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Social Security Administration Announces New Online Video Hearings

COVID-19 has forced many events to go remote. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently issued a press release announcing a new service designed to decrease the spread of Coronavirus and ensure public safety. The SSA announced that it is now offering online video hearings to hasten the decision-making process on disability compensation claims.

How Will They Do It?

Online video hearings will be conducted through Microsoft Teams beginning fall 2020. Microsoft Teams is a safe and secure communication platform that provides a collaborative environment to host and attend virtual meetings, chats, and now disability hearings. This application is free and allows meetings with 2 people or 10,000 people from all over the world. It’s the perfect platform to stay connected and organized with others.

The SSA has been using on the record requests, telephone, and online video hearings to make decisions about claimants’ eligibility for disability benefits. Video hearings follow the same procedure as in-person hearings, the only difference is that there is no face to face interaction.

Benefits of Online Disability Hearings

With this new online service, face to face interactions are limited in compliance with global health recommendations to keep everyone safe and free of risk. These online video hearings will also allow SSA staff members to communicate, discuss, and exchange information with a variety of representatives and witnesses from different locations.

The SSA has been collaborating with Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) to administer appellate hearings via telephone. The Commissioner of Social Security, Andrew Saul, said that online video and telephone hearings will be the only options available for the foreseeable future. Since March, the agency’s ALJs have held over 180,000 telephone hearings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Learn More about Online Hearings from a Social Security Disability Attorney

Please visit the SSA’s COVID-19 resource page for updates on the execution of this new hearing process and other Social Security information. The legal team at Khaki Law Firm focuses on Social Security disability law and already offers video consultations and client meetings. Call us today for more details on what to expect from online video hearings with the Social Security Administration.

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