TN 13 (06-09)

NL 00705.266 Reopening 14 - Change in Basis – Blind to Disabled – Title XVI

NOTE: This situation does not provide for statutory benefit continuation or Goldberg/Kelly payment continuation. Therefore, a pre-determination notice would have to be sent first. Follow the procedure in DI 27525.005 before sending a final determination and this notice.


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We are writing to you about your Supplemental Security Income payments. We recently looked at (1) claim again to see if our decision was correct. We did this because we got more information on (2) case. After carefully reviewing all of the information, we find that (3) not meet our blindness requirements, but (4) meet our disability requirements.



(1) your/claimant name (possessive)

(2) your/his/her

(3) you do/he does/she does

(4) you do/he does/she does




This Change Could Affect You

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be different for blind people than for disabled people. For example:

  • Work does not affect a blind person’s medical eligibility for SSI. But it does affect a disabled person’s medical eligibility.

  • In some States, a blind person may get more money in his or her payment.

  • Also, we do not count certain income when we figure a blind person’s payment.


Because the rules can be different, __ (1)__ SSI payment may change now or in the future. We will send you another letter if __ (2)__ payment will change.



(1) your/claimant’s name (possessive)

(2) your/his/her


If the predetermination due process notice included complete and sufficient personalized language per, and no changes are needed to the personalized explanation (e.g., no new evidence was submitted that needed to be addressed), there is no need to repeat the personalized language in this reopening determination notice. Otherwise, Enter the Personalized Disability Explanation (PDE) language per DI 26530.020 and DI 26530.055, including a list of the evidence, an explanation of what the evidence shows, and the detailed, personalized reasons for the determination. For additional guidance, see DI 27536.015 Reopening of Prior Determination. If merged text is not used, use paragraph 4041, “We have enclosed a page that gives you more details about how we made the decision on your case.” (See Paragraphs Used in Notices NL 00708.100).


If concurrent claims are involved, include paragraph 841:

This decision refers only to (1) Supplemental Security Income payments. (2) will get a separate letter about (3) Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.



(1) your/claimant’s name (possessive)

(2) You/He/She

(3) your/his/her



Who Decided (1) Case



(1) Your/His/Her


If DDS disability determination:

Doctors and other trained staff looked at this case and made this decision. They work for the State but used rules.


If federal disability determination:

Our doctors and other trained staff looked at this case and made this decision.


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If You Disagree With The Decision


If you disagree with this decision, you have the right to appeal. We will review __(1)__ case and consider any new facts you have. A person who did not make the first decision will decide __(2)__ case. We will review those parts of the decision that you believe are wrong and will look at any new facts you have. We may also review those parts that you believe are correct and may make them unfavorable or less favorable to __(3)__.


  • You have 60 days to ask for an appeal in writing.

  • The 60 days start the day after you get this letter. We assume you got this letter 5 days after the date on it unless you show us that you did not get it within the 5-day period.

  • You must have a good reason for waiting more than 60 days to ask for an appeal.

  • You have to ask for an appeal in writing. We will ask you to complete a form SSA-789-U4, called “Request for Reconsideration – Disability Cessation – Right to Appear.” Contact one of our offices if you want help.



(1) your/claimant name (possessive)

(2) your/his/her

(3) you/him/her



How An Appeal Works


A Disability Hearing Officer (DHO) will decide your appeal. We will call this person a DHO in the rest of our letter. The DHO will meet with you before making the decision on your appeal. The meeting works like this:


  • The DHO will write you about the time and place for the meeting.

  • You can look at your file before the meeting.

  • You can tell the DHO why you think you are still blind. You can give the DHO more facts and you can bring people to say why they think you are still blind.

  • You can have the DHO ask people to come to the meeting and bring important papers. You can question these people at the meeting.

  • You do not have to go to the meeting in person. If you do not want to go, you can give the DHO more facts you may have. The DHO will decide your case using these facts, and what is now in your file. But if you go to the meeting, it may help the DHO decide your case.



If You Want Help With Your Appeal


You can have a friend, representative, or someone else help you. There are groups that can help you find a representative or give you free legal services if you qualify. There also are representatives who do not charge unless you win your appeal. Your local Social Security office has a list of groups that can help you with your appeal.


If you get someone to help you, please let us know. If you hire someone, we must approve the fee before he or she can collect it.



If You Have Any Questions


If you have any questions, please call us toll free at 1-800-772-1213, or call your local Social Security office at [FO phone number from DOORS. We can answer most questions over the phone. You can also write or visit any Social Security office. The office that serves your area is located at:



              [Field Office Address

               City, State, ZIP] per DOORS


If you do call or visit an office, please have this letter with you. It will help us answer your questions. Also, if you plan to visit an office, you may call ahead to make an appointment. This will help us serve you more quickly.


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