How to Wait for a Decision – Reconsiderations


Reconsiderations can happen in a blink of an eye. If you have already sent in your Request for Reconsideration, it may be too late to do more. Or it may not be.

If you don’t mind taking the gamble, there are a ton of good things you can do while waiting.

Improve Your Initial Application

πŸ“« If you have not already done everything you can to improve your application, now is the time! It is never too late. The more you can do, the better your chances will be.

Collect New Medical Records

πŸ“« If get any new tests or important doctors appointments, collect these records and send them in. (If you are unable to collect them yourself, contact your Disability Examiner in writing with the names, dates, and contact information for the important records you would like collected).

Check Your Social Security File

πŸ“« It’s a great idea to check in with your disability examiner and see if there are any records she is still missing. If you get any new tests or procedures done, make sure to let her know.

What Happens Next

πŸ“« Typical timeline for a typical application and everything that happens along the way.

Make Your Life a Little Easier

πŸ“« Sleepy Girl tips for a (slightly) easier life while you are applying.


πŸ“« Click here if you run into a problem with your application

Check your date last insured

πŸ“« If you are applying for SSDI, you may wish to check your Date Last Insured. If it is coming up soon, you want to do everything possible to get the best medical evidence you can before that day arrives.

Cryptic Love Notes from Social Security

If you have not already done so you may wish to create an online account, so Social Security can send you enigmatic little messages.

At some point you may notice that your online account says SSI is denied but SSDI is still processing. Or you may get a letter saying something like this. Or it may say it the other way around. Sometimes this is true, sometimes not. Sometimes it is a big deal, sometimes not. Don’t panic just yet. Learn more.

You may get a message that says “a medical decision has been made.” This means they made a decision but they won’t tell you what it means yet. Stay tuned. They will let you know more soon.

You may get a message that says they are reviewing your case for “processing accuracy.” This means your case was randomly selected for quality review where, most of the time, nothing happens. Stay tuned.

You may get a message that you were approved medically but they need to do a β€œnon-medical review.” This is good news. It means you were approved. They will be contacting you to do a financial interview for SSI. See links below.

The Decision!

They will send you your decision by mail. Sometimes it will appear first on your online account. Sometimes someone is willing to tell you over the phone (but usually not).

If you were approved take a look here: Everything No One Ever Tells After You Get Approved

If you were not approved (yet!) take a look here: How to Appeal

Updated March 2017 ❀ Lily Silver

2 thoughts on “How to Wait for a Decision – Reconsiderations”

  1. I’ve had two CE exams and my case has been in the initial application stage for almost 210 days. My online account says still processing. I have Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Osteoarthritis, and I had a bilateral knee injury on my knees in Dec 2015 which hinders me from any strenuous activity. How much longer is my wait to see if I’m approve for SSDI. I’ve been dismissed from 2 jobs because if poor work performance. One job I worked at for 19.5 years and the other one 68 days. I’ve been working since 1987 and I’m 47 1/2 yrs old. Help me understand this process please.


    1. I’m sorry I don’t have any way of knowing how quickly the agency in your area will process your case. You can try contacting the Disability Examiner who is handling your case. 210 days is on the long side, so you may get a decision soon. If you are in financial crisis, contacting your congressperson’s office can speed things up. Hope it goes well for you.


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