A question about including medical reports with the application for disability


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Question: Should medical reports from AFTER an applicant's date of last insured be included with the application for any reason? If so, why? From what I can tell, any medical information after the date of last insured will not be considered in making the decision. Thank You!

I am not sure if you are considering a Social Security Disability only claim or a concurrent claim--meaning both Social Security Disability (SSDI)and Supplemental Security Income disability (SSI). Date last insured only affects Social Security Disability claims.

However, sometimes medical evidence past the date last insured can indicate an onset of illness earlier than the date last insured. Therefore, if you have some medical evidence it does not hurt.

If you are applying for both SSI and SSDI, you should most definitely include medical evidence after your date last insured. SSI does not depend on use of a date last insured, since it is based on need, not insured status.

I hope this answers your questions, if not please feel free to send another email.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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