Settlement will restore benefits denied by discredited doctor

By October 11, 2016IN THE NEWS

San Francisco Chronicle: Settlement will restore benefits denied by discredited doctor (9/25/2016) A class action settlement has been reached with the Social Security Administration regarding their continued use of a doctor’s, Dr. Frank Chen, evaluations to determine disability benefit eligibility, months after that doctor had been removed. The Social Security Administration also failed to notify the doctor’s patients that he had been removed and continued to use his examination reports. Justice in Aging’s Trinh Phan said that, “Instead of telling people about it, and warning them (that Chen had been dropped), they let those reports sit in the system, and adjudicators continued to rely on the reports to deny people benefits.” The settlement would grant 6,500 applicants new disability claim evaluations.

About Katrina Cohens

Katrina Cohens is based in Justice in Aging’s Washington, DC office and serves as the Database Manager.