When we make a decision on your claim, we send you a letter explaining our decision. If you do not agree with our decision, you can appeal—that is, ask us to look at your case again.

If you applied for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits and were denied for medical reasons, you may request an appeal online.

Appeal Our Recent Medical Decision

If you do not wish to appeal online, you should submit:

Form SSA-561, Request for Reconsideration, if you are requesting a reconsideration of your claim;

OR

Form HA-501, Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge, if you are requesting a hearing.

The letter you received from us should tell you whether you should request a reconsideration or a hearing.