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ladylove

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DISABILITY
« on: May 28, 2017, 12:28:18 PM »
AFTER A JUDGE VERBAL APPROVE YOU FOR DISABILITY, HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THE REWARD LETTER. THE JUDGE TOLD ME HE WAS GOING TO APPROVE ME ON THE 28TH OF FEBRUARY.

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Re: DISABILITY
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2017, 02:06:06 PM »
The usual time frame is 30-90 days. The ALJ making the decision is only one step. The Decision Writers have to write the decision. There is no way of knowing how many times  the case might have to be sent back to the writers for errors. Then the ALJ has to sign it. Then it has to be processed and sent out in the mail.
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Re: DISABILITY
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2017, 04:54:30 PM »
I was approved at my hearing; approval letter was dated 13 days later. There's no way to tell.

Incidentally, 62 days (or so) later from approval letter date, and I still have not received award letter or payment.
« Last Edit: May 29, 2017, 08:13:44 PM by SFVLance »
Los Angeles, CA

Short Version: Filed in June 2012 at age 46; major depression + general anxiety. Denied all the way through. Fed district court remanded, 2nd hearing delayed twice (11 months total delay). Bench approval at remand hearing in March 2017. Took six months to receive most of back pay.

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Re: DISABILITY
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2017, 06:32:23 PM »
Hope you get your letter and payment soon, SFVLance!

Just wondering: What is the difference between an "approval" letter and an "award letter." Also, what is a "benefits" letter. Newbie here :)

Thanks if someone can shed some light when they can  :Happy19:

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Re: DISABILITY
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2017, 07:09:46 PM »
Hope you get your letter and payment soon, SFVLance!

Just wondering: What is the difference between an "approval" letter and an "award letter." Also, what is a "benefits" letter. Newbie here :)

Thanks if someone can shed some light when they can  :Happy19:

If approved at the initial or reconsideration letter, the approval letter and the award letter are a single document that basically say you are approved & these are the benefits you will receive  (monthly & backpay).

But at the ALJ level (or above), you would get an approval letter explaining why the case was allowed from the ALJ.  Then, several weeks to months later you get award/benefit letter basically explaining what your monthly benefit is & an explanation of the amount of backpay.

You can also get a benefit verification letter from SSA (online or the office) that states your monthly benefit amount if you need income verification (like applying for a mortgage or another benefit program).  Obviously, you can also use your award letter but months or years later you may need an updated document.
« Last Edit: May 29, 2017, 08:26:10 PM by Helper »

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Re: DISABILITY
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2017, 07:53:54 PM »
Thanks, Helper!
I'm going to try and get to a SSA office near me and get a copy of my brother's letter. I have a concern that it will itemize his medical conditions that he was approved for. He has a very difficult time seeing his diagnostic labels in print or even spoken for various reasons due to his paranoia and I want to be prepared to alleviate his concerns ahead of time if I can.

Sorry, ladylove. I didn't mean to hijack your thread. Hoping your reward letter comes soon! Waiting is so nerve-racking.

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Re: DISABILITY
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2017, 08:28:14 PM »
Thanks, Helper!
I'm going to try and get to a SSA office near me and get a copy of my brother's letter. I have a concern that it will itemize his medical conditions that he was approved for. He has a very difficult time seeing his diagnostic labels in print or even spoken for various reasons due to his paranoia and I want to be prepared to alleviate his concerns ahead of time if I can.

Sorry, ladylove. I didn't mean to hijack your thread. Hoping your reward letter comes soon! Waiting is so nerve-racking.

The "good news" is that initial level (& reconsideration) approval letters do not tell you why you were approved.  So, it will not list his diagnosis(es) or the medical records used for the decision.  ALJ level decisions are more detailed & have all the rationale.

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Re: DISABILITY
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2017, 08:51:35 PM »
That is good news for me and him!
Thanks, Helper! One less thing for me to worry about and juggle.

 

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