disability applicants reach their hearing, a majority have expert disability representation such as Allsup to help them present their claim and advocate on their behalf.

“It can be a daunting experience to reach and then prepare for a hearing, which is when your claim will be reviewed by an administrative law judge,” Stein explained. Find more information about preparing for a disability hearing on

“One of the most important decisions you can make is who you will choose to represent you at your Social Security disability hearing,” Stein added.

SSDI applicants should consider the disability representatives’ expertise, knowledge and experience in representing others through the SSDI process. It’s also important to consider the disability representative’s success rate. Find more insights about Choosing Disability Representation online at

SSDI provides monthly benefits to individuals under full retirement age (age 65 or older) and who can no longer work because of a serious illness or injury expected to last more than 12 months, or is terminal. Individuals must have paid FICA taxes to be eligible. More details are provided in the SSDI Overview on

Individuals who no longer work because of a severe or permanent disability should consider applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Financial aspects of applying for SSDI include increased monthly income, the potential to extend COBRA healthcare coverage, medical benefits through Medicare, protected retirement benefits, dependent benefits and return-to-work incentives.

If you are appealing your disability denial or think you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, contact Allsup’s Disability Evaluation Center at (800) 678-3276.

Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs nearly 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to

Rebecca Ray
(800) 854-1418, ext. 65065
Dan Allsup, ext. 65760

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