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July 2015 Archives

Claimant Wins In Federal Court Litigation in Pursuit Of LTD Benefits Against Aetna

A claimant has succeeded in getting a Federal Court to overturn a decision by Aetna to terminate benefits to a claimant who suffered from cancer and later from significant orthopedic conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine as well as depression. Aetna terminated the claim after a peer review, when a doctor is hired to review records only and the doctor does not examine or meet the claimant. On appeal of the terminated claim, Aetna again engaged various peer reviews, none of whom met or examined the claimant.

Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists – Time to Get Them Back to Work

We were intrigued to read an opinion piece calling for the return of the vocational rehabilitation specialist (VRS) to long term disability claims management. The article outlined the role that VRS’ held in long term disability insurance claims in the past. Once, the VRS played a large part in working with physicians and claims experts as “part of a multidisciplinary team” focused on managing the duration of the claim and getting a disabled individual back to work.

An Epic Disaster of National Proportion: Handing SSDI Over to the Insurance Sector

We can only hope that no one takes this analysis/opinion in the Washington Times seriously. It’s from a senior analyst at The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis. The Heritage Foundation is a right wing think tank that promotes public policies and is considered one of the world’s most influential public policy research institutes. Maybe that’s why we find this so troubling.

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At Frankel & Newfield, every day we speak with people who are concerned about their Short Term and Long Term Disability (LTD) insurance claims. Many of our free consultations take place by telephone, and often men and women who live near our offices in New York like to stop by our offices for their free consultation.

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