The many online wonders the SSA has made available for we the consumer... quite a bit! https://blog.ssa.gov/social-securitys-many-online-services/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery Request a replacement Social Security number or Medicare card. Get personalized retirement benefit estimates. Get estimates for spouse’s benefits. Print proof that you do not receive benefits. Check your application or appeal status. Read your Social Security Statement.
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When to actually trigger a filed application doesn't seem like an actual issue. Or does it? Is soonest always better than later? Here is one such consideration I go through when I evaluate what is best for my client's case in terms of, is sooner better. If you just stopped working, will there be available medical evidence showing, if necessary, that something happened between the months before when you were able to work full time and were doing so, (despite any impairments
A "Medically Determinable Impairment" (MDI) - § 404.1521. Establishing that you have a medically determinable impairment(s). If you are not doing substantial gainful activity, we will then determine whether you have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) (see § 404.1520(a)(4)(ii)). Your impairment(s) must result from anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities that can be shown by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic
The SSA made a video, now on You Tube, in 2014, to better give people the basics of what happens in the SSD/SSI process. Take a look see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvQFbwq4dNA&list=PLGSYaZN04xzFCoEqDlY3n7xgWLh55vvDh