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SSA administers (1) social insurance programs that provide monthly benefits to disabled workers, their spouses and children, and survivors of insured workers; (2) a need-based program for the aged, blind, and disabled; and (3) certain benefits under the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act. Claimants appeal adverse initial determinations to the Office of the Chief Administrative Law Judge. Although ALJs hear the cases, the proceedings are informal and non-adversarial. Claimants may appeal adverse ALJ decisions to the Appeals Council.

Adjudication Levels: 
LevelName of OfficeSub-Agency/Bureau/Division:Are administrative appeals permitted from final decisions at this stage?
Hearing Level
Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
Yes (All Types of Cases)
Appeal Level 1
Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
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