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What is Reconsideration?

Definition of Reconsideration

Reconsideration is the first step in the Social Security Disability appeals process. It is available for both Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income claimants who have been denied benefits at the initial application level (some states have suspended the reconsideration stage and allow claimants to move directly to the Social Security Disability hearing level). Reconsiderations can be initiated within 60 days from the date of the initial Social Security Disability denial letter. The request forms are known as the Request for Reconsideration and the Reconsideration Report. Social Security Disability claimants who fail to initiate the Reconsideration within the specified time frame will have to start the process again at the initial application level (good cause exemptions to this rule exist). Reconsiderations are currently denied at an 80-85% rate. Social Security Disability claimants who are denied Social Security Disability benefits at the reconsideration level will have 60 days from the date of the reconsideration denial letter to appeal the denial decision and request a Social Security Disability hearing. Claimants who fail to request a hearing within the specified time period will have to initiate a new Social Security Disability claim by filing a new Social Security Disability application.

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