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Appeals Council Issues Practice Guide

December 27, 2012

The Appeals Council has issued a handy practice guide, imminently suitable for bulletin boards.  It is a flow chart detailing the procedures to be used for requesting Appeals Council Review and for submitting evidence.  It reminds advocates that Requests for Reviews of Hearing Decisions (HA-520) must be completed in paper format. It also reiterates that claimants and representatives should never use a hearing level barcode for submissions to the Appeals Council.  Per the chart, inquiries about the status of a pending request for review should be made through the Congressional and Public Affairs Branch at its toll-free number (1-877-670-2722) or via fax at 703-605-8021.  To contact AC Ombudsman Terry Jensen, fax her at 703-605-8691.


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