Claimants who apply for Social Security Disability (“SSD”) benefits in New York virtually always received letters from the Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance, Division of Disability Determinations, i.e., the State agency, telling them that they have to be examined by a doctor from IMA Disability Services (“IMA”).
The State agency approved the SSD application today of a 37 year old woman with mental impairments who had worked as a personal banker. Previously though, on May 11, June 15, June 30, July 14, and July 15, 2015, the State agency sent letters stating that it was “necessary” for the claimant, that is, the claimant “must keep” the appointment to be examined by two doctors from IMA.
For years I have been asking if the State agency’s insisting on IMA exams were a boondoggle. The question remains: Why are millions of dollars being spent on unnecessary exams?