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SSA RIN: 0960-AI64 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: ●Flexibility in Evaluating "Close Proximity of Time" due to COVID-19-Related Barriers to Healthcare 

Since the outset of the COVID-19 national public health emergency, many individuals have experienced barriers that prevent them from timely accessing healthcare. In response to those barriers, we are issuing this rule to temporarily suspend our requirement that all relevant medical criteria establishing a disability resulting from a musculoskeletal disorder be documented simultaneously or within a 4-month period. For the duration of the pandemic period, we will construe the evidence of a musculoskeletal disorder as present within a close proximity of time, if the available evidence establishes such a condition within a 12-month period.

Agency: Social Security Administration(SSA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  06/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Edward Sosar
Social Insurance Specialist, Regulations Writer
Social Security Administration
6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235
Phone:410 965-7326