If you are dissatisfied with a decision issued by the KOKO fund, you may appeal it.
You may only appeal a decision made by KOKO, not an advice of payment or a statement issued by a TE Office, for instance. Even if what you disagree with is the TE Office statement, you still have to appeal the decision made by KOKO, not the statement.
You may appeal a decision made by KOKO to the Social Security Appeal Board ; and you may appeal a decision made by the Board to the Insurance Court. However, in all cases you must submit your appeal to KOKO, and it will be forwarded to the appropriate authority.
|Decision by the KOKO fund|
|The Social Security Appeal Board|
Directions for appeal
An appeal to a decision made by KOKO must be submitted in writing and within the appeal period. The appeal period is calculated from the date on which the decision is mailed. You are considered to have received the decision on the 7th day after it was mailed. After that, you have 30 calendar days (including Saturdays and Sundays) to submit your appeal to KOKO. You must submit your appeal to KOKO so as to arrive no later than during opening hours on the last day of the appeal period.
|Date of mailing the decision → 7 days (receipt) → 30 calendar days|
If you send the appeal by mail, remember to sign it. You may also submit the appeal and any appendices to KOKO online, in which case an original signature is not needed.
When appealing, state the following:
- number of the decision appealed (also include a copy of the decision(s) that you are appealing),
- which points of the decision are you requesting should be changed,
- what changes should be made,
- grounds on which you are appealing,
- your name and contact information (address, phone, and e-mail),
- power of attorney and contact information if someone else is handling this matter on your behalf.
If the decision made by KOKO is based on a statement from a TE Office that is binding upon KOKO, the appeal documents will first be sent to the TE Office for a statement. If the TE Office will not amend its statement, all documents and the statements of the TE Office and KOKO will be submitted to the appellate authority. At this point, you will be sent the documents and statements for your information, and you will have the opportunity to append your statement for direct delivery to the appellate authority. Do not submit this additional statement to KOKO.