administrative law judge (ALJ) The judge who presides over an appeal about a decision related to Social Security benefits.
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain and the spinal cord.
appeal If you disagree with a decision by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you have the right to file an appeal of the decision. You have a right to have representation for your appeal. You must have the Notice of Decision on your benefits before you begin the appeals process.
Appeals Council Review This is the third step in the appeal process, after reconsideration and the hearing. The Appeals Council is a panel of three administrative ...