Form SSA-561-U2 Request for Reconsideration

What Is Form SSA-561-U2?

Form SSA-561-U2, Request for Reconsideration is a form used for appealing the decision the Social Security Administration (SSA) made regarding a benefit request. This form is used instead of making an appeal online. By using the form - also known as the SSA Form 561 - a claimant can appeal a denial of disability benefits, argue for special veterans benefits or dispute a recalculation of benefits.

The latest version of this form was issued by the SSA in December 2016. An SSA-561 fillable form is available for download and digital filing below. If the claimant is outside of the U.S, they can obtain the form from the nearest U.S. Social Security office, U.S. Embassy or consulate.

The SSA Request for Reconsideration should be filed within 60 days from the date the claimant received a denial notice. The SSA leaves 5 days for mailing and they must receive the form in 65 days after the denial. If the request was sent later than 60 days after the denial, the form will not be accepted and processed.

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Form SSA-561-U2 (12-2016) uf (12-2016)
Page 1 of 4
Prior Edition May Be Used Until Exhausted
OMB No. 0960-0622
Social Security Administration
REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION
NAME OF CLAIMANT:
CLAIMANT SSN:
CLAIM NUMBER:
(If different than SSN)
ISSUE BEING APPEALED: (Specify if retirement, disability, hospital or medical, SSI, SVB, overpayment, etc.)
I do not agree with the Social Security Administration's (SSA) determination and request reconsideration.
My reasons are:
(SSI)
(SVB)
SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME
OR SPECIAL VETERANS BENEFITS
RECONSIDERATION ONLY
THREE WAYS TO APPEAL
I want to appeal your determination about my claim for SSI or SVB. I have read about the three ways to appeal.
I have checked the box below:
CASE REVIEW - You can pick this kind of appeal in all cases. You can give us more facts to add to your file.
Then we will decide your case again. You do not meet with the person who decides your case.
INFORMAL CONFERENCE - You can pick this kind of appeal in all SSI cases except for medical issues. In
SVB cases, you can pick this kind of appeal only if we are stopping or lowering your SVB payment. You will
meet with a person who will decide your case. You can tell that person why you think you are right. You can give us
more facts to help prove you are right. You can bring other people to help explain your case.
FORMAL CONFERENCE - You can pick this kind of appeal only if we are stopping or lowering your SSI or
SVB payment. This meeting is like an informal conference, but we can also get people to come in and help prove
you are right. We can do this even if they do not want to help you. You can question these people at your meeting.
CONTACT INFORMATION
CLAIMANT SIGNATURE - OPTIONAL:
NAME OF CLAIMANT'S REPRESENTATIVE: (If any)
MAILING ADDRESS:
MAILING ADDRESS:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP CODE:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP CODE:
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
DATE:
(Include area code)
DATE:
(Include area code)
TO BE COMPLETED BY SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
1. HAS INITIAL DETERMINATION
FIELD OFFICE DEVELOPMENT (GN 03102.300)
Yes
No
BEEN MADE?
NO FURTHER DEVELOPMENT REQUIRED
2. IS THIS REQUEST FILED TIMELY?
Yes
No
REQUIRED DEVELOPMENT ATTACHED
(If "NO", attach claimant's explanation for delay.
REQUIRED DEVELOPMENT PENDING, WILL
Refer to GN 03102.125)
FORWARD OR ADVISE STATUS WITHIN 30 DAYS
SSI CASES ONLY - GOLDBERG KELLY (GK)
SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE ADDRESS AND DATE
(SI 02301.310) RECIPIENT APPEALED AN ADVERSE
APPEAL RECEIVED:
ACTION:
WITHIN 10 DAYS AFTER RECEIVING THE
ADVANCE NOTICE;
AFTER THE 10-DAY PERIOD AND GOOD CAUSE
EXISTS FOR EXTENDING THE TIME LIMIT
PAYMENT CONTINUATION APPLIES AND INPUT
MADE TO SYSTEM
NOTE: Take or mail the completed original to your local Social Security office, the Veterans Affairs Regional Office in
Manila, or any U.S. Foreign Service post and keep a copy for your records.
Claims Folder
Form SSA-561-U2 (12-2016) uf (12-2016)
Page 1 of 4
Prior Edition May Be Used Until Exhausted
OMB No. 0960-0622
Social Security Administration
REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION
NAME OF CLAIMANT:
CLAIMANT SSN:
CLAIM NUMBER:
(If different than SSN)
ISSUE BEING APPEALED: (Specify if retirement, disability, hospital or medical, SSI, SVB, overpayment, etc.)
I do not agree with the Social Security Administration's (SSA) determination and request reconsideration.
My reasons are:
(SSI)
(SVB)
SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME
OR SPECIAL VETERANS BENEFITS
RECONSIDERATION ONLY
THREE WAYS TO APPEAL
I want to appeal your determination about my claim for SSI or SVB. I have read about the three ways to appeal.
I have checked the box below:
CASE REVIEW - You can pick this kind of appeal in all cases. You can give us more facts to add to your file.
Then we will decide your case again. You do not meet with the person who decides your case.
INFORMAL CONFERENCE - You can pick this kind of appeal in all SSI cases except for medical issues. In
SVB cases, you can pick this kind of appeal only if we are stopping or lowering your SVB payment. You will
meet with a person who will decide your case. You can tell that person why you think you are right. You can give us
more facts to help prove you are right. You can bring other people to help explain your case.
FORMAL CONFERENCE - You can pick this kind of appeal only if we are stopping or lowering your SSI or
SVB payment. This meeting is like an informal conference, but we can also get people to come in and help prove
you are right. We can do this even if they do not want to help you. You can question these people at your meeting.
CONTACT INFORMATION
CLAIMANT SIGNATURE - OPTIONAL:
NAME OF CLAIMANT'S REPRESENTATIVE: (If any)
MAILING ADDRESS:
MAILING ADDRESS:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP CODE:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP CODE:
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
DATE:
(Include area code)
DATE:
(Include area code)
TO BE COMPLETED BY SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
1. HAS INITIAL DETERMINATION
FIELD OFFICE DEVELOPMENT (GN 03102.300)
Yes
No
BEEN MADE?
NO FURTHER DEVELOPMENT REQUIRED
2. IS THIS REQUEST FILED TIMELY?
Yes
No
REQUIRED DEVELOPMENT ATTACHED
(If "NO", attach claimant's explanation for delay.
REQUIRED DEVELOPMENT PENDING, WILL
Refer to GN 03102.125)
FORWARD OR ADVISE STATUS WITHIN 30 DAYS
SSI CASES ONLY - GOLDBERG KELLY (GK)
SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE ADDRESS AND DATE
(SI 02301.310) RECIPIENT APPEALED AN ADVERSE
APPEAL RECEIVED:
ACTION:
WITHIN 10 DAYS AFTER RECEIVING THE
ADVANCE NOTICE;
AFTER THE 10-DAY PERIOD AND GOOD CAUSE
EXISTS FOR EXTENDING THE TIME LIMIT
PAYMENT CONTINUATION APPLIES AND INPUT
MADE TO SYSTEM
NOTE: Take or mail the completed original to your local Social Security office, the Veterans Affairs Regional Office in
Manila, or any U.S. Foreign Service post and keep a copy for your records.
Claims Folder
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Form SSA-561-U2 (12-2016) uf (12-2016)
ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS THAT ARE INITIAL DETERMINATIONS
(See GN03101.070, GN03101.080, and SI04010.010)
Title XVI
NOTE: These lists cover the vast majority of
administrative actions that are initial
1. Eligibility for, or the amount of, Supplemental
determinations. However, they are not all
Security Income benefits;
inclusive.
2. Suspension, reduction, or termination of
Supplemental Security Income benefits;
Title II
3. Whether an overpayment of benefits must be
1. Entitlement or continuing entitlement to benefits;
repaid;
2. Reentitlement to benefits;
4. Whether payments will be made, on claimant's
3. The amount of benefit;
behalf to a representative payee, unless the
4. A recomputation of benefit;
claimant is under age 18, legally incompetent,
5. A reduction in disability benefits because benefits
or determined to be a drug addict or alcoholic;
under a worker's compensation law were also
5. Who will act as payee if we determine that
received;
representative payment will be made;
6. A deduction from benefits on account of work;
6. Imposing penalties for failing to report important
7. A deduction from disability benefits because of
information;
claimant's refusal to accept rehabilitation services;
7. Drug addiction or alcoholism;
8. Termination of benefits;
8. Whether claimant is eligible for special SSI
9. Penalty deductions imposed because of failure to
cash benefits;
report certain events;
9. Whether claimant is eligible for special SSI
10. Any overpayment or underpayment of benefits;
eligibility status;
11. Whether an overpayment of benefits must be
10. Claimant's disability; and
repaid;
11. Whether completion of or continuation for a
12. How an underpayment of benefits due a deceased
specified period of time in an appropriate
person will be paid;
vocational rehabilitation program will
13. The establishment or termination of a period of
significantly increase the likelihood that
disability;
claimant will not have to return to the disability
14. A revision of an earnings record;
benefit rolls and thus, whether claimant's
15. Whether the payment of benefits will be made, on
benefits may be continued even though he or
the claimant's behalf to a representative payee, u
she is not disabled.
unless the claimant is under age 18 or legally
NOTE: Every redetermination which gives an
incompetent;
individual the right of further review
16. Who will act as the payee if we determine that
constitutes an initial determination.
representative payment will be made;
17. An offset of benefits because the claimant
Title VIII (See VB 02501.035)
previously received Supplemental Security Income
1. Meeting or failing to meet the qualifying and/or
payments for the same period;
entitlement factors for special veterans benefits
18. Whether completion of or continuation for a
(SVB);
specified period of time in an appropriate v
2. Reduction, suspension or termination of SVB
vocational rehabilitation program will significantly
payments;
increase the likelihood that the claimant will not
3. Applicability of a disqualifying event prior to
have to return to the disability benefit rolls and
SVB entitlement;
thus, whether the claimant's benefits may be
4. Administrative actions in SVB cases similar to
continued even though the claimant is not disabled;
those listed under Title II-items 3, 4, 10, 11 & 16.
19. Nonpayment of benefits because of claimant's
Title XVIII
confinement for more than 30 continuous days in a
1. Entitlement to hospital insurance benefits
jail, prison, or other correctional institution for
and to enrollment for supplementary
conviction of a criminal offense;
medical insurance benefits;
20. Nonpayment of benefits because of claimant's
confinement for more than 30 continuous days in a
2. Disallowance (including denial of
mental health institution or other medical facility
application for HIB and denial of
application for enrollment for SMIB);
because a court found the individual was not guilty
3. Termination of benefits (including
for reason of insanity; a court found that he/she
termination of entitlement to HI and SMI).
was incompetent to stand trial or was unable to
4. Initial determinations regarding Medicare Part B
stand trial for some other similar mental defect; or,
a court found that he/she was sexually dangerous.
income-related premium subsidy reductions.
Form SSA-561-U2 (12-2016) uf (12-2016)
Page 3 of 4
Prior Edition May Be Used Until Exhausted
OMB No. 0960-0622
Social Security Administration
REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION
NAME OF CLAIMANT:
CLAIMANT SSN:
CLAIM NUMBER:
(If different than SSN)
ISSUE BEING APPEALED: (Specify if retirement, disability, hospital or medical, SSI, SVB, overpayment, etc.)
I do not agree with the Social Security Administration's (SSA) determination and request reconsideration.
My reasons are:
(SSI)
(SVB)
SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME
OR SPECIAL VETERANS BENEFITS
RECONSIDERATION ONLY
THREE WAYS TO APPEAL
I want to appeal your determination about my claim for SSI or SVB. I have read about the three ways to appeal.
I have checked the box below:
CASE REVIEW - You can pick this kind of appeal in all cases. You can give us more facts to add to your file.
Then we will decide your case again. You do not meet with the person who decides your case.
INFORMAL CONFERENCE - You can pick this kind of appeal in all SSI cases except for medical issues. In
SVB cases, you can pick this kind of appeal only if we are stopping or lowering your SVB payment. You will
meet with a person who will decide your case. You can tell that person why you think you are right. You can give us
more facts to help prove you are right. You can bring other people to help explain your case.
FORMAL CONFERENCE - You can pick this kind of appeal only if we are stopping or lowering your SSI or
SVB payment. This meeting is like an informal conference, but we can also get people to come in and help prove
you are right. We can do this even if they do not want to help you. You can question these people at your meeting.
CONTACT INFORMATION
CLAIMANT SIGNATURE - OPTIONAL:
NAME OF CLAIMANT'S REPRESENTATIVE: (If any)
MAILING ADDRESS:
MAILING ADDRESS:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP CODE:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP CODE:
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
DATE:
(Include area code)
DATE:
(Include area code)
TO BE COMPLETED BY SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
1. HAS INITIAL DETERMINATION
FIELD OFFICE DEVELOPMENT (GN 03102.300)
Yes
No
BEEN MADE?
NO FURTHER DEVELOPMENT REQUIRED
2. IS THIS REQUEST FILED TIMELY?
Yes
No
REQUIRED DEVELOPMENT ATTACHED
(If "NO", attach claimant's explanation for delay.
REQUIRED DEVELOPMENT PENDING, WILL
Refer to GN 03102.125)
FORWARD OR ADVISE STATUS WITHIN 30 DAYS
SSI CASES ONLY - GOLDBERG KELLY (GK)
SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE ADDRESS AND DATE
(SI 02301.310) RECIPIENT APPEALED AN ADVERSE
APPEAL RECEIVED:
ACTION:
WITHIN 10 DAYS AFTER RECEIVING THE
ADVANCE NOTICE;
AFTER THE 10-DAY PERIOD AND GOOD CAUSE
EXISTS FOR EXTENDING THE TIME LIMIT
PAYMENT CONTINUATION APPLIES AND INPUT
MADE TO SYSTEM
NOTE: Take or mail the completed original to your local Social Security office, the Veterans Affairs Regional Office in
Manila, or any U.S. Foreign Service post and keep a copy for your records.
Claimant
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Form SSA-561-U2 (12-2016) uf (12-2016)
HOW TO APPEAL YOUR SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI)
OR SPECIAL VETERANS BENEFIT (SVB) DECISION
Now that you picked the kind of appeal that fits your case, fill out this form or we'll help you fill it out. You can have a
lawyer, friend, or someone else help you with your appeal. There are groups that can help you with your appeal.
Some can give you a free lawyer. We can give you the names of these groups.
NOTE: DON'T FILL OUT THIS FORM IF WE SAID WE'LL STOP YOUR DISABILITY CHECK FOR MEDICAL
REASONS OR BECAUSE YOU'RE NO LONGER BLIND. WE'LL GIVE YOU THE RIGHT FORM (SSA-789-U4)
FOR YOUR APPEAL.
The information on this form is authorized by regulation (20 CFR 404.907 - 404.921 and 416.1407 - 416.1421) and
Public Law 106-169 (section 809(a)(1) of section 251(a)). While your response to these questions is voluntary, the
Social Security Administration cannot reconsider the decision on this claim unless the information is furnished.
Privacy Act Statement
Request for Reconsideration
Sections 205, 702(a)(5), 809(a), 809(b), 1631, 1633, and 1869(b) allow us to collect this information. Furnishing us
this information is voluntary. However, failing to provide all or part of the information may prevent us from re-
evaluating the decision on your claim.
We will use the information to determine your eligibility for benefits and administer our programs. We may also share
your information for the following purposes, called routine uses:
1. To third party contacts in situations where the party to be contacted has, or is expected to have,
information relating to the individual's capability to manage his/her affairs or his/her eligibility for or
entitlement to benefits under the Social Security program.
2. To contractors and other Federal agencies, as necessary, for the purpose of assisting the Social Security
Administration in the efficient administration of its programs.
3. To the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), for the purpose of administering Medicare Part A,
Part B, Medicare Advantage Part C, and Medicare Part D, including but not limited to: Medicare Pa rt C
enrollment and premium collection processes; Part D enrollment and premium collection processes;
Medicare Part B premium reduction based on participation in a Part C plan; and Medicare Part B
enrollment and income-related monthly adjustment amount determinations, appeals of determinations,
and premium collections.
In addition, we may share this information in accordance with the Privacy Act and other Federal laws. For example,
where authorized, we may use and disclose this information in computer matching programs, in which our records
are compared with other records to establish or verify a person's eligibility for Federal benefit programs and for
repayment of incorrect or delinquent debts under these programs.
A list of additional routine uses is available in our Privacy Act System of Records Notices (SORNs). There are
several SORNs that govern the collection of this information, including 60-0089, entitled Claims Folder System, and
60-0321, entitled Medicare Database File. Additional information and a full listing of all our SORNs and applicable
routine uses are available on our website at www.socialsecurity.gov/foia/bluebook.
Paperwork Reduction Act Statement
- This information collection meets the requirements of 44 U.S.C. § 3507, as
amended by Section 2 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. You do not need to answer these questions unless
we display a valid Office of Management and Budget control number. We estimate that it will take about 8 minutes to
read the instructions, gather the facts, and answer the questions.
SEND THE COMPLETED FORM TO YOUR LOCAL SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE. The office is listed under
U.S. Government agencies in your telephone directory or you may call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213
(TTY 1-800-325-0778). You may send comments on our time estimate above to: SSA, 6401 Security Blvd.,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401. Send only comments relating to our time estimate to this address, not the
completed form.

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Appeals regarding disability compensation should be mailed with attached SSA form 3441-BK, Disability Report - Appeal. This form contains information about the medical condition and treatment the claimant receives. This report should be filed without doctors' assistance or use of medical records the SSA does not have access to. If the SSA requires medical records, it will request them. To authorize the SSA to receive medical information, you should attach a completed SSA form 827, Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Also, documentation supporting the claim should be attached.

A request for a decision reconsideration can be also filed online via the SSA website. The process is similar, however, the website will require the type of decision appealed. A medical decision appeal is a request for reconsideration of decision regarding Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

The online appeal is time-sensitive. If you do not make any changes on the page, you receive a warning. You will be switched to another page after a third warning or the information will be lost. Online appeals should be made within 60 days from the denial notice.

What Is the Difference Between Form SSA-561 and Form SSA-789?

The SSA-561-U2 is used for most appeals. Form SSA-789, Request for Reconsideration - Disability Cessation Right to Appear is used only in one case: if the SSA has stopped the disability benefits for medical reasons or because the beneficiary is no longer blind. In all other cases, the applicants should use the SSA-561-U2.

You have to provide your reasons for disagreeing with the SSA decision and argument on hand of supporting documentation. You or your representative can appear for disability hearing regarding your appeal. If necessary, you can request an interpreter. The SSA will provide one for free. It is your right to refuse personal presence at the disability hearing.

How to Fill out Form SSA-561-U2?

Step-by-step Form SSA-561-U2 Instructions can be found below:

  1. Provide your name or the name of the person on whose behalf you claim. Enter your or their social security number and claim number, if it differs from your SSN. The claim number can be found on your SSA form 1099;
  2. Describe the issue you appeal. Specify the type of your appeal: retirement, disability, hospital or medical, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Special Veterans Benefits (SVB), overpayment, etc. Refer to the notice you received;
  3. Enter the reasons you disagree with SSA decision on your issue. Provide as much information, as possible;
  4. If you apply for SSI or SVB, look through the ways to appeal and check the appropriate box. If you choose case review, you have to provide additional information to the SSA and it will make a decision on your case once again. Personal presence, in this case, is not necessary. The informal conference is a meeting with the person making a decision on your case. This option allows providing additional information and assistance of other people at the meeting. A formal conference is similar, but if you choose this option, other people can be forced to come and assist you, even if they do not want to;
  5. Provide the signature of the claimant. Enter the name of the claimant's representative, if any;
  6. Provide your contact information: full mailing address, including ZIP code and phone number. Date the form. If there is a representative, provide their mailing address and phone number as well. The representative should also date the form;
  7. The last block of the form is reserved for SSA, leave it blank.

Form SSA-561-U2 FAQ

Where to Mail Form SSA-561-U2?

The completed form should be mailed to a local standard Social Security office. The address of the office can be found on the SSA website. To find the office address, go to the SSA website, click the "Online services" option and then "Locate an office". Alternatively, the form can be presented in person at alocal office.

Why Are There 2 Copies of Form SSA-561-U2?

The form is provided in two copies, so you can keep a copy and send the original to the SSA. The words "Claims folder" are printed at the bottom of the original. Send this copy to the SSA. The copy you should retain for your records has the word "Claimant" printed at the bottom of the page.

What Is the Most Current Form SSA-561-U2?

The most current version of the form is dated December 2016. Previous editions of this form may be used until exhausted.

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