Disability

If We Denied Your Application, You Can Appeal Online

July 18, 2016 • By

Last Updated: July 18, 2016

q markSocial Security offers you many options to conduct business with us online. Far gone are the days when you needed to visit our offices or call us on the phone to appeal a denial of your disability benefits. Now you can file an appeal online, even if you live outside of the United States!

The online appeals application is simple, convenient, and secure, guiding you through every step of the process. From outlining your rights to an appeal, to publications on the appeals process, a fair review of your Social Security case is right at your fingertips. The online application even allows you to upload supporting documentation, like treatments, doctors, and medical reports, as well as an option to save your submissions.

Submitting all the necessary documents will save time and can help return a faster decision. Here are some things you’ll need when ready to submit an appeal:

  • Doctors, hospitals, medical treatments, and tests since you last gave us medical information;
  • Medicines you are currently taking; and
  • Changes in your medical conditions, daily activities, work, and education.

You can learn more about our appeals process by reading our publication Your Right To Question The Decision Made On Your Claim.

Social Security is constantly looking for ways to make our services accessible and readily available when you need them. It’s part of our commitment to delivering world-class service to you and providing you with more options, like an online appeal, to conduct your Social Security business.

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Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications

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  1. Cynthia S.

    my name is Cynthia, I have been on Social Security Disability since2000 I am now 63 can I go on Medacare or what ever you go on when you reach retirement age 65 can you go on it at 63? I have part A need to get parts B and D and a suplement can.will my monthly checks stay the same or will it go down? I dont have a clue what to do first. can I enroll over the internet? or go to a office was wondering if I could go at 63? need answers Please

    • Ray F.

      Hi Cynthia. Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older. However, Individuals can become eligible for Medicare benefits after they receive disability benefits for 24 months. We start counting the 24 months from the month they were entitled to receive disability, not the month when you received your first check. In 2016, the standard Part B premium amount is $121.80 (or higher depending on your income). However, most people who get Social Security benefits will continue to pay the same Part B premium amount as they paid in 2015, which is $104.90. Generally, the premium amount is deducted from your monthly benefit payment. For security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this venue. Please contact the local Social Security office or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for further assistance and an explanation. Thanks.

  2. Dave G.

    If an application was denied and it has been longer than 60 days can we still file an appeal or would we have to start from the beginning?
    Also, if we have lost the decision paperwork how would we go about getting another copy of the paperwork?
    Thank you,
    Dave

    • Ray F.

      Hi Dave. Generally, you must make your request for an appeal within 60 days from the date you received your notice of denial. We assume you receive the denial letter five days after the date on the letter. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 to request a copy of the letter and to discuss your case before deciding to file a new claim. Representatives are available between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday but you will generally have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day, or later in the week.

  3. Lindora

    My attorney told me that SS would pay me from my first application (1999). I started receiving my SSDI benefits in 2012 not back paying from1999. Where do I send documents to? Will the SS payments stop while research is going on? Also, I have information from the Ticket to Work Programs. Hoping to get more WFH opportunities. Thank you!

    • Ray F.

      Hi Lindora. Please call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213, for assistance in your case. Representatives are available between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, you will generally have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day, or later in the week. Thanks.

  4. Lindora

    My sttorney told me that SS would pay me from my first application (1999). I started receiving my SSDI benefits in 2012 not back paying from1999. Where do I send documents to? Will the SS payments stop while research is going on? Also, I have information from the Ticket to Work Programs. Hoping to get more WFH opportunities. Thank you!

  5. tony

    This is my experience in the military. When you are exiting the military and you have a behavior problem, they send you to the behavior analysis. They give you the MMPI test. They are quick to diagnose you with a mental disorder. I told them I did not understand the question and there was nothing wrong with me. When there is nothing wrong with you, you might get a general discharge or a bad conduct discharge.

    The others who blame their behavior on mental illness get a medical discharge and freeloader off 100% VA disability benefits. Crappy military service gets rewarded with 100% VA disability benefits.

  6. tony

    When someone retires with a $40K+ private retirement pension and gets approved for another $20K+ Social Security disability benefit, then they are probably not disabled at home. They will be living the good life on vacation, entertainment, sport, etc. You are not going to see them need any help with their daily activities. These people with very large private pension are the ones you should investigate. It took the SSA forever to catch onto the New York police and firemen.

  7. tony

    Those VA psychologist/psychiatrist will diagnose veterans with a severe mental illness just to keep their job and for job security. If they are seeing a bunch of patients, then they won’t get fired.

    There was a veteran who stole $1.5 million in VA benefits and $133,000 from Social Security.
    https://oig.ssa.gov/audits-and-investigations/investigations/april27-paulsen-sentence

    This is reason why it is harder for veterans. The SSA OIG has caught a bunch of veterans. Veterans are a bunch of fakers too.

  8. Harry

    Why is it that you basically have to be near death to earn disability? Maybe to some…
    But!? A Veteran! Countless veterans have disability that your can’t see. I have met numerous battle buddies and veterans at the Community Base Outpatient Clinic that are suffering from Depression, Mental Mood Disorder and Chronic Stress Disorder…PTSD. The Veterans fought for you so can enjoy the Freedom. I am one of the Veterans that was denied for disability. I had contributed for over 40 years.

  9. tony

    Will the SSA ever reform the disability system or just let freeloaders collect that free disability money.

    • bob g.

      Tony: May I ask your level of experience in the disability program?

  10. tony

    A single person applying for SSI can only have $2000 in resources. The appeal process takes two years. These people are no getting Section 8, but living at the same address for two years.

    They claim that they are paying all the rent, utilities, and food themselves for two years to get the maximum amount of SSI.

    These people get away with hiding resources and the tax payers have to support the freeloaders.

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