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Topic 8: Disability Benefits -- The administrative process

A. Background - The overall adjudication process =>

  • The scale
  • The steps:
    • Initial determination
    • Reconsidered determination
    • ALJ hearing
    • Appeals Council review
    • Judicial review
  • Time limits

B. Background - Starting over =>

  • Reapplying versus reopening
  • Administrative res judicata

C. Background - Appeals =>

  • ALJ hearings
  • Appeals Council review
  • Proposed changes in the process

D. Approaching the readings =>

E. Some illustrative and problem situations =>

F. Framework for discussion =>

G. Discussion =>

  • Course discussion of this topic will begin on March 5. You should have made your submission on this topic and be ready to join in at that point.
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