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Definition of Nonmedical Requirements

To win Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claimants must meet medical and nonmedical requirements. Nonmedical requirements are criteria which have nothing to do with the claimant's medical eligibility or their health condition but rather include the financial and legal requirements outlined for each program.

Nonmedical requirements are reviewed by a Social Security Administration representative at the local Social Security Office. Medical denials are reviewed by the disability determination offices (DDS), but only after the claimant meets the nonmedical requirements.

Claimants can be denied if they do not meet the nonmedical requirements for SSDI or SSI benefits, regardless of the severity of their health condition. The most common nonmedical reason a claimant is denied is because they are working and making too much money. Claimants can also be denied for SSDI benefits if they have not worked enough or earned enough work credits to be considered insured for SSDI.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claimants can also be denied for nonmedical reasons. For instance, if the claimant's income and resources are too high or if a non-U.S. citizen is applying for SSI and they are not a qualifying alien, they will be denied benefits, regardless of their health condition. If a claimant is denied they will be sent a denial notice which is called a technical denial.

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