If you are homebound or unable to travel to the CE for documented medical reasons, Social Security policy is they must provide the CE in your home. When you make the request, it helps if you can submit some kind of letter from a doctor or case worker stating that you are homebound.
Employees at Social Security may not know this policies, so you may need to show them the policy make your request in writing, and be persistent. Always make your request in writing, and ask to speak to a supervisor if your request is not granted.
Do not contact your local office about this. Do not call the national Social Security number. It’s best to contact your Disability Examiner who works at Disability Determination Services. If you have difficulties on the phone, you can appoint a friend or family member to call on your behalf: How to Stay In Touch with Your Disability Examiner
You may wish to put your request in writing and mail or fax it to your examiner. If you don’t hear back, you can also try contacting your examiner’s supervisor.
Anytime you are requesting that Social Security follow a policy, it is a good idea to contact your congressional rep, and ask if they can make a call on your behalf to ensure that this policy is being correctly followed.
Another option is to try to request that your own doctor perform the exam: How To Request that Your Own Doctor Perform the Consultative Exam
Also helpful: It may be helpful to contact your Disability Examiner and try to find out what kind of exam they have ordered.
If it turns out that the CE is requesting a type of test, assessment or report that you have already done recently, point this out to the examiner and ask if they have a copy. In some cases, they may choose to cancel the exam.
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