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If someone's denial letter goes past the 60 day mark, would you just begin a new application? in Appeals
Generally, an applicant is required to appeal within 60 days (+5 days for mailing) from the date of the denial letter. However, SSA considers "Good Cause" for late filing. They will often accept the appeal request late for someone who is experiencing homelessness or has a serious mental illness...
I may be overthink this, but what date should I be using on the mock applications? Do I use today's date or do I use the most recent date listed on the case records? in Application Process
There are two different types of dates for the practice case: the date the forms are signed and the date of onset of disability. For the dates the forms are signed, you can use the general dates in the progress notes of when the forms were completed with the applicant. That said, no need to worry...
If the applicant is working at or above Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), is there a process that SSA can declare the applicant is disabled but on a non-pay status? in Disability Determination
No. SSA would find that the claimant is ineligible for disability benefits because they are able to work at or above SGA level. At Step 1 of the Sequential Evaluation, the applicant would be found ineligible for benefits which includes both cash and health insurance.
Please explain what is considered skilled and unskilled work. in Disability Determination
A SKILL is the knowledge of the principles and the processes of a job and the ability to apply them in practice in a proper and approved way. Examples of a skill are making precise measurements, reading blueprints, setting up and operating complex machinery. SSA will determine the claimant’s skill...