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How to Read, Understand, and Follow Up on the Reconsideration Determination

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

537. How to Read, Understand, and Follow Up on the Reconsideration Determination

The reconsideration determination will look similar to the initial determination. It states whether or not the claimant is disabled, and will briefly list the evidence considered in making the determination. If the claimant is found "disabled," go on to Chapter 6 through Chapter 7, for an explanation of how to work with SSA to get the claimant's benefits processed. If the claimant is found "not disabled," advocates should work with them to file a second appeal. This appeal is called a "Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)."

Last Revised: Jan. 22, 2008

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