We have looked at your case and have determined that this Ruling does not apply to your prior claim.
WHY THIS RULING DOES NOT APPLY TO YOUR CLAIM
This Ruling does not apply to your prior claim because:
_______The date of the notice of the final decision on your prior claim is not within the period from September 30, 1997 (the date of the court decision) through May 31, 1998 (the day before publication of the Ruling).
_______The claim was not under the same title of the Social Security Act as an earlier disability claim.
_______The claim did not involve deciding whether you were disabled during a period different than the period covered by a decision on an earlier disability claim.
_______There was no prior decision by an Administrative Law Judge or the Appeals Council on an earlier disability claim under the same title of the Social Security Act that evaluated the medical or other evidence and decided whether you are disabled.
You did not reside within the Sixth Circuit (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio or Tennessee) at the time of the decision on your claim of (date).
We Did Not Decide If You Are Currently Disabled
It is important for you to know that we did not make a decision about whether you are currently disabled. We only decided whether your prior claim is covered by this Ruling. If you think you are disabled now, you should file a new application at any Social Security Office.
If You Have Any Questions
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