What is SSA 827?
What is the Form SSA827 used for?
How do you complete it?
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What is SSA 827
One of the most important aspects of a disability benefits application with the Social Security Administration (SSA) is to provide the necessary supporting medical records, evidence and documents to prove your disability.
The more you are convincing with your evidence about your disability and impairment, the more you are likely to get your disability application approved.
In this context, you’ll need to provide the agencies with the authorization to reach out to different professionals, doctors, counselors, companies, and individuals to gather the information and documents they need to adequately evaluate your case.
This is when you’ll need the SSA827 Form.
Form SSA 827 is called “Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration”.
This form is generally filed with your social security disability application or it may be submitted after your disability application was submitted.
It allows the Social Security Administration office (SSA) along with the Disability Determination Services (DDS) to access the evidence, records and material needed to study, evaluate and make a decision in your case.
What is the purpose of Form SSA827
Form SSA827 allows the Social Security Administration to request and access your medical records from third parties when evaluating your disability claim.
By completing Form SSA827, you voluntarily authorize the following stakeholders to share information with the SSA office:
- Healthcare providers
- Correctional facilities
- Insurance companies
- Family members
- Other relevant parties
What does the SSA-827 form look like
Get the SSA 827 here!
Outline of SSA 827 forms
The SSA 827 form is composed of the following sections:
- Of What
- From Whom
- To Whom
- Expires When
- Signature block
The “Of What” section describes the type of document, records and information you are authorizing different organizations to release to the SSA, such as:
- Treatment records
- Hospitalization records
- Outpatient care
- Psychological records
- Drug or substance abuse records
- Records to show the presence of communicable or noncommunicable disease
- Gene-related disabilities
- Information about how your disability may affect your daily life
- Copy of any assessments such as triennial assessments, speech evaluations and other
The “From Whom” section describes who is providing the records or information to the SSA, such as:
- Medical sources
- Educational sources
- Social workers
- Rehabilitation counselors
- Consulting examiners
- Insurance companies
- Workers’ compensation programs
- Family or friends
- Public officials
The “To Whom” section describes who is going to receive the records released, namely:
- The Social Security Administration office
- The Disability Determination Services
- Doctors and professionals consulted during the SSA review process
The “Purpose” section is to determine if the claimant is eligible for benefits and if the person can manage the benefits.
The last section relating to “Expires When” indicates that the applicant’s authorization to the SSA is valid for 12 months from the moment it is signed.
How do you fill out the SSA 827 form
Carefully read your SSA 827 form to ensure you get a good overall grasp of what the form is about and make sure that you agree to give the SSA access to all records allowing them to assess your disability.
The SSA 827 form PDF is available on the SSA website where they offer you a fillable PDF version.
Complete all the fillable areas and make sure you answer all the required fields.
Get the SSA PDF document providing you with instructions for completing the SSA-827 form!
How to submit SSA 827
Once you have completed your SSA Forms 827, you are now ready to sign.
Make sure you sign in front of a person who can act as your witness and who will provide his or her identifying information directly on the firm in the “Witness” section.
The requirement to have a witness sign the form is essential to prove that you were the one signing the form and not someone else.
You must send your completed form to the SSA local office.
You can find the SSA local office by using the SSA Office Locator tool provided on the SSA website.
The SSA-827 forms can be signed using the click-and-sick process or those filing by telephone or in-person can use the attestation process to sign and submit their SSA-827.
Keep in mind that the SSA will ask you to provide them with an SSA 827 electronic signature even though you may have provided them with an original signed version.
It’s a good idea to sign multiple copies of the SSA827 Form and provide the SSA with a digital version so they can better handle the logistics of gathering your medical records.
Additional resources on SSA-827
If you are looking for more information and resources on Form SSA-827, you can consult the following resources:
- Information on Form SSA-827
- How SSA-827 Meets Requirements
- Electronic Signature Process for the SSA-827
- Instructions for completing the SSA-827
Social Security Administration
For more information on the SSA 827 form, you can also contact the SSA office at 1-800-772-1213.
For any public inquiries, you can also write to the Social Security Administration office at the following address:
Social Security Administration
Office of Public Inquiries and Communications Support
1100 West High Rise
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235