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The appeals process for Supplemental Security Income

It can be very disappointing and disheartening to have your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim denied.

If you have had your SSI claim denied, however, it is important not to be discouraged. Many people have their application denied on their first attempt, often because they have entered some information incorrectly or have not been assessed accurately.

The appeals process

When you first receive the news that you have had your claim denied, it is important to take action immediately. If you receive the news in writing that your initial determination has been denied, then you have the right to make an appeal within 60 days. You will have information in this notice about how you can make an appeal.

Dealing with a reconsideration

If you make an appeal for reconsideration within the first 10 days of receiving your initial determination, then you will continue to receive any payments that you are were entitled to before the new decision.

Going through a hearing

When you receive a determination that you disagree with, then you should request a hearing in the first 60 days. The hearing will be an informal one, but it will be recorded so it can be used for a reference in the future. You and your representative will receive a copy of the decision made.

Disagreeing with the hearing decision

After the hearing, if you still disagree with the SSI decision made, then you can ask for an Appeals Council review. You can submit new evidence as a part of this appeal.

Source: SSA, "Understanding Supplemental Security Income Appeals Process -- 2017 Edition," accessed Dec. 22, 2017

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