When the Arizona legislature does something that actually helps people, that is big news. Mostly this group passes laws that are somewhere between pure lunacy and utter cruelty. But, check it out: whether by accident or because the medical records lobby did not pay their bribes on time, we have a
new law that will aid those persons trying to get Social Security disability.
Not One Thin Dime
Starting August 25, 2019, any Social Security disability applicant or her appointed representative can get her medical records from any Arizona doctor, hospital, or clinic without paying a dime. Currently, medical providers can and do charge whatever they think fair. I have seen invoices for medical records that work out to $10 a page or more.
There are a few details to take note of. First, you have to show proof that you have a Social Security disability claim pending. The free records are only for use in appealing a denial of your Social Security disability benefits. So, you can't get this deal if your Social Security disability application is new and Social Security has not yet denied it. Also, you can't make repeated requests. You can only do this once per year, so be careful about when to ask for your medical records.
Hey, Is That Sharia Law?
Congratulations to the Arizona legislature for finally doing something right. Next term, they can get back to banning Sharia law and requiring babysitters to carry machine guns.