What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
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If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
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Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
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Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips ó how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Filing Disability Appeals- Reminders About the SSD, SSI Appeal Process
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Whether a disability applicant is filing an appeal on a SSI, SSD, or concurrent SSI / SSD disability denial, they have sixty days to appeal their denial. Actually, they have their sixty-day appeal period plus five days for mailing from the date of their Social Security disability denial notice. This means that the SSD or SSI appeal must be in the Social Security office by the sixty-fifth day or an individualís disability appeal could be denied for late filing.
Most Social Security offices are fairly flexible if an individual has a good reason for the late filing of their appeal, however administrative law judges are not so flexible with late appeal filing. In fact, many administrative law judges deny hearings requests on the basis that the appeal was not filed timely.
When your file your appeal, you should indicate recent treatment (new treatment dates or sources since their last denial) sources or even send in the new medical records (keep a copy for yourself just in case they get lost) if you have them. Be sure to complete all information on the disability appeal report form and return any requested forms with your appeal.
Currently, disability appeals can be completed online or through paperwork. No matter which method you choose, remember to return anything that is requested. It is not a bad idea to follow up on your appeal with Social Security with a phone call or visit to the office. Social Security offices are very busy places that often serve hundreds of people everyday; consequently there may be times that things fall through the cracks so to speak. A phone call often will get the ball rolling again if your appeal has not made it out of the Social Security office (to disability determination services where a disability examiner will work on making the medical decision).
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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