SSA IS EXTENDING DEADLINES DURING COVID-19
SSA LETTER EXTENDING DEADLINES DURING COVID-19
If you received a letter from the SSA about extending deadlines during COVID-19, you may have some concerns. Do not worry. During this pandemic, the SSA is extending deadlines for requests for information, evidence, or call-in letters whenever possible. The SSA will not take an adverse action because you did not respond to their request or provide evidence. They cannot make a decision in your case, however, until they have all the evidence they need in your file.
CONSULTATIVE EXAMINATIONS ARE POSTPONED
The SSA is also extending the time limits to appeal decisions. If the SSA needs a Consultative Examination to obtain additional evidence, they will place your claim on hold until they are able to safely schedule appointments. Do not let this worry you. You will still have a visit with their doctor. This is a temporary measure. CDL believes this will only delay a decision in your claim by a matter of weeks.
CONTINUING DISABILITY REVIEWS ARE ALSO POSTPONED
Additionally, the SSA has announced heat they are temporarily suspending work on continuing disability reviews and appeals for continuing disability reviews. Therefore, if you are undergoing a continuing disability review, you can also expect a delay in your case.
Meanwhile, despite these delays, it is important to be patient. The SSA remains open and has not shut down, unlike other governmental agencies or private businesses. They continue to move forward, making decisions on cases, and holding hearings (although not in-person). We believe the SSA has is responsibly approaching this pandemic. They are concerned about your case. Likewise, we are also concerned and continue to monitor the SSA’s actions. We also remain open, working on your case.
DIRECT YOUR CONCERNS TO CANNON DISABILITY LAW
If you are worried about your case, contact Cannon Disability Law. We are working on your case. Also, we are developing the medical evidence and preparing clients for their upcoming hearings. If you have medical evidence to submit, submit it to us through email. You can send evidence through our contact page. Also, you can contact our office to help you submit evidence. As always, you can apply for benefits online at www.ssa.gov.
We are here for you. If you need to file an application or appeal an unfavorable determination, contact us. You can call us directly. Or, you can contact us on this website under our contact page. We are returning all calls within a one day time period. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this difficult time.