Legal The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the one that handles the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. As such, the federal agency is also in-charge of making decisions on several claims being filed by SSI applicants. The said program looks at the applicants limited income and resources in order for him or her claim to be approved. However, the SSA also has the right to deny the applicant benefits if the income and resources are more than what the SSA set as a threshold. Then, the denied applicant is given the right to appeal under the following basis: The eligibility of the applicant to receive SSI payments The SSI payment amount The overpayment issue, whether the applicant is bound to repay or not The applicant who has been denied of the SSI claim at the initial stage of the application can start filing for an appeal on the day he or she received the SSAs letter of determination. If the applicant thinks he is eligible to receive benefits or disagrees with the amount which he is bound to receive, or does not feel he is at fault with the issue of overpayment, that person can file for an appeal. The applicant has within 60 days from the date he or she received the notice to file for an appeal. If he has filed within 10 days, he can still receive SSI payments; that is until the SSA decides on the appeal. The federal agency tells the applicant if he or she can still be allowed to receive SSI payments and benefits. To expedite the process of the appeal, the applicant can seek the help of a California disability lawyer. The appeals process always starts with the reconsideration stage, wherein the denied applicant can start filing an appeal within the abovementioned 60-day period. The applicant or his or her lawyer can request to have the claim reconsidered through writing and/or through the completion of the Request for Reconsideration form (SSA-561). Most likely, the applicant may be denied or may disagree with the SSAs decision on the first stage of the appeal. If it is so, he or she can file a petition before a disability hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ). At this point, the help of the California disability lawyer would be very important in trying to articulate to the judge the reasons why the applicant is eligible for SSI benefits. About the Author: – – – – – – – – – – 相关的主题文章: