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75. How much time do I have to bring in proofs?

You have 22 days to bring in the proofs or verifications so that you receive your first payment within 30 days. 106 C.M.R. § 702.160(A). If you need more time to get all the proofs, you can get extensions. You automatically get an 8-day extension if all the proofs are not in by the 22nd day. Your worker is supposed to send you a reminder letter telling you what proofs are missing and how much time you have to bring them in. If you need more time beyond this, you can get a 15-day extension if you ask for an extension in writing.

If you are denied EAEDC because you could not get the proofs within these time limits, you can still send the proofs within 30 days of the date you were denied. If the DTA office determines that the proofs you brought show you are eligible, they are supposed to reopen your case back to the date you first applied. You do not need to file a new application. 106 C.M.R. § 702.160(B).

Advocacy Reminder:

  • If your application is denied for missing proofs or verifications, you can file a request for a hearing and bring the missing proofs to the hearing officer. If your proofs show that you were eligible when you applied, you should get approved for EAEDC benefits back to the date you applied. 106 C.M.R. § 343.500(A). See Questions 88 & 89 on how to file an appeal.

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