In this brief video, I talk about a new ruling Social Security published on October 30, 2018, making it harder for people struggling to follow their doctors’ treatment advice to obtain disability.

The key takeaway – if a doctor prescribes treatment, it’s critical that you talk to that doctor if, for any reason, you can’t follow through.

This is different from simply not being able to afford care, or not having insurance. This ruling requires Social Security to first admit that you’re disabled. Only then does the judge look to see whether the cause of the disability was the failure to prescribe treatment that could have improved your functioning. This is another was Social Security is working to deny more claims, and make it more difficult for individuals to obtain the modest benefits they need.

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