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The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association Disability Committee met in Fall 2014 with Mala Rafik, ESQ and Kate Sullivan, ESQ, two very knowledgeable disability attorneys, at the firm of Rosenfeld, Rafik, and Sullivan in Boston. The firm was established to assist disabled persons with disability legal issues.

Both Attorney Rafik and Attorney Sullivan are very experienced in successfully representing patients with ME/CFS, FM, Lyme disease, and other illnesses in their effort to obtain Social Security disability benefits and long-term disability insurance benefits.

This report will outline some of the current issues and problems patients encounter as they go through the disability claims processes—as well as how patients, their doctors, and their attorneys can properly respond to them.