Travel by applicants, beneficiaries, recipients, and other authorized individuals such as representatives and reasonably necessary unsubpoenaed witnesses.
Witnesswhose presence and testimony the disability hearings officer determines necessary
for a fair hearing.
Costs associated with the above individuals' travel and subsistence expenses in connection
with attending medical examinations or disability hearings.
Travel costs which include ordinary expensesof travel by public or private transportation as well as unusualcosts made necessary by special circumstances.
Travel by common carrier (air, rail, or bus), privately owned vehicles, commercially
rented vehicles, and other special conveyances.
Includes, but is not limited to: ambulance services, attendant services, meals, lodging,
Consultative examinations (CE)and medical/vocational work evaluations (workshops).
Includes the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa,
and the Virgin Islands.
Applicant travel costsincurred by individuals in pursuit of claimsfor Social Security benefits may be paid by the State agency and are properly chargeable to SSA.
The cost of travel shall not exceed that of the most economical and expeditious meansof transportation appropriate to the individual's health condition.
Airtravel payment is limited to coachfare between the points involved, unless the use of first class accommodations is
required for health reasons or lack of alternative accommodations. Use of first class accommodationsrequires advanceState agency authorization.
Reimbursement is limited to travel within the United States.
Travel will be paid to and from a hearing only if the distance from a person's home or office (whichever he or she travels from) to the hearing
site exceeds 75 miles,each way.
NOTE:When travel exceeds 75 miles, the expenses for the first 75 miles of travel are also
reimbursable. The 75-mile rule does not apply to travel to medical examinations.
Subpoenaed Witnessesmay be reimbursed for travel expenses regardless of the distance traveled to the hearing
site. They will be paid the same fees and all allowances they would receive if they
had been subpoenaed by a Federal district court.
If a change in the locationof the hearing is made at the claimant's request, from the location the State agency selected, to one farther from the claimant's residence
or office, the additional travel expenses of the claimants, his representative or unsubpoenaed witnesses will not be reimbursed.