This is the form you should be filling out before your interview. For unknown reasons Social Security is trying to phase it out by encouraging people to use the online version, or by replacing it with a shorter form. But the online form can be frustrating and the short form doesn’t ask you all the questions that need to be included in your application. Here’s a link to the form. SSA-3368 You need Adobe Acrobat to open it. Or you can call Social Security and ask for one to be mailed to you.

First page of the SSA-3368

On the first page, the questions are pretty straightforward, it starts with your name, Social Security number, and phone number.

Next they ask for the name, address, and phone number of a friend or relative. I don’t really understand why, but a lot of people leave this blank. They want a person to contact in case you are not responding to letters or phone calls. When disabled people file a claim, there are lots of reasons they lose touch with Social Security, so a contact person can help you avoid a denial because you temporarily unavailable due to a hospital stay, or a sudden move, or any other event prevents you from responding.

Then they get personal, they want your height and weight. These are indicators of your general health, and it is important to your claim. If you’ve lost or gained a lot of weight recently due to your disability, make a note about that in the remarks section on page 9.

They want your Medicaid number because some medical records can be located more easily with it. If you don’t have Medicaid, check no.

The last section asks if you can speak, understand, read or write in English. If not, you need to list a translator to help you with your claim. You can list the same person you listed above as a contact person.

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