Author: Catherine M. Callery (Kate)| Louise M. Tarantino

As we have told you in past newsletters, SSA is holding a series of hearings across the country to get input on serious medical conditions that might qualify claimants for speedy, favorable resolution of their Social Security claims.  Earlier hearings have focused on rare diseases, cancers, and brain injuries.  A July 2009 hearing focused on early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease.  A press release from the hearing is available at www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.  Among the written testimony presented at the hearing was a presentation that may be of interest to disability advocates working with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease patients: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances/data/Marson%20Testimony.pdf.