TN 47 (08-96)

DI 42586.070 Post-DDS Readjudication Considerations -- Stieberger

A. Policy — general

1. Fully favorable determinations

If the class member is disabled throughout the DEVELOPMENT PERIOD, and he/ she remains disabled, the DDS prepares a fully favorable allowance/ continuation determination. The determination is fully favorable for Stieberger reopening purposes, even though the onset is later than the original AOD.

Payment is made for the PAYMENT PERIOD, and, if all factors of eligibility continue to be met, from the end of the PAYMENT PERIOD through the present.

2. Partially favorable determinations

Partially favorable determinations include closed periods and onset dates established later than the earliest possible Stieberger ONSET.

If the DDS cannot establish disability for part of the period developed, it will establish an actual onset when certain conditions are met (see DI 42586.055D.2). When the DDS establishes an actual onset, regular title II and title XVI rules are used to determine the first month of payment.

3. Affirmations

The DDS sends fully unfavorable decisions to the FO for retention during the appeals period. The DDS prepares and releases the notice to the class member and his/her representative.

4. Appeals

Unfavorable and partially favorable Stieberger determinations are appealed to the ALJ level.

5. Tolerances

Tolerances have been established for developing work activity (see DI 42586.075) in title II and title XVI initial entitlement and in title II continuing eligibility determinations (See DI 12586.070) and for title XVI nonmedical factors of eligibility (See DI 12586.080).

6. Auxiliaries

Protective filing for auxiliaries is the earliest of:

  • the date of the earliest SSA-16 within the Stieberger period (10/1/81 - 9/2/92) on which the auxiliary was mentioned, or;

  • the date the Stieberger supplement was signed.

7. DDS adjusts onset

If the DDS cannot find the class member disabled for part of the DEVELOPMENT PERIOD and certain other conditions are met (see DI 42586.055D.2.), it establishes an actual rather than an administrative onset. When the DDS establishes an actual onset date (i.e., a date other than the Stieberger ONSET proposed by the FO on the summary sheet), regular rules will be used to determine the first month of payment.

8. Suspension, deduction, offset

Prisoner suspense months are excluded from the PAYMENT PERIOD. (See DI 42586.065C.).

Workers Compensation (See DI 52101.001); Windfall Offset (See GN 02610.005 - GN 02610.022) apply during the Stieberger PAYMENT PERIOD as do other non-prisoner suspension and deduction criteria.

9. Work activity

Work activity after 11/30/91 is developed (see DI 12586.070); work prior to 12/01/91 will not be counted for purposes of assessing trial work months or for purposes of imposing SGA suspensions or terminations. Any such work is meaningful only in assessing the Stieberger claim for allowance or denial; i.e., work activity before 12/01/91 does not count against a trial work period, etc. NOTE: This restriction does not apply to work performed while a person was on the rolls (e.g., based on a later claim) that was already counted as trial work or SGA.

Beneficiaries who are currently entitled based on subsequent claims may be affected as a result of counting trial work months which occur after 11/30/ 91.

10. Termination and reentitlement

Beneficiaries who are currently entitled based on subsequent claims may be adversely affected as a result of counting trial work months after 11/30/ 91. In order to avoid large retroactive overpayments, when development results in termination for SGA after the PAYMENT PERIOD ends, protect the filing date for a new claim as of the date of SSA's receipt of the request for Stieberger review.

In such cases, the FO prepares an SSA-833 cessation determination and returns the case to the DDS to establish a new period of disability. These are separate period