The Social Security Administration (SSA) just recently announced an important and necessary update that impacts how appointed representatives like our Social Security attorneys at the law firm of Westmoreland, Patterson, Moseley & Hinson can access pending SSA case files.
The SSA has now made it possible for appointed representatives like us to gain access to our client’s case files and information online. We used to only be able to access that information by requesting a CD from the SSA, but this unreliable system would often either take a long time to receive (if it ever arrived at all).
This change is a big deal in Social Security news because it will now allow us to work through our cases much more quickly and effectively.
In September 2020, an email was sent to us by Greg Cates, the President of the National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR), with the details of this change. He explains:
“Since 2011, Appointed Representative Services (ARS) has provided the ability for appointed representatives (ARs) to access their client’s electronic folders (eFolders) for cases pending at the hearings and appeals levels. We are pleased to announce that on September 19, 2020 we added the ability for ARs to access their cases pending at the initial and reconsideration levels, including continuing disability review (CDR) cases.”
Appointed representatives (ARs) that have already been approved were given immediate access to these eFolders, so we now have the ability to go online for all of our client’s information regarding their Social Security cases.
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