VA Teams Up with SSA to Expedite Medical Records Change for Faster Disability Decisions

Posted on November 10, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Before the Social Security Administration will approve your disability claim, you need to submit extensive medical records. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has taken several steps to expedite the medical records retrieval process, including a move to fully electronic records.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a major source of the records veterans need when they apply for Social Security disability benefits. Understanding the need for a smoother record transfer, the SSA and VA are teaming up to facilitate faster sharing of critical medical records.

The VA will give the SSA access to its Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Program through the VLER Health Exchange. The VLER currently holds records from 79 community health care partners representing:

  • 775 hospitals
  • 427 federally qualified healthcare centers
  • 142 nursing homes
  • 8,441 pharmacies
  • 11,969 clinics

With this faster exchange of records, the SSA hopes to reduce wait times for disability decisions when veterans and their dependents apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

The Disability Help Group Can Help You Submit a Complete Disability Application

Many Social Security and veterans’ disability application denials are due to a lack of support and documentation. Do not let your claim receive a denial due to insufficient medical records.

The Disability Help Group has the resources to locate and obtain the records you need for your claim. If you do not already have the right evidence, we will get those records for you.

And if your claim receives a denial, we will determine what we need to do to get you an approval.

Call us at 800-800-2009 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our disability advocates today.