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PUBLIC LAW 98-000—MMMM. DD, 1984

98 STAT. 1794

PUBLIC LAW 98-460—OCT. 9, 1984

Public Law 98-460 98th Congress An Act Oct. 9, 1984 [H.R. 3755]

Social Security Disability Benefits Reform Act of 1984. 42 USC 1305 note.

To amend titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act to provide for reform in the disability determination process.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SHORT TITLE AND TABLE OF CONTENTS SECTION 1. This Act may be cited as the "Social Security Disability Benefits Reform Act of 1984". TABLE OF CONTENTS Sec. 1. Short title and table of contents. Sec. 2. Standard of review for termination of disability benefits and periods of disability. Sec. 3. Evaluation of pain. Sec. 4. Multiple impairments. Sec. 5. Moratorium on mental impairment reviews. Sec. 6. Notice of reconsideration; prereview notice; demonstration projects. Sec. 7. Continuation of benefits during appeal. Sec. 8. Qualifications of medical professionals evaluating mental impairments. Sec. 9. Consultative examinations; medical evidence. Sec. 10 Uniform standards. Sec. 11 Payment of costs of rehabilitation services. Sec. 12 Advisory council study. Sec. 13 Qualifying experience for appointment of certain staff attorneys to administrative law judge positions. Sec. 14 Supplemental security income benefits for individuals who perform substantial gainful activity despite severe medical impairment. Sec. 15 Frequency of continuing eligibility reviews. Sec. 16 Determination and monitoring of need for representative payee. Sec. 17 Measures to improve compliance with Federal law. Sec. 18 Separability. STANDARD OF REVIEW FOR TERMINATION OF DISABILITY BENEFITS AND PERIODS OF DISABILITY

97 Stat. 134. 42 USC 423.

SEC. 2. (a) Section 223(f) of the Social Security Act is amended to read as follows: "Standard of Review for Termination of Disability Benefits

42 USC 1395.

"(f) A recipient of benefits under this title or title XVIII based on the disability of any individual may be determined not to be entitled to such benefits on the basis of a finding that the physical or mental impairment on the basis of which such benefits are provided has ceased, does not exist, or is not disabling only if such finding is supported by— "(1) substantial evidence which demonstrates that— "(A) there has been any medical improvement in the individual's impairment or combination of impairments (other than medical improvement which is not related to the individual's ability to work), and