Walt spent hours working on his application for disability benefits. Specifically, he was filling out the application and gathering documentation so he could get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. However, one particular form worried him – the Authorization to Disclosure Information to the Social Security Administration (SSA) (Form SSA-827). Although it is best to have an attorney help you with your application, we will take a closer look at this administrative disclosure form.
You may not want to sign this form because of the title alone. Signing an Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration may make you feel like you are losing control of the most important information in your life.
However, the Social Security Administration (“Social Security”) needs the following information to make a decision on your application:
“All my medical records: also education records and other information related to my ability to perform tasks.”
The form goes on to give more details about the medical information needed in this administrative disclosure:
- All records and other information regarding my treatment, hospitalization, and outpatient care for my impairment(s)…
- Information about how my impairment(s) affects my ability to complete tasks and activities of daily living and affects my ability to work.
- Copies of educational tests or evaluations …
- Information created within 12 months after the date this authorization is signed, as well as past information.
In essence, Social Security needs many of your personal records.
Note, however, the importance of #2 mentioned above. Not only does Social Security need to see records, but those records or doctor opinions have to prove your inability to work.
The next section of the form states who is authorized to release information to Social Security. The list is extensive, including family, neighbors, friends, and others.
The section titled TO WHOM may make you feel better about signing the form. Information is only to be released to certain parties, including Social Security and the professionals who work on your case. Generally, Social Security tries to protect people’s private, confidential data.
Finally, the form authorizing administrative disclosure is only in effect for 12 months from the date you sign it.
Are You Concerned About the Administrative Disclosure Form?
We’re not surprised. Social Security’s application process is confusing enough, but worrying about releasing your private information is only natural. You may feel better with a legal representative helping you every step of the way.
At The Law Offices of Martin Taller, your case receives the attention and care of experienced Social Security Disability attorneys. For your free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. We are located in Anaheim, but we assist clients throughout Southern California.