Beginning in November 2016, the Social Security Administration announced the launch of a new Health IT initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that enables Social Security Disability processing sites the ability to receive medical records electronically from all VA facilities. Veterans will receive a faster decisions on their
Social Security disability claim, which will save time and money in the long run. Social Security and Attorneys requesting medical records from the VA can take months to obtain and this partnership allows Social Security and VA to share health information electronically in minutes.
Social Security also offers other programs to expedite veteran’s claims for disability who have become disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, and for Veterans who have received a 100% impairment rating from the VA.