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Reconsideration of a SSI determination

There are many reasons why people in New Jersey are unable to work. It could be because of an unexpected injury or illness, an impairment since birth and many other reasons. People in situations like this may be able to receive Social Security benefits of some sort, but it depends on how long they have been unable to work. If it is an impairment the person has suffered since birth, they may not have worked long enough to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, but they could be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

To receive these benefits, the person must apply. The application process can be daunting and requires a lot of specific medical information. The application is then reviewed by the Social Security Administration to determine whether the person is eligible for SSI. If the information provided does not meet the requirements, the person may be denied.

This does not end the process though. Within 60 days of receiving the determination, a person can request a reconsideration. There are three different types of reviews.

The first is a case review, and it is only available for determinations regarding the medical aspects of the initial determination. The person can submit additional evidence and it, along with the original application, will go through an independent review.

There is also an informal conference available for medical aspects as well, where the applicant can bring witnesses to testify and to present evidence. The last is a formal conference, but this is only available for those challenging a determination about a termination or reduction of SSI. At a formal conference, people can subpoena witnesses who may not be willing to appear on their own.

Many people apply for SSI in New Jersey, and some of them are denied after an initial review. People may ask for a reconsideration though. Through this process, they may be able to introduce additional evidence that they may have left out in the initial application and end up being eligible for benefits. It is important to understand the law to ensure the one receives the benefits they deserve.

Source: SSA.gov, "Social Security Handbook ยง 2192," accessed on April 4, 2017

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