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PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY, UTILIZE INSIDER KNOWLEDGE IN TERMS OF HOW TO SECURE A FAVORABLE DECISION FROM THE AGENCY?
THE PONDER GROUP (TPMG) has spent the last several years developing protocols toward the ultimate goal of teaching the general public how to prepare and file an application for Social Security disability benefits.
TPMG has conducted numerous seminars and training sessions which included in the audience health care professionals, formal representatives and most significantly lay-persons. At the conclusion of these programs, over 80% of those participating could independently pursue a well-prepared claim for benefits.
What is TPMG?
TPMG is led by Fred Ponder, Fred began his 30-year career with SSA in 1971, as a GS-5 ($5,600/year) field office claims representative -- a position that involved taking and processing applications from the public for Retirement, Survivors, Medicare, Black Lung and Disability benefits. At that time virtually all SSA contact with the public was face-to-face and was before the advent of on-line filing, telephone filing, etc.
Over the next three decades, Fred occupied a number of positions at all levels and components of SSA and now its time that Fred shares that information with the public.
Would you like to know the Five critical things the Social Security Administration will not tell you about filing and pursuing a claim for disability benefits?
Join the Group for specific strategies to secure a favorable decision from the SSA and register for the group to receive more free advice on how to effectively navigate the SSA disability system.
The primary objectives of the program are:
- to secure early approval...
- to avoid SSA's significantly backlogged and overwhelmed appeals system and.
- to save thousands of dollars in unnecessary representation fees.
The Ponder Media Group offers a variety of services and products; this includes serving as an information clearinghouse on all things Social Security. One of its founding and primary principles is to serve as a true advocate of John Q. Public, a position that oftentimes puts it in direct conflict with both SSA as an institution, and for- pay self-described “advocates”. To that end, we subscribe to the theme “An educated consumer is the best customer”. For example, the public does not know that employees of the SSA, while generally “helpful”, are restricted by law from serving as actual applicant advocates because of their primary responsibility to protect SSA Trust Fund interests.
Second, paid representatives in disability claims oftentimes subvert applicant interests by not actively and aggressively pursuing early approval of his/her disability claim. Simply put, given the 25% of past-due benefits representative fee scenario, it is in the financial interests of the representative to stall and delay processing of a claim to allow past-due benefits to accrue. This is commonly referred to as “warehousing” a claim. While all representatives do not engage in the practice, this is an increasing problem, particularly with regard to large assembly line claims operations that are well-marketed. The New York Times article of December 23, 2011 addresses some related issues, and the Congress has expressed its concern regarding SSA representation as well.