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When an insured individual is no longer able to work due to a disability, it is important to file a Social Security Disability claim as soon as possible to avoid any potential loss of benefits. Insured status for benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act has an expiration date, or "date last insured" (DLI) for the onset of disability, though an individual may file a claim at any time. Social Security Administration can pay up to twelve months of retroactive pay from the date filed, so a claimant who files long after their onset of disability may risk losing back pay.


Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a diagnosable medical impairment where blood pressure in the arteries is chronically elevated. Blood pressure is expressed as a ratio of two measurements: the systolic (maximum) and diastolic (minimum) pressures. For most adults, normal blood pressure range is 100-140 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) systolic, and 60-90 mmHg diastolic. Clinicians consider blood pressure persistently over 130/90 to be hypertension. High blood pressure is a widespread medical condition in our country, given the abundance of risk factors such as unhealthy diet and excess body weight. According to the CDC, about 75 million American adults, or approximately 1 in 3, have high blood pressure. Although common, many Americans are still able to work with a diagnosis of hypertension. However, Social Security Administration may consider a diagnosis to be disabling if it has more than a minimal impact on the ability to perform basic work activities (SSR 85-28).


Applicants for disability benefits typically file claims under both Title II (Social Security Disability) and Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income) of the Social Security Act. After a favorable decision has been rendered, the decision is sent to a payment processing center to calculate payment amounts. Processing times vary, and could run anywhere from 30 to 90 days from the date of the decision.

Who Needs an Appointment?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is an independent agency that exists outside the federal executive departments and the Executive Office of the President. The powers and duties of administering the Social Security program fall upon the Commissioner of Social Security. Notwithstanding, the Commissioner is appointed by the President, and may be removed from office only pursuant to a finding by the President of malfeasance in office or neglect of duty (42 USC ยง 902). The last appointed Commissioner served from 2007 to 2013. At present, there is no Deputy Commissioner. (Likewise, the President alone appoints the Deputy Commissioner). What we have today is an Acting Commissioner serving without an appointment.

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