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New Rules, Same Standard

The Social Security Administration Adopts New Rules for Evaluating SSI Childhood Disability

By Thomas Yates

The Social Security Administration's final regulations on the childhood Supplemental Security Income disability standard, effective January 2, 2001, restate and reinforce general guidelines that apply to all childhood disability determination and rework the functional equivalence process to delink it completely from the Listing of Impairments. The final regulations do not, however, change the standard for showing disability.

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