Post-polio advocacy yields SSA action

The Social Security Administration has agreed to clarify and strengthen its instructions to claims adjudicators on the late effects of polio. Dr. Richard Bruno, director of The Post-Polio Institute at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey, helped organize a letter-writing campaign to bring about the changes. He said the goal was to make sure that SSA judges take into account all of the potentially disabling features of post-polio. Although administrative law judges have generally ruled in favor of polio survivors, Dr. Bruno said, the education that would accompany a Social Security Ruling should educate local adjudicators and prompt them to more frequently make informed disability determinations earlier in the process. Presently, Dr. Bruno is gathering information from post-polio patients who were denied Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, in an effort to assist SSA in reviewing the situation.

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