Initial applications for Disability Insurance Benefits, Disabled Widow(er) Benefits
or Childhood Disability Benefits are applications for all benefits to which the claimant
may be eligible. Unless the claimant is advised in writing of his or her entitlement
or non-entitlement to these benefits, the application remains open for entitlement
to benefits at a later date.
To eliminate potential problems with open-ended applications, include a special paragraph
developed for all initial Title II and escalated notices.
This paragraph is automatically added to systems-generated award and denial notices
and also automatically added to the all-purpose Title II denial notice.
If DDS cannot use the Title II all-purpose denial notice and instead, manually prepares
a Title II denial notice, DDS must include paragraph 314 in all situations (e.g.,
when two claims are processed concurrently, or if a Retirement Insurance Benefit (RIB)
claim is pending).