TN 14 (02-10)
CITATIONS: Social Security Act - Sections 223(g) and 1631(a)(7) ; Regulations - 20 CFR 404.1597 - 404.1597a and 416.995 - 416.996
Congress enacted a benefit continuation statute to help prevent financial hardship
to beneficiaries who appeal a medical cessation determination.
Operationally, the field office (FO) is the focal point and is responsible for processing
statutory benefit continuation cases after the adverse medical determination has been
Option for continuation of benefits during appeal applies to:
Medical improvement determinations for Title II made after January 11, 1983.
NOTE: Section 5102 of P.L. 101-508, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, made
benefit continuation a permanent provision.
Medical improvement determinations for Title XVI made after October 1984. See SI 02301.300.
DI 12027.000, Statutory Benefit Continuation (SBC).
DI 28080.110, Disability Determination Services (DDS) Processing of Medical Cessation Cases –
DI 28080.115, Disability Determination Services (DDS) Special Situations.