Social Security Ruling 11-1p, entitled "Titles II and XVI: Procedures for Handling Requests to File Subsequent Applications for Disability Benefits" was published today in the Federal Register.
The Ruling prohibits a new application for benefits while a prior claim of the same title and benefit type is at the Appeals Council. This is a change in policy, and it forces disability claimants to make a choice between pursuing an appeal or filing a new application.
Social Security Rulings are binding on all components of the SSA. See 20 CFR 402.35(b)(1).