A claimant, who is dissatisfied either with a reconsideration or revised reconsideration
determination, or with an initial determination in a prototype state, may request
a hearing before an ALJ. A claimant may submit a request for a hearing by walk-in,
mail, fax, email, or internet.
If the field office (FO) interviews a claimant who submits a request for a hearing,
it explains the hearing process and explains that if he or she appeals, the Social
Security Administration (SSA) can review all issues, including those decided favorably.
This means that the claimant’s disability status may change from “disabled” to “not
disabled”. SSA may also find that the established onset date (EOD) may be the same,
earlier, or later than the EOD established in the reconsideration determination or
in the initial determination if a prototype state handled the claim. See DI 25501.260 Establishing the Established Onset Date (EOD) in Reconsideration and Appeal Claims.
The FO obtains form HA 501-U5 (Request for Hearing By Administrative Law Judge) or
completes the request on the Modernized Claim System (MCS) or the Modernized Supplemental
Security Income Claims System (MISSICS) unless a hearing was requested informally
by letter or other correspondence, or the request was made using the iAppeals process.
GN 03103.010 The Hearing Process
DI 20101.020 Social Security Administration (SSA) Jurisdiction for Hearing Cases
DI 81010.150 Processing Claims Appeals of Medical Decisions in Electronic Disability Collect System
DI 81010.155 Processing Subsequent Claims or Appeals Filed While a Prior Claim or Appeal is Pending
at the Appeals Council (AC).
GN 03101.125– iAppeals – General and Title II Instructions
SI 04005.035 iAppeals - Title XVI