[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 55 (Friday, March 21, 1997)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 13537-13538]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-6852]


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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

20 CFR Parts 404 and 416

[Regulations Nos. 4 and 16]
RIN 0960-AE57


Supplemental Security Income; Determining Disability for a Child 
Under Age 18; Correction

AGENCY: Social Security Administration.

ACTION: Correction to interim final rules.

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SUMMARY: This document contains corrections to the interim final rules 
published Tuesday, February 11, 1997 (62 FR 6408). These rules 
implement the childhood disability provisions of sections 211 and 212 
of Public Law 104-193, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity 
Reconciliation Act of 1996.

DATES: This correction is effective beginning April 14, 1997.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel T. Bridgewater, Legal 
Assistant, Division of Regulations and Rulings, Social Security 
Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235, (410) 
965-3298 for information about these rules. For information on 
eligibility or claiming benefits, call our national toll-free number, 
1-800-772-1213.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The interim final rules that are the subject of these corrections 
implement the childhood disability provisions of sections 211 and 212 
of Public Law 104-193, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity 
Reconciliation Act of 1996 that provide a new definition of disability 
for children (i.e., individuals under age 18), mandate changes to the 
evaluation process for children's disability claims and continuing 
disability reviews, and require that disability redeterminations be 
performed for 18-year-olds eligible as children in the month before the 
month they attain age 18.

Need for Correction

    We are making several editorial and other changes, including those 
needed to correct amendatory language to correspond with our intended 
changes and those needed to clarify our original intent. Other 
corrections, mostly typographical ones, are being made elsewhere in 
today's issue of the Federal Register.

Correction of Publication

    The publication on February 11, 1997, of the subject interim final 
rules, is corrected as follows:


Sec. 416.925  [Amended]

    1. On page 6424, in the first column, the amendatory language for 
Sec. 416.925 (number 20) is corrected to read as follows:
    ``20. Section 416.925 is amended by revising the section heading, 
paragraph (a), and by adding five sentences to the end of paragraph 
(b)(2) to read as follows:''
    2. On page 6424, in the second column, in Sec. 416.926, paragraph 
(a)(1) is corrected to read as follows:


Sec. 416.926  Medical equivalence for adults and children.

    (1)(i) If you have an impairment that is described in the Listing 
of Impairments in appendix 1 of subpart P of part 404 of this chapter, 
but--
    (A) You do not exhibit one or more of the medical findings 
specified in the particular listing, or
    (B) You exhibit all of the medical findings, but one or more of the 
findings is not as severe as specified in the listing;
    (a) * * *
    (ii) We will nevertheless find that your impairment is medically 
equivalent to that listing if you have other medical findings related 
to your impairment that are at least of equal medical significance.
* * * * *
    3. On page 6424, in the third column, the first sentence of 
Sec. 416.926a(a), is corrected to read as follows:


Sec. 416.926a  Functional equivalence for children.

    (a) General. If your impairment or combination of impairments does 
not meet, or is not medically equivalent in severity to, any listed 
impairment in appendix 1 of subpart P of part 404 of this chapter, we 
will assess all functional limitations caused by your impairment(s), 
i.e., what you cannot do because of your impairment(s), to determine if 
your impairment(s) is functionally equivalent in severity to any listed 
impairment that includes disabling functional limitations in its 
criteria.
* * * * *
    4. On page 6428, in the third column, the regulatory language for 
Sec. 416.927(a)(1) is corrected to read as follows:


Sec. 416.927  Evaluating medical opinions about your impairment(s) or 
disability.

    (a) General. (1) If you are an adult, you can only be found 
disabled if you are unable to do any substantial gainful activity by 
reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment 
which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be 
expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. 
(See Sec. 416.905.) If you are a child, you can be found disabled only 
if you have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) 
that causes marked and severe functional limitations and that can be 
expected to result in death or that has lasted or can be expected to 
last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. (See 
Sec. 416.906.) Your impairment must result from anatomical, 
physiological, or psychological abnormalities which are demonstrable by 
medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques. 
(See Sec. 416.908.)
* * * * *
    5. On page 6429, in the first column, in Sec. 416.929, the heading 
of paragraph (c) is corrected to read as follows:


Sec. 416.929  How we evaluate symptoms, including pain.

* * * * *
    (c) Evaluating the intensity and persistence of your symptoms, such 
as pain, and determining the extent to which your symptoms limit your 
capacity for work or, if you are a child, your functioning.* * *
* * * * *


Sec. 416.994a  [Amended]

    6. On page 6430, in the second column, the last five lines of the 
amendatory language for Sec. 416.994a (number 28) are corrected to read 
``paragraph (e), revising the heading and first two sentences of 
paragraph (e)(1), revising the second sentence of the introductory text 
to redesignated paragraph (f), revising the heading and first sentence 
of paragraph (f)(4), and revising paragraph (g)(5) to read as 
follows:''
    7. In Sec. 416.994a, on page 6430, in the third column, seventh 
line from the bottom, ``equalled'' is corrected to read ``equaled.''
    8. In Sec. 416.994a, on page 6431, in the third column, insert 3 
asterisks after the period at the end of (e)(1) and after the first 
sentence of paragraph (f)(4).

    Dated: March 12, 1997.
Martin Sussman,
Acting Regulations Officer, Social Security Administration.
[FR Doc. 97-6852 Filed 3-20-97; 8:45 am]
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