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Recent Medical Records for a Social Security Disability or SSI case

In order for a disability examiner to make a decision on a disability claim, the examiner will need to have recent medical evidence in the file. Recent evidence is defined as medical records that are not older than 90 days.

Why does social security need "recent medical evidence"? SSA actually needs newer AND older medical records. Older records can help establish how far back a person's disability goes, and this can have an immediate effect on the claimant's eligibility for back pay. Older records are also needed to establish that an applicant's disability began while they were still insured for title 2 benefits, which are SSDI, or Social Security Disability insurance benefits (note: SSI benefits, as opposed to SSDI benefits, do not rely on insured status because SSI is based completely on need).

For those who are unaware, one's eligibility to receive Social Security Disability benefits begins with the fact that they are insured for such benefits as a result of work credits that are earned through their years of work activity. Once a person stops working--such as due to a disability--they will eventually get to a point at which they are no longer insured under the SSDI program.

The best way to conceptualize this may be to think of it as being similar to car insurance and the fica taxes that are taken out of a paycheck (which pay for both social security and medicare) as being analogous to the payment of the premiums. Once a person stops working and receiving a paycheck, the "premium" is no longer sent in and the policy only has a certain amount of time before it lapses. Fortunately for individuals filing for SSDI, it can take years for SSDI coverage to lapse.

Newer, or recent, records, however, are needed for an entirely different reason. And that reason is this: for the social security administration to award disability benefits, it must be clear that the individual is disabled now, as of the time that the claim is being decided. And only recent medical record documentation can reliably prove that.

This, of course, is exactly why it is necessary for the social security administration to obtain recent medical records when a person's disability case is being decided. And, likewise, this is why it is important for a person who is filing for disability to keep going to their doctor regularly if they wish to qualify for disability benefits.

Note: If the social security administration cannot obtain recent medical records, the applicant will mostly likely be scheduled to go to a social security medical examination, otherwise known as a CE, or consultative exam.

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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

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