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If one has a progressive disease, and the pathology of that disease contains medical records spanning years before an alleged onset date and/or the date of application, how far back in time should an ALJ be required to review the medical evidence and allow that evidence to become part of the record? For my claim, the ALJ only gave a medical expert access to the previous 3 years of my medical records, yet my onset date and date last insured were beyond those three years. My current rep doesn't seem to grasp the critical nature of this issue, so he did not bother to argue this matter during a recent ALJ hearing. How can a claimant expect to receive a fair hearing if the ALJ isn't reviewing the proper evidence and worse, isn't allowing the proper access to a ME who was the decider in my claimBy definition of a progressive disease (and SSR 83-20), it appears the rules and regulations of the admissibility of medical records is a little more lenient in regard to how far back in time the medical record should accept evidence. I have read somewhere that the ALJ usually reviews medical records up to 12 months prior to either the application date or the alleged onset date (can't remember right now), but that doesn't seem proper to me. Since a progressive disease is hard to pin point a starting date when it became disabling, shouldn't the ALJ consider ALL medical records pertaining to the pathology of that disease?