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SSI 101: An Overview

SSI: Appeals If Your Claim Is Denied

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If your claim for SSI is denied, you have a right to appeal.

The first level of appeal in most of the country is known as "Reconsideration."

There is a different procedure in Alabama, Alaska, California (Los Angeles area), Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York (Albany and Brooklyn areas), and Pennsylvania. (To learn more about the procedure in those states, see: Disability Redesign Prototype.)

The letter denying your application for SSDI will tell you:

  • The reason for the denial of your claim. As a general matter, the reason will be that you are not eligible financially or not eligible medically.
  • The procedure for appealing the decision.
  • The deadline for filing the appeal. Social Security allows 60 days following a denial to file for Reconsideration.

It is generally worth appealing. You can maximize your chances of getting an approval. To learn more, see: Reconsideration.

If after reviewing your additional evidence, your claim is still denied, you have a right to appeal to an Administrative Law Judge. To learn more, including whether you should hire a representative to help with the case, see: Administrative Law Judge.

If the ALJ turns down your claim, you have a right to appeal to The Appeals Council. To learn more, see: Appealing From An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) DecisionAppeals Council.

If the Appeals Council turns you down, you can go to Federal Court.

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