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Is it true that if I do not respond to the first CDR letter from SS office -- then SS office would automaticly send me another one in 90 days, without any reprocussions ? It may depend on which office sent it to you. It could be your Field Office or it could be Wilkes Barre, but generally they resend after 4 months of non-receipt. HOWEVER, please don't feel comfortable laxxing off because of what their internal operations tell the to do - because they don't always follow that path and a denial will still be a denial you must appeal if they drop that ball. Moreover, you could miss the second mailing if the P.O. loses it, etc., and miss the boat on appealing altogether.
I tried to call the main SS office Main office?
after I have just received the CDR letter -- and the main office has no record of ever sending the letter. The main office suggested that I call local office -- but the local office does not take any phone calls! Many do not, so you will want to take a trip down there in person should you feel the need.
if I have questions on CDR -- then how to I go about it in my situation -- barring scheduling face to face meeting in the local office -- which also may not get me anywhere. Face to face is by far better than phone call. You can get paper proof you were there, right in your hand, including a copy of any paperwork completed while you were there - can't get that on the phone. Ideally, if you are having trouble understanding how to BEST accurately answer the questions, you would want an experienced SS attorney. However, you can have a staffer at your local office help as well. Just beware of the fact that it is a staffer at an agency seeking to save money, that is under-staffed, and under-budgeted - who may not have your success as a goal. Not that he/she would have your failure as a goal - but their would seem to be a possible conflict of interest. I have met staffers whose personal biases against disabled person would seem to make a job working with such individuals inappropriate for him/her - yet their he is.
I presume that if I respond within 10 days after the first level of denial -- I would retian BOTH my SS disability and Medicare. Only if you ask to continue payments. Did they include instructions on that aspect? If not, include a letter specifying that - and mail it certified, RRR. Or if 10 days is upon you, hand deliver but get a stamped "filed" copy with date on it (bring spare copy for stamping).
However, if I lose after the first level of appeal -- then BOTH disability and Medicare benefits will be denied -- You would again appeal in a timely manner and request that they remain (If you are appealing for an ALJ hearing)(if it is appealing to the Appeals Council, you lose both, pending)
and if I win the second level of appeal -- then I would get the disability benefits back -- but what happends with the Medicare benefits? Should be the same - they are hand in hand.
Is there a way to get my a copy of my original submittal to SS office from 2 years ago -- which SS used as a basis to to put me on SS disability. Oh yes, you will ask for a copy of your file on CD. Put it in writing, mailed cert. rrr, and you can also go into your local office. Definitely want to do that.
I have some more questions -- but will ask via a separate question Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX that.