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Social Security: Terms To Know


Comparison Point Decision: The status of your physical and mental condition since your last favorable medical disability decision. Basically, if you received a favorable decision from Social Security about your condition, the date of that decision becomes the starting point for comparison purposes to see if there has been change since then.

Concurrent Case: A Concurrent Case is when a person applies for SSI and SSDI at the same time.

Diary Date: After you receive an award of Social Security Disability Insurance, a "diary date" is the date set for the first review of your medical condition to determine whether you have improved to the extent that you should no longer be receiving SSDI.

Disability Determination Services (DDS): The name used in most states for the state agency which evaluates applications for Social Security Disability Insurance. The agency determines whether the applicant is "disabled" for purposes of Social Security.

Electronic Transfer Account: see How You Receive Payment.

Filing Date: The filing date is the date on which you call Social Security to set an appointment to file a SSDI claim or the date of the appointment, whichever is earlier.

Full Retirement Age:

  • The minimum age at which a worker can retire with full benefits.
  • Rather than age 65 as it used to be, the age is between 65 and 67, depending on the year in which you were born.

To determine your full retirement age, click on offsite link

Onset Date: The date Social Security determines you became unable to work.

Provable Medical Condition: see: Provable Medical Condition

"Regular and Continuing Basis" means 8 hours a day, for 5 days a week, or an equivalent work schedule.

Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) see Residual Functional Capacity.

Substantial Gainful Activity: See Substantial Gainful Activity.

Trial Work Period: See Trial Work Period.

Unable To Work: See: Unable To Work

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