DI 25505.040 Notice to Claimant of Medical Deferment
A. When medical deferment is necessary:
Send a notice to the claimant and, if appropriate, to the claimant’s representative that:
explains the 12-month duration requirement;
discusses the recent date of the impairment(s) onset; and
states the month, day, and year for which you need evidence in order to make a determination.
For a sample letter on notifying the claimant of medical deferment, see NL 00705.755.
REMINDER: When you defer a claim, place a copy of the notice in the case file (electronic or paper) and notify the field office of the deferment by posting a message in eView.
B. It may not be advisable to send a notice to the claimant of medical deferment when:
an investigation unit (IU) for fraud is investigating the case; or
notifying the claimant could cause him or her undue stress. (In this case, you should send the letter to the third party or representative.)