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Learn about processing times for Social Security Disability back pay, factors that can delay it, and tips on how to speed up payment.

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Social Security Disability Back Pay and Ongoing Monthly Benefits

How you begin to receive your Social Security Disability benefits varies depending on several factors. Sometimes a person’s first payment will include all back pay through the prior calendar month and will then be followed by regular monthly benefits. At other times, Social Security has to do additional calculations before back benefits can be paid, and the Administration will start your regular monthly checks before releasing your Social Security Disability back pay.

Delays in Back Pay Due to Other Benefits

The most common reason for a lapse of time between your getting your first monthly benefit, if it comes first, and getting your disability back pay is that the Social Security Administration needs to calculate your Social Security disability benefit considering other benefits you are eligible to receive, such as workers compensation, government pension or Supplemental Security Income. For more information about how workers compensation affects Social Security Disability payment amounts, see our article “Can I Get Workers Compensation and Also Get Social Security Disability?” If you are eligible for Supplemental Security Income, also called SSI, and you received your SSI back pay before your Social Security back pay, your Social Security must be reduced by the amount of SSI you received for the same months that you are eligible to get Social Security. For more information about SSI, please visit our article “What Is Supplemental Security Income and How Is It Different from Social Security Disability?”

Speeding Up Payment of Social Security Disability Back Pay

Calculation and release of back benefits may be speeded up by providing everything the Social Security Administration has asked for, including documentation related to your workers compensation, government pension, and Supplemental Security Income claims. If you have received any type of workers compensation or have a workers compensation claim pending, give Social Security a copy of all the workers comp determination letters you have received. If Social Security is waiting for information directly from your workers comp insurer, you might check with Social Security to see if they have received everything they need and, if not, follow up with workers compensation to get it.

If you did not apply for SSI or you received an SSI denial letter, it is a good idea to contact Social Security about the reason your back benefits have not been released and, if they indicate it is due to calculating the SSI offset, let them know that you either did not apply for or were denied SSI and request release of payment.

If the Social Security Administration says they have what they need and they are working on it, it can be helpful to inquire when they expect to complete their processing and then follow up if you have not received your Social Security Disability back pay by that date.

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1,277 Comments

  1. Tammy Patten says:

    Is there a way we can monitor our backpay or our accounts on SSDI
    so we know what is going on. When we can expect it?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tammy,

      You can set up a “My Social Security” account on http://www.ssa.gov; however, I believe that nothing will show up until the payments have been calculated and are authorized for release.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Toni King says:

        My husband was approved back in July 2015 for SSDI from work injury from 2008. December 2015 he got his fist payment. It is February 9, 2016 and we call every week for a update on his back pay. Every week we get another answer. What else can we do they owe him more than $25,000 which they have admitted.

        Thanks
        Toni

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Toni,

          Your husband’s Social Security back pay will be offset (reduced) by any worker’s compensation award he has received if payments are continuing or a lump sum award was large enough that the monthly proration of the amount would extend into the future far enough to overlap with Social Security entitlement. Payment of back pay frequently pends two months after monthly benefits start, and a workers compensation award can extend that time. If your husband hasn’t received payment by the end of March, ask the local office to send an inquiry and request for payment to the payment center.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • KRISTINA POLLARD says:

        I apologize for writing on this thread, but couldn’t see where to start another one. I had my hearing 1/8/2016. My lawyer told me I was approved, but I haven’t received that letter yet. I called and they said I’m in the “editing” stage. What does that mean? And how long does that take till I get a letter? Also, I put my kids on my application. Do I need to reapply for them once I get an approval letter or does it happen automatically since I put them on the original application?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Kristina,

          Editing means that a decision has been made and a letter written, which the judge reviewed and sent back for corrections. I would say you will have a letter within less than a month. Once you get the letter, wait about a week and then contact your local office to find out if they need you to provide any documents or complete any forms to complete your children’s claims.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Ni ni says:

        Mines giving me a date how long will it take to go in my bank

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Ni Ni,

          I do not understand what you mean by “mines giving me a date.” If you would like to explain, I will try to respond.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Robin says:

      Hi Kay
      I have a question… My ex- husband has been approved for SSDI and we have 3 children. He owes almost 50,000 in back child support.. The kids have received their lump sum for their portion of his benefits.. What I want to know is are they entitled to his lump sum for his arrears.. Court orders have been sent to SS and they have received what I believe is a “regular ” monthly payment.. But what about his back pay? When will they receive that?

      Thanks

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Robin,

        Social Security will withhold a portion of your ex-husband’s back benefits and, if needed, ongoing benefits to satisfy the court order. It may take a while for his back benefits to be processed because of the court order, which requires advance notice to him and which gives him the right to present an argument for having less withheld based on his own financial need.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  2. Rita says:

    I have been receiving both SSDI and OWCP since 2012. I am 63 years old. In October 2015, I was rated and my OWCP was reduced by $400.00. I wrote a letter in November to SSA informing them and included documentation, requesting that my SSA offset be recalculated. I heard nothing so on December 28, 2015 I visited my local office and was told they would research what happened and asked that I call back in 7 days. At that time I was told my case was with the payment center for recalculation and I should receive something no later than January 28. It is now January 31 and I have heard nothing. Who should I contact now? I thought they had only 60 days to get payment recalculated and issued. It is now that time so what do I do now? How do I get the contact information to the payment center to check on my case?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rita,

      Contact you local office and find out which payment center has your claim for recalculation. They may not give you the phone number because the payment centers are not staffed to field phone calls, but you may be able to obtain it by searching online.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  3. Bill says:

    Am I eligible for back pay of ssdi. I was told I can’t do anything at the place of work In May. Social Security says there is a 3 or 5 month waiting period. Do I get back pay for the waiting period?.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Bill,

      If you became disabled in May 2015 and have a claim pending or approved now, your benefits will begin to accrue November 2015 (or October if you became disabled on May 1).

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  4. John Asaro says:

    Hi Kay, Ive read through the comments and you’ve done a great job answering peoples questions so hopefully you could help me with mine. I received my first months SSI payment of $733 on December 1st. I also receive $80 from NY state. I have not received my backpay as of yet though. I went to my local disability office the beginning of this month to see what was up and they said they’re still waiting to hear from social services about money to be taken out of my back pay from them, as I received rental assistance for 7 of the 10 months I was approved for backpay for. I received $309 in rental assistance for 7 of those 10 months, plus $90 twice a month for a total of $489 each month. I’m guessing disability will take out $489 than for the 7 months I received it? Also, in my awards letter I received in October it said I should receive $7,333 in back pay(10 months) and doesn’t say anything about money to be taken out from that due to rental assistance. Would it be possible for me to hold disability to that $7,333 backpay award quote? Also, like I said I also receive $80 from NY state each month in addition to the $733. I was told by the 1-800 number to speak with NY state about receiving backpay from them and when I did call the number given to me, the person I spoke with said to call them when I receive my first back pay check. Can you tell me how this works? Will I receive $800 (10 months backpay of $80) all at once soon after my first backpay installment award is received or would it come in 3 increments 6 months apart or perhaps at the end of the year, when I receive my last back pay check, due to me receiving too much over the 3 month, $2,199 limit? FInally, as I previously stated, I went to my disability office the first week of the month and was told I should receive my first months backpay by the first week of February and a letter was sent out to bring attention to the matter. I’m really looking forward to this money and was wondering if you knew how much I should rely on this time frame given? If I donot receive the backpay by the first week of Feb. like I was told should I try to bring the matter to the attention of my states congress like I see in some of your advice given in previous comments? Thank you very much for your advice as it is extremely hard to speak with any one knowledgeable on this. -John

    • John Asaro says:

      *…was told I should receive my first INSTALMENTS backpay by…”

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear John,

      If the $80 from the State of New York was paid separately from the federal payment of $733, the back pay will be paid separately. I do not know whether it will be paid in a single payment or spread out over three installments. I doubt it would all be paid at the time of the third installment.

      The letter telling you how much you are eligible to receive in back pay is the amount before any public assistance debts you have are paid from it. Social Security will use some of that benefit to pay you debt directly to the state.

      I would not involve a congressperson about your back pay at this point because the office has given you a reasonable explanation for why your back pay is being held–waiting for the state repayment process to be completed, which requires the state to take some action too. If you have not received the back pay by February 10, try following up with your local office to find out if they are waiting for action from the state. If so, you can try following up with the state office to request they provide what is needed.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Tyisha says:

      My mother passed before she received her SSDI. I was informed that me and my siblings will receive the back pay that was owe to her. I received $820 this month in my bank account form SSA but they haven’t send any notice of the deposit. Is it normal to get a payment before a notice. Also I haven’t receive a letter of how much was due my mother. Also my mother local office had me give them my siblings name and addressee because their was only one space on the form for a bank account information will like to know how my sibling will receive their portion.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Tyisha,

        It is quite common for payment to arrive before a letter. You should get a letter within about a week. Your siblings portion of the underpayment will likely be sent to them in a check via the postal service. (The amount due your mother may be $820 times the number of her children.)

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Tyisha says:

          Thank you Kay

          • Tyisha says:

            Hello Kay,

            I talked to a rep today regarding my late mothers claim. I was told that she was approved for both SSDI and Ssi after her death. The rep informed me that Ssi took out money from SSDI but my mother never received monies form Ssi. She was due underpayment from SSDI Oct. 2013 until July 2015. I haven’t received any notice from either about how much was due. If you can gave me some insight on this matter it will be appreciated.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Tyisha,

            Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will not pay an underpayment to a child. Accordingly, no SSI would be paid and the Social Security Disability (SSDI) underpayment should not be reduced by SSI and should be payable. I suggest that you ask the local office to verify to the SSDI payment center that though your mother was eligible, benefits were not payable during her lifetime and no one qualifies for the SSI underpayment. If she did not have a spouse, the SSDI benefits will be split among her children.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Kay Derochie says:

            You are welcome, Tyisha.

  5. JMark says:

    This process never ends. To summarize:

    Date of Disability (per Appeals Council in Aug 2015): Aug 2006
    Date of Application: July 2010
    First Appeal: Nov 2010 DENIED
    ALJ Appearance: Mar 2013 UNFAVORABLE DECISION
    Appeals Council Appeal: Nov 2013
    Appeals Council Decision: Aug 2015 PARTIALLY FAVORABLE
    Received Medicare Part A: Oct 2015
    Receiving Medicare Part B: July 2016
    Current Benefits Determined: Oct 2015. It was found that I am not due any benefits after Dec 2014.
    Jan 26, 2016: Received Back Pay

    It never ends. I have not received my Award Letter yet. I am fairly certain that the amount of Back Pay is incorrect. Off the top, I had filed an appeal to disallow my lawyer his statutory pay, for he abandoned me during the Appeal Council process. The Bar investigated the complaint and was supposed to disallow the $6,000.00 payment. Second, I believe they have miscalculated the number of months to be paid. All in all, the SSA is about $20K short. My immediate question: Will I have an opportunity to appeal the award amount? Any other comments appreciated. I feel like this has been the longest running case in SSA history!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear J.,

      You can appeal the amount paid; however, you need to say why the calculation is wrong. Based on an established disability date of August 2006 and an initial application date of July 2010, I would expect benefits to begin to accrue July 2009 because maximum retroactivity is twelve months before application. When you get the award letter, it should tell you the months being paid and the amount per month initially and the amount after increases due to cost-of-living adjustments. If benefits cover from July 2009, the amount paid is probably correct.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  6. Jenny says:

    My father passed Oct 1 2015 and my mother is due to receive death benefits. She already receives her own social security of a small amount, which she can not live monthly off of. I was told in October she would start receiving his benefits in November…it never was deposited. I was told in November it would be December…again never was deposited. I was told in December “14 more days” after it was apparently escalated to the payment center, still after 14 days it was not issued to her. It is now end of January and she is out of money that she had saved. I have contacted the supervisor at our local office again about this and they said they did what was called a “manager to manager” to the payment processing center bc her payment is sitting there and they don’t know why it’s not being deposited to her. They now owe her over 2200$ of back pay and told me to wait 30 more days. I explained we don’t have 30 more days! I DID contact our local congress and they took over so FINGERS CROSSED something gets done or we are going to be in big trouble with her landlord and utility bills, not to mention the doctors she owes for her thyroid cancer she is having treated right now. Any other advice???

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jenny,

      You have taken all the right actions with Social Security. I suggest communicating with the landlord, utility companies, and her doctor about the delay and that when the money is sent to her, she will have the funds to cover any late payments.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  7. Jessica Macey says:

    My husband got a fully favorable decision by a judge in May 2014. He started receiving monthly benefits in July of 2014. We went into the office in September to set me up as the payee. While there, signed our children up for auxiliary benefits. We got their back pay 2 weeks later, and monthly benefits since. The issue is we have not received back pay for my husband. We got an award letter last summer stating the amount of back pay owed (18 months worth). I tried to be patient, but got nowhere with that. I have tried to be pushy, also got nowhere with that. My lawyer is getting no answers either. He has tried to send in requests (Baltimore) that are supposed to be responded to within 15 days, and that time period has come and gone. Where do I go to get help resolving this? It is very frustrating to have creditors after us for money, and not being able to do anything about it when so much money has owed to us for so long. Our promise letter is not enough anymore. It has been a solid 8 months since his judgment

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jessica,

      Your husband could try contacting his congressperson’s office to see if they will make an inquiry.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  8. Michelle says:

    My son was approved for ssi. I finally received his award letter as of jan 16, 2016. It says he will receive his first payment of $733 on Feb 1st. But, they say ssa will get in touch with me about his back pay. What does that mean when they say they will get in touch with me about when he will receive his back pay? Im confused. Please help me understand. Thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Michelle,

      Probably within a month you will get a notice regarding the amount of back pay due and how it will be paid out.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Hailey says:

        Dear Kay,
        My son was approved for SSI in August of 2015 and I received his first monthly benefit in October of 2015. I then got a letter stating the total amount of back pay they owe him. I called my local office and they said it’s at the payments center however, the payment center says they haven’t received anything on my son’s claim? It’s now January 2016 and I haven’t received any back pay whatsoever and they keep messing up his monthly payment and then i am owed underpayments. Should I have received his back pay by now? It’s been 5 months.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Haily,

          Usually Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay is paid within about sixty days of monthly benefits starting. (Your son is not receiving SSI if his payments are being authorized by a payment center and not the local Social Security office.)

          You do not say the date that your son became disabled. The first five full-calendar months of disability are not paid. If he became disabled before March 2015, then back benefits are due. I suggest that you go to the local office and tell them that you have been in touch with the payment center and were told that they have nothing pending on your son. Ask them to initiate an inquiry because the payment center has to have the claim or the monthly benefit would not have been paid and the letter would not have been sent. If that action doesn’t result in release of the payment, you might try contacting your congressperson’s office to see if they will make an inquiry.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  9. Sick of waiting says:

    Dear Kay,
    I have been waiting for my back pay since November. I received my first Ssi check in September and still haven’t received my back pay. I have called the 1800 # and my local office numerous times and each time I get different information. I went into the local office on Friday spoke to my case worker he stated that he was “behind & working on it”. It is nearly impossible to get in contact with this man and all he can say is he’s “working on it”? I called the local office Monday and was told that some parts of my case the representative was not able to access. The rep said that most likely means someone is working on my case. I’m stressing out because I have so many bills that I racked up over the years waiting on Ssi. After I pay all my bills I have no $$$ money at all! I am stuck and this seems really unfair that someone just has my file sitting on their desk. What options do I have? Is there anything else I can ? Or is it best to wait and see what happens?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sick of Waiting,

      The most reliable information you have received came from the claims representative who is responsible for your claim and that is that he is behind in his work. He likely is working on other claims too and getting them out in the order they were approved. If you have not received payment by the end of January, you could visit the office again and ask to talk with a supervisor. That might or might not prioritize your claim.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • J Mark says:

        Hi Kay,

        I visited my local office right after Christmas. I spoke with the office supervisor. Regarding Backpay: he stated that SS has been working on it since October 13, 2015. He even gave me a dollar figure. He said that I should receive my award letter by January 13, 2016 (which I didn’t). He stated that I would need to review the award letter before funds are disbursed. He also sent a message mentioning dire need. He also stated that I would be enrolled in Part B dating from 01/01/2016 (didn’t happen). I will call him tomorrow to follow up. Seems too many people are not getting their Backpay in a reasonable amount of time. Kay, what is preventing the SSA from never sending out Backpay? What is my leverage? Anybody else, I could go to court to collect a debt. Thanks for your comments.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear J.,

          Insufficient staffing causing backlogs is causing the delays in getting payment out. The fact that amounts and Medicare eligibility dates are available may indicate that you will see payment by the end of the month. If you son’t, you might ask your congress person’s office to follow up on it.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  10. amy says:

    i spoke with social security today and they aid that my first installment of backpay from ssi has been processed and I was wonder how long after it is processed will i get it and does that mean this month?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Amy,

      Presumably “processed” means that payment has been authorized. If so, I would expect you would receive it within about five days.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • ray says:

        I got my sis an one small bk pay ck but need all of my back pay to get everything I owe played up they told me every 6 mouths I would get a ck of my bk pay but I will lose everything by the time I get the back pay how do I get it all faster

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Ray,

          Make a list of what you owe and what you will lose due to repossession or foreclosure. Then make a written request to Social Security to release a larger amount of your SSI back pay in the first installment so you can keep from losing property due to repossession/foreclosure. If you have proof of the arrears and/or warning letters present those with your request.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Jennifer Childers says:

      Hey I’m not sure if I commented in the right spot & if I commented on someone else’s post I am sorry. I didn’t see any other comment options.. but here is my question ..My dad died Nov. 7th. .. I was informed I would be receiving his back pay because he died before it was paid out. I went to the social security office & filled out a paper saying I was his next of kin & they told me once they figured out an amount it would be direct deposited in to my checking account. Any idea on how long that takes? He was approved before he died but didn’t receive his back pay before he died.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Jennifer,

        Release of the underpayment to you is likely to take two months from the date you completed the application to receive it. If you have not received it within two months, ask your local office to follow up to the payment center.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Dedra Bodden says:

      i talked to them today also, and was told my son’s back pay is processing. does that mean i will receive it in 5 days also?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Dedra,

        If your son’s entitlement is to Social Security and you don’t receive in February as told (accordingly to your earlier post), you can ask the local office to follow up to the payment center. If the entitlement is to Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the payment will be authorized by the local office and you can follow with them directly. “Being processed” can mean that anything from waiting its turn in the queque to have payment calculated to close to having payment go out.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  11. Kristine says:

    Hi,
    After a year, my daughter was finally approved for SSI on 12/23/15. We are still waiting on her first initial payment which they said will be February 1st.
    I have to set up a dedicated account for her back pay to be direct deposited into. I am setting up the account tomorrow (being I still have no paperwork for this and I just found out today what the account is).
    Can anyone tell me, once I give SS the account number and routing number, how long will it take for funds to be direct deposited into the account?
    thank you in advance for your help.
    Krissy

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kristine,

      Usually the back pay is paid after the first monthly check. If you haven’t received it by March 1, follow up with your local office. Note that use of the funds deposited to a dedicated account is restricted to just a few purposes. You can learn more at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • D D says:

      Hello
      My court date was December 15 2015, to appear before the ALJ, when I arrived the court clerk and my lawyer stated there was no reason for me to appear as the ALJ has ruled in my favor,I’m wanting to know what is the next step in my case, how long is the wait, is there a number I can call to check, in the state of Texas

      Thank You

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear D.D.,

        You can call the hearing office and how far along the appeal is in the written decision and letter preparation process.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  12. Ashley says:

    Hello! I was given a fully favorable decision on October 7, 2015. I received a partial check for my monthly payments at the end of December and I am waiting on my backpay. I opted out of SSI in October, have direct deposit in place, no workers comp, no other benefits. I even went down to the local SSA office almost two months ago to ask if i was sorted out to be my own payee. After waiting and waiting, i spoke to a case worker by chance one day while in the hospital at the beginning of December and she told me that they made a mistake and didn’t send notification to the payment center that i was clear to be my own payee. I have called several times a week since then and I have gone to the office once a week. I am now being evicted if I don’t pay my rent because their “mistake” and all they can tell me is that it’s “in the final stage”. I was told weeks ago that the local office would need to have the manager call a manager at the payment center to move things along. They keep saying that this will be done but nothing has changed. I having a baby in a week and a half and I am freaking out!! Is there anything that I can do to help this situation? Do i call my lawyer? Do I go to SSA and ask to speak to a manager? My case worker doesn’t return my phone calls at all. I feel really helpless at this point and my landlord is getting impatient. Thank you in advance for any guidance that you can bestow upon me.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ashley,

      I suggest that you both talk to the manager at your local office and call your congressperson’s office. Explain that you are near being evicted, expect to deliver a baby within a week and a half that two months processing time was lost due to the local office’s mistake. Try to get the manager to write a note that you have been medically approved for benefits and that payment is being processed by the payment center. Ask the congressperson’s office to contact the payment center with your dire need case.

      In the meantime, communicate with your landlord frequently and keep asking not to be evicted. Also, go to your local department of human services and explain the situation. See if they will give you Temporary Assistance to Needy Families this month to pay the rent because your baby will be born this month.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Ashley says:

        Thank you!! I will try my Congressperson this week! I also just got word today that my lawyer just received payment so I’m hoping that means I will receive payment this week as well.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          You are welcome, Ashley.

        • Antonio says:

          I contacted my congressional representative and was able to cut down my hearing wait time by 90%. It definitely does help get the lead out if congress gets involved. I had my hearing but I’m still waiting on my decision.

  13. Christina says:

    Hi, I was approved for my SSI in November 2015 I just received my first installment check of $2199 yesterday. I was told that I could go to the local SSI office and get another installment if I have unpaid bills or if I owe someone who has been helping me while I was waiting to get my disability. I owe a couple people that have helped me tremendously over the past couple years with my rent and clothing. Its been really rough and I promised along that when and if the time came I would pay them back. So I’m wondering what I need to do or say?
    Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Christina,

      Tell Social Security what you told me–that you owe two people a lot of money for supporting you while your claim was pending and that you need to repay them. Social Security may or may not consider that grounds for early release of the funds in the same way they might it you owed a medical provider. I suggest taking as statement from each person as to the amount you owe them and confirming that the help they provided was a loan with an agreement to be repaid upon approval of your claim. (That might also help you get a recalculation of your claim to be paid at a higher rate for past months if you were not paid $733 for the past months in which you got help.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  14. Marlene says:

    I won my hearing on September 30, 2015. I Have been waiting since then to receive ANY money. I have been told that I ill receive my first monthly payment on the 3rd Wednesday of this month but I really need the back pay to pay mounting bills. When I call the 1-800 # I get a different answer each time. Is there a number to reach the payment center so that I can get the info I need?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Marlene,

      Try calling this number, 410-965-8882, and follow the prompts. Note that I am not certain the number is current. Also note that it is not a toll-free number.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Marlene says:

        Thank you so much! I spoke with a very nice person who is taking care of everything! Thank you!

      • salina says:

        Kay, I am sorry to write on this thread but couldn’t figure out how to start a new one. I am completely frustrated. I was awarded ss disability back pay by a judge in March 2015. I received an ssi payment a few months after that. I filed for my children on a Saturday and received their payment in 9 days. In May 2015 my lawyer called into the local ss office about my payment. They said they didn’t show I was supposed to receive any more since I had gotten ssi. My lawyer explained there is still a little over $30,000 owed to me. I still have not received it. I have called the local office more times than I care to mention and they keep telling me to be patient. They claim they requested a ‘manager to manager’ with the payment center back in November. Still nothing. How do I even know they are telling me the truth at this point. My lawyer was paid long ago. I don’t see how this can be legal. Please help. Thanks in advance.
        Salina

  15. Sherrie Bates says:

    Dear Kay,
    I spoke with someone at the Baltimore payment center this morning and was informed that my first monthly check will be deposited next week, the second Wednesday in the month. She told me to call back in 7 days to check on my back pay but she also told me to check my banking account daily because it may show up. Have you ever had someone in my situation that actually received both payments within days of each other? Has someone received back pay before their monthly pay before?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sherrie,

      Typically people who get their benefits in a timely matter don’t make the news. If your back pay is for a relatively short period of time, it might be released around the same time.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  16. elaine says:

    after years of waiting and being denied ssi my husband was finally approved. we separated in august and he told me he was approved for ssi in oct. I’m not sure when he was actually approved but I also found out he also will receive benefits for our children who live with me. I have asked him over and over again what the status is of the payments and he keeps saying he is still waiting. Should we still be waiting and is there anything I can do since he told the ss office that the children live with him when they actually live with me. He went to court in June and didn’t tell me he was approved until Oct. Whenever I would ask him about it he would just tell me “I’m still waiting” and then finally in Oct he tells me he was approved. I don’t know what I need to do to get my children’s portion of his disability.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Elaine,

      It is possible that your husband and the children have not yet been paid even though he was approved in October. You can go to you local Social Security office with your husband’s Social Security number and apply to be payee for the children so that their money comes to you. Try to take some proof they live with you–their names on a rental agreement or school documentation.

      If you don’t have his Social Security number readily available, try to find it on old business papers such as tax returns. If you can’t come up with the number, try applying with only the children’s social security numbers. Once their payments start, Social Security should be able to find them in the computer system using their numbers.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  17. Lucy says:

    Hi Kay, I lost my job 12/4/2013 due to a disability. I applied in August of 2014, was denied, got an attorney Feb 2015 and was since approved in Sept 2015 with a start disability date of AS OF OCT. 7, 2014. (may be coincidence but my birthday in Oct 7). Question 1) why was my disability date awarded on Oct 7 2014, AFTER the onset of the disability of Dec 4, 2013? (I’m calling the last day I worked the onset since I was terminated due to absenteeism because of the disability. Since my approval date was OCT 7, 2014, the first month I was entitled to payment (5 months later was APRIL 2015). Notification of approval was in late Sept 2015 so my regular monthly payments started in Oct 2015 and every month since. But I never received back pay for April 2015 to Oct. 2015.

    In Dec. 2015 I applied for my minor child (when I found out I could do that). He was approved in less than 3 weeks and I just received his 5 mo. back pay from April 2015 to Dec. 2015. His regular mo. payments will begin in Jan 2016. 2) My second question is how can he get his April to Dec 2015 back pay before I got mine (still have not received it). Again, my first payment was made in OCT. but DISABILITY date was APRIL so it’s been 3 months and still no back pay for the primary from April 2015 to Oct 2015. Can you think of any reason why it’s taking so long for MY back pay to be paid?? Or what do I have to do to determine when it will be paid or why it has not? I appreciate your help very much. Lucy

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lucy,

      You should have been paid your back pay by now. I suggest that you ask the local office to send a memo to the payment center notifying them that your children have received their back pay, but you have not. Something has gone wrong. If you are told that it was paid, report non-receipt and ask for a replacement payment. As far as the different established date of disability, it could be that October 7 was the first date you had medical documentation of the severity of your condition and its being your birthday is coincidental. On the other hand, you did not say how old you became on your birthday. If you were turning fifty-five, you could have entered into a new age bracket that did not require you to be disabled from occupations you’ve not done before thus making you disabled as defined by law on that date but not before.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • scullen111 says:

        Had same issue back in 2000

        After numerous calls to social security and no results, I called my US Congressman who made inquiry.

        Amazingly I received my back benefits shortly thereafter.

        Social Security said “oops he must have fallen through the cracks” when the congressman asked why I hadn’t received my back benefits.

        Point is… Grease the wheels of government….

        Hopefully this will help

    • Kimberly says:

      I was approved for ssdi on 7/23/15 backdated to 9/1/2012. Received fully favorable letter on 8/14/15. I received my first check on 10/14/15. Went to the office added my daughter on the claim she is now 19 but her back pay is from when was 17 until she graduated high school @ 19. I received a letter for her back pay in October stating should receive it soon.still haven’t received her back pay or mine. I didn’t apply for ssi

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Kimberly,

        If you and your daughter ave not received back pay by January 15, you can go to the local office and ask that they send a follow up memo to the payment center; however, it is not likely to speed things up.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Beth says:

      I received my fully favorable letter today which is Sat. Also found they had deposited my backpay into my account today. Said my first check would start in March. I filed last Oct.
      My letter also states this
      “It is recommended that a determination be made concerning appointing a payee representative”.
      I’m very confused. I did state I was able to write checks and handle a checking account. If they thought I needed a payee why did they go ahead and deposit my backpay. I am so confused.
      It just says “it’s recommended”. Does that mean they won’t make me have a payee

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Beth,

        Apparently, the approval recommended that a determination be made rather than the approval including a determination. And, apparently, when your benefit payments were authorized, the decision was made that you didn’t need a payee.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  18. JIMMY ROTEN III says:

    Hey I was approved for both ssi ssd that have me down to get my first payment this month on the 31 do to the 3rd been on a Sunday but I just like to know how long be for I get my back pay for my ssd I know I’m not getting nothing on the ssi they said I made to much long-term disability insurance that I had at work so I just like to know when I will get my back pay cause I need it bad with me having 4 kids and about to loose every thing so any info will help cause everyone that I know always got thier back pay before their monthly payments started so someone plz give me some insight on this would be great

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jimmy,

      It usually takes a month or two to get the back pay after the monthly benefits start. I suggest that you check with your long-term disability (LTD)insurance company about your approval for Social Security Disability. Usually LTD is reduced by Social Security including for past months covered by your Social Security back pay. In other words, you may have to use the SSDI back pay to repay some of the LTD you have received.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  19. Patricia A Kelleher says:

    I have a question please. My husband and had been getting disabilty for some time. I am now also disabled. I am 47 years old. My husband I’d 66.can I not draw of of his disabily.? So confused please help

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Patricia,

      Unless you have a child of your husband’s under age sixteen in your care, you cannot receive wife’s benefits until you are age sixty-two. If you have worked, you might qualify for disability benefits on your own earnings records; and/or if your husband’s benefits are less than $1,120 gross, you might qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability, also administered by the Social Security Administration.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Dedra Bodden says:

        i received an award letter for my son back in Nov. 2015. i have not yet received his back pay. i spoke with a lady from ss and she told me i should receive it by Feb 2016. i have not yet received it. How can i check if it even been sent out or processed?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Debra,

          If the payment is projected for sometime in February, the payment would not have been sent out yet. If you don’t receive payment in February, you can ask the local office to follow up to the payment center.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Casandra a fisher says:

        I got approved for my ssi on December 31 and I went to the appointment January 29th for my mom to sign payee papers and they told me I was getting $2199 in back pay and I will receive 488.35 every month on the 1st how long is it gonna take for my back pay to come back I’m from Arkansas??

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Casandra,

          The monthly benefits will start first. If you have not received the first installment of back pay within a month of getting your first monthly payment, have your mother follow up with the local office.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Melissa says:

        Hi ,

        Sorry for posting like this but im not sure how to start a conversation . Im a non US Citizen . I have a case worker but sometimes they are not helpful and i dont know all the rules of how social
        Security works . Basically my son was receiving a survivors benefit. When he was 16 i sent Baltimore a request to apply for Disability once he turned 18. My benefits for survivors was terminated once he turned 16. He is now 18 and they are still processing :( my case worker said he is working with the office to reinstate his benefits ? I received a letter in Dec 2015 stating payment amont for on or about 31st Dec. received nothing . Case worker dosent explsin much at all and im left looking online . I read that my benefits shoukd have continued but a bit hard when they hadnt even looked at my claim for a year and a bit after my son turned 16. I dont know what his entitled too and dies that letter stating benefit amount mean his been approved for disability ? Appreciate your input .

        Thanks Mel

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Melissa,

          If you son got a letter with a payment amount listed, it does mean that it is approved. If the approval was for disabled adult child survivor benefits on his father’s record and he lives with you, you can apply to have your benefits reinstated based on caring for a disabled adult child of your deceased husband.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  20. John says:

    Hello.
    I filed for Social Security Disability in 2010 myself & got denied. I got an Lawyer and received SSDI in 2013. I got my back pay from 2013 & my monthly benefits
    My Lawyer applied to get my SSDI start date to begin back on 2010 when I first applied.
    It was approved. So now I’m waiting to get my back pay from Oct. 2010 to Jan 2013. I’ve been waiting for 5 months. My Lawyer already got their 2nd payment in October.
    I called and the problem is that back when I was 19 I received SSI for 4 months, & they have to take the SSI out of the back pay I’m going to receive.
    I forgot about that.
    My Question: How do I find out how much I received on SSI? This was a long time ago.
    Is there a way for me to check, and How?

    Thanks for your reply
    JD

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear John,

      The amount would have been $674 or less per month depending on your living arrangements and other income at the time.

      Sincerely
      Kay

    • Viola Norris says:

      Hello I wanna no if Ssi have to give me my second back pay but I’m is housing court can they give me my money

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Viola,

        I am not sure what you mean by housing court, but if you mean you are about to be evicted, yes, you should be able to get the back pay released or at least enough to take care of your rent arrears. You need to request release of the amount your need. Be prepared to show proof of impending eviction.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  21. heather brown says:

    i am pretty stressed out . i had a hearing on 8/3. heard about a fully favorable decision on 10/17. ssd said the paperwork went through on 10/28 which is when i received my fully favorable letter. have not heard a thing since except for the meeting with my local office to add my kids.i have called a few times and only last week they told me my lawyer was paid out . just today the website says i am currently receiving benefits(it has been saying otherwise) so i called the 800 number and was told i am not scheduled my first payment until jan and she does not see anything about back pay. at my fully favorable hearing i was deemed disabled on 12/19/2012. i have never received ssi, workers comp, state aid. only temp disability for the first 6 months after i could no longer work…. i do not understand the hold up and why no one knows anything . all my bills are due, my mortgage is behind. i dont know what to do anymore

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Heather,

      It sounds as if the December monthly benefit has been processed for payment. Benefits are paid the month after the month for which they are due, so your December benefit will be paid in January. It typically takes one to two months from the set up of the monthly benefit for the back pay to be processed and released and to get the children’s benefits in pay.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Cindy says:

      I am in a similar situation EXCEPT I’ve been receiving SSDI benefits since 2004 when I became completely disabled. Problem I’m having is I tried to work part-time and due to this my benefits were “suspended” because SS said I used up all 9 of my trial work months and was earning above SGA. I was completely unaware of any of this until I received a letter stating my and my childrens benefits were being stopped. I was able to send in paystubs to show proof the earnings from my job that Social security had on file were in fact wrong. Once I was able to prove this I was told all the paperwork to have it corrected and for my benefits and my children’s benefits to be reinstated was sent to the “payment center” for processing. This is my problem the payment center hasn’t reinstated my benefits or my childrens. I am currently owed 3 months now of back benefits and I’m in jeopardy of losing my medicare and part D due to non payment because my disability hasn’t been reinstated. I had to quit my part time job due to my disability and have no income yet can’t get anyone to process my paperwork and reinstate my benefits and my childrens. I have even contacted my congressmens office I’m in such desperation financially and I still can’t get the payment center to process the paperwork. I’m at a complete loss. I have no money to pay my bills, I’m about ready to lose everything I have and I have 3 little kids that won’t get a Christmas this year. I’m just sick over all of this. Why hasn’t the payment center reinstated my benefits yet? I’ve been waiting and waiting and everyday I check the website to see that nope no benefits have been paid and my disability is still turned off. Why is it taking so long to reinstate benefits it’s not a new determination, I’m not waiting on any kind of decision. It’s a simple reinstatement. Does anyone have any experience with anything similar to what I’m going through? Any input is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Cindy,

        You have done about all you can do to move things along. Presumably workloads are making your claim wait to be handled. I suggest that you contact your state or county social services office and apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to get help while you wait. (You will likely have to pay back the TANF funds you receive.) I also suggest that you talk with your mortgage company or landlord to tell them the situation and ask them to hang in there with you while you wait. Emphasize that the suspension was an error and you have been told verbally that you will be reinstated with back pay, but the payment center is backlogged.

        As far as the Medicare goes, when you are reinstated the back pay will probably be reduced by the Part B and D medicare premiums for the back months and will pay doctor bills if the docs will extend credit. This probably will not help you get prescriptions filled now. If you have essential medications, check the pharmaceutical companies that make your meds and request a temporary free supply; some companies do this. Or, if you get TANF, use some of it to pay the premiums or see if a relative or friend can lend you enough to pay the premiums.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  22. Nikki says:

    Hello, I received a phone call from social security asking me to update my information for ssi…which I received 5 years ago but not since then. I have not been working for the past almost 2 years. I received a letter about a month ago saying They have adjusted my ssi for that time and will begin receiving benefits in December and they would be in touch about back pay. I received my first check on the 1st of this month. I have not heard anything about my back pay yet, when do you think I would receive my back pay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nikki,

      For me to understand and respond, please clarify: are you receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Zahida says:

      Hi Kay, My mom became disable on March 7 2015..She received her firs check in September. Should she receive any backpay?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Zahida,

        Your mother would be due any Social Security back pay because the first five full-calendar months of disability are unpaid.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  23. Ashley C says:

    Hello, I was given my letter of fully favorable decision on October 8, 2015 and I received a letter stating that I will get my first monthly payment the fourth Wednesday in December. I was given an amount for what my back pay will be but I have not gotten the funds yet. I called social security several times and no one can give me an answer. I signed up for a bank account and gave them the info at the end of October, I told them I never received workers comp when they said they were trying to figure that out and I was told that they were trying to determine if I’m my own payee, but when I went down to the SSA in my area, they said it stated I was my owner payee. I know my lawyer will get paid right before I do and that holds things up a bit as well. I also was approved for SSI but I dropped it because my SSDI benefits were high enou to make the SSI obsolete. I’m just curious if I will get the back pay this month or does it always come a month later? I’m currently hospitalized and need to pay my rent so I’m kind of in a panic and any info or timeframe averages for NYS would truly be appreciated. Thank you!!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ashley,

      Social Security back pay is typically paid one to two months after the first monthly check. Call your local office and ask to have your claim flagged dire need and also ask them to be sure that your social Security computer record is coded for no SSI.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  24. Jay says:

    Hello Kay,

    I was found fully favorable and I have a son who is seven years old, from my ex-wife, who has sole physical custody, but we should have joint legal custody. Thedivorce papers shows that my son is with me 49% of the time and 51% with my ex. If i apply to have my son to my claim and is approved for disabled parent’s benefits for children, which parent, me or my ex wife would be responsible to be the payee for my son. Will they go by the fact that the divorce papers gives her sole custody and she will be my son’s payee or if I have proof (lease & school records) that my son lives with both of us, would I be named as my son’s payee?

    I also would like to know if I owe back taxes but is in non collectible status, will my backpay get taken by the irs?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jay,

      Please see my reply to your first post.

      Your Social Security back pay may be withheld to satisfy your tax debt now that you have funds.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Jason says:

        Would this be the case even if you submitted a OIC (offer in compromise) to the IRS and it is acknowledged before pay status was approved on SSDI claim?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jason,

          I do not know the answer to that question. The IRS or a local Social Security office may be able to help you.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  25. Belle says:

    Hi Kay:

    I have a question. My daughter’s father filed for his SS benefits at age 68 just last month. He did not file at his full age of 66 but delayed it to this year. We have a daughter who’s 16 right now. I did NOT know that my daughter gets benefits as well when her father star getting his. So, my daughter should start getting at 2-years ago but NONE. Surprisingly, I got a call 2 weeks ago from Social Security Administration to set up an appointment, I did and give them all the documents they wanted such as my daughters birth certificate and the Married License. However, my daughter’s father and I are divorce 2 years ago and we were married or 14-years. My question is, when my daughter gets her month benefits? Does she gets paid for the 2-years back-pay she she haven’t receive? The father pays child support of $150/weekly, is my daughter still get that while getting the Social Security benefits? As I am aware of, there’s NO part of divorce settlement pertaining to Social Security benefits that the child-support will stop when she gets it. Also, I never remarried and do I get part of that benefit too since I am 100% full custody of my daughter. This things baffle me and hope you can enlighten my mind. I thank you in advance.

    Sincerely,

    Belle

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Belle,

      Your daughter is entitled to benefits for the same months that her father is entitled. If you are under age sixty-two, you are eligible for months that your daughter is under age sixteen. However, if she is disabled, you can apply to have your benefits continue after she turned age sixteen because you are caring for a disabled child. The child support will stay the same unless her father goes to family court and gets a revised support order.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Belle says:

        Thanks Kay For Reply:

        My daughter is not disable and I am 39 years old. I called Social Security and they said that my daughter is only entitle on the months when her father starts collecting the benefits at age 68 whereas his full retirement age was age 66 of which he did not file then. She said that, my daughter loses those 2-years and no back pay for her while my daughter was 13. She’s 16 1/2 now and she does not get anything yet. Is that true that since the file file only at age 68 even if his full retirement was age 66 and opted not to file and my daughter does not get anything for those 2 years? I thought hers is different than the father. Thank you

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Belle,

          You have received correct information. Your daughter is eligible only for the months that her father receives benefits.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  26. Victoria says:

    Hey!

    I’m not entirely sure that you will have an answer for this, but, my father applied for disability in 2012. I was 15 at the time. He’s just been awarded this year. I’m now 19 and married. I am aware that I will not receive back pay past the month that I was married. My question is, since I will be receiving the back pay up to the point of marriage, how is that going to be taxed? My husband and I have an income of about $45,000 this year. Will it be taxed? If so, how should I figure what to put back for it?

    Thanks.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Victoria,

      You will be paid benefits for each month that your father receives benefits through the later of the month before you turned eighteen or the month before you left high school (assuming you were still nineteen at that time). Questions regarding taxation should be directed to the IRS. I can provide the general information that Social Security benefits are not taxable if a married couple has income below $32,000.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  27. Heather says:

    I was a approved for full retro payment for my son March 2015 I got my first Payment April 2015 but now 9 months later I still have not received any back pay. I went to the office 2 1/2 weeks ago to see what was going on and the case worker told me that the supervisor had to approve the amount and everything and I would receive it in my bank account in 7 to 10 business days but I haven’t received anything yet. What should I do? When I call they tell me they don’t see anything requested and to visit the office I called the case worker and left a message but no call back yet.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Heather,

      I suggest going back to the office and asking whether it is on the supervisor’s desk yet? If so, as the claims representative to ask the supervisor when you can expect to get payment. If the representative doesn’t want to do that, ask to speak to the supervisor.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  28. Michelle says:

    My child’s father was approved for social security disability. I had to apply to be the payee for my daughters benefits. When talking to the social security worker she told me my daughter would receive a back pay check that I was to use solely for my daughter. Her father hadn’t paid child support for two years waiting on a decision from disability. I was told by the worker that I would receive money for back child support out of her dads back pay and my daughters back pay was separate from the child support. I looked on the child support payment website and I had a large lump sum that said credit instead of payment. When I called child support they said this money was credited do to money sent to me. I did get money in my daughters name but no back child support. Her father still has not received his back pay. I guess i am asking if there will still be back pay coming to me out of his money or was the money my daughter received the only back pay we will be receiving. The reason I ask is I need to use some of the money to pay some bills off that incurred the last two years without receiving any child support from him and I cant use any of the money I received for her to do this. Do you have any answers?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Michelle,

      You will receive your child’s Social Security dependent back benefits. It sounds as if the money withheld from her father’s benefit is being used to reimburse the state for welfare payments made for your daughter’s care during the time no child support was being paid. If the welfare equaled or exceeded the child support, there would be no child support left over to forward to you. You probably signed some agreement about that arrangement when you accepted government collection of child support. All of that said, I am not an expert on government-managed child support, so if needed ask the child support for more information if needed to be sure you understand the situation.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Jay says:

        Hi…my question is I was found fully favorable and I have a son (7yrs old) from my ex wife. My ex has sole physical custody but we share joint legal custody, even though the divorce papers shows that my son is with me for 49 percent of the time and 51 percent with my ex wife….if I apply to have my son added to my claim and is approved for children’s benefits of a disabled parent, which parent (me or my ex wife) would be responsible for managing my son’s benefits funds? Will they go by the fact that she has sole physical custody or will me showing proof that my son is also listed on my apartment lease and and other stuff be enough for the funds to be managed by me?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jay,

          Your ex-wife should receive your child’s benefit because she has sole physical custody and is responsible for taking care of paying for his food and shelter and other needs. If he visits you, on weekends for example, she should give you a small amount of the benefits to cover his food while with you. She should get a receipt from you for the money given.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Jay says:

            So even if I have fourteen (14) court order overnights every month, she should be payee?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Jay,

            I suggest that you and her mother discuss who might best serve as payee in a visit to the local Social Security office. Considerations which parent will take the child shopping for clothes and school supplies and take the child to dental and hair cut appointments, supply the allowance, etc. Whichever parent is made payee will need to give the other parent some of the funds to cover food in the second household.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  29. Happy5717 says:

    I was wondering if you knew anything about this.
    I was recently approved for my SSI (disability). I have an written agreement that my lawyer drew up and had me and my roommate at the time sign. It stated that I would repay the loan whenever I started getting my back pay (in about 6 mos time). My lawyer seemed to think I would get my back pay and it would be up to me to pay my loan off. But, I talked to someone at SSI and they informed me that instead of me getting my back pay, that SSI (disability) would just cut them (whom I owe the money to) a check.
    Could you please tell me whom is right my lawyer or SSI? Thanks for your time in advance.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Happy,

      I think there has been some confusion. Social Security will pay your attorney directly. It will not pay your roommate directly.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  30. Valerie says:

    Dear Kay,

    After look at some of the questions and your replies. I am pretty much guess that it takes roughly 2 months if you are lucky to receive any of your back pay..
    I am wondering how do you find out how much back pay you are getting? I have yet to be told this and didn’t even know how much money I was getting a month nor that a payment had been put into my bank account until I happen to log onto my account on Social Security the other day and saw where they had my monthly amount and that a payment had been sent..Any assistance would be greatly appreciated thank you..
    Valerie

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Valerie,

      It is typical that benefits arrive in a bank account before a letter arrives in the mail. You should be receiving a letter with a week to ten days of the deposit and it should tell you the amount of back pay.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • anonymous says:

        I had my PERC interview for ssi on November 13th and my case worker told me I’d she gets the paperwork she sent me back in time, I’ll start getting benefits December 1st. The city that I live in had a big windstorm that next Tuesday and knocked out 80% of the city’s power and mail was backed up do she didn’t get the paperwork in time. I called her this nothing to make sure she got the paperwork and she told me that I won’t get my monthly benefits in December. Is there a possibility I will get my first back pay payment in December or do I have to get a monthly benefit check first. I don’t have a bank account she’s going to put it on a direct express card.

      • Valerie C says:

        Thank you…
        I do have two more question, though..
        When they do deposit your checks for back pay do they also still give you your regular SSI/SSDI payment for that month as well? Because in some incidents you’d be over what you are allowed to have in resources or whatever you call it especially if you are single!
        And I was lead to believe that the SS office here in the state I live in would handle the state SS supplement and tell me whether I am eligible for that but it was not included in the award letter I got so do I have to contact the local DSS office to see if I am eligible for any state monies? I have looked on our states site but can not understand if I would be eligible or not because of how it reads.
        Thank you again for your time and patience.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Valerie,

          You will receive your regular monthly benefit in the month the back pay is paid. If in your state, Social Secuity administers the state supplement, I suggest following up with your local Social Security office about the SSI state supplement. The DDS handles only the medical review.

          Back Social Security and SSI benefits do not count toward the resource limit until nine months after they are paid.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Mike H says:

        Hi Kay,

        Tomorrow I will receive my 2nd ssdi payment, just wondering when I may receive my back pay? Also in my letter received from social security it states that they withheld my benefits from March/2015 -September/2015 and also states how much they are giving my attorney out of the money withheld. Will I receive the difference plus the amount from October 2012 for which it is approved from that date? Please help.

        Mike

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Mike,

          If you were approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI), when the back pay is released you will be paid from the later of the sixth full calendar month after your established date of disability or twelve months before the date of your initial application. If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI, benefits begin to accrue the month after application unless you applied on the first of the month in which case benefits begin with the month of application. You do not say why the back pay was being withheld. If it is being withheld because you were approved for both SSDI and SSI, your Social Security back pay will be offset (reduced) by the amount of SSI you have been or will be paid for the same months.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  31. Melissa Pritchett says:

    I went to court in Feb. & won received a letter with the dollar amount and months of eligibility. I have received 2 of my monthly income checks direct deposited. Every time I call the S.S. office I get different answers about when I will receive my back pay. Yesterday when I called the guy says they released my file 6 weeks ago they should have given me my money. My question is, what can I do to find out what is going on?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melissa,

      I think the local office is saying that your back pay is pending release from the payment center. It seems to be taking about two months to get back pay after the first monthly check starts. If you don’t receive it in December ask your local office to check to be sure that the payment center knows you do not have an SSI claim pending. Otherwise, the local office can’t help much.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  32. J Mark says:

    Dear Kay,
    The entire process is incredible. To recap, my date of onset is August, 2006. My last letter from SSA outlined my recent work activity and if I would receive any benefits. According to SSA, my trial period has been used up. So, I am in the three year period. This period ends in September, 2016. The SSA has found that I will be paid back pay up until December 2014 only. Nothing for 2015. Since I am not entitled to any continuing pay, when can I expect my back pay? As an aside, I have received my Medicare card indicating I have Part A only. I thought that I automatically received Part B as well. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear J.,

      Usually Part B Medicare starts automatically and you have to decline it to keep premiums from being automatically withheld from benefits. In your case, you have no benefits in 2015 from which to withhold the premiums and that may be why your card shows Part A only. If you want Part B, you can enroll now in the annual open enrollment period, which ends December 7. You can get more information at http://www.medicare.gov.

      Note that to have benefits start right away you may have to pay the premiums for all the months your benefits were suspended for work so that you have continuous coverage. If you do not, your Medicare Part B is likely to start July 2016 and be at a somewhat higher monthly rate than if you pay for all of 2015. If you have unpaid medical bills from 2015 that could be covered by Part B, it could be beneficial to pay the premiums retroactively. Also note, if you want to pay retroactively, you will likely have to explain that you are newly approved and are already in the Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE) and that is why premiums weren’t paid. One more possibility is that you may be required to pay the past months for continuous coverage in order to have Medicare continue after your Social Security is terminated at the end of the EPE, which will happen if you are still performing substantial gainful activity at that time.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • J Mark says:

        Kay,
        Thank you for the explanation about Medicare. I have taken your advice and applied for Part B. I had to send it to my local SSA office. Once I get Part B, I intend to get Part C. The letter did mention that I will be keeping Part A. Do you have any idea when I will receive my back pay?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear J,

          I can’t predict when your back pay will arrive, but I would expect it would be sixty days or more from the date of the letter you received that said you were being paid for a limited period. As an aside, I suggest you check to be sure that you don’t have to request all Medicare coverages now to have them continue after your cash benefits ended.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • J Mark says:

            Kay,
            Thank you for your continuing assistance. As of November 21, there is no more information to be gathered. As of now, I will not be receiving any current payments. Of course, I have a year left of my EPE, and things can change. So, the only thing I can expect is my back pay. I have no idea of the forthcoming amount. In addition, my back pay appears to extend from Aug 2006 to Dec 2014. So, another 60 days to wait. I’m going to my local office next month to check on my Part B status. I am set up for paper checks. Is there anything else I need to do other than wait?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Mark,

            I think you have it covered.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • Jasmine says:

        Dear Kay,
        I was wondering if it was possible for you to shed some light as to why the social security office has not released my son’s last back pay installment. I filled out the paper work that tbey needed me to fill out and was told that if his worker for anything wrong with it, she would give me a call. That was back in August. I have made several calls to the 800 and local office but every time I call her extension, it always goes to voicemail. When I call and ask for her, they always say that she is not available. What should I do or what can I do to get them to release it?

        Sincerely,
        Jasmine

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jasmine,

          If possible, visit the local Social Security office and ask to speak to the supervisor.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

        • PEOPLE WORKS FOR YEARS PAY INTO SOCIAL SECURITY BECOME DISABLE LOSE EVERY THING THEY HAVE HOMES CARS ECT AND IT APPEARS NONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO WORK IN THIS SYSTEM APPEAR TO Care. iKNOW THEY HAVE A LARGE CASE LOAD WHY THE S/S DO NOT HIRE MORE IF A PERSON HAS WORKED FOR YEARS AND PAYED INTO THE SYSTEM THAT STAND TO REASON THEY ARE NOT TRYING TO GET THIS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WANT TO WORK THEIRS CLAIMS SHOULD HAVE SOME PRIORITY.SOMETHING IS TERRIBLE WRONG WITH THIS SSA SYSTEM IT NEED REVISING NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO SUFFER BECAUSE OF A SYSTEM THAT TOOK THEY MONEY OUT OF THEIR CHECK BEFORE THEY EVEN GOT IT AND NOW THEY ARE DISABLE YOU TAKE YOUR OWN TIME AND THEY LOSE EVERY THING BECAUSE OF A SYSTEM THAT DOES NOT CARE.OUR STATE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE SHOULD REVISE THIS NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO WAIT FOR YEARS .WE SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WARS IN OTHER COUNTRIES YET THE DISABLE ARE LOSING GETTING PUT OUT DOORS FORECLOSURES IS THIS FAIR TO US AS AMERICAN CITIZENS?THIS SHOULD AT THE MOST TAKE NO MORE THAN A FEW MONTH. INSTEAD OF YEARS.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Barbara,

            I suggest you take action on your own suggestion and contact your senator and congressperson to request funding be made available to hire additional Social Security and DDS staff. (The DDS employees are state employees but Social Security contracts with the state.)

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  33. Angela says:

    I was approved for disability in April of this year & received my first monthly payment in May. I was denied for SSI & do not have a workmans comp claim. I still have not received the back pay and it has almost been 6 months since the first payment. I have followed up with them regularly & keep getting told that there is no reason why it should not have been processed & released by now & that my claim has been escalated as high as it can be & still no progress. This last conversation in regards to it I was told that they had until November 4th to release the payment & here we are on the 9th & still nothing. I have tried contacting my local worker but all I get is her voicemail & she does not return calls. I am at a loss on what to do. They also told me that I am considered dire need so I dont know what to do, I would appreciate any advice or insight you can provide. I have put in a call to my lawyers office to have them look into it as well as that is my last resort. I was approved for back pay to March of 2011 but was told that they are withholding the 1st year so I would only get from March 2012, I dont understand that either but t this point if I cant event get what they have said that I am entitled to there is no point in trying to understand what they are withholding. Thank you for your time. I hope you have a wonderful day.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Angela,

      I suggest that you contact your congressperson’s office and ask them to make an inquiry into the release of the back benefits, which has been pending too long.

      I don’t have enough information to say anything definite about when benefits should begin to accrue, but the general regulation is that benefits begin to accrue the later of twelve months before your initial application or the sixth full calendar month of disability.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  34. edith says:

    I have been approved since June of 2015 for ssi and disablity. I received my first installment of my back pay from ssi but nothing yet from disablity back pay. I know my local office says the offset has been done and it is at the payment center. When should I receive the rest of my backpay for ssi ? I was getting 550.00 and now they cut me down to 173.50. I do not understand why they done this either.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Edith,

      You need to ask Social Security why your SSI went down. It may be because you are going to receive your first Social Security monthly benefit payment. If that is the case, you can expect to get your Social Security back pay, reduced by SSI paid for the same period, to be paid in one to three months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Brandy Boutte says:

        Hello,
        My son’s disability has finally been approved. I’m owed retroactive pay from December of 2014. I have already been to the office for my interview after my approval. I just recieved my son’s first check and his award letter how long should it take for his retroactive lay to come in I have also been told the amount to to my son.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Brandy,

          If your son is was approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the first installment of the back pay should be released within a week or two. If he was approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI), it can take up to two months after the first monthly payment for back pay to be released.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • KHolliday says:

            I’ve received to months worth of monthly SSDI payments but still have not received any of the back pay

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear K.,

            If you have not received your back pay within another month, ask your local office to follow up to be sure that it is in queque for processing.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  35. JULIE says:

    My husband was approved for SSD, and is receiving monthly checks but still waiting for back pay. At a meeting with SS this week he was given the form SSA-1372 for my daughter (his step) that graduated last year. He was told to do this because it affects his back pay. The school refuses to complete because she is not currently a student. What do we do?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Julie,

      If your daughter was a student in the month she turned eighteen and/or after, recontact the school and ask them to fill in the form for the period of time she was a student and to show he last date she attended school. Explain that the statement is not for current benefits but for benefits for the period of time she was in school. If she stopped school before her eighteenth birthday month, there is no need to have the form completed.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  36. Michael Millevolte says:

    I was approved for SSI and SSDI benefits a year ago. The lawyers where paid out in 10/14. I have been receiving my monthly payments since then. It has now been a year and I still have not received my SSI back pay. I have called once a week for updates for months now and they keep telling me everything is approved and I should be getting the funds any day now. They have been saying that since 5/14. The back pay amount owed to me is in in the upper 5 figures. Its been maddening waiting for this benefit as I need the funds for new housing and a chance to move into a more permanent residence. Do I need to contact my lawyer again to get to the bottom of this?

    • Michael Millevolte says:

      Sorry I meant my back SSDI has been in limbo now for a year since my first monthly benefit payment.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Michael,

      It is unlikely that your attorney will assist; usually attorneys deal only with the medical decision. You might try contacting your congressperson’s office and ask that they contact the payment center that is responsible for releasing the funds. Also, you might ask the local office to check to be sure that the payment center knows that everything related to your SSI claim has been completed. (Note: Your Social Security back pay will be reduced by the amount of SSI you received for the same period.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Michael Millevolte says:

        Thank you for the prompt response Kay! I contacted my congressmen’s office and they said they would get the ball rolling for me. I surely hope so. Waiting for over a year has been depressing so say the least.

  37. Jark Mann says:

    Hello

    Maybe someone can give me an honest answer. I was given an Awards Letter in June 24th. I won my disability case. I have been paid my disability checks now for 4 months, but still I have not received my back-pay check. Each time I call the dreaded SSA they give me a new story. In fact I believe they are scripted. One lady said I would get my check on or before Sept 26th, 2015. All lies! I recently wrote my Senator Dianne Feinstein and asked for her assistance. Can I maybe hire a Collection company to go after the SSA? Perhaps sue them? Any advice?

    Thank you!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jark,

      It usually takes two months after monthly checks start to get back pay, but it can take longer. The only suggestion I have is to ask the local office to check to be sure that the payment center knows that either you do not have an Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim or that it has been paid.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  38. Kit says:

    My Wife was approved for SSDI, we went into our local office and sent in the application for me to be her payee and also signed to not seek SSI. The office clerk sent my wife’s info to the processing center. Is it possible that the back pay can be directly deposited? Also is there any way to check on the processing centers end of things?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kit,

      The first payment will be a monthly payment. When you get the first payment, it will show you as payee on the check. At that time you can set up a bank account for future payments to be direct deposited. Take the routing number and account number to Social Security as soon as the account is set up. The local office can follow-up to the payment center in thirty days if you ask them to.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  39. Jimmy Scott says:

    I was approved for disability August 27 2015 at my hearing and it’s now Oct and I haven’t even received a regular monthly check back pay or anything when I call social security they say its pending I even called the ODAR office and was told it has to be written up and the Judge need to sign it and this still hasn’t been done. What is really going on I read some of these stories and most got there regular checks the month after there hearing why are they holding mine up??? Is it that Alabama is slow or what???? Gezzzz!!!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jimmy,

      No one gets paid on a hearing approval until the decision letter has been written, signed, and mailed. Then how long it takes to get payment after that depends on local workloads and whether the approval is for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is handled by the local office or for Social Security Disability (SSDI), which is paid from a central payment center. Usually the latter takes longer.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • michele gould says:

        Hi Kay been reading a lot about trying to get my frist check my question is they have sent my sign paper work from the judge on the 10/5/15 when should I be getting a check?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Michele,

          If your claim was for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) it will likely be within a month to six weeks. If it was for Social Security Disability (SSDI) it will probably be closer to two to three months. If the claim was for both SSI and SSDI, SSI will be paid first and typically Social Security takes a couple more months after that.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • michele gould says:

            as far as i understand it will just be ssd. I was just hoping to get the awards letter would help. to understand things

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Michele,

            Very often the award letter is issued at the time of the payment and actually arrives after the first payment.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Shamika says:

            Hello

            I think I have received back pay for my son. But when will monthly payments start?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Shamika,

            Usually monthly benefits start before back pay. If your son is eligible for ongoing benefits, they should start within a month.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  40. Melissa says:

    If you get SSI and SSDI can you still have money coming from your back pay both of them, can you barrow money if its an emergency and my electric bill is 1,211 and they gave me a disconnect notice can i get them to help him cause i need the money fast cause i have 7 kids and they want to turn my lights off so its an emergency.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melissa,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is paid before Social Security Disability (SSDI) monthly benefits and back pay are paid. The SSDI back pay will be reduced by the amount of SSI back pay you receive for the same months.

      You cannot borrow or get an advance against your SSDI. If you are not yet receiving monthly SSI benefits, you may be able to get an emergency advance payment of up to $733 in SSI benefits, which will be withheld from future benefits. To request the emergency advance pay, go to your local office and take you shut off notice and bill that shows the amount you owe. If you are already getting SSI but have not gotten all your SSI back pay, go to Social Security with the shut-off notice and bill and request release of enough of your back pay to pay the electric bill.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • fonda says:

        Approximately how long after ssi backpay has been paid will my ssdi start. I recieved my ssi backpay around the7Th of October. I appreciate your advice thanks

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Fonda,

          It is usually one to two months after your SSI starts that the Social Security Disability (SSDI) monthly benefits begin. SSDI back pay is paid after the SSDI monthly benefits begin.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • april says:

      Hello I was approved for ssi on 8/13/2015. I have not received any payment and when I call my worker said he completed everything but when he tries to put it pay stautes,the system gives him an error message and want put it through. It’s going on a month with no monthly payment or notices.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear April,

        I suggest that you call again and ask your claims representative to get assistance from a supervisor or technical specialist to resolve the error message. If after that you have not gotten payment in ten days, go to the Social Security office if you can or call and ask to speak to a supervisor.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Chris says:

      Hey I received 2199 n April for my first back pay will I receive my second backpay next month since it will be my 6th month mark

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Chris,

        The next payment will be in six months.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Nicole says:

          Do they release the backpay anytime in the month that you’re up at your six months or is there select dates and what happens if you do not get it in the six months

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Nicole,

            Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is paid in six-month installments if the amount due is more than $2,199. The installments can be paid any time in the sixth month. If you do not receive by the end of the sixth month, follow up with your local office to request release.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

    • Brian says:

      I was approved for ssi on August 26 2015.I have been told by ssa that my onset date is March 2012.I have lived with my parents the entire time and have a written agreement to pay them back from 2011 in rent 500 a month rent.ssa says by back pay will be 488 a month.I don’t understand why the back pay is not 733 a month.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Brian,

        I assume that you have submitted the written agreement to repay. If it was signed in 2011, then it should be treated as a bonafide loan and not counted as income. Try discussing this with the claims representative again. If the final formal decision as reflected in the award letter is to reduce your benefit to $488, I suggest that you appeal.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  41. steven says:

    hi,everyone I,m disable and was approved for SSDI about 12 years ago and they said I can only get 1200 a month because I was getting workers comp 2,000 a month but 10 years ago workers comp reduce my 15 days checks to permanent and stationary to amount of 170 per week,SSDI said that 1200,00 was offset because I was getting 2,000 from workers comp,so now that I was only getting 340,00 every two from workers comp instead 1,000 every two weeks, shouldn,t my SSDI go higher to the maxium I should get,and should I be getting my back pay from the last 10 years of SSDI,thank you for any info. on this matter.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Steven,

      For your Social Security Disability (SSDI) to be increased you need to report the change in workers compensation (WC) payments to Social Security. When you do so, provide a copy of the WC paper work that shows when the $1,000 changed to $340.00 every two weeks. I do not know whether you will get an adjustment all the way back ten years. There may be a limit to how far back the recalculation will go prior to the time you report the change.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • allison says:

      I was denied twice before.I had a cervical/ spinal fusion (3 herniated discs). Spent a year crawling because of severe sciatica and then had a 2 nd back surgery.I also have ulcerative colitis, and face one more surgery in a few years.I hired an attorney.I was finally accepted.I get ssi $369.00 and ssdi $718.00. However, I received a back payment check first in july 2015 and then august 1st and 3 rd, my other checks.I just received a letter stating that Oct1st my $718.00 is dropping to $349.00 a month.I dont get why?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Allison,

        Social Security payments decrease only rarely and for very few reasons. I wonder if you have the two amounts reversed; that is, is the $369 Social Security Disability (SSDI) and the $718 (now $349) the Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which can change in amount every month if you have income changes. I suggest that you look at the top of the letter that notified you of the reduction to see which benefit it refers to. Also, the letter should tell you the reason for the decrease. If you can’t figure it out after rereading it, you can send me exactly what it says and I will try to interpret it.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Thaddeus Powell says:

          I was awarded by judge to receive my disability back in May, 2015. I started getting my disability checks in June, 2015. My back pay dates all the way back to June, 2012, I have not received my back pay as of yet, it has been 4 months and I am owed a great deal of back pay. I need my back pay because waiting 3 years to receive my disability has set me back financially. How long is the legal waiting period for receiving back pay. Also do they owe me interest on my back pay. If I owed them they would charge me interest, just wondering. Do you know who I need to contact directly to get my back pay. I live in Texas. Thanks for your help. I will be checking my email for your answer(s).

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Thaddeus,

            I hope you check this website again because I do not respond via email.

            There is no provision for you to talk or otherwise communicate directly with the payment center; and, while there are guidelines, there is no “law” governing how long it takes for payment to start. I suggest asking the local Social Security office to send a follow-up memo, although it may not help much.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

    • Albert parr says:

      Hi all,

      Wow, sounds like we arent the only ones going through this. I was injured overseas in FEB 2014, I was advised that being in the AD Army WTU (wounded care program for US Army) that I qualified for SSDI and because I was an Active Duty Service member everything would be expedited.. haha, ya not so much.

      We were denied twice, the first time SSA stated I was not disabled by their definitions, I appealed and sent them a copy of their own pamphlet that they are to reference. They replied with an apology and another denial stating I was fully disabled by their definition but I could work anywhere because I have at least a HS diploma..

      (I have an upper and lower spinal cord injury and a TBI)

      I called my POC at the SSA and asked, would it matter if I had a fellowship in Nuclear Science if im fully disabled by their definition? Her reply was to appeal with a lawyer.

      We went to court in JUNE 2015 and had my case heard, overall my case was not expedited in the application process, however, I did only wait about 6 months to have a hearing.

      The judge ruled fully favorable.

      A very slow process to receive the first check, timeline..
      March 2014 Applied
      June 2014 denied/Appeal
      Sept 2014 denied/Appeal
      June 2015 Appeal Hearing w/lawyer
      July 2015 Award letter
      August 2015 Explanation letter
      September 2015 First Check deposited
      ???? Awaiting back pay

      We did drive to the local office and they were extremely nice and willing to answer questions. The back log and delay in care is because people will file for benefits for a in-grown toe nail, a broken arm, etc..

      The woman was literally in tears explaining this to me. The folks at the offices try to shuffle through the claims and find the people like everyone in this thread, the people that actually need it as they get back logged having to follow the same steps with everyone.

      You can see this for yourself if you go to a local SSA office, always somebody their with a walking assistance device (Cane/walker) and it is clear they dont need it, we even saw one lady use it the entire time inside and when we were leaving she had it on her arm and threw it in her trunk.. of a extremely nice BMW..

      So we are being patient on back pay, we are trying to find other programs that can assist to make ends meet, and we are trying to remain conscious of the fact that other folks have been waiting much longer.

      Ill add a date for back pay when we get it so the full time table is their as a reference for anyone else looking for information.

      Wish you all the best of luck, and before i forget, look into easter seals and programs of its likeness for assistance.

    • James m says:

      Wow thank you so much for taking the time to answer the same ? Over and over.. I am in the same boat with being approved on August 4th with a full favorable with on set date of 03/2012 and now just going crazy waiting for my first check I know from reading all the post it may take 6 months to get back pay but if I can get award letter my local union will pay me 400 a month back pay for disability pension ((( I know it sounds like chump change but I will get this before my back pay from SSD and its all we get if disabled before retirement)))) I am an union tradesmen for almost 25 yrs before I was injured,I wish I could blink my eyes and be healed and able to just wake up and go to work I loved my job and miss it every day.. Well again thank you so much for taking the time with this page it helped me a ton just reading all the post…. Your awesome

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear James,

        I am glad the site has been helpful to you. You might try using your letter from the judge to get the union to release the disability pension.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  42. Russ Boyles says:

    Hello, I have a question with SSDI backpay and SSI benefits. I got fully approved in May 2015 for SSDI along with almost 4 years of backpay, and got approved for only a couple months of SSI (i was only eligible for 3 months SSI in 2013). I recieved my first SSDI monthly payment in June and also recieved my entire SSI payment. For my August SSDI payment they finally took out what they gave me before for SSI… Ive still been waiting on my SSDI backpay, and I know that youve said it normally takes 2-3 months from when i recieve monthly benefits, so do I still expect it to arrive 2-3 months from my first SSDI monthly payment (June 2nd) or should i expect it to be 2-3 months from now (Aug. 2nd)? I have alot of family I owe money too so Im just getting antsy…

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Russ,

      Usually the SSI offset is taken out of the back pay so I am surprised it came out of a monthly benefit. That said, I would expect you to get the back pay fairly soon–say a couple weeks–given that the offset has been taken care of. However, if you have a fairly high benefit, the four years of SSDI back pay could be large enough that it requires extra authorization.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Russ Boyles says:

        Thank you for the quick reply. Is it very unusual for the offset to come out of a monthly payment? Id never heard of it either and Ive been wondering if its something I should be worried about, if its something I should the local SSA office about? Thank you again for your help.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Russ,

          Yes, it is unusual to have the offset come out of the monthly benefit. If you don’t get clarifying letters within about a week, I would ask the local office for an explanation of the payments because I am just taking my best guess at what might be happening.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • misty says:

            Hi, my husband was awarded fully favourable in may,2015 he received his 1st SSDI check in june & has received his monthly checks since.we were told today that his back pay check was processed last thrusday and it takes 6 weeks after being processed. Is this true?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Misty,

            I have not heard of that particular scenario with that time frame before. If the back pay is a very large amount, perhaps it has to be signed off on by a second person thus causing a delay.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

    • Marcella moore says:

      I was approved for disability .in April 2015. Recieved my first monthly benefit check may 2015. Still waiting for my back pay . I call every day . Say it’s at the payment. Center and that there just waiting for someone there to give the ok to process and release. I’m still am gonna call every day . I just received my 3rd monthly check . Wth

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Marcella,

        There is no point in calling every day. The local office has no control over when your back pay will be released and can follow up to the payment center for your back pay only once every thirty days

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Carline says:

      I was given favorable awarded in June of 2015 I don’t owe anyone no ssi no workers compensation not even my attorney the fee was waved still the process center will not release my back payment they owe from 2011 thru present I have been dealing with my local office and the processing center won’t even communicate with them so what can we do there excuse is there calculations are off if this is what you do all day how many times can you mess up HELP

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Carline,

        At this point, all you can do is wait.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Randi Wilson says:

          My name is Randi and my case is very similar to this one.
          I won 11/14, received 1st payment 4/15. My backpay, what year was back six years has been at a payment center since March 2015 my money has yet to be released I even have our Ca congressional representative Steve Knight trying to help me and even he has been unable to get my money released or get any valid reason as to why.
          I find it hard to believe that this situation can continue but in 3 months it will be 1 year since I won. I am waiting for this money to have a much needed surgery.
          What is the longest time that you know of that someone has waited?
          Thank u for your time

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Randi,

            I do not know the longest time a person has had to wait for back pay to be released. If the payment is very large (which it may be given that it goes back six years), it will require review and approval by two different people, the regular authorizer and a superior.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Randi Wilson says:

            Well, this is Randi again and in 5 weeks it will be 1 year that I have been waiting for my SSDI backpay.

            Any thoughts?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Randi,

            I suggest contacting your congressperson’s office and ask them to look into the delay.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  43. Tricia says:

    Is there any way I can receive my back pay I’m on ssi early I’m supposed to be getting it at the end of this month I think I have no ride and no place to live sleeping on couch in a living room please help

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tricia,

      You can apply for an emergency advance payment of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) based on being homeless if you have received no payments as yet. It will not be the full back pay. If you can’t get to an office, try calling your local office to make the request.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Kelly says:

        Can I check online to see the reaason my nine year old benefits were stopped?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Kelly,

          You should have received a termination letter regarding your child’s benefits stopping. You will not be able to get the information online. You might find out by calling 1-800-772-1213. If they cannot help, then go to your local office. You do need to know the reason in order to find out whether you should appeal. You have sixty days to appeal from the date you are notified.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  44. Cat Stewart says:

    My husband has became disabled in September of 2013. I had tries to apply for SSID on our own and was denied 3 Times before My husband attempted to return to business, after less then 3 month of working he become extremely ill and was hospitalized. At that point I contacted an attorney to help with our claim. The attorney file for September 2013, but when approved social security only went back to November of 2014, is it worth appealing the onset date? Also we have 2 minor children in our home I have been told I can apply for them to recieve benefits aa well, will the children recieve back benefits from the date their dad was determine disabled and could I file for them ourselves or should I allow the attorney to handle that part of the process as well.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cat,

      Your husband will have to decide whether or not to appeal to try to receive an thirteen months of back benefits. I suggest that he discuss the matter with his attorney. You can apply for the children yourself; it is a simple, routine-type application.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • angela says:

        my first ssdi check will come on August 12 Iwant receive ssi how long before I receive my back pay

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Angela,

          Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay typically is paid a couple months after monthly benefits start. Also, typically Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are paid before SSDI benefits, so I am wondering whether you did not qualify financially for SSI, which has an income and asset limit. I suggest that you discuss SSI with your local Social Security office to find out whether you already applied for or were screened for SSI.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • angela says:

            I didn’t qualify for ssi

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Angela,

            In that case your Social Security will be paid by the payment center. It can take two to three months to get payment started and back pay released.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  45. Michelle says:

    Dear Kaye I was approved for my disability on March 17th and received my first payment in June and My second in July, my attorney has already been paid their fee and I’m waiting on my back payment of 20k. They’ve already received notice that I will not be getting ssi already and I’ve forwarded them my formal eviction notice along with the rest of my past due bills and still nothing. The gentleman that did the ssi review said I should have already received the back payment but no one else can seem to give me an answer as to what’s going on. My attorney has also spoken to the ss supervisor and they sent a request for immediate release of payment due to my circumstances could you shed some lite on how much longer you think i’ll have to wait please. Thank You, Michelle

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Michelle,

      Your local office has no control over when the payment center will release the funds. Delays are due principally to backlogs of work and the claims are processed on a first in-first out basis with some consideration for dire need. However, many disabled people are in your position so even dire-need cases wait in line. While you wait, perhaps you could get a letter from the local office stating that back pay is due (they won’t say how much) so that you can prove to the landlord that you will have money coming in to catch up the rent.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  46. Robin barnes says:

    Hello, I applied for ssd 2/17/15 during this time I have been seeing my neurologist and testing has been ongoing. I have a ton of symtoms inculding headaches from a large spot of lesions on my white matter part of my brain,demyelinating disease, dpression, hand and arm tremors along with a bunch more. I guess the question is, do you think I will get approved without a dx of the white matter lesions. the dr thinks its CADASIL “Cerebral Autosomal-Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy ” and we know for sure its strokes. Im so worried and broke. I talked to the adjudicator a couple days ago and she said they are almost finished with my case but worrying is killing me. Thank you so much for your time, Robin

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Robin,

      I can’t predict whether you will be approved, but I can say that the diagnosis does not matter as much as how limiting the symptoms are.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  47. Jeff says:

    Hi . My wife hearing was on 06/19 and she was given a favorable bench aproval, how long will it take for us t receive an award letter and benefits?
    Thanks in advance

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jeff,

      The decision letter is supposed to be mailed within sixty days of the hearing, but sometimes it takes longer. Depending on whether your wife is approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), it can take from a few weeks to two or three months or more to get payment started after receipt of the letter.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • dave james says:

      I was approved back in 2/2015 received my my letter with amount of $29000 in back pay.They paid the law firm that won my case. I have gotten monthly payments since march but no word on back payment. I have called many times but get the run around on who to talk. Its frustrating i need that money to build my Tiny Home
      anyone else waiting that long

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Dave,

        The local office can follow up to the central payment center, but it has no control over when the back pay will be released. Most back payments are made within three months of the monthly benefits starting. You can ask the local office to double check that the payment center is not waiting on SSI information.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

      • J.rodriguez says:

        I was approved in April. Received my first monthly payment in June was told I would see back payment funds in two weeks. Lawyer is paid it’s almost august and still waiting on backpay. I have heard every excuse in the book, and I think they have created a few more.

      • Suzette walker says:

        I was approved in January 2015, first payment April 2015 and still getting the run around about back pay. Local office told me oh your work comp benefits plus ssdi can equal up to 80%of wages when you were injured so no problem. The excuse at payment center 8months later, well you got work comp…..yeah and it’s really straight forward math…..they owe me about 1500.00 a month for 33 months…..

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Suzette,

          It is unlikely that you have calculated the amount you are owed correctly. Several factors go into determining your current average earnings of which 80% can be paid between workers comp and Social Security. It is not 80% of your last wages. Back payments without workers comp are often running two to three months after the first payment is released; those with workers comp longer, sometimes double the time. Note this is not a justification of the length of time payments pend, just a description of the situation. Also note that your local office has no control over when the payment will be released.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Suzette walker says:

            The local office gave me that estimate. He told me it would be around 50k and that they did use the wages I was earning the year. I had made those higher wages for 4outbof those last 5years. The figures I gave you are straight from the social security agent who entered my work comp earning at an hour and half appointment

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Suzette,

            The high amount of back pay may be resulting in the need for a second review–the first by the regular authorizer and another by a supervisor or other superior, thus slowing down payment even more.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Suzette walker says:

            Thank you….after reading all the posts, I see that there are more work comp/ social security situations than I imagined. We are waiting on the same few people to figure out all scenarios. I know they have to get the figures right the first time, because underpaying or overpaying would make like even more stressful…it’s not a matter of us asking where is our money because we are greedy, it’s a matter of working so hard our lives(even as young as I am I worked 30yrs straight) and getting hurt or otherwise unable to work is very stressful. It has been a very humbling experience, I went from being workaholic to not been able to walk down the street past the mailbox. I will keep the others in my thoughts and prayers and the workers also. We all have the same goal in mind, it’s just a process that is very frustrating, some of the agents have such creative ways to tell a person that their paperwork isn’t done. I was told in June that is was at the final stage of review where Medicare is taken out and attorney fees, I don’t have either of them coming out of back pay. Hold yours heads up fellow workers, if you are in a really bad place like the people with no home or about to lose your home, I pray for help of those situations. Others like me with trNsportaion breakdowns, or other issues I pray for rides until your funds are released.

  48. Robert Wilkinson says:

    I received my first back pay check for $2199 on Feb 11th 2015 can you tell me when my next or second check for back pay will be received? is it july or august im do over 6500.00 so just curious to know will it come in on july 11 or august 11th

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Robert,

      Your next Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is due in August 2015, six months after the first payment. If you do not receive it by the end of August, I suggest following up with your local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Charlene says:

        Kay,
        I received my first back pay check on March 23rd, so will the second one come the 23rd of September or will it be the first of the month with my regular payment? Thanks.

        Charlene

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Charlene,

          The second back payment will be paid sometime in September separately from your monthly payment. If you don’t receive it by the end of September, follow up with your local office.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Stephanie says:

            I got my back payment in dec.16,2014 it is now July 18,2015 I still have not recieve anything. I have called the local office many time and they have not done nothing about it but told me to wait. I’m still wondoring when my second payment comin in.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Stephanie,

            I assume from the information you provided that you were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). My response is based on that assumption.

            Apparently, the office is backlogged in their work. If you have not received the payment by the first of August, I suggest going to the office and asking to speak to a supervisor about the delay. (If you are eligible for ongoing monthly benefits, you should be receiving them even though the second installment of back pay is delayed. If you are not eligible for ongoing SSI payments, then all the remainder of the back pay owed should be paid in a single payment.)

            Sincerely,
            Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Bill,

      This site is not set up for chatting between visitors, so if Bill responds, his response will not be posted. It can take one to three months for payment to be calculated and an award letter sent. The first payment may be deposited to your account, if you signed up for direct deposit, before you get the letter.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  49. janey says:

    My husband is 100% permanently and totally disabled through the VA and he was approved in Jan for SSD (I believe). SS says the date of onset of his disability was in Jan because that is when he was approved through the VA, but the onset of this was longer ago than that….can we appeal that some way? Also, there is the 5 month waiting period. He will get his first check in Aug and we were told her would not receive any back pay. I have talked to several people who received back pay for the 5 month waiting period, is that possible?

    Thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Janey,

      No Social Security Disability (SSDI) payment is made for the first five full-calendar months of disability. There is only one exception and that is if the person previously received SSDI and became disabled again within five years of the first period of eligibility ending. Your husband can appeal the established date of disability. He needs to submit medical records or other proofs that show, due to his condition, he was unable to work and earn at least $1,090 gross per month ($1,070 in 2014). Before appealing, it could be helpful to obtain a copy of his claim file to see the exact reasons for why the claim was approved with a January 2015 onset.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • samd619 says:

        Hi Kay,
        My husband was told the same thing about no backpay. He applied for SSDI on 3/2015 he got approved for on 6/3/2015. We received an award letter stating that he is disabled on 3/14/2015. We called SS and they said we have a 5 months waiting period before he gets his first monthly paycheck in Oct which I understand, but I don’t why he won’t,get the backpay from when he became disabled from 3/14/2015. Other people we spoke to that has only SSDI received backpay.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Sam,

          The first five full-calendar months of disability are unpaid. In your husband’s circumstances, April through August are unpaid. September benefits are paid in October. The only exception is for people who become disabled a second time within five years of the termination of their first period of disability benefits.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Pamela Guillory says:

            My husband was approved for SSDI on August 5, 2015 We filed in March 2015. He was told that he will not get back pay and we are confused since he applied for Disability July 2010 and was denied for the same illness that he was approved for in august 2015. Can we do anything about getting back pay?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Pamela,

            Your husband’s benefits will be based on his current claim because, apparently, he did not appeal the July 2010 claim. Benefits will begin to accrue the later of the sixth calendar month of disability based on the date of disability onset Social Security accepted and twelve months before the current application, that is, March 2014.

            Sincerely, Kay

  50. Mike says:

    I was awarded SSD and received my first payment 6/2015. I will be getting back pay for approx 3 years which I was told amounts to close to 70k. How long will it take to receive all of the back pay and how much/ how long?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mike,

      I have no information about the amount of your back pay. It will probably be August or September before you receive it or maybe longer. The large amount owed may be high enough that it will require two reviews and approvals before it is released.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • henrietta goodson says:

        if my daughter is approve this time her ssi back payment will come instillments but will she get the back pay off me at one time. and can she get medicare with her benefits along with medicaid.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Henrietta,

          If your daughter receives benefits on your earnings record, her back pay will come in a single payment. She will become eligible for Medicare after she has received twenty-four months of disability benefits on your record.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi, my dad finally after 5 years got approved for ssd. He received his first letter December 2014 stating he was approved and that he will be getting his first monthly check by Feb 2015. He also received a letter about his back pay that will come of 40k. He did receive his first check on February 2015. We are now in July why has he not received anything from his back pay? He keeps going to his local social security office and all they kept saying it should be here no later than late June. Well look at it we are now in July and nothing. We have contacted his lawyer and nithing . No phone call from him or nothing. What is our other option?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Jennifer,

        It is typical that the attorney’s involvement ends with the medical approval. You can ask your local office to send a follow-up message to the payment center, but the local office has no control over how long it takes for the money to be released. Note that the very large amount may require two reviews and two approvals.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  51. Rick says:

    Social Security says my brother needs a payee to receive SSDI payments. He doe not want a payee and can handle his own finances. They want me to be the payee and I don’t wish to be. Is there away to not have to have a payee?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rick,

      If your brother is mentally, emotionally, and physically capable of regularly and reliably paying for his basic expenses of shelter, food, medical and dental care, clothing before spending money on other things, then he might talk with his physician. If the physician agrees, your brother could request that the doctor complete an SSA-787, which can be obtained online.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  52. daivd says:

    on my social security online account it says on 5/5 onetime payment was made by paper check (my back payments they owe me from the waiting time) how long will it take for me to receive that payment in the mail. it has been 4 days. is 5/5 the date it was mailed out or the date they processed the check.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear David,

      May 5 may be the day the payment was authorized and the authorization may have to go through multiple overnight computer runs before the check is actually printed and mailed. How long the mail will take depends where you live. If you have not received it by about the fifteenth, report non-receipt to your local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  53. John Hebert says:

    Hi. I was approved on April 3, 2015. I am owed 14 months of Disability back pay and a one time SSI payment according to the worker who processed my claim. My question is this: when will I receive the large -back pay amount? I was told by a local SS worker that it would be 7-10 days almost a month ago. I was told today by a different worker on the national 800 number it could be 2 more months. How can they get away with owing someone money for over a year, and when finally ordered to pay (in my case by administrative law judge) taking their sweet time to pay. I am 3 days from having my electricity cut off

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear John,

      The representative who told you seven to ten days was probably hoping to be able to get the processing of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay done by then and hasn’t been able to get back to it. I suggest that you go to your local office and speak to the representative. Tell her about the electric bill and ask if she can complete the computer processing while she waits.

      Also contact the electric company and tell them that you are disabled. Some states have laws that utilities cannot be turned off on someone who is disabled. Tell them that you can show proof that you have been found disabled by the Social Security Administration and are awaiting release of benefits. Say that you will get a letter from the representative that says you are due a large back payment; then try to get that letter from the representative to show the power company that you will have enough funds to catch up your bill.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  54. Deirdra Pallone says:

    My son was approved for SSD, decision was made rather quickly. I spoke to a local Social Security worker as he processed my son’s claim for the back pay monies and monthly benefits. He touched base with me yesterday and said the case has been paid, but the computers were interfacing and it could take up to 3 business days before I receive payment? That to me doesn’t sound right? Also he was not able to tell me the amount he will receive monthly or in back pay? Please help, I am really struggling financially and fearing that I will not get my rent paid on the 1st. Thank you, Ms. Pallone

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Deirdra,

      Lag time for computer runs is quite possible. Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are not authorized locally so if payment is in mid-processing, it is possible that the local representative cannot see payment amounts. (Your posting is a bit confusing to me because SSD would be paid to a disabled adult, but you talk about paying your rent. If you are your son’s payee and he is an adult, his funds should be used to pay only his share of rent, house utilities, and food.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  55. Jhemill Gordon says:

    I was Fully Favorable approved for Social Security on March 03, 2015 by Judge decision of Office of Disability Adjudication and Review SSA ODAR Hearing Ofice, and the decision is from January 3, 2012 as today.
    When i will get first check, maybe next month of May?

    Thanks in advance!!!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jhemill,

      It can take two months or more for Social Security Disability (SSDI) to start so you might receive a first monthly payment in May. Back pay usually takes one to two months longer.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  56. Aby Torres says:

    The decision was made on April 9, 2015.

  57. Aby Torres says:

    Hi, i have a question. I was fully approved for SS.
    The letter said:
    Based on the aplication for a period of disability and disability insurance benefits protectively filed on August 8, 2012, the claimant has been disable under section 216(i) and 223(d) of the Social Security Act since January 9, 2012.
    When i received my first ck and the retroactive??

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Aby,

      Your Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits will begin to accrue June 2012. If the letter was a judge’s decision and you did not also apply for for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), it will likely be one to two months before you receive the first month’s benefits and another couple months before you receive the back pay.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  58. Sharese says:

    My son was approved to receive auxillary benefits from his dad and a nice lump sum of back pay. The rep I spoke with told me the back pay amount will be deposited into my account within 7 to 10 days. Just wondering is it really 7 to 10 days.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sharese,

      Although time frames vary a great deal, in part related on how close the payment was to being issued when you applied to be payee for your child, at present there is no reason to question the time frame you were given.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  59. luis says:

    I FILED FOR DISABILTY IN NOV 2014 RECEIVED LETTER WAS APPROVED WILL GET FIRST CHECK IN JUNE 2015 WHEN WILL BACKPAY BE PAID HARD NO INCOME CANT WORK ON OXYGEN 24/7 IM 47 YEARS OLD WAS CURIOUS

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Luis,

      If you are eligible for Social Security Disability back pay (the first five full calendar months of disability are not paid), it can take two months or more after monthly benefits start to get the back pay.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  60. Barb says:

    Hi,
    I have a quick question. My husband became disabled (no longer worked d/t moderate cognitive impairment) in 2011 at age 61. He took early retirement at 62. It took a while to diagnose, because symptoms were very similar to depression at first, but he was finally diagnosed with Picks Disease (early onset frontal temporal dementia) in Jan 2014. I applied for disability for him since he can no longer do things for himself. They found him disabled starting Jan 2014. He received retirement SS, $1,170 from Jan 2014 to Dec 2014, but on his statement it says he received disability for $1,385 for that time frame. He had no deductions. Since there is a difference of $215 that he didn’t receive that entire year would we receive backpay for it? I am just curious??? Thank you so very much!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Barb,

      Yes, your husband should receive the difference between the reduced retirement and the higher disability benefit for the months of overlapping eligibility. It can take two or three months after the monthly disability benefits start to have the back pay released.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Nicole says:

        Hi Kay, my child was recently approved for his ssi and the worker in the office told me that she was releasing payments for the last couple of months on today (4/10/15), and that my child’s back pay would be released tomorrow (4/11/15) which of course is a Saturday. Well, when I contacted the 800# they said that they don’t see anything reflecting funds being released. I even contacted the US Treasury, they mentioned the same thing. My bank also said they see nothing pending. They released the attorney fees yesterday (4/9/15) an he said his deposited this morning. So is it possible for funds to be deposited even if its not reflected in the system.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Nicole,

          Releasing funds may actually take make more than a single over-night computer run in the Social Security and Treasury systems and more than a single run in the bank’s system. There are no bank runs on Saturday and Sunday and may be none in the government departments. I’d say to give it a week before following up.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  61. Sue says:

    Unlike most people I was fortunate and received my back pay for SSDI with no problems. (By the time I got my letter it was already in the bank.)I will begin receiving my monthly check in April.
    I was/am on Medicaid? I was wondering will I be kicked off of Medicaid now because the back pay check deposited in my checking account? Is is considered part of my income for this year? I do have Medicare but I have heard they don’t pay well.
    I will only be making around $700 a month and medicare is getting around $100 of that.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sue,

      Please clarify whether you also filed a claim and have received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits. Also, it would be helpful to have the gross amount of your Social Security before withholding and whether or not you are married and living with a spouse who has income. Those bits of information will help me to comment on whether you are likely to continue to have Medicaid coverage.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  62. Susan says:

    I fought for my Disability for 5 years, I finally got approved the first week of October. I finally started receiving monthly pymts in February, though I am thankful for this, I have yet to get my back pay and it has been 6 months nearly. Is there a maximum time limit they have to pay back pay. my wedding is next month and I think we are going to be forced to reschedule it because we never dreamed it would take this long to get the back pay when we set our date.

    Thank You for any information you are able to give me.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Susan,

      Social Security has time guidelines for processing; however, the reality of heavy workloads caused by understaffing results in the time frames not always being met. It can take another two to three months to receive the back pay after the monthly benefits start, especially if you are due a large amount of benefits for five years.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  63. Vicky says:

    Hello, Can someone help me with a few questions? First I applied for disabilty in October 2013 then I reapplied in February of 2014 I was just approved a few weeks back,and on my papers the judge said I was disabled since December 31 of 2012 I was unable to work from that date. How do they do back payments? I understand they only go back for a year,but I wasn’t sure why he went back so far. Also my daughter turn 19 this past December will she get any back pay? Thank you,Vicky

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Vicky,

      The judge determines the date your disability began independently of the date you applied. Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits begin the later of the sixth full calendar month of disability or twelve months prior to the date of application. Therefore, your benefits will begin to accrue May 2013.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  64. D Schrader says:

    Hi, I was awarded in May 2014, and have been receiving monthly benefits, but am still waiting and fighting constantly for my back pay of $41,000. Apparently they say that I checked a box on the application form for “this is a work related injury” (which it was not work related – and the SSDI/SSI form was filled out by an outreach worker at DSHS who may have made the mistake.) In any case, they are telling me that ‘I was receiving workers comp for state disability’ ( which I never did) and need documentation of the amount before they can pay me back pay. I cannot provide any documentation since there wasn’t any! I have wrote letters explaining there isn’t workers comp involved, I’ve talked to customer service, and went down in person to SSA and they all say that “the info has been put through.” I’ts now going on a year and I still haven’t received any back pay, and my payments are being garnished by the IRS for owing back taxes – and I really need the money to pay them due to the interest…..

    To make things worse; I just received a 1099 from SSA stating that “I DID” receive my backpay this year in 2014 (and it was deducted immediately for workers comp offset of $32,000) and $7,200 was paid to my lawyer, leaving me nothing…except I have to pay taxes on this now, when I didn’t even receive anything.
    1. How can they deduct $32,000 for something they don’t even have an amount for – since I don’t owe Workers comp??
    2. My lawyer says they never received payment of $7,200 either, as the 1099 states they did. On top of that, my lawyer’s contract was for a max of $6,000 as per stated law, which they also agree on since last we spoke this month.

    I feel like this is fraud! And I don’t know what to do. SSA reps tell me that they cannot speak directly to the payment processing center, nor can I call them directly…and that I have to just wait and “hope” they correct the amounts…. How can this be? I know I can’t be the first person that’s had this issue… and why can’t they just verify through workers comp that I have never had a claim? I was homeless for years during this whole application process, never receiving any money from the state except food stamps. And my lawyer is absolutely no help when I call them now, since the case has already been awarded technically. They said they would call the processing center last week, but I haven’t heard anything back at all. I expected them to be more helpful since they still need their payment for the case.

    Please help direct me on the route I need to take to get this corrected. I’m so buried in tax and interest for my all hospital debt, I really need to get this resolved. Thank you in advance

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dave,

      Contact your state’s workers compensation bureau and get a letter that you have never received workers compensation. Try filing a request for reconsideration of the calculation of your back pay. In a sense the 1099 is a formal determination of how the claim was calculated, so you should be able to file an appeal; in fact, technically, they cannot keep your from filing an appeal State in the appeal that you have not gotten workers comp and that you are submitting a letter from the workers comp office to prove that and that you want your full back pay released. As part of your appeal, request that a corrected 1099-SSA be issued, showing only the monthly benefits paid, which will probably be the gross amount before the withholding for your tax debt. Keep a copy of everything you submit. All of this will likely go to the payment center, but at least you will be in the appeals system, and if they don’t get it corrected properly and send another incorrect determination as a response to your appeal, you can request a hearing.

      As far as attorney fees go, $6,000 is the maximum per benefit obtained. If you received any Supplemental Security Income (SSI) before the Social Security started or dependent benefits were awarded for your children, the total amount for all benefits awarded could be higher than $6,000.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Cory says:

        I too received a letter from ss saying my back pay was on hold for workers comp benefits. I contacted my local office and they pulled up nothing all the way back to 2001. My attorney along with ss sent me paperwork to fill out saying I have never filed. I’m still waiting for backpay as well. Fully favorable later part of March 2015, June 3rd 2015 award letter. First monthly will be July 22, 2015, is it possible to get first month and back pay at the same time?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Cory,

          Typically Social Security Disability back pay is paid one to three months after the first monthly payment; however, it varies.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  65. roger says:

    Thank Go Got My Fully Favorable Letter and then someone called from Missouri to get me set up on payments the same day! Good Luck to everyone i know it’s a Difficult process but the end line fight for whats yours! God Bless Everyone! And Kay Thank you For everything!

  66. veronica bolyard says:

    I have been getting the run around from SSI for the last 4 weeks about my sons final back payment that was due January. I was told multiple things. First, I was told that I should get a letter and have his final back payment by the end of the month. I then was advised that it could be 45 days from the end of January. I could not understand how that was true when he already receive his first back payment January 2013, then his second in July 2013 without any issues. I finally called the local office and obtained his caseworkers name, we moved from Pa to Md in August and I was never advised who his new caseworker was. Then I called and left her a message, because actually speaking with her seems near impossible. I did not receive a call back and called again. At that time the rep told me she was working the front desk taking new applicants. Of course I am extremely frustrated. How can she take new applicants, yet can not even process her own caseload?!?! The rep advised to give her until she get off the front desk and hopefully she could call me back. I did not recieve a call back, again. It is now February and my sons back payment has yet to even be acknowledge via a letter, a call and not depoisted in his account. I even attempted to call my sons lawyer for advice, but have not got a call back. I dont know what I should do, but I need to get numerous things for my son who I support on my own and I just recently got a job at our new location. We are trying to get his own room together to transition him to sleep in his own bed and we have a service dog set up for him. We did it under the impression that his back payment would be on time, but now we are finding otherwise. There are other things for education that we have on our list for him, that the back money will be going to as well. What should I do? I am afraid if I throw to big of a fuss they will just make us wait longer and we need to have the money for his service dog and things ordered for his room within the next two weeks. Pleas any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Veronica,

      No one asking to file a new claim can be turned away and approved, unpaid claims are paid before time is allocated for back payments. That said, I suggest that, if possible, you go to the Social Security office and explain the situation of needing the money by the end of the two weeks to pay for the rest of the things that are part of your son’s treatment plan. Ask to have the back payment released while you wait. (The person you speak to is probably not the person who has to do it.) If you are told no, ask to speak to a supervisor and explain that same things over again on why you need the money by a certain time.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  67. Brenda says:

    I was approved for Disability in Dec 2014 with Retro to June 19 2012 filing date of Nov 2012. I started receiving my monthly benefit for Dec 2014 in Jan 2015. My question is this:
    During the time I was waiting for my hearing for ALJ, I applied for public assistance. I was aware that if my Disability claim was approved I would owe Public Assistance (NYC) monies and they would take it from the back pay/retro that I would receive. How long does this process usually take approximately?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brenda,

      You will repay public assistance if you are approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay; it will not be withheld from Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits. It can take a month to two months to get the SSI back pay issued and another one to three months to get Social Security back pay, which will be reduced by SSI back benefits paid for the same months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  68. Pedro Labarta says:

    kay i went to my hearing on 10/27/2014 and it was a favorable decision but i still havent gotten my backpay yet and no award letter my attorney said to give it 60 or 90 days for it is that true.

  69. Elissa Ray says:

    I was awarded my SSD in September of 2014. I received my award letter stating what my monthly payments were going to be and that I was awarded benefits back to my original filing date of 2010. Of course, they took my lawyers fees off the top of my back due benefits. So I received a letter from my attorney that my file now will be closed. That’s great because now I am here on my own trying to get my back due benefits. I have received my monthly checks but when I call about back due benefits I have been told not to call back that it is with the processing center and don’t bother going to my local office because there is nothing they can do about it. What gives I can’t work and it’s a lot of money. They can’t even give me an estimate when it may be processed. If anyone has any ideas on what I can do I would appreciate any ideas. Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Elisa,

      Attorneys are not involved after the medical approval is obtained. It typically takes three months or more after Social Security monthly benefits start to get the back pay. If you have a fairly large monthly benefit, your total back pay for approximately four years could be large enough that it will require more than one authorization to release it and more time will be involved. The local office can send a follow-up memo to the payment center, but it won’t speed anything up.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  70. Rita Dahnert says:

    I have been approved to receive SSDI since Nov 2009 and have been waiting for my backpay for 3 months now. I have contacted social security and all they say is “its being worked on”. How much longer do I have to wait? I have bills that need to be taken care of.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rita,

      It can take three months after monthly benefits start to get your back pay. The Payment Center is very backed up.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  71. roger says:

    Hi kay just called odar and they said my case is in editing? How long do you think it will before i hear something?

  72. Maria G. says:

    hi there

    i was resently aproved for back pay. i went to an appointment and they said i was granted some money. how long after my appointment should i expect a check in the mail?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Maria,

      Social Security benefits can take three months or more to start. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) usually runs one to three months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  73. roger says:

    hi kay been over 30 days with decision writer why does it take so long???

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Roger,

      Pretty much every step of the claim and appeals process has backlogs due to under-staffing.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  74. Frustrated says:

    My husband passed away from an agressive cancer that qualified him for expedited processing of his claim. He submitted his claim for SSD 10/1/14, he died 10/26, they approved his claim 10/27. They did tell me that his cancer qualified in 1/2013 when he was first diagnosed, then a 5 month waiting period, so they owe payments from 7/2013 until his death for SSD, then survivor benefits for the kids. They keep telling me that this is “in the processing center” and someone is “working on it”. I’ve been told this will be a large payment and that is why it is taking so long, but I have yet to receive any written notifications that anything is coming or approved. How long after a death do children normally have to wait to start receiving survivor benefits? They said since my DH has now passed away, his back SSD payments cannot be made to me they will be made to the children ???

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Frustrated,

      It takes about three months for back pay Social Security to be released. If you haven’t received it within another month, you can ask your local office to send a follow-up memo. The survivor benefits will be calculated and paid after the worker’s (your husband’s) benefits are released. Underpayments are paid first to persons entitled to benefits on the deceased’s account. If you are not working and earning too much to receive benefits and at least one of your children is under age sixteen, you could apply as a young mother and receive benefits until your youngest turns sixteen. That would also qualify you to receive some or all of the back pay.

      In 2015, the first $15,720 gross earnings doesn’t affect benefits; in 2014 the amount was $15,480 and in 2013, $15,120. For every two dollars earned above that amount annual benefits are reduced by $1.00.

      The back pay for your children can be put back for future college or trade-school education for them or to cover expenses that monthly benefits won’t cover such as orthodontia work or other special needs. Or, if need be some of it can be used to supplement their curren needs including their share of housing and food costs.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  75. Felisha says:

    Hello,
    My son was awarded SSI and SSDI in June 2014. He started receiving a
    monthly benefit in September. He also has a sister who is already on SSI and SSDI and we received several notices making adjustments between payments to both of them due to a maximum benefit per family as I understand it with SSDI. This has gone back and forth since
    them with letters about overpayment to one with deductions from one child then from the other. When we talk to the local social security office they don’t seem to be able to explain what is going on or when these adjustments will end. In addition, my son has never received back pay although a letter was sent in August stating that he would receive $10,000 minus attorneys fees. We hope we will not be like many others waiting for years for this to be settled. Is there no one who we can contact besides the local office who can explain to us what is going on?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Felisha,

      You reference SSDI for both your son and daughter, but you also talk about a family maximum applying to them. Therefore, I assume that your children are receiving dependent benefits on your or their father’s earnings record. My response is based on that assumption.

      Your son will eligible for Social Security back pay if the family maximum is more than his sister is receiving; however the back pay will be only the difference between her benefit and the family maximum and it will be further reduced by any Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay paid out for months that overlap with the Social Security. The Social Security is usually paid after the SSI is paid.

      If both your son and daughter are minors, your daughter’s SSI will be recalculated to consider two disabled children in the household. If they are adults, their SSI will be calculated independently. Typically SSI is paid before Social Security.

      Please note that the information I am giving you is general, so for specifics you will have to depend on award and notice-of-change letters and your efforts to get explanations from the local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  76. JDD says:

    I had applied for disability for father after he was not cleared for work after two years. He passed away before he completed the approval process. They deemed I would receive his benefits of twelve months back pay plus the three months he was alive waiting approval. I received a check for a small fraction of what was owed. Is there a reason for this? The math adds up so that it looks like it might be just for the three months from filing date. Is it safe to assume the twelve months of back pay is still to come?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear JDD,

      I suggest that you contact Social Security and ask for an explanation, but here are some thoughts to consider. The information you are giving me doesn’t line up well because SSDI is usually paid in a single lump sum. When a person is approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI), his benefit begins to accrue the later of the sixth full calendar month after his established date of disability and twelve months before the date of application. Benefits would end the month before the month of his death.

      On the other hand, three times the monthly amount sounds like a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) installment payment on back pay. This raises the question of whether you said “father” as an informal name actually referring to your husband. The reason I ask this is that SSI does not pay underpayments to surviving children. If the benefits are indeed SSI, then you need to ask to have the full back pay released, which is possible because your deceased relative is not eligible for ongoing benefits. It is also possible that he was approved for both SSDI and SSI and that the SSI is being paid first. If this is the case the SSDI will be reduced by SSI paid for overlapping months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  77. Dan S. says:

    Help! I have filed for SSD and SSI both, I have a Nero problem causing loss of movement in left side due to a tumar that can only be diagnosed with a biopsy that will cause blindness. I was denied and appealed, hearing was in jan 2014. My attorney sent the last of my records last month. The judge reviewed my case last week per his assistant. Everything I’m reading hear leads me to believe even if I’m approved it could likely be months before I see payment. Based on my original file date I was told my benefits including SSI could be and estimated $2700 monthly. Recently I’ve thought this could be a potential backpay of as much as $50-$60k after the 5month process they take away. Yet I see people hear mentioning only getting a few thousand. This leaves me wondering if my calculations are correct. Secondly my father In law who is graced with enough retirement that he has literally payed my bills the past two years after I maxed out my credit cards. Will this be included in my income regarding the money given by him, or can I document as a loan to avoid it affectingly backpay. I plan to pay him back with the backpay. Also I’ve considered dropping my Ssi claim to avoid delaying my ssd the refilling for Ssi. Would you recommend this? I have contacted everyone to get these answered however Ssi offices won’t answer without and award letter what I should do and my attorney hasn’t returned my call in months.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dan,

      You do need to consult with your attorney. There may be something in your agreement with your attorney that prohibits dropping the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim. If you are eligible for $2,700 a month in Social Security benefits, you will not be eligible for SSI once they start. If you had a repayment agreement with your father, you can present that agreement to Social Security for your SSI claim. (The help from your father does not affect your Social Security claim.)

      You can get close to the correct figure of back pay by multiplying the number of months between when benefits would start times $2,700 per month. The result will be a little high but fairly close. Social Security benefits start the later of the sixth full calendar month of disability and twelve months before the date of the initial application that is now under appeal.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  78. Pamela says:

    Dear Kay
    My son has been approved for SSI, he is 10yrs old now, was 9 then, for ADHD & PTSD back in May I just started receiving his monthly payments in October because the case manager takes her own precious time about her cases( everyone) complains about her. She said it will be three(3) payments and I just received one of his back pay payments of $2100 and she says that she can’t release another small payment until six months from then and I really don’t know when the last one will be sent, I understand it is a waiting game but she is being ridiculous!! Besides, during the times I was appealing his case, over and over for two years, I had to borrow money from several people to pay his medicines off bc his insurance would only pay some leaving me to pay anywhere from $60 to $187 and a couple times in the $200 and I’m indebted because of that and need to pay these people back and that is no more than right. If they found him to be disabled during those times then I should be able to pay them from his back pay!! Is there a way I can appeal how she is dispensing his backpay? I keep asking her for a letter stating how it will be dispersed and she has refused to give me a letter she only gives me evidence of his monthly payments which I explained to her that is NOT what I’m asking for! Please tell me what should I do or what can I do about this situation?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Pamela,

      The law requires that large SSI back payments be issued in up to three installments six months apart. The first two cannot exceed $2,163 each. There are some circumstances that allow release of early installments. One is repayment of medical debts. I suggest that you request release of a certain amount owed for your son’s medication. You will need specific figures and to whom the money is owed. Usually such debts are owed to the provider and not private parties, but it is worth a try.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  79. roger says:

    Hi Kay ty for everything so far i called ODAR office today i am in in Decision writing now been there 2 days hopefully the writer is fast need to get help before christmas i am so broke i can not pay attention :-(

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Roger,

      The formal decision is close to reaching you, but it is unlikely that you will receive benefits this month.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  80. roger says:

    Dear Kay,
    i was told my case is with unassigned writer and i should have my award letter in 2 weeks or less,does this timeline seem right?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Roger,

      Time frames vary greatly depending on the workloads at the time. Hopefully, your hearing office gave an accurate estimate based on the office’s current demands.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  81. arnold carpenter says:

    Hey i requested some of my back pay can any one tell me how long it takes.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Arnold,

      I assume that you requested more than the usual installment of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay due to financial hardship. If so, it can take from a couple of weeks to a month. I suggest following up if you have received anything in a month.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  82. roger says:

    why don’t you answer me

  83. Alicia Carter says:

    My husband was approved for SSD back in January, he started receiving regular payments in July but we have still not received his back pay. We were told by the manager in our local office that his back pay was released to him and it would take 2 weeks to get. we waited two weeks and called the local office again and she said it would take about 30 days. It has been over 30 days and we have still not received anything. When they say 30 days do they mean 30 working days? I have not been able to get ahold of the manager that released the payment. We have been told it was released, but at this point that’s all we know.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Alicia,

      The local Social Security office does not release Social Security back payments. The authorization is made in the payment center. The local office is likely passing on what they have been told. Since you are being told that the payment has been sent, I suggest trying to file a report of non-receipt of payment to see if that gets you anywhere.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  84. I just posted to your website but left out one more question, am I eligible for SSI between the periods of Date of onset to Date of Eligibility. Am I eligible for SSI for the five month waiting period before my SSDI starts.
    Thank you in Advance

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jeffry,

      If you applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) on the same date you applied for Social Security and you meet the financial qualifications, you will be eligible for SSI from the month after the month of application through the month before your Social Security is actually paid. Your Social Security back pay will then be reduced by the amount of SSI back pay you receive for the same months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  85. Hello,
    I am a disabled veteran and am receiving a small monthly disability check. I started having seizures in October of 2010 and had memory issues for all of 2011. I was involved in a rollover accident in April of 2012 and injured pretty severely though it wasn’t diagnosed until July of 2012. I waited 9 months for the VA availability to see a spine specialist and was immediately operated on in March of 2013. I filed for disability in February of 2013 in the State of FL and was denied in May of 2013. I filed for a reconsider and was denied in July of 2013. I obtained an attorney and filed for an ALJ hearing. I received an offer for a video hearing from an ALJ in July of 2014, my attorney recommended that I turn down the offer and ask for an in person ALJ hearing. I finally got my hearing on November 5th of 2014 and was found Fully Favorable at the end of the hearing. With Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas I expect though and dreading even further delays. I do owe the IRS $700 dollars but have been unable to pay them. I havent filed in 3 years but I don’t owe them any additional monies since I havent earned any. With all the math and considerations, should they set my Date of Eligability back a year from my filing date and then add five months for the waiting period. Or will they go back to the Date of Onset and then add the five months to that. Sorry for the length of the email but this should answer many questions for people that have many of the variables that I have.
    thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jeffry,

      Your Social Security Disability benefits will begin to accrue the later of the sixth full calendar month after the date of disability established by Social Security or twelve months prior to the date of your original application.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  86. roger says:

    November 19th 2014 i got fully favorable bench decision for social security Disability i am in cleveland texas i have no money so after judge approved me i sent in a dire needs letter will this help me get my benefits faster?

    • roger says:

      i do not owe any money to anyone like child support etc

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Roger,

      You may get your benefits a bit faster than without the statement. Before you receive payment the judge has to finalize the decision with a written determination and then a letter to you has to be prepared and signed by the judge. After that additional actions have to be taken by the local Social Security office and the payment to process payment. This translates into the likelihood that you will not receive benefits for a couple months or more.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  87. Kristen says:

    Hello my mom filed for ssd in April 2014 and got approved for benefits Oct 22 2014. She hasnt heard anything about back pay , will she get any back pay ? She owes over 3,000 to people she borrowed from family to help pay bills while she was out of work waiting for here disability.. So will she receive any back pay ?

    • Kristen says:

      She got her first check Oct 22 2014 *

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kristen,

      I need additional information to answer your question.
      1. What date of disability did Social Security approve?
      2. Did she apply for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or both?
      3. Is she really expected to pay the money back? If so, were there any written repayment agreements?

      Thanks,
      Kay

      • Kristen says:

        She applied for SSDI only and my mother said when she got her back pay she would pay them back no written agreements. Im not sure when she got approved she just got her first check October 22, 2014.

        • Kristen says:

          She was approved March 28th 2014.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Kristen,

            Given that your mother applied only for SSDI, her benefits will begin to accrue the later of the sixth full calendar month after the date of disability onset Social Security approved (not the date on which they made the decision) or twelve months prior to the date of application.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Kristen,

          Social Security Disability (SSDI) is paid based on disability and on having enough work credits. Only workers compensation and certain public disability pensions affect SSDI benefit amounts. Your sister’s loans and income will not change her benefits and do not have to be reported.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Kristen says:

            if she got her first check from SSDI October 22nd 2014 does that mean she will not recieve any backpay ?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Kristen,

            Typically, monthly benefits start before SSDI back pay is issued. Please also see my reply to your earlier question.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Kristen says:

            How long does the SSDI back pay take ?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Kristen,

            Back pay for Social Security Disability is running about three months and longer if Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is also involved.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  88. Krishley says:

    Hello Kay,

    My daughter was receiving SSI for prematurity(low birth rate) and the SSA stopped her payments in May 2014, I received a letter prior to that stating that the payments will stop and I could file an appeal, in which I did, bu I did not receive anything stating benefits could continue until a final decision is made. So her disability examiner mentioned it to me about a week ago so I went and applied for benefits to continue. Do you know how long that may take since basically it was their fault that the letter was not in the package of papers I was sent in the mail?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Krishley,

      I can’t say for sure how long it might take for benefits to start; it could be a week or a month, assuming your daughter is eligible for payment continuation. Ordinarily for benefits to continue during appeal, you have to request continuation within ten days of the date of the letter. I suggest that you read all the letters over carefully to be sure that there was not a sentence in the appeal rights paragraph that notified you. If there was, benefits may not be restarted until the appeal is complete.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  89. Raven says:

    Alright. You are answering questions in comments. So I will post one. The person I care about has been severely disabled since he was 5 years old. But he was denied backpay, and is receiving an extremely small monthly check. The disability is very total so that he needs a wheelchair, and has had this same disability since he was 5. What do we do in order to get the backpay which was not given to him nor approved?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Raven,

      It sounds as if your friend receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits. The maximum back pay goes back to the month after the month in which the SSI application was filed, not to the date the person became disabled. I suggest that you contact the Easter Seal Society or other non-profit organizations to see whether one of them can help your friend get a wheelchair if he cannot get it through his Medicaid coverage.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  90. Pete says:

    I received a notice of Fully Favorable decision for SSD signed by the ALJ on Sept 25th 2014. My date of disability onset is Sept 1, 2012 (approved). There will be back pay of 21 months of disability (26 month minus 5 month waiting period). I have not received anything else from SSA since that time. I have contacted my local SSA and am told that my claim is in the payment center (Chicago) awaiting processing. I have no over payments, unemployment, owed taxes, ssi (did not qualify), attorney fees or owed money of any form. I sent in my information for direct deposit with my application.
    I do not know what to expect next. Will I receive a letter, payment mailed, payment direct deposited, or a phone call first? And how long might that take? The ALJ expedited the decision in my case, but I am told that the payment center will not expedite it. My local SSA emailed the payment center to ask for expedited service but I am told that they never responded back.
    Any help you can give me would be more information than I have already received from SSA.
    Thanks you in advance.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Pete,

      I don’t have much more information than you have already received. It can take three months to get payments started. You may receive a direct deposit to your bank account of the regular monthly benefit before you get a letter, which should follow within a week to ten days. The back pay can take a couple or three months longer.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  91. Scott says:

    I was approved after 4 years and after appealing the AL judge I ended up getting the same judge for my appeal. We did not enter any additional medical evidence nothing had changed. The judge approved me after he had a career specialist present for the 2nd appeal hearing on the appeal that said no jobs were available for me. Now my question is why didn’t he have them there the at first hearing or at least the first appeal hearing before he made his decision ? I feel as if this judge has hurt me financially by not using all resources provided to him and making his decision. I waited 2 more years just for the final second appeal hearing with the Career specialist. Sure I’m gonna get back pay but as the saying goes to little to late.. people lose houses, cars, etc. while waiting for the approval. Isn’t there any ramification for a blatant miss call ?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Scott,

      Your appeal was successful because the judge made a mistake. You will be paid based on the original application and the date of disability that is accepted. Your benefits will begin the later of the sixth calendar month after the accepted date of disability or twelve months before the date of your original application that has been under appeal.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  92. Matthew says:

    I was concurrent and had a lot of back pay in mid 2013 (8yrs and federal court win). I am currently receiving my monthly amount, In early Aug I got a letter stating they had held out 25% and asked if my lawyer wanted to collect anymore etc.. My lawyer had declined as they had been paid (from me and the back pay) .. this was over 3 months ago. They had also sent a letter declining further payment (was sent and confirmed by my representative and lawyer two days after I received it) My case was sent in Aug to the payment center to be released however that’s the last anything was done. I don’t owe any bills, taxes etc. My local office rep has sent some notices seeking comment and all they got was “still processing”. They then did a manger to manager contact and basically got a “need more time to process”. Now granted I feel for new people as I suffered greatly for many years and ended up in federal court to win my case, but at this point I’m established and have automatic deposit and there’s really nothing to do. How can they just be allowed to say a cookie cutter “need more time” without a reasonable explanation. How am I to get these funds released? My lawyer has basically said they are done with things, and my representative said can check in a few more months after the manger to manger response.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Matthew,

      You and your local office have done all you can do. When a very large amount of back pay is due, it has to be reviewed and signed off by two individuals before it is released. The “more time” required is probably a matter of your claim waiting its turn after the claims of others that have been approved before yours.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  93. Stephanie says:

    How long do it take u to receive back pay payments..? I approved in August 2014but November 2014 was when I go my first payment

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Stephanie,

      If your claim is for SSI benefits, you should have at least the first installment of back pay in about a month. If your claim is for Social Security Disability (SSDI), it can take up to three months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Stephanie says:

        I done opened up my decided account, I was told every time I received a payment that money was supposed to go in my back pay account.. I been waiting 2years ,finally got approved in Aug …y does it take to months to receive my back payment?

  94. jenny says:

    Does it mean I got approved for ssi if my husband is on ssi and they stopped his ssi direct deposit and sent him a check instead. He called and asked why they did that and they said because of a decision with my case but didnt tell me what. Oh forgot to put I applied in september.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jenny,

      The situation you describe seems to indicate that you have been approved and your SSI and your husband’s SSI will be calculated at the couple rate.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  95. J.P. says:

    Hello Kay I am still waiting on your response thank you for any information on this matter..

  96. Shannon says:

    Hello. Several questions. I received fully favorable decision Sept 2014 for ssi & ssd. I received the approval letter from ssa about my monthly ssi benefit, backpay for ssi etc. Ssa letter also stated they would pay social services back 1st, then my attorney, &finally me whatever was left.
    Received my ssi monthly payment Oct 1st. Then received approx $1200 on 17th. Today $2100 was deposited. Why 2 deposits & for what, ssi backpay? Yes, I was expecting backpay for ssi & ssd. But no letter from ssd yet.
    Also, my two children live with their father since before my disability, &I pay child support and am up to date/current etc. The worker at ssa said my children are likely toget $ too & she asked for their address etc.. Why, if their father has full custody & I am current on support do they get monies due me? If they are in fact entitled to benefits, which does that come out of (ssd backpay?), how much, how often, to whom does $ go to? I’ve asked ssa these questions & they don’t give answers… just say ill get info in mail. Nothing yet, just 2small deposits.
    Last, after reading a lot of these, I am confused as to backpay for ssd, (when & if it comes) will be less because I got ssi backpay? Pls explain. Thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shannon,

      My guess is that the $1,200 on the 17th is your regular monthly Social Security payment and that the $2100 is your SSI back pay or the first installment of the back pay; however, I can’t be sure. You should get letters of explanation within about a week; however in the meantime you can call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and ask what each payment is.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  97. J.P. says:

    Thank you ,so I’m required to sign him up for dependent benefits?? I was wishing I didn’t have to and just sign up his older brother instead of him.. I guess that means he will get less money and have to split 600 plus dollars with his brother and his back pay he would have to pay back for recieving His share of back pay off his father?? That really suck that is losing money that we can’t afford to lose.. I wish that it was another way around that plus me and their father are not together any more and we haven’t been together really in years.. Instead of this been a blessing it is going to be a hinderance in our favor.. Single and raising 3 kids is not easy..

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear J.P.,

      Your child should end up with more money now that he is eligible for Social Security benefits. The Social Security will be offset (reduced) by SSI because SSI is a public assistance program based on other income and cannot be paid at the full rate for months in which Social Security would have been due. The Social Security check will be paid in the correct amount after the SSI offset. In other words, the government will not make duplicate payments for the same period.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  98. J.P. says:

    Hello I have 3 children living at home 2 younger ones has the same father,but the oldest one doesn’t ages 15,12 and 11.. Leading to my question my 15 year gets a check off her disable father and my youngest gets a disable check for being disable for a couple years now.. I want to know since my youngest kids father has become disable and has gotten approve.. He hasn’t gotten any money as of yet he gotten his approval letter last month.. I was wondering if his back pay will effect my disable son check?? Their father is looking for a large sum.. If I add my disable son for a dependent pay would he have to pay back the ssi he has gotten prior to my kids father signing up for ssd?? Or should I just add the oldest one and leave my younger disable son off.. Right now I have worked,but time is hard and my income isn’t enough to keep my family up we are barely making it.. I am trying to figure out how to save income and by adding a little more to help out.. Could you please give me some kind of advice because I can’t afford to loss income that contribute to help pay for our living and well being.. I hope you understand where I’m trying to say here thanks once more J.P.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear J.P.,

      The change in your husband’s income will affect your youngest child’s SSI benefits. The large lump sum back pay will likely make the child ineligible that month. Whether or not his SSI continues depends on the amount of of his father’s ongoing Social Security and the amount of Social Security dependents benefits he is eligible for and which the SSI program requires he apply for. If he loses his SSI and Medicaid eligibility secondary to SSI eligibility and you don’t have other insurance, you can apply for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which may provide your family with some government subsidy. Note that if your disabled child is disabled for life and doesn’t marry, he will be eligible for Social Security dependent and survivor benefits throughout his lifetime.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  99. Christopher says:

    I have a question regarding back pay. It took me five years to finally win my case on the grounds of some mental health issues. My ruling was partially favorable and I was awarded back pay for a couple years prior to my ruling. I received one payment in the amount of $2100. Like many of the people who posted here I was without stable living arrangements and my credit rating was destroyed. I am on track now and have a stable home. My problem is this. I was recently diagnosed as being HIV+ and HCV+. The area that I reside in does not have the specialists I need to see in order to get treatment. I have always had an aversion to driving so never had a car. I’m still owed around $12,000 in back pay, and I could really use it in order to buy a car to get back and forth to doctor’s appointments and/or relocate to be in an area that I could be treated in. The money I’m owed will be paid in the 6 month incremental period, but I can’t wait. Sure, the Medicaid will cover some of the meds, but I would have to travel an hour in one direction just to get to the doctor. I dread going to the SSA office because every time I’ve gone they’ve treated me horribly. They act like they are going out of their way to give me something that I am entitled to. I don’t want to disclose my status just yet because there are people close to me whom I haven’t told yet. I just found out on 10-17-14. When I do disclose it I am almost certain I will lose my housing (not because of discrimination). I’m struggling to make it on the $721, but I’m doing my best and I’m not complaining about it. It’s just that the back pay I’m owed would go a long way in helping me get in to treatment so I can maintain my health. In my opinion the SSA doesn’t see it like that. I just don’t know what to do. I realize the rules are in place for a reason, but when implemented I’m positive they didn’t consider cases like mine. I’m not going to die in 12 months (hopefully), I’m not buying a house, but I need my back pay. A year of waiting could spell disaster for me. The back pay I’m owed would go to buying a car to get me back and forth to the doctor and could even help to secure housing in an area where I could receive proper medical care. It’s just sad because I am so intimidated by the workers there and at this point the last thing I need is for someone to judge me. It really doesn’t seem like it, but $12,000 could mean the difference in me staying healthy or my progression in to a stage of the illness where there is no turning back. Yes, I can get the medication through ADAP or Medicaid, but I can’t get to a doctor. I know Medicaid provides transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, but I really don’t want to go through that. I don’t know what else to do, where to turn and I’m at a total loss. Not only do I have 2 deadly infectious diseases, but also a long history of mental illness that I’m not receiving treatment for at all. Do you have any suggestions on how I can approach this subject? I understand how a lot of people on this thread feel. It’s like you go through years and years to just get approved and when you finally do the SSA treats you like garbage. I don’t want sympathy. I just want what I’m entitled to without having to kowtow to some government robot. In my local SSA office you have to speak through glass and if I talk to a worker I’d have to practically scream out what was going on and I feel that would violate my rights to privacy. Just to sum up the facts: I was given a partially favorable ruling (I was eligible for 2 years instead of 5) I received one expedited payment of $2100 to secure my housing. All that went to rent and security deposits, etc. I’m still owed $12k. My next installment payment is supposed to be in December with a final disbursement in June of 2015. I am already receiving $721 a month in SSD payments. I have Medicaid and I receive SNAP benefits in the amount of $123 monthly. I am in a same sex partnership, but we are not married nor do we combine our income. It’s a strain on both of us. His parents bought him a car, but it is not in his or my name and he uses it to commute to work and home. He cannot take me to the doctor. I don’t know what else to do. I’m at the point where I just want to throw my hands up and surrender and just stay in bed until the day my maker comes for me. I know it sounds dramatic, but that’s how I feel. If you could offer any suggestions they’d be greatly appreciated.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Christopher,

      I suggest that you get a letter from your local doctor saying that you need to see a specialist in another town to get necessary treatment for a newly diagnosed physical condition that is life threatening. The letter does not have to say what the diagnosis is. You can then write a letter requesting release of the remainder of the money now so that you can purchase a care to drive to the other town for treatment. Include in the letter the amount you will need for the car, title and licensing. You can present these to the representative at Social Security. When you do, ask who will be making the decision and when you can expect an answer. If they want to go into detail, I suggest that you ask to be seen in a private room for the sake of your privacy.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  100. Karen P. says:

    When I received my SSD award I was “docked” $200.00 per month because I lived for free in a rental home owned by my father. My father has recently passed away. I (along with 3 other beneficiaries) own the house now and I still do not pay rent, but I am co-owner of the house. Shouldn’t my award amount be increase by the $200.00 that was deducted initially from my award? When I called the SSA Office they told me to apply for SDI since my income was so low (due to them docking my award initially!). I don’t understand this. It seems to me that because it was SSD that “docked” me that they should have to adjust my award amount now that I co-own my home. Why are they telling me to file for SSI now? What do you suggest I do? This is so frustrating! The other 3 beneficiaries are all on SSD and are getting their FULL AMOUNT of SSD, so why am I still getting a deduction? Can’t my case be reviewed due to the change in my living circumstances? I worked far longer than the other 3 involved, yet they are all receiving more money than I am every month! How does this work and what should I do? Can I request a hearing? I don’t know what to do about this but it seems unfair to me. Please advise. Thank you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Karen,

      The information you have provided is confusing. I think you may be using abbreviations incorrectly. SSD is Social Security Disability, which is a benefit based on your earnings record. SSI is Supplemental Security Income and is a public assistance program for people with limited income and assets, and SDI is State Disability Insurance and is not a federal benefit. Depending on the state it is paid for only six months or a year. SSD is not reduced because of free rent. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) could be reduced due to free rent. Once you are an owner, I would expect any reduction to stop if you are paying the mortgage or there is no mortgage. If you think your benefits are being calculated incorrectly after you reported the inheritance (which would likely make you ineligible for one month of SSI), you do have the right to appeal.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  101. shanell says:

    So she can learn to interact with other kid a an people cus she mean I ment to say sorry

  102. shanell says:

    Hello my daughter got approved an got a back pay almost right away. I got my house fully safty proof baught beds furniture things that she was needed for her to be comfortable home first before anything. My ? Is november is when she is due another backpay check so now my option is a car to get her back an forth to appointments an an go to the school personally so I know she comfortable were she will be at least 8 hours a day the estimate that I have for a van I want is 4500 cash i do not want a car she bangs windows pulls at doors so I need the van to keep her away from the windows an door handles basically something to suit her my only child so when I take the estimate up there shouldn’t I be able to get that amount. Im am not working do to her disability im a stay at home mommy no job an 721 takes care of her needs not my mine so im trynna get her in a awesome daycare an I need to go to school or find a job cus I have needs also so I need to to learn to interact with other kids instead of biting pinching scratching on so on its not easy on me an on top of all of it her speech badly delayed badly she not even saying mama or dada so its really frustrating what can I do an am I entitled to get that amount seeing its something needed an apart of what the ssi booklet says

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shanell,

      I get the impression that your daughter is a minor. My comments are based on that assumption. You need to talk to your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) about whether you can title a vehicle in a minor’s name. If not, talk to Social Security to see if some special rules apply to your situation, because in general your daughter’s SSI benefits belong to her and cannot be used to property for which you will be the legal owner. An attorney might be able to tell you of a way to handle the DMV situation.

      As far as getting more than one installment released at a time, you can request release of the $4,500 plus costs to title and register based on the need for safe transportation to the services that you mention. Explain your reasoning as you have explained it to me, including how you used the first payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  103. Kristina says:

    HI,
    I know we have a difficult case with social security,
    But these are my questions.
    I have been disabled since 2004, at this age I was 23, I am confused on why I didn’t qualify for ssdi, because I had 17 work credits at that age, they are telling me I needed 20 credits but online it says for that age I only need a 1 and half years of work, also I am confused because my disability actually began in 2001 but the approval say august of 2004. I get social security income benefits but I am so confused why I didn’t get the social security disability benefits. I never really looked into my approval, or why I was getting these benefits instead of the other benefits because at the time I went to the ALJ I was very sick and on chemo therapy and radiation treatments, then in 2007 I applied for benefits for my son who has severe ADHD, Speech problems and Hearing difficulties and he was approved almost instantly ,for ssi, and throughout this whole process my husband worked and owned his own small mechanic business and made roughly around $1100 a month {winter months were pretty rough} and that never messed with my son nor I disability checks {ssi payments} recently he got approved for ssdi payments of only $779 a month and now my check is being split with him for ssi and they call it a couple rate but it is only 323 split in two and he gets his full ssdi check monthly and me and each of our two children get $23.00 so I am not understanding how when he worked we got full benefits but now that he is receiving ssdi my check would be cut all the way down to 161.50 for myself, but his check doesn’t affect my sons check only by 3 dollars, also this approval was on june 24th {the judge approved him the day before the hearing was scheduled} and he only started receiving benefits on September 3rd and still no back payment has come in for SSDI or SSI, which he is owed almost $16,000 after the attorney fees, but the attorney had been paid, and social security keeps saying no the attorney hasn’t been paid yet but that money has been put in offset, and is at the payment processing center, and we have notices from both social security and the attorney that his attorney has been paid in full. also there is a payment of $290.00 that is owed to me for benefits on his account that is paid to me for a mother caring for minor children that also went to and offset and we are not understanding why we can’t just get some of this back pay already to pay some of our bills, so if you can understand any of this and help us understand it. I would appreciate it!!!! thanks Kristina

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kristina,

      You raise several questions. First, more of earned income is excluded when calculating Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits than unearned income (everything other than work earnings) exclusions. Your child’s SSI is calculated differently than a couple’s SSI.

      It is now typically taking three months from the date that monthly Social Security Disability benefits begin to get Social Security back pay. The SSI back pay, if any, will be paid first. Your SSI benefit has to be recalculated all the way back to the first month for which he is eligible for SSI, which means his SSI back pay will be reduced to balance out your SSI overpayment for those months when you retroactively became a member of an SSI couple rather than an individual. Then the Social Security back pay has to be reduced by any SSI back pay paid out. In summary, the situation is complex and will require multiple calculations and authorizations and may take longer than the usual three months. Dependent benefits will be paid after his benefits are resolved.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  104. Tonya says:

    Kay, I went for my SSDI hearing in april 2014. I got my award letter in July telling me they were going back to september of 2010. I have since received my first monthly payment for september, but I still havent received the back pay. It is a big amount and was wondering if that’s why I haven’t received it yet. I talked to someone on the 800 # a couple weeks ago and they said it was showing at the payment center, but as of today I still haven’t received it. any help will be appreciated.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tonya,

      If it has been more than three months since you received your first monthly payment, ask your local Social Security office to send a follow-up memo to the payment center. Some payments, if they are very large, have to be reviewed twice by two different people to assure accuracy.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Tonya says:

        Thanks Kay. I went down to the SS office and they said 3 – 4 months because it is such a big amount and it has to go through about 5 different people before being released. Does that sound right to you? Thanks again for your help
        Tonya

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Tonya,

          Very large amounts of back pay do have to be reviewed by multiple people. I do not know the exact number.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  105. Jenifer says:

    Hi Kay,
    I was approved for my ssdi claim by The DQB on Sept. 26, 2014. My onset date is Aug. 1, 2010. I understand that I will not be paid back to the onset date. Only for 1yr of back pay? Is that correct? I have not received any type of payments yet. I did complete apps at the local office for my two children so they could receive benefits as well. The reps are not too friendly and didn’t want to provide me any info such as my benefit amount for myself and children. I was told you just need to wait til the mail gets to you. ;( I find it very confusing that I am going to get some ssi payments for the ssdi waiting period and it will be deducted from my ssdi back payment. Is that correct? Also are there supposed to be two different reps handling a ssdi claim? Because there is an ssdi claim rep for me and she stated she has completed her part and the ssi rep assigned to me needs to update his part. Also he never returns any of my calls. However, I reviewed my social sec online and I noticed a One Time Payment in the payment section of 733.54. I am clueless what this is for. Could this be the ssi waiting period funds? Or my back pay of ssdi for 1year? Or my regular payment? The local office is not very helpful. One lady said to me you have to many questions I’m trying to answer phones. She transferred me to the ssi rep who never returns calls….would you be able to point me in right direction? Thank you!!!

    • Jenifer says:

      Also one more question. My children were approved in 09/2010 for the ssi benefits for them they have Special needs. Now I have been approved for ssdi and half of my benefit will go to them but they split it? Is that correct? They were approved for ssi benefits way before I applied in March 2014 for ssdi and ssi somehow for my self. Does that mean I have to pay back from my on set date of aug2010 to current out of my children’s back pay from my ssdi benefits? I got a letter about my children’s benefit today and states on their payments being help up for ssi payments made and a reduction may take place. I don’t know what to do…thank you for your help

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Jenifer,

        Your children’s Social Security will be the lesser of one-half of your benefit for each child or the difference between your benefit and your family maximum benefit split between the two of them. You can go to http://www.ssa.gov/mysocialsecurity and set up an account for yourself. Once you do that you can get a copy of your earnings statement, which will have an estimate of your benefit and your family maximum. Your children’s back Social Security benefits will be reduced for the amount of SSI they received for the same period. Their ongoing SSI will be reduced or terminated depending on how high your and their Social Security is. It sounds as if the processing described is correct.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jenifer,

      Your benefits will start the later of January 2011 or one year prior to the month of your original application. It is correct that your Supplemental Security Income claim (SSI) will be paid first and that your Social Security back pay will be reduced by any SSI you receive for the same months. The claims representatives specialize so it is correct that one handles the Social Security and another the SSI. It is possible that the “one-time” payment is your first monthly SSI benefit. It may show “one-time” because the amount will be different the following month (SSI financial eligibility and payment amount is determined on a month-by-month basis.) If you can’t tell looking online, you can call the 800 number and at least find out if it is SSI. At this point, you will just have to wait until everything is processed. It can be three months or more before you get your and your children’s Social Security back pay.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  106. DEE J says:

    Hello I have been approved for SSI/SSDI and I am wondering how does
    the backpay differs each 6 months. The first month I received $2163
    and I am owed over $8500. Also when I receive the last payment will
    it change my monthly benefits. I received a letter stating we will not count an installment payment as your resource for 9 months. And the 9 month period ends February 28, 2015. So if I am due backpay will this go against my benefits. Also will the last payment be the full amount that is due to me?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dee,

      The last installment should pay you all the remaining back pay. Each installment gets its own nine-month period of being excluded from resource and doesn’t count toward the resource limit and does not affect eligibility. The money can also be used to buy an excludable resource such as a house, car or irrevocable life insurance.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  107. amber evans says:

    I have been on ssi since June of 2013 and recently applied for disability. I haven’t received a letter stating I was approved but I checked my ssa.gov and it says I am on disability and the first payment will be 10/3, my beneifit verification letter says I made xxx January 2014 and xxx for December 2013. Is that going to be to calculate back pay? And when can I expect for it to come in because since my snap benefits went down to 15$ and even with the rasie from disability from ssi I fall in financial qualifications and should not have effected it. How would I find out it back pay will be given at same tome as first benefit payment?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Amber,

      Back pay is paid separately from monthly benefits. I assume that by “disability” you mean Social Security Disability benefits. If that is the case, your back pay for Social Security will be reduced by Supplemental Security Income (SSI) that you received for the same period. Back pay can take thirty to ninety days. I suggest that you check with your local office for an estimate for your specific claim.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  108. Kayla says:

    My dad has been collecting my social security benefits from my mother who died and I turn 18 in November and got a letter saying that if I am a full time student I can start getting them in my name until I turn 19. Well I have another year of highschool left but what I’m concerned about is that I’m homeschooled(enrolled in my district as a homeschool student) and take all my classes online at Florida Virtual School and I was reading the guidelines of what makes you a full time student and it said I needed to be enrolled in a “non-correspondence” course. So I’m wondering if these internet classes are counted as non-correspondence course’s and if my application will be approved. Do you have any experience with this I would greatly value your opinion on if you think I will be approved or not. Also, how long will it take to get my letter of approval or denial, if it gets denied can I enroll in public highschool then send in a new SSA-1372 form even if it’s after my 18th birthday?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kayla,

      I don’t know whether home-schooling will be considered a correspondence course, but it is possible that it will. If you are not eligible as a home-schooled child, I believe that you could reapply once you enroll in a public school, but you would likely not be paid for months that you were not attending the school physically. If it is important for you to receive continuing benefits, I suggest that you talk to Social Security now to find out whether, if you are denied for home schooling, you start public school after you are eighteen and reapply. If you cannot and you want benefits to continue, then you need to enroll in October, the last month for which you will be paid as a minor.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  109. Amy says:

    I was awarded SSDI on Aug 11, I have a dependent child who is 11yrs old, do I automatically get benefits to help support her? Or is that something separate I need to file for? How long does that take? How do I go about doing that ?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Amy,

      If you listed your child on your application, your child’s application should be in processing now. I would, however, check with the Social Security office to be sure that everything is in the works. Benefits are typically paid to the adult who has custody of the child and may be paid to the disabled parent if disability is not too severe.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  110. Tynia Edward says:

    I m waiting on my hearing diagnosed with ms doctor told me I cant work since april 2013 lawyer appeals case in dec how long it take for a hearing I did get a letter asking if I want a video conference or person for the hearing it was in the hearing office all I kno

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tynia,

      Given the letter you received about an in-person versus video hearing, I would say that you are close to getting a hearing date.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  111. Pamela says:

    Hi Kay,
    Hope you’re having a beautiful day. I would like to know if my son’s SSI decision was overturned in May 2014 to fully favorable. I had applied back in March 2012 and have to open a dedicated account for him to receive his back pay because it’s too large. Is he suppose to receive the benefits from June, July, Aug, and Sept 2014 in check form since the final fully favorable decision was made in May 2014? The rep said I can only use his funds in the dedicated account for medical expenses only. I don’t think that’s fair because I have been fight on my own with appeals, paperwork, appointments etc.(acting as a non lawyer). On his behalf, which has taken many hours and very time consuming and he need his meds are over $200/month, he has $100 co-pays at his doctors and specialists offices, clothes, bed, humidifier which I can’t afford to buy myself. The rep said the money has to stay in his account until he is 18 or longer! That really sucks!! Please help me understand this, please! Thank you for listening.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Pamela,

      While your son is under age eighteen, you can use the money in the Supplemental Security Income dedicated account for the medical items such as you listed: his medication and co-pays. The money can also be used for education or job skills training when he is older and in some circumstances for personal needs or assistance, special equipment (this might include the humidifer), housing modification, therapy or rehabilitation, and other items or services approved by your local Social Security office, like costs you incurred in establishing the claim for disabled child’s benefits. If you owe medical bills for his past care, you might get permission to use some of the money to pay those debts.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  112. Sanna says:

    I receive benefits for my daughter, recently her father and I were divorced. I received the letter with the amount of her benefit changes since she has been receiving payments since 2012 and also they disclosed that I did not receive the amount each month that was supposed to be paid out so back pay is due totaling almost $6000. How long will it take to get the back pay and will it come as a lump sum?

    Thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sanna,

      If your daughter’s benefits are Social Security dependent benefits and you have already gotten a letter, I would expect you to receive the funds within a month. If the benefits are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits, then the back pay will be paid in three installments six months apart.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Sanna says:

        Thank you, it is for disability. once I receive the letter is there an amount of time it takes to release the first payment?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Sanna,

          Your daughter’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay will be paid out in installments of no more than $2,163 six months apart. If you have not received the first installment within a month of being told it is due, I recommend following up with the local office.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Sanna says:

            The 800 number did not tell me that I had to open a dedicated account for them to release funds, went down to the local office and they accepted everything today…I was told that it could take 48 to 72 hours to receive funds. Is that accurate?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Sanna,

            How long releasing the funds will take depends on how quickly after your visit the representative does the work to complete release. If he or she said forty-eight to seventy-two hours, it means that the person expected to complete the work quickly. If he or she is able to meet that expectation, then the time frame is accurate.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  113. Mona says:

    My husband filed for social security in 2006. He has been denied all these years. Now the ruling was over turned in his favor. Waiting for new court date?
    My question is … He also has a Workers Comp case that has been going on for 10 yrs! yes 10 yrs! Injured in 2004
    I heard if you get SSI before your case settles with Workers Comp, that SSI takes half away as back payment? Is this true? should he not go through with the SSI case and wait?
    Please help us understand the consequences… Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mona,

      Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits are offset (reduced by) workers compensation; however, if your husband is unable to work, he should continue to pursue the SSDI claim for several reasons. First, usually the total SSDI and workers compensation is more than either benefit alone. Second, the workers compensation might not pay out as long as Social Security. Also, after two years of benefits, including benefits for past months, your husband will be eligible for Medicare. To avoid overpayments, he needs to be sure Social Security knows that he is receiving workers comp and any changes in the workers comp award. If your husband is approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), he may not be eligible in months he receives workers comp because his income will be too high.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Mona says:

        Thank you for responding..
        He hasn’t worked for ten years now. And his workers comp benefits have run out. He is awaiting a settlement still. We heard that if he wins his workers comp case after he receives his SSDI settlement and payments , that SSDI takes an amount to cover what he has already received? We don’t understand how it all works? He currently does not receive any amount of money from either system. But his ruling on being denied SSDI has been overturned , and he is awaiting a new court date. He filed for SSDI in 2006 does he get back payments?
        Thank you for your help.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Mona,

          If your husband is awarded Social Security Disability benefits and later receives a workers compensation settlement and if the settlement is not reduced for the Social Security he has received, he should report the settlement to Social Security and not spend the settlement money until he gets a notice from Social Security regarding how much Social Security he is overpaid. That way he can use the settlement money to repay the overpayment. The settlement is likely to be more than the overpayment, so it is likely some will be left for other uses.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Mona says:

            Ridiculous! He was injured at work and Workers Comp owes him. Now since he can’t work and needs SSI they want to take away money awarded to him? What’s the point of paying into both Workers Comp and SSI if they take away any money owed back to recipient?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Mona,

            I cannot find the post and response you are referring to, so cannot respond.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  114. james says:

    I was told I have 6,000 or more back pay waiting on me cause I had to renew some papers… I was cut off about 6 to 7 months. how would I get the back payment, I updated the papers on the 2nd of this month but dont get a payment until oct 1

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear James,

      You are likely to get the monthly payment before the back pay. If the benefits are Social Security Disability (SSDI), the back pay may have to be issued by the payment center and could take a couple months. If the benefits are Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the back pay may be paid in three installments, the largest being $2163.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  115. andrew says:

    I went to court for my disability hearing on July 22 2014 and received my favorable decision letter on Aug 29th 2014. On 9/10/14 on the SSA.GOV website is says there is a one time payment for 7,077.39. What does that mean? And if its my back pay when should I receive it? Please note that my lawyer went for just a closed period which is back pay only.

  116. zeneida bisono says:

    Hi,
    My question is: I recently applied for disability benefits for my 18 year old son and I was told that he became disabled since 2000 and his case was approved ,But i didn’t apply by that time even though i knew he was disabled. What that means? that he is going to receive all those years as retroactive?
    Thank you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Zeneida,

      If you applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI disability, benefits will start the month after application on in the month of application if you applied on the first of the month. If you applied for Social Security disabled adult child benefits, benefits will begin six months before the month of application.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  117. teresa mchargue says:

    yes I have a question I was married for 13 years I have work all my life when my husband dies back in 2002 our son receive his social security till he reach the age of 18 and the check stop he did go straight to college from high school my question is how does someone received social security disability thru an disability divorce parent and they receive checks after the age 18 my child lost his father and I lost my husband I was just wondering

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Teresa,

      I am not certain whether you are asking about benefits for yourself or our son.

      A divorced spouse can receive Social Security disabled surviving divorced spouse’s benefits if he or she was married to the deceased worker for ten years or more and is age fifty or older and has not remarried. In some circumstances, the person must also have become disabled within seven years of the death of the worker or within seven years of the date she last received mother’s benefits on the worker’s account. Otherwise, reduced widow(er)s benefits are payable at age sixty. Your son could apply for disabled adult child benefits on his father’s earnings record if he became disabled before age twenty-two

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  118. sharon smith says:

    Thanks kay for the answer i took the information up there week ago and now I’m waiting on an approval how long would that take

  119. Brian says:

    i was wondering since i get ssi if dfc is going to make me pay them back for the food stamps i was getting out of my back pay or is that
    only if you get actual welfare cash…thanks

  120. Rickie says:

    Good afternoon,

    I was recently approved for SSDI benefits. There was quite a large backpay (over $20,000 like some others here). Our car is about to die, and this would allow me to buy a new car to get back and forth to medical appointments, run errands, etc. My concern is about disclosing the backpay amount to my state (Wisconsin). Right now I have been getting SNAP and Medicaid benefits. With my SSDI monthly benefit that begins this month at the end, I may still qualify for state assistance because of our family size and outstanding medical bills. However, at no point have I been asked to disclose if there was a backpay/lump sum amount. I feel hesitant to disclose it to the state unasked for, but I also don’t want to put myself in a place where I have to pay back benefits or risk breaking the law. I don’t know what the law is. Can you please tell me what your experience has been with folks in my situation, and what you have advised most of them to do? I understand we don’t have an attorney-client relationship and I really appreciate the service you are providing the public on your site. Have a great day.

    Rickie

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rickie,

      I believe that you are required by law to report all income changes for SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid. The large Social Security payment will likely make you ineligible in the month it was received and for subsequent months in which you still have the large amount of funds. However, you may not need to repay the type of assistance you have been receiving. Accordingly, the back pay might still be available to purchase a car. Note that regardless of the impact of reporting, I think you will find that you are obliged to report. You should have received a list of reporting responsibilities when you began to get benefits. If you can’t find them, you can get them again from the agencies administering the benefits.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  121. lashad perry says:

    My.question I’s if you owe.Back child.support.How much are they allowed to take (percentage wise.) Of Your retroactive back pay? I heard no more than 50% if you are supporting anther spouse.or child . But I.also heard that each state has a maximum percentage they can take. I’m currently in NORTH CAROLINA. Would you by chance know.How much my state can take percentage wise I can’t find the info anywhere

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lashad,

      I suggest that you check with the North Carolina child support collection agency for their rules. Also, be sure to list the child for whom you owe child support on your application so that if your Social Security family maximum is high enough for dependent benefits, that child will receive benefits, which could result in a lowering of your ongoing child support obligation.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  122. Carisa says:

    I receive Ssdi and was receiving Tanf also but was cut off a few days ago, will my SSDI go up since I no longer receive that income for my kids any longer?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Carisa,

      Your Social Security Disability benefits will not increase because you stopped receiving welfare assistance for your children. However, if your Social Security benefit is high enough for the family maximum benefit to be higher that your own benefit, your children will be eligible for Social Security dependent benefits. If you have not already applied for them to receive dependent benefits and provided birth certificates for them, I suggest contacting your Social Security office to make application.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  123. Carl Joseph says:

    im getting retro pay from ssi and ssd than i will be cut off of ssi and only receive ssd can welfare take money from ssi or ssd or both

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Carl,

      Direct repayment to the welfare office will be made only from your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay; however, you may still be responsible for repaying any balance owing by using Social Security (SSDI) back pay paid to you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  124. Billie Heinzelman says:

    My husband just recently got approved for SSD
    He applied in January 2014
    He has a five month waiting period for which he will not receive any back pay for
    So he’s only gonna get 2 months back pay
    My question is!!! Why are working people who pay into to the system get penalized ??
    SSI is for the poor or people who were either too lazy to ever had worked ( so in most cases may explain why their poor)
    Other than people who may actually been sick all their life.
    So therefore they had a reason not to ever worked.
    And I’m not talking bout people who receive both SSI & SSD
    Cause those people worked
    They just had a job that paid poor wages
    I’m speaking mainly bout people that are young and lazy and lay around doing drugs and having babies just to get checks.
    I have family members that fit this description I’m talking bout.
    It’s unfair that our government penalize people on SSD
    And not SSI
    SSI don’t have the 5 month waiting period
    Plus once approved get automatic MEDICAID
    But SSD ( working people ) have 5 months waiting period plus have to wait 24 months for Medicare.
    I’m sick of the double standard bullshit!!
    The rules should be the same if you are disabled.
    That’s all I ask !! Is for fairness

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Billie,

      You can express your opinions to your senator and congressional representative as Congress passes the laws that govern these benefits.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  125. sharon smith says:

    Thanks kay for the answer how can i get the registration with out getting the vehicle do i have to purchase it first to get the registration and title

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sharon,

      Once you purchase the car, go to the motor vehicles department to get the registration and title. Be aware that the car has to be purchased with your son as owner because you are using his money to purchase the car. (Be sure that you are listed as an insured driver when you purchase car insurance.) Motor vehicles can probably tell you how to register and title a car in the name of a minor. (I suggest that you get Social Security’s approval of the use of the dedicated funds for the car purchase before you start the process.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  126. sharon smith says:

    Hi my son got approve for ssi on may15,2014 his first payment was 480 dollars and then in june18 he started getting his back pay but they say every six months for the next pay I’m trying to get an vehicle to take him back and forward to his physical therapy and to school is there’s a way I can use some of back for that

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sharon,

      Your son can apply to have more of the back pay released to purchase transportation for medical care. Be prepared to state how much is needed for the car, including registration and title.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  127. Tyler says:

    Kay-
    i have been recieving ssi since 2010 and worked from july 2012 until march 2014 and i am currently waiting to get on ssd, i am married and my wife is on ssi, will i get any form of back payments when i get on ssd? and if i get a new job when im on ssd will my wife’s money be less? or will her money be less because im on ssd?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tyler,

      Your Social Security Disability (SSDI) and your work earnings, if you work, will be considered in determining your wife’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility and payment amount. Whether or not your wife’s SSI is reduced will depend on the amount of the SSDI and/or work earnings you receive.

      Any back SSDI benefits you are eligible for will be reduced by the amount of SSI already paid to you for the same months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  128. Lorenzo says:

    my mom has been approved for backpay since 2002 because of a error they made when she became disabled. she got a letter back in feb and its now aug!!!! she has been very ill and worried she wont get it in time. if something happens are her adult kids entitled to it since it was owed to her? Thanks..

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lorenzo,

      First, if your mother’s condition is terminal, a letter from the doctor to that effect could speed up the processing of the back pay. If the back pay is Social Security Disability (not Supplemental Security Income) and your mother were to pass away before the money was paid, it would be paid to herspouse if she has one. If not, the money would be split among her children.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  129. Charlie says:

    Hi kay I won my SSDI case 06/2014 it was a ALJ decision onset date 10/2012 got letter end of june I then got a letter from my local office a week later telling me to go in . I went in provided all that they asked I told them that I have worked enough in my life time to be insured by SSDI and if I should even continue the SSI portion They told me that they need to complete my SSI portion anyway they explained that they deducted some short term disability and Unemployment I collected during my Time from the OSD and they explained the break down of what they owe me and what goes to my lawyer and was told that in July I should receive a check also I was told that I will get award letter explaining this .

    I never received a letter from SSI explaining this breakdown But what I did receive was a Award letter from SSDI the letter explained what I am going to get monthly and when my 1st payment should start it also explained what is owed to me and what is being deducted for my lawyer fees and it says that my Back pay is being held for any SSI payment I have received I did receive a deposit for the month of July from SSI .
    So I called SS and spoke with some one that explained that I had a SSI back pay on hold and a SSDI back pay on hold she told me that I should receive both payment in about 6 weeks from 1st payment (Sorry for the rambling but I know the more info you have the better you would understand )

    My 1st question
    I worked most my life and I have got the award letter from SSDI that I am approved from my OSD for more money then SSI would pay I should not be eligible for SSI for that same time period it seems like my SSDI back pay is being held up by SSI which never sent me an award letter they did pay me a fraction of what my future monthly SSDI payment will be for the month of July my SSDI benefits start on 09/2014

    I don’t know how this works gets me a little of scared if I am going to receive payment from SSI and SSD or be lost in the SS limbo any advise is helpful was thinking of going in to my local office Monday

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Charlie,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) financial eligibility is determined on a month-by-month basis. Only income received (not due, but received) in a month counts to reduce SSI. That means that your Social Security Disability (SSD) does not count against SSI until it is actually received. For these reasons, you may be eligible for some SSI before Social Security starts. Your Social Security back pay will be reduced by SSI back pay paid for the same months. If a substantial amount is owed to you, it can be an advantage to have some of the back pay in the form of SSI because SSI is not taxable and depending on your total income in the year you receive the SSD back pay, the SSD could be partially taxable.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Charlie says:

        Hey Kay Update the called me and told me that back pay is being deposit by the 25th checked SSA website saw in payment section 2 payments from SSI and 1 from SS nothing yet in account but fingers crossed

  130. Jodi calhoun says:

    My husbands attorney was paid a year ago next week, he received part of his SSDI back pay last september 2013, but they have been holding the rest of it since then, they say in the case the lawyer wants to collect more fees. Well she sent a letter stating she was not . When he has called they said it started processing it in April of this year, but yet it is now August 14th amd nothing has been released still. How much longer can this take, since as of the 19th of August will be a year thet the lawyer would have been paid by them?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jodi,

      I would think that the money would have been released by now. You do not say how long ago your husband called for a status. If it has been more than thirty days, I suggest that he call the local office and ask that a follow-up memo be sent to the payment center indicating that it has been four months since processing started and a year since the attorney was paid.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  131. missy says:

    Hello, i was awarded full ssdi and backpay from both ssi and ssdi. The ssdi is being held up because they muct complete a review to see how much ssi back pay i am enyitled to. My question is…. can i waive my right to the ssi pack pay. They subtact the amount from the ssdi , and it would be the same as far as the amount anyhow. She is always busy and i can never get in contact with the person o am supposed to speak with. And, frankly i could use the money for my family . Thank you missy

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Missy,

      You can withdraw your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) application. One thing to consider is being clear on what you are refusing. I suggest that you find out whether you are eligible for SSI only till Social Security starts or you will be eligible for ongoing SSI payments with the accompanying Medicaid health insurance coverage.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  132. Emily says:

    I will start receiving my SSDI on 9/3/14. The letter I received states the monthly amounts I shouldve received every month sice the 5 months after EOD,but it doesnt indicate any amount for back pay/retropay. Also what happens if I was collecting TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) during all that time. I also received an appointment for one of my daughters, out of the 3 I have custody of. Its confusing!!! And last but not least, will my non-custodial children receive benefits? No one asked me for their info. Should I tell their dad to go to the local SS office? How about my oldest, I was granted benefits from 11/2011 on, he was a minor then. He turned 18yrs old on 6/14 and is leaving for Marines training in N.C. Will he get any retropay even after he leaves for the training?
    Oh gosh…I’m over thinking all this!
    #mentalillness

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Emily,

      All your children are eligible for dependent benefits. You need to apply to be payee for the minor children in your custody and your eighteen-year old needs to apply for his benefits, which will be paid directly to him. Notify your children’s father to apply to be payee for the children in his care and give his contact information to Social Security also. You don’t say when your son is leaving for training, but it can take a couple months to get benefits started. It may be two to three months before your back pay is issued.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  133. Ismael Tjenna says:

    I am deaf and applied for disability. It has been about 8-9 months since my application. I haven’t heard of an approval, though I did have to attend an appointment at an impartial hearing doctor to verify the extent of my hearing loss. I forget what you call that. Anyway I woke up and almost choked on my morning cereal when I saw my bank account. I have a $20,000 deposit from SSA. So it looks like I am approved (thank GOD, we are barely surviving because I can’t work). HOWEVER.. is $20,000 a legitimate amount? It’s not too much? Obviously I don’t know the effective date of disability they considered. Maybe as far back as they could legally go, since I’ve been deaf all my life. I just don’t want to spend this money to be told it was a mistake. I want to say this is a blessing from God, but it’s the result of hard work. Working all my life to avoid the title of the lazy deaf guy, and working hard when I couldn’t find work anymore to follow every rule of the disability application process. I returned every request for information with complete, thoughtful and truthful answers, attended every appointment, and I made it a point to be prompt and treat every SSA employee with respect. Everyone told me I would need a lawyer and I would need to go through several applications to be approved. I think I would hire an attorney for this if I had a more complex situation, like many of the commenters on this board. I’m rambling but can you help reassure me they probably isn’t a mistake? I’m guessing I will be receiving a packet of info from SSA soon? Thank you! Thank you!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ismael,

      The amount deposited to your account could be correct. You should receive an award letter that tells you the start date and monthly amount payable. If you would like information before then, you can call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and tell them you received back pay and would like to know the first months for which benefits were payable and your monthly benefit amount. Those two pieces of information will let you know whether the payment is correct.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  134. teresa freeman says:

    I receive social security for 743 per month and I would like to know if I can also collect SSI. I have very little savings . I have looked for work and have not been able to get a job. Thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Teresa,

      Unless your state has a state SSI supplement, you will not be eligible for Supplemental Security Income(SSI) because your Social Security is just slightly over the income limit for SSI. If you tell me the state you live in, I can tell you whether there is a state supplement.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  135. Angela says:

    My husband had to file for disability. After several years of appeals and documentation, he went in front of the judge on May 8, 2014. On May 21st, we were told by the lawyer and then a letter in the mail that he was found disabled starting July 11, 2011. We received his notice of award on June 21, 2014 breaking down his benefits. We found out on June 24 that the lawyer had already received their representative fee payment. He has called several times to check on his back pay and we get different stories each time. I would have thought he would have received his money not long after the lawyer received theirs or even right after the 15 day review of fee amount, but still nothing. He was told in June it could be anywhere from then to August 15, 2014 but now they say is its processing and don’t know when it will be complete. He has now received two of his monthly payment. Isn’t this taking too long to processes his back pay? Why can’t they give us a deposit date? The local office doesn’t seem to be able to give us any answers, cause they just say it takes about three months.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Angela,

      Many Social Security back payments are pending two to three months after the first monthly benefit is issued. An adjudicator in the payment center has to review the claim and release the payment. There appears to be backlogs causing long delays. This means your husband’s claim is waiting its turn to be processed.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Angela says:

        Kay,
        Thanks for the response. Just wondering, why would the lawyer get their so far in advanced of him getting his check?
        Thanks,
        Angela

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Angela,

          It seems quite common now for the attorney to be paid quickly even though release of the claimant’s back pay will not be authorized for some time. I don’t know the reason for it.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  136. Kirk says:

    Thanks Kay! You are doing a great deed for all of us who are having to deal with the “waiting around” period!

    One last question…
    Once the payment proccess center has your claim, what happens on their end? Am I just waiting for a person to enter me into the computer and that is when it will be sent to my bank account? (Im talking about my back pay, I am already receiving my monthly SSDI checks)

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kirk,

      You are waiting to have an authorizer in the payment center to get to your claim, review the dates for accuracy and release the payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  137. Kirk says:

    Hi Kay!
    I received a letter form SS at the end of april telling me that I would receive monthly benefits and a back payment in the future. I found out on July 28the the payment center received my info. Question #1 with no BS please when realistically, can I expect my back pay? Lot of anxiety lately! Question #2 what type of things may they deduct from my back pay prior to paying me. Question #3 why cant anyone at SS give me a consistant answer? I will vote for the democratic canadaiate if this situation gets resolved quickly!!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kirk,

      It can take a month or more to get your first monthly Social Security Disability (SSDI) payment and another two or three months to get your back pay.

      If you also applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits, the amount of SSI you are paid for months that overlap with Social Security back pay will reduce your SSDI back pay. If you received workers compensation or certain public pensions, the amount of Social Security and workers comp Social Security and government pension you can receive is limited to 80% of your current average earnings. Delinquent child support and back taxes can be withheld from Social Security benefits. In the case of back taxes, you would receive a notice of intent to levy a lien on the benefits and give you time to respond.

      Afraid I can’t answer your third question. I doubt the issue is related to any political party.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  138. Dave says:

    sorry if u have answered this question once before i tried to read through all the things that people stated they were having trouble with backpay but it was just to long sorry but my question is i recived a reward letter with the amount i was getting back and everything the next thing i know they are making me get quotes on things like cars and apartments and living stuff why do i need all this to get my backpay im just curious cause a few people who get SSI and whatnot said they never had to go through this is this something new with SSI and such just wanting to know kinda broke at the moment and a little if anything would be nice to get going again but i feel like this is just delaying it longer

    thanks
    Dave

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dave,

      I wonder if you applied for both Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the award letter you got was for SSDI. Supplemental Security Income has always required proof of living arrangements, income, and resources (assets) to determine payment amounts. If the award letter is for SSI and you have requested that more than one-third of the back pay be released so that you can move into housing and/or buy a car, you would have to submit proof that the amount needed is more than the one-third of the back pay. In any event, you can ask Social Security the purpose for which they are requesting the documentation.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  139. Heather says:

    Hello Kay, I was approved for SSDI on June 23rd and I’m waiting for an award letter. So far nothing yet. I check my account with SS and my application status and it indicated that a decision has not been made. What could that mean? I’ve had my decision letter for over a month now, does this mean they just haven’t began to process my claim? Will they status update as soon as they process my claim or will I be in the dark until I receive an award letter? I’m sorry for so many questions, I’m just really in need of my money.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Heather,

      The claim approval is not complete until the claim has been calculated for payment. I assume that the approval letter you got was a medical approval from from a hearing appeal. If that is the case, I suggest that you call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 regarding your approval and request an appointment to find out what else they need to do and/or need from you for your claim to be paid.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  140. Kathryn says:

    Dear Kay… first of all thank you for your patience in answering all of our questions. This whole process is insane, on a good day!
    My question(s) are :
    Hearing was 1-14-14. Received full approval for SSD in letter on 6-25-14. I’ve had one partial phone interview about SSI and she was supposed to call back the next day but hasn’t so I will call her and leave a message. My approval letter stated ” ….careful review…claimant has been disabled from June 4, 2008 through the date of this decision. The undersigned also finds that the insured status requirements of the Social Security Act were met as of the date disability is established. ” … So what does this mean? Will the backpay go back to 2008? I have/had an attorney who was working with me but after I received my approval letter I was told that they were in essence through with me. Lovely. Get the money and run I guess. That’s why I’m here asking for advice from you. I’ve called SS twice and they say it’s at the processing center. Could the fact that I was under a concurrent case, with SSD and SSI, and the fact that interview about the SSI hasn’t been completed, be holding up my pay ? I am on the CAL which is SUPPOSED to speed all this mess up but doesn’t seem to be having a thing to do with anything speedy:( Any advice would be appreciated !

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kathryn,

      Your Social Security will be paid back to the later of twelve months before the date of your application or December 2008. Given the long period of time for which you appear to be due benefits, the amount of back pay could be an amount so large that it has to go through a special review process in the payment center. That said, yes, the fact that your SSI has not been calculated and paid is holding up the Social Security. Your Social Security back pay must be reduced by the amount of SSI back pay due for the same months, so the SSI is calculated and paid first.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  141. Debbie says:

    I just went under my ss account and it shows everything I will be getting even my back pay it says july 15 2014 on my back pay is that when i could get it or is does it mean when they figured it out and if they figured my back pay out does that mean i should receive a check soon for my monthly payment cause how could they figure out my back pay if my monthly payment isn’t gonna be here this month cause then my back pay would just go up if I don’t get it this month. Am I right or not. thanks

    • Debbie says:

      I did get my money so thanks for the help I can relax a little bit now. They were pretty fast in getting it to me which was great oh One question I just get ssdi not ssi am I only allowed to have a certain amount of money in the bank after 9 months. My husband works but I heard that you can only have s much money in the bank. which would suck cause i’d like to save some money.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Debbie,

        There are no income or resource restrictions on getting Social Security Disability (SSDI). You can have any amount of money in the bank you want. There are limits to the amount you can earn from work and still be considered disabled, so if you work, you must report that.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Debbie,

      The date on the record should be the date that the back pay was authorized. Allow a week for receipt before following up. Social Security benefits are paid in the month following the month for which they are due. Back pay authorized in July is for benefits through June. Then your July benefit will be paid in August.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  142. Heather says:

    I was approved for SSD at the hearing level by a judge on June 23rd. I want to know if there will be a delay in my monthly payments and backpay because I listed my 3 children on my application? Also I have a minor child receiving SSI will this also delay payments? What should I do in order to prevent any delays? Thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Heather,

      Having eligible dependents will not delay payment of your benefits. Once your benefits are paid, then your children’s benefits will be processed for payment.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  143. Jennifer says:

    My lawyer gets 33 1/3% of my Long Term Disability per month. When I get Social Security back pay, who determines what I have to pay back to the insurance carrier and how is it determined. I am worried I am going to owe more than I am getting, because of the lawyer’s fees. Thanks!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jennifer,

      Your attorney will receive 25% of your Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay up to a maximum of $6,000. Often private or employer-sponsored long-term disability (LTD) policies calculate overpayments caused by the receipt of SSDI using the net amount you are eligible to receive after attorney fees are withheld. You can request a copy of your LTD policy; it will tell you how integration of benefits is handled.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  144. billy says:

    yes they put brother on ridalin in the second grade he is 37 yrs of age now he had to quit school in the 7th grade because he was 17 and really couldnt learn any thing in the ld class’s ..he a ptsd.and some health problem’s do you think that he could get on his disablitly?’ or ssi

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Billy,

      Your brother might be eligible for disability benefits. The only way to find out for sure is for him to apply.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  145. Laurie Mathews says:

    My husband got approved for SSDI and just recieved a big back pay check. He has 2 children. His ex has been in contact w/SS and is scheduled for her “payee” interview in a few weeks since the boys are still minors & live with her. We have a couple questions we can’t seem to get any answers on… (and nothing was mentioned at all about his children in his award letter)

    1. Will he have to pay his ex a percentage of the back pay he just recieved or will she recieve a separate check from SS for the boys after she has her interview?

    2. He is in arrears – can the money she recieves of back pay for the children be applied to his outstanding debt? Or does he still owe the arrears and she just gets a big fat check?

    3. I’m sure we’d need to check w/an attorney to be sure – is she recieves a big fat check that is “extra” – can my husband have her apply that money toward college expenses or additional medical/dental expenses? We are of course now on a fixed income and so coming up with these additional expenses for the boys will be near impossible…

    Thanks so much…

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Laurie,

      Social Security dependent benefits paid for the children are paid in addition to the amount that your husband will receive. If your husband has already received his Social Security back pay and none has been withheld for past-due child support, then his Social Security will not be affected by the child support that he owes. You are right, he needs to consult with an attorney about the possibility of going back to the court that ordered the child support to see if the order can be changed retroactive or in the future to consider the fact that the children are receiving Social Security dependent benefits from his record.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  146. Juan perez says:

    My question is I was awarded ssdi and my date of disability was dec 1 2012 but was collecting unemployment benefits will that cut into my back pay check I stopped receiving unemployment nov 2013?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Juan,

      Unemployment benefits will not reduce Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits. They will reduce Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  147. michele theriot says:

    I have been contacting my attorney and SS office for over a month.
    I received my notice of award letter from SS on April 20, 2014.
    My hearing with a ALJ was January 14,2014. My Attorney received their payment I learned in a June 2, 2014 email. When I last checked with attorney they tell me processing has my file and they are backed up that was on June 27, 2014. Today I called SS local office they told me the processing center has no date when my check will be released.
    When I applied for disability my application date of july 17 2012 my attorney told me I was not eligible for SSI.

    Don’t know what to do next! Like many others things are getting turned off and don’t want to lose my home!

    • michele theriot says:

      also I have received 3 monthly checks now.

      • Marty says:

        Michele,

        Did you ever get your past-due benefits? My wife’s story is similar to yours: not eligible for SSI, hearing on 1/14, decision on 2/21, award letter on 4/13. Received monthly checks in May, June, and July, but not past-due benefits.

        We talked to our attorney. We talked to the 800 number. We set an appointment and went into the local office where they contacted the Baltimore folks. We contacted our congressman who contacted SSA.

        And still nothing…

        In 20 days it will be 6 months since the decision. I just wonder how long this will take.

        • Marty says:

          UPDATE: My wife received her past-due benefits on Aug 14, 2014. It was one week shy of six months since the decision and seven months to the day from the hearing. It was also three weeks and three days after we contacted our congressman.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Michele,

      As nearly as I can tell it is taking about three months in the payment center to get back pay. There are two things you can do. First, check with your local office to be sure that they have communicated to the payment center that you are not eligible for SSI. Second, you could ask them to send a request for expedited payment because you are in danger of losing your home. I don’t know whether it will help or not, but it is worth a try. In the meantime, I suggest that you show your approval letter to your mortgage holder and utility companies. They may work with you once they know that you will have income.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  148. L.C. says:

    I was approved for my SSD on april 28, 2014. I got my letter less than 30 days after my approval. I was told what I would make and what my back pay was, minus my attorney’s fee. As of today, no back pay. I have received my first check. Being homeless, it took all I had just to get a place to live. But I have no furniture, no nothing, but a place to live. however, I hear people getting their back pay before their first check. If the rules are across the board, why do some people receive their back pay first and others don’t? Keep in mind, I received NO help from the federal and state governments during the two years I was homeless and in pain. Does the amount dwell in the length of time?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear L.C.,

      Release of back pay can take longer if the amount is very high. I suggest that you request expedited processing. Explain the situation of having been homeless and the need for furniture and household furnishings. In the meantime, I suggest that you contact local churches and or thrift stores that operate as charitable non-profits. You might be able to get some basic items for free to help furnish your home.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  149. Beth says:

    Approved for SSDI. Took back pay for overpayment. Overpayment was included in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Papers given to local SS office and sent to processing center. They restarted my monthly payments of which the first will be July 16. How long will it take for them to process the overpayment back to me? Thank you in advance.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Beth,

      It seems to be taking about two to three months for back pay to be issued after the monthly checks have started.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  150. Debbie says:

    I received my fully favorable decision on June 25 2014 I set up my bank information on the original application for direct deposit is there anything else I need to do? It is now July 10 and I have not heard anything I really need money should I call my lawyer or just wait and how long can it take to get my money or award letter. Is there anything else I need to do to get it direct deposited into my bank does my bank need to know I will be getting disability payments? Thaks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Debbie,

      I suggest that you take the judge’s approval letter to your local Social Security office and ask what else needs to be done to get payment started and whether anything is needed from you. At that time, you can also ask about time frames for your particular claim.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Debbie says:

        thanks for the help i talked to my lawyers assistant today and she said they have everything they need we just have to wait 30 days and if we don’t here anything or get the award letter by then they will start checking into it. does that sound about right, I really could use the money we are getting to the point of not being able to pay the rent is there anything I can do to speed up the process. sorry for the questions but this is all new to me. Thanks again

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Debbie,

          Your attorney’s guidance is appropriate. I suggest that you talk with your landlord and explain your situation and that you have been approved and are waiting for payment to start, which can take three months. If necessary, you can show him the page of the judge’s letter that says you are approved and tell him that you will be able to pay any rental arrears. Try to negotiate no late fees.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  151. jo anne turner says:

    my son just recently received his approval for ssi benefits and was told by social security that they will deduct any food stamps he received while waiting for his approval from his lump sum. What in the world did they expect him to exist on, grass. I am confused about this.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jo Anne,

      Are you sure they said food stamps and not something more general like “public assistance”? Cash assistance to needy families or temporary cash assistance for disabled people does have to be paid back. I have not heard of having to pay back food stamps.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  152. John Taylor says:

    I received a partial decision after over 2 years of waiting. The way i read it i was to get 5 months of pay from the time i was considered disabled by the judge which was not true but what can i do. When i went to the SSI office the technician told me i will be getting 639 month and a medical card. I just kept quite. A couple days later i had 3000 in my account but it is the first today and have not gotten the 639. According to the letter i was only going to get the award for those 4 months minus the attorney fees. If it went to the local SSI office can they add the monthly payment by accident which would really help me out. I am just afraid to call anybody in case there was a mistake to my favor. I am very confused??

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear John,

      You may have applied for both Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If the medical card is Medicaid (and not Medicare), then at least some of your payments are likely SSI. If benefits are due on two programs, that might be causing the confusion. It is best for you to contact Social Security and get clarity now. If there is a mistake in your favor, it is much better to know now than have them find it later and owe a lot of money.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  153. Don Blanchard says:

    I applied for Social Security Disability in Feb. 2014. I did not apply for SSI. I got a letter 6-12-2014 stating that I meet the medical requirements to qualify for SSD, they established my beginning date of disability as 10-10-2013, but that they had not yet made a decision about whether I meet the non medical requirements. Then on 6-17-2014 I received a Notice of Award letter. In it affirms the 10-10-13 date, then says the first month I am entitled to benefits is April 2014. I understand the 5 month waiting period. It then goes on to say,

    “What We Will Pay And When
    > You will receive $XXXX.00 around June 23, 2014.
    > This is the money you are due for April 2014 and May 2014.
    > Your next payment of $XXXX.00 which is for June 2014 will be received on or about the second Wednesday of July 2014.
    > After that you will receive $XXXX.00 on or about the second Wednesday of each month.”

    It is now July and the 2 months back pay has still not been deposited to my account. Is this normal? On my social security.gov they show my scheduled monthly payment but nothing of the 2 months back pay. Is this normal? I am assuming that the back pay may be handled by a separate office or division. Should I be concerned about the ball having been dropped? I hope you can shed some light on this.
    Thanks,
    Don

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Don,

      Because you were given a specific date that the back pay would be deposited, I would follow up with your local office. They can follow up with the payment center.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  154. linda evans says:

    one more thing if they went back to June 2012 my back pay will not start until jan.2013 for both ssi and ssdi right.
    Linda

  155. linda evans says:

    Dear Kay,

    update,my case went to qr now in atl. Ga. so now i have to wait until they review it before i here something now. They could not tell me if i was approved because QR could change everything. But he did let me know it was good news,so i knew then i was approved. He said he said we will be calling you in one to two week to update all your information. Ok my question is this they went back all the way to june 2012 after i was deined in aug 2012 i went back to work i made over the amount you are able to make in a month so in thous month i will not get back pay will i? Do I have to show them what i made for each month i was disable from june 2012 or how do they do that? I was told i would get 685.00 for ssdi and 36.00 + 20.00 for ssi if i was approved.They said 741.00 is all i can get for the both of them together, so do i do 685* the month i made less than able to make for ssdi and 36 for ssi tell me if you can what all i need to have ready when i get there so no more delays please.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Linda,

      There is a twelve-month maximum for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits prior to the date of application. According to your previous posts, your current application was filed in April 2014. Based on that information and a disability onset of June 2012, your SSDI will begin to accrue April 2013 and your Supplemental Security Income will begin to accrue May 2014, unless you applied on the first day of April, in which case SSI will begin April 2014. You do need to provide a monthly breakdown of your work earnings by submitting pay stubs. There is a nine-month trial work period during which SSDI benefits continue to be paid. After that, you will not be eligible for any month you have substantial earnings ($1,040 in 2013 and $1,070 in 2014). Work affects SSI differently, but you have not worked since May 2014, so work is not an issue.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  156. linda evans says:

    Just to help out here ,I see people ask you how to get their conformation number to check their status only if a decision has not been made they can call their local office and they can give it to them, that is how i got mine only if they filed on line they can get one is what i was told.
    Linda

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Linda,

      That is correct, a confirmation number is issued only if the claim was started online.

      Sincerely.

      Kay

  157. linda evans says:

    Dear Kay,

    I talked with my Disability determination examer yesterday, and she told me she sent my case to her supervisor, so how long from there do I here something?I check the ssa .gov website and it still says the samething it did a month ago.I have my conformation number and still the same thing.How often does that website up date information on your case do you know and if you do not know does anybody eles know. linda

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Linda,

      I am unable to estimate how long it will be before you get a decision. The website will update when there is a change in status on your claim.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  158. Teresa says:

    my disability claim was denied in December 2012. I have a lowsey attorney and she knows that ive been waiting for something since Oct 2008. I won a claim I filed with ssa for a compassionate allowance rup with a letter from my DR describing the severity of my conditions. and asking that my case be reconsidered due to the fact I wasn’t on any medical I had a medical plan that was a mess. I couldn’t do anything to save myself because my insuarance would not cover anything.. My symptoms and diagnoses from prior DRs were wrong. instead of treating me for liver desease I am now at a MElD12 im in my last stages of cerhosis and its a very painful desease. Not to mention depression anxiety panic disorder ashma, fybromyralgia and not to mention it but im going to die a very painful death. the only thing Is that I don’t drink a lot and totally stopped in 2005 but never a alcoholic. due to all the perscribtions I was taking it totally killed my liver. my attorney took out payment for what I don’t know she didn’t file the compassionate allowance case. I DID>>she knows shes done nothing for me what a human being. Im concerned to why she hasn’t filed other forms the would get my appeal won. She has collected no medical info since 2012 and she has not even contacted my primary Dr for anything. I asked him to please help me and write a letter for me because I need to see specialist and transplant hopefully but had no insurance. The dates don’t match up/ they gave me back pay for 8 mos and I was diagnosed in June of 2012. and my backpay has paid everyone but in fact if I was approved I would not have to apply for aid from other government agencies. but I have to pay it back why are they not responsible for that. and why is my attorney not filling documents proving my eligibility because it is listed in the bluebook digest. and why didn’t she question the VE on the date I was denied those should of been instantly filed. they wont pay me the rest of my 8 month backpay for another 6 mos and then another 6mos. I really need that money and my attorney knows im in forclosure and have to move financially this is impossible. why did she tell me to contact ssa. am I really the one doing all the work while she sits and gets paid . literally I am a paralegal and this has been the worst experience ive ever been thru. I know what she can do. but she don’t and talking to her is impossible. her receptionist is so rude if I had the strength I would choke her. very rude and unprofessional. if you can give me any advise please do so id really appreciate it I feel like the world is against me and ive done nothing wrong. Not a good feeling and im very stressed out over having to move that’s gonna be fun. yeah right???? help me please 2098988558 all day every day

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Teresa,

      Your attorney was paid because you were still retaining her as your attorney when you got the decision, so she gets paid regardless of the amount of work performed. The attorneys’ duties end when you are approved so you do need to pursue getting your back pay on your own. Contact the Social Security Administration and request release of the full back pay because you are about to lose your house. If your condition is imminently terminal, you can also list that reason for early release.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  159. Irwin Duff says:

    Hello Kay…. I am one of the fortunate people who hired an Attorney and in about 4 to 5 months, I received a check from the treasury dept. for 12 or 13 months of SSD backpay. I am not even sure if my attorney was paid their 25% because the check came directly from the Government, not my Attorney. I told my Bank Manager today that the check I received today, I want to put in a new account only for SSD. I owe a credit agency $10,000 and wanted to make sure this check was not garnishable because the money wasn’t sent to an account using electronic depsoit. The bank Manager told me that only twice the amount of the monthly check going forward check can be protected from garnishment. Meaning if I get $2000 a month, $4000 is protected. The check I received today was over $20,000. I can NOT get a straight answer from anyone whether this money can be garnished if deposited by check, versus direct deposit. Can you please give me a definitive answer on what I thought was a simple answer. I have a very hard time getting hold of my attorney’s, so do you think the Attorneys were paid by the Treasury Dept and I was sent the balance? And I NEVER received any letter explaining my benefits, how I was approved, or anything but a check. Any help, especially the garnishment explanation would be very helpful as well if my attorneys were paid as I owe a lot of people money that I need to pay back. So I don’t know if this entire check belongs to me. And for those of you still sick and suffering, I pray that your case moves thru quickly with a favorable outcome. I thought I was going to die from anxiety waiting on an answer. I was so badly injured, broke, and had such major depression that I was hospitalized for 9 days. I empathize with everyone and just know God is watching over you and keep the faith no matter how hard it may seem at times.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Irwin,

      Your attorney has probably been paid directly. You should get an award letter within two weeks of getting the first payment. In the meantime, try calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and have them check your computer record for attorney payment.

      I do not know the specific rules about the amount of benefits that can be protected from garnishment once they are deposited to a bank account. You could check with another bank to see if you get the same information or you could talk with Social Security. Another alternative would be to cash the check and buy money orders or cashier’s checks to repay your creditors in the order you prefer.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  160. N...Need says:

    Hi Kay.

    1.I became disable and stop working 6/2010, was on state disability from 6/2010-5/2011 filed for SSDI 9/2012…initial app & reconsideration was denied, if I’m approved (waiting for ALJ hearing) for SSDI how many months of back pay will I receive?
    2. I have full legal guardianship since 2007 over my 3 grandchildren will they be able to collect some of my benefits, if available or do they have to be my adopted grandchildren??

    Thanks so much in advance!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear N.,

      If you are approved and Social Security agrees you became disabled in June 2010, your Social Security Disability benefits will begin September 2012, twelve months before your application. Your grandchildren are eligible for benefits only if both their parents are either deceased or disabled and receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income Disability benefits. Otherwise, you would have to adopt them for them to receive benefits.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  161. shanna says:

    I am new to this whole SSI and SSDI thing. I have sooooo many questions but today’s question is for a friend of mine. She has been struggling for years with unknown illnesses that are being narrowed down to possible Lupus or RA. She talked to a lawyer today and they had told her that if she is awarded SSDI she would have to pay back any medicaid, food stamps or child support that she has collected. I thought you were awarded food stamps and medical if you can prove you live under the poverty level and the child support is a joke. Her Ex owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay i think he has paid a total of $2k or less and their son just turned 16 and has several major medical issues. If it wernt for her mother the 2 of them would have been out on the streets years ago. Will she have to pay this back and why?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shanna,

      Your friend should find a different, more knowledgeable attorney. Food stamps, medical coverage, and child support do not have to be paid back if your friend receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability (SSDI). She will likely have to repay cash assistance from the state or county received for the same months for which she is approved for (SSI) or SSDI; however, she would not have to repay cash assistance for earlier months.

      She should obtain an excellent Social Security attorney. She does not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  162. John says:

    Hello – Can anyone help with some questions?

    I finally received (Fully Favorable) SSDI decision May 16th 2014 after several years and a hearing. I’m happy but confused exactly what to expect -especially after reading some of the experiences written here.

    1.) I called SSA today and they said the attorney that handled my case was paid two days ago.
    ? – What is my expected wait time for back pay if my attorney has already been paid.

    2.) I have not received an awards letter, but have gotten the ALJ decision and the SSA website has been updated to show this, it even shows when my monthly payment begins
    ? – Possible to get back pay before awards letter. (How common, if so?)

    3.) Person I spoke with today at SSA indicated my claim is sitting at the payment processing center.
    ? – Does this fact indicate how quick I might get my back pay.

    4.) The SSA website indicates my first monthly SSDI payment will be 4th week of July.
    ? – Does this dictate when I might get my back pay.

    5.) I got an SSI denial letter to include a letter terminating Medicaid. I called my local SSA and told them I had been determined disabled. She confirmed per her computer. She advised I was entitled to still receive Medicaid based on my monthly SSDI payment. She said she will reinstate my Medicaid immediately but I must spend all of the back pay within 9 months to continue receiving Medicaid.
    ? – With her reinstating Medicaid, will her actions cause a delay in receiving my back pay?

    My main concern is an approximate time frame of getting back pay. Like so many others here I’ve exhausted all resources I had trying to survive the several year wait to get disability.

    I find it incredible the lawyer has been paid his fees already and I still have no idea when I might receive the back pay I so desperately need to pay back loans I’ve made from family members.

    Thanks for any answers might have.

    Sincerely

    John

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear John,

      Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay is usually paid one to three months after the first monthly SSDI payment. It is very rare that it would be paid first. I do not understand the statement about Medicaid. Medicaid eligibility is connected to SSI not SSDI, unless the state you live in has developed some special rules. After you have received twenty-four months of SSDI benefits including back pay, you will be eligible for Medicare.

      I wonder whether you are going to be paid SSI after all because your SSDI is below the SSI income limit. I ask this question because the representative talked about spending down your SSDI back pay and that would apply only if you could be eligible for SSI due to low ongoing SSDI.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  163. stephanie says:

    I have been receiving ssi for 8 years. I was recently approved for sad. I never received back pay for my ssd. But received a paper stating they took $27,000away from my ssd. Are they supposed to with hold that much. And should I have received back pay?

    Also my boyfriend has applied for ssi. If he is approved how much of his back pay can they take for back child support owed? We have 2 kids. And he has one that he found out about last year that just turned 6. We don’t know the laws or regulations for this.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Stephanie,

      Your Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay should have been reduced by the amount of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) that you received for the same months that your SSDI back pay covered. If it was several years, it is possible that the offset (reduction) is correct.

      SSI cannot be garnished for child support. If your boyfriend is approved for Social Security Disability, it can be garnished.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  164. Henry says:

    Hello Kay, I was awarded ssdi and ssi on April 22, 2014. My first check for ssdi will be on June 18. I was called to come in and finish my ssi application, and the ssi specialist said i won’t qualify for ssi payments, but i will be awarded back pay every six months. Will they reduce the amount of my first check of ssdi, or the ssdi lump sum? I’m expected to receive my first ssi check next 7-10 days. Can’t get a hold of my case worker, so do they update information on the website ssa.gov? Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Henry,

      Your Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay will be reduced by the amount of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) paid for the same months. If you are no longer eligible for SSI, your full back pay should be issued in a single payment not in six-month installments. Item c) at this page of the SSA website describes this exception. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OP_Home/cfr20/416/416-0545.htm.

      Information is posted to your record, which you can access on the SSA website, but it is fairly general. The central phone service line is 1-800-772-1213.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  165. Jessica says:

    Hi,

    My fiancé was just partially approved for ssi. He is eligible for his back pay only, he will not be receiving anything monthly. We just got the first payment. Since he is not receiving anything monthly, can he get his full back pay amount at once? And if he can get the whole thing, will he be able to reapply for ssi? Thank you!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jessica,

      Your fiance should be able to get his full back pay because he is not eligible for ongoing benefits; however, perhaps not if he appeals the partially favorable decision. If he does not appeal, he can, of course, apply again though he may not be approved if the decision is correct that he is no longer disabled according to Social Security law or if his resources are above the resource limit.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  166. Minka says:

    Hello! I am asking you for your help as I am communicating for a family member who received a fully favorable decision for SSDI January, 2014. The family member received their 1st monthly SSDI pay via direct deposit on May 3rd, 2014. There is no SSI, child support, student loans, etc that would be deducted from the lump sum back pay, so an administrator from the local SSA office sent a request (to the payment center) as to what the status of the back pay was and an estimated time of completion and disbursement. She made the request 3 weeks ago. The payment center sent her a response on the 10 day (from the 1st day the request was sent) stating that they were working on it. The family member called the SSA 800# and was told that the file was completed on May 6th, 2014 and was sitting on someone’s desk to be typed. She went on to say that the back pay may not be released for another 60 DAYS! UNACCEPTABLE! The family member called the SSA 800# today and was blessed to speak to an excellent representative. She filed the second written request to the payment center in Baltimore, MD. She said the payment center had 15 days to respond, but to keep checking the bank account because the money may be deposited within that time frame. The family member is in dire-straits, so they called the local SSA office and were told that this had gone on far too long. The representative told my family member to stay-by-the phone because the payment center would be calling. They also said that large lump sum back payments required 3 signatures. That could be a factor that caused the delay. Why would the payment center call my family member? They need to type whatever documents needed, send the information to the Treasury Department and RELEASE THE FUNDS ALREADY!!!!! Please tell me your experience with this type of situation and why the payment center would be calling. Thanks.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mesha,

      I would not expect that your family member would receive a call from the payment center unless direct deposit information was missing, but it is true that it can take a long time for release of a large lump sum payment as it has to be approved by multiple people and claims are processed in the order received. Each person who has given you a time frame could be right. It could be between a few weeks to a couple months or occasionally more.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  167. James Love says:

    Hi Kay, I have received my award letter for Disability after a successful appeal hearing. The lump sum for back pay is quite substantial and I’m quite indigent at the moment and could really use that money asap. Currently they are still trying to process an SSI claim on me, which I’m confident I won’t be approved for. Even if I’m approved for SSI back pay, I believe that they will only deduct the SSI back pay from my Disability back pay. If I have that correct, wouldn’t I be better off in just waiving my claim for SSI (since not even the case worker thinks I’ll be eligible for monthly payments, but perhaps I’ll be due some back pay)? Expedience is of extreme importance here, and now for the SSI claim they are asking for paperwork for things that I don’t have easy or quick access too. I just want what I’m due at asap, nothing more. It’s been years. Thanks James

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear James,

      There are two reasons to pursue the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) application. If you filed your original applications before being off work for five full calendar months, you could be eligible for some SSI that would not reduce your Social Security Disability (SSD). Translation: more money overall. The second reason is if you have unpaid medical bills and are approved for SSI, you might be able to get some of them paid. I suggest checking to see whether that is a possibility. Lastly, if you had an attorney, you might be violating an agreement with him or her by withdrawing your SSI claim. Be sure that there’s no problem there.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  168. Jessica W says:

    My husbands ssa webpage changed today to include a section that states Disability and payments
    you are not currently receiving benefit payments.
    And a link to a verification letter that includes generic information and is DOB.

    Is this a sign that progress is being made in the way of an approval?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jessica,

      If the site previously showed your husband’s claim as pending, then I would say that a medical decision has been made and the remainder of the claim processing is pending.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  169. Ryan Birmingham says:

    Hi Kay,
    I have another question. I have applied for my spouse and 2 children to collect money from my social security disability and know that they will have to split half of my pay for the family max. My question is how does it work if my wife has her own work history? I read that they will pay her the higher of her benefit or mine. Will she receiver her amount as if she was disabled or is it a part of mine and hers or a percentage of hers. This way instead of splitting the family max 3 ways she can get a higher amount and so can the children. How does that work?

    Thank you.
    Respectfully,
    Ryan Birmingham

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ryan,

      If your wife is eligible for Social Security on her own earnings record, she will be paid her own benefit first. If her benefit is less than the amount she could receive on your record, her own benefit will be supplemented from your record. For example, if she were eligible for $700 on your record and only $600 on her own, then she would receive $600 from her record and $100 from yours.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  170. Ryan Birmingham says:

    Kay,
    I just received my letter from Social Security stating my 1st disability payment will paid on June 3, 2014. I called the office and spoke to the ssi manager and told her I didn’t qualify for ssi and she said that she would send a message asking them to release my ssd back pay as soon as possible due to hardship need. How long do you think it will take to receive my back pay from the processing center?
    Thanks for your help and quick response.

    Respectfully,
    Ryan Birmingham

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ryan,

      Even with a hardship rush and no SSI eligibility, it could be one to two months before the Social Security back pay is released.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  171. Alesia says:

    Hello Kay. I was recently awarded a fully favorable decision on my request for SSDI at a hearing with an administrative law judge. What exactly does the term “fully favorable” mean? Thank you for your assistance! Sincerely, Alesia

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Alesia,

      A fully favorable approval means that the judge found you to be disabled on the date that you claimed and that you are also approved for ongoing benefits in the future.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  172. Michelle says:

    I’m so confused. My ex husband was injured in February of 2011. He applied for SSDI / SSI and was approved. He is also receiving workers comp. He lives in MD and I live in DE. Our teenage daughter was also approved and I received a letter stating the amount she would be receiving monthly. I know that she is only receiving the cost of living amount right now of $18. Also, I believe that she is not receiving anything because of an offset. How long could it take to get this resolved? Once it is will she receive all her back pay? Also, do I have to provide any information to get this moving along. I know my ex won’t be on top of anything as long as he is receiving workers comp….Thanks!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Michelle,

      Your daughter is receiving only the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) amount because benefits being paid on your husband’s Social Security earnings record are being reduced by workers compensation offset. The offset is applied first to dependent benefits and then any remaining offset reduces the workers (your husband’s) benefit. You may be able to find out from the Social Security Administration how far out in the future the offset is projected. Assuming that your husband has been eligible for workers comp for all months of Social Security eligibility, your daughter will not be due any back pay beyond the COLA amounts because that is all she is eligible for.

      Best regards,

      Kay

      Your

  173. Ryan says:

    Hello, my parents first applied for social security disability for me in April of 2011 I was 16 at the time. I have a hearing coming up soon with a judge to see if i will get approved or not. My question is, now that I am 19, if I am approved will I get back pay from before I turned 18? Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ryan,

      If your parents were applying for disability benefits when you were sixteen, they were applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, not Social Security. If you are approved, the benefits will go back to April 2011. The criteria for being disabled before age eighteen is different than after age eighteen. Hopefully, the judge will rule on both so that is you were disabled and still are, you do not have to file a new SSI application to receive benefits as an adult. You or your attorney might ask the judge to address both.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  174. Jennifer says:

    When your child is approved for SSI and you go and give them all the information about your household and they finally start sending payments they told me that you only get a cash benefit starting the second month after you apply. They said the first month your child is eligible tho she qualified for Medicaid benefits but not a cash payment till the second month. I applied March 4 and she was approved in April. When they paid her benefit they only paid for april and may. So no cash benefit or SSI benefit for the first month that I applied in? Is this correct or do I need to call and talk to someone else?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jennifer,

      Your child was paid correctly. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is paid only for full months, not partial months, and does not pay for any period prior to the date of application. Therefore, no benefits were payable based on her March 4 application.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  175. Jarred says:

    How would I go about filing for disability 28 years after the fact of my birth

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jarred,

      I infer from your question that you have been disabled since birth. If this is so and you have not worked, then your option would be to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits. You can do this by calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 to request an appointment to apply. Also, if you are unmarried and at least one of your parents is deceased or receiving Social Security disability or retirement benefits, you could also apply for disabled adult child Social Security benefits on your parent’s earnings record.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  176. ms. john says:

    Hello, the question I have, I was single before I applied for ssd and ssi. Now I am married, my husband is a 100% retired disabled veteran. I have a 15 year old son, daughter 23, and a step grand child living in the home since he was 4 months old. I recieved a partial favorable decision dated back to june 2012 the month I married. My daughter has filed for disability based on mental illness. The letter instructed me to call because more information is needed to ddcide if they can pay me ssi. I have insurance threw my husband retiement benefit. What are my options? Can I ask for only the ssdi and skip the ssi. If I do this, will that interfere with my back pay since 2012. Help I need advice. I hope I made this clear enough for you to answer. Thanks in advance!!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ms. John,

      You do not have to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Declining SSI will not affect your Social Security Disability (SSD) back pay.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  177. Raven S says:

    If my husbands hearing was on the 18th of march and the judge said “full favor” how long does it take to get an award letter and the first payment in Hawaii??? Also how long does the back pay take after that? Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Raven,

      How long it will take to get a formal written decision will depend on when the judge gets to writing it, which can be sixty days or longer. After that it can be another sixty days before payment starts. About five days after he gets the letter, if Social Security has not contacted him, he should contact them to provide any information or documents needed to get payment started.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  178. Raven S says:

    My husband just was given a fully favorable decision from the Judge on March 18th. We live in Hawaii and was told that they (SSA) had 30 days to send him his award letter that is supposed to let him know how much he would be receiving. We still do not have that and it is already the 25th of April. How much longer will it be before he even gets his first deposit for his SSD? Do you know how long it takes to receive the back pay in Hawaii? We cannot seem to get a straight answer from anyone.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Raven,

      Processing time varies from office to office. In general it can take sixty days or more after a favorable hearing decision to get the first monthly payment and longer for back pay. I am surprised that you were told thirty days; your office must be a little bit more caught up than many others. If you applied online, you can check to see if any payments have been authorized. If not, I suggest following up with the person who predicted thirty days to get a status report.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  179. L. Kauffman says:

    OK, guys, just general information. We have been going thru this for 5 yrs. This is how it went for us, maybe helpful. Yes, these folks are extremely rude. Do not take it personally and do not by any means give up. Get upset and do not allow them to put you off cause that is what they want. They act like you are taking money out of their pockets and apparently there is no control to insure they treat the American people who pay their salaries like human beings. It is apparently a universal problem within social security. RULE 1 Do not give up…. After all of the denials (problems here included, Heart – stent done and atrial fibrillation, Diabetes- 6 shots a day, Neuropathy which is caused by the diabetes and can not even pick up coin from a counter anymore and feet up to the knees full of pins, Herniated discs and degenerative disc disease, extreme high blood pressure, severe COPD, and several other things. Total of 30 medications on a daily basis thru the VA. Anyways, after all of the denials the first hearing with the judge got another denial. However, upon getting records that the SSA office had, we found that not only were there records that did not belong to me. But infact even if they did, they were way prior to the claim even being filed. However the young man they belonged to was a gay meth addict to top things off as so anything wrong with me was thrown to the wayside. Not only was most of it ignored within the denial, but there was reference to SSA doctors making determinations when in fact I never saw those doctors. Not only that but the judge made his own determination on what certain medications were for, and he was entirely wrong. The fact that the SSA job specialist who was in the hearing had said I could not work was totally negated and the judge now said I could climb ropes and a ton of other things which there was no way. RULE NUMBER 2-GET COPIES OF WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING AT. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHAT HAS BEEN THROWN IN YOUR FILES. Upon receipt of the records and the denial we went thru over a thousand pages of medical records ourselves, not the attorney, we did it. We found the records that did not belong to me, not the attorney And the adjudication judges ordered that info removed and it was still in there for the second hearing, was never removed even tho it was ordered so.. We wrote the rebuttal, addressing every incorrect issue within the decision. Not only that, but with the assistance of the internet, you can verify any and all meds and illnesses. RULE NUMBER 3 – Anything that is wrong on the decisions, rebut it, do not let it lie. If it is wrong, make sure every one knows it is wrong!!!! They change things to make it fit what they want and you, well, your out of luck folks. So the Adjudication judges reviewed everything and agreed that the decision was incorrect and needed to be looked at again. This took another year. Finally going before same judge for the second time, and he was ready from the get go to deny again until I opened my own mouth and shut down the attorney, who had been useless thru this whole procedure. Within 5 mins of beginning my testimony the judge agreed. Although he only allowed 3 yrs instead of 5, at this point, you take what you can get because you have been mistreated enough and are happy to have the approval. This was the end of November 2013. It took 90 days to get the approval letter. Meanwhile, not only have you not had Christmas’s, have pawned your life away, worry about where your next meal is coming from every month, run up every credit card to the hilt and a ton of other awful things. But now you have waited 3 months for the letter. Thinking when you left the courthouse that things were finally going to get better. but no. you wait some more. Finally on May 3rd I will be getting my first full disability check. As far as the back pay is concerned, I have been to the office twice in the last month to chase this down. And wow, I look on the social security website today and they have released a partial payment on the back pay. It is dated today, however dont know how long it will take to get into my bank account. Hoping tonight at midnight the bank has it in there, but dont know yet. Bottom line folks is that it is a sad dilapidated system and these people forget that you paid for this. It came out of your paycheck every month. And when you finally get approved, still, you are fighting those same people who move in slow motion because quite frankly, they do not care how hard it is for you. So do not let it go EVER. KEEP UP THE STRUGGLE BECAUSE ITS YOURS. I HATE BEING SICK, I HATE NOT BEING ABLE TO WORK. Heck I made a lot more money and life was a lot easier. And if for one second I moved in slow motion like these folks do on a daily basis, I would have been fired. FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT GUYS AND DO NOT EXPECT ANYTHING QUICK OR FAIR. THIS IS NOT A FAIR SYSTEM.

  180. TaWana says:

    Yes I have been denied 3 times and I finally won my case after 4 years will I get that retro payback from when I started or no? I was told by a friend I wouldn’t only a year I just want to know what’s the truth please get back to me on that please

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear TaWAna,

      If the disability date Social Security approved for you was four years ago and the approval was an appeal of an original claim filed four years ago, then your benefits coldl begin to accrue that long ago. Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits will begin to accrue the later of your sixth month of disability or twelve months before the date of your approved original application. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will begin to accrue the month after the month in which you applied, unless you applied on the first of the month in which case benefits will begin to accrue for the month of application.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  181. derrick Olison says:

    If you receive ssdi and ssi and should be receiving back pay for both can one be deducted from the other?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Derrick,

      Your Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay will be reduced by the amount of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) paid for the same period.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  182. alicia says:

    I get ssdi and my child get on my claim if I was to get married would they take away my and my children income

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Alicia,

      Your Social Security Disability and child’s dependent benefits will not be affected by your marriage.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  183. Nichole says:

    I’ve been waiting on SSI for 3 1/2 years. I’m about to be evicted. I’ve exhausted all resources, local charities, churches, family, friends. I’ve contacted senators and congress people for help but have gotten nowhere. What do I do ? I’m in dire need. I even wrote a dire need to SSA. Sent copies of all notices , no response. Please help.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nichole,

      It sounds as if you have done everything you can. Unfortunately, I do not have suggestions unless you have sufficient health to work some small amount–enough to cover the rent. I wish I could be more helpful.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  184. Dave Patrick says:

    Sorry for my last comment, just upset with the system.

    I have past my 60 days can I call someone to find out where mine is.

    Thanks
    Dave

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dave,

      You can call the hearing office. Calling won’t speed up the decision, but you can check the status–whether a decision is still pending, a decision has been made and the appeal is in letter writing, or the letter is on the judge’s desk waiting for review and approval of the letter. (Note: The hearing office will not tell you what the decision is, just whether it has been made.)

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  185. dash says:

    today I went on ssi.gov to check my profile and it said that I got my back pay which was 2150.47 I was waiting almost 3 month so I was happy that was in the morning so night time comes and I check it again and it does not show it no more u got any clue y they put it on there then took it off

    • dash says:

      now it shows its back on there on my Social Security.gov but I still haven’t recive my money in my bank but it says on my profile that I got 2150.47 one time payment when will I recive it

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Dash,

        An electronic payment takes two or three business days to go through the banking system. If the payment doesn’t show up in your account by the 21st, I would contact Social Security.

        Regards,

        Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dash,

      It is possible that the posting of a payment amount was taken down because an error is being corrected. I suggest you check it daily for a week. If payment doesn’t show up again, contact your local office and ask for an explanation of the posting and its removal.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • greg says:

        I got approved for ssdi in apirl 2014 in california and got my first payment for apirl this month in my may. But what happens to my payment in may and also what happens to my back patment that iwassuppose to be recieving and also. Whay did they say that they were going to give mr ssi and disabilty and they said they were not going to give it to me after all when i have a wife and three kids under the age of five.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Greg,

          I can answer one of your questions and need clarification from you to answer the second. Social Security is paid in the month following the month for which it is paid. This means that you will get your May payment in June, your June payment in July and so on. Dependent benefits are paid in addition to your Social Security Disability (SSDI) if your SSDI is high enough. Please clarify which benefit you were told you would not receive, SSDI or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Also, did they say that you were not eligible at all or not eligible for ongoing benefits, just back pay.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  186. LuLu says:

    I have a friend that I have been helping because she is slow in understanding things, and receives very little income. I believe she has been getting either SSI or SSDI. Not sure which. She is 53, has had some surgeries that went bad…and has some slight mental issues. She received a letter regarding her income and accompanying Medi-cal ins. that she said threatened that if she didn’t get the 50 pages completed and into the office in 4 days (end of Feb 2014) she will lose everything! Income and Medical. She has been going to therapy sessions which she said was required in order for her to get the financial and ins. help. She filled everything out overnight and gave it to her therapist for the dr. to complete and sign and they assured her that they would fax it to Soc. Sec. on time. Then there was the waiting…and they let the dr know that they were reviewing the paperwork. At the end of the 1st week in April the doctor told her that she couldn’t come anymore because they were taking away her Medi-cal benefits and her monthly payment. (which had already been direct deposited into her account) I help her save money for her property taxes and pay some of her bills online for her, because she doesn’t have a computer. I paid her bills and her prop. tx. before going out of town. After I came back, I found a “low balance alert” in my email, regarding her bank account..which I am linked up with…the low balance was “00.00″!!!! I right away got into her account and found that an additional account had been set up and all her money had been transferred out of her account and into this other account. Because I had been away over the previous weekend, I had no idea what was going on..so was trying to reach her by cell phone..no answer. Finally early that eve. she let me know what happened. She received no letter telling her that it was determined she was no longer eligible for the benefits or Medi-cal..her dr. told her. Then her account was cleaned out??? Leaving her penniless? In a panic, she went to the bank and closed her account and both her credit cards issued by the same bank. Right now, she is scared and angry…She managed to get a part time job helping in a dr’s office who would call her if they needed help. She has been working a few hrs. a day last week @$8ph. Why does SS have the right to take her money out of her account and leave her penniless? AND didn’t even send her a letter to warn her that she was no long eligible, and that any direct deposit already in process…she will have to pay back….etc, etc. This all sounds pretty criminal to me. Sorry this is so long. A concerned friend/mother image to someone in need.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lulu,

      First, your friend needs to appeal the closure of her claim if she is as limited as you indicate. In some circumstances if she files the appeal within ten days of termination, she can ask to have benefits continued during the appeal–though she might have to pay them back if the closure stands. On her appeal, she needs to declare her new work. When she appeals, she needs to get on record that she never got a notice and learned about it from her doctor and the reversal of the direct deposit.

      Second, the Social Security Administration does not have the ability to transfer your friend’s money to another account. Either she did it or she is the victim of fraud. Also, the fact that she had money to transfer to another account means her account was not “cleaned out” by Social Security.

      Third, Social Security does have the right to reverse a direct deposit payment of money that is not due, but they are supposed to give advance warning to termination of benefits.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  187. Dave Patrick says:

    I had a lawyer and we went to court on Feb 10, 2014, I’m on my 57th day if I was denied would I go a letter before now. I would think if it was denied I would get something sooner

    Thanks
    Dave

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dave,

      How long a decision pends is not an indicator of whether an appeal will be approved or denied.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Dave Patrick says:

        So what your telling me that they can make someone wait that long to denied them. It seem that they should get something sooner so the can do what they have to.

  188. Sabrina says:

    My daughter was approved for ssi in February and I was told she was to receive a little over 9800 for back pay. They sent about 2900 already but didn’t say when the rest of the back pay would be sent. How long does that part generally take? She is in serious need of a new bed and her monthly benefits are not enough to cover the kind of bed she needs while meeting her regular monthly needs. We are in Alabama. Thank you for your time.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sabrina,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay over $2,163 is usually paid out in installment six months a part. One of the few excepts is medical needs. I suggest that you get a letter from daughter’s physician prescribing the kind of bed that your daughter needs. Then go to your Social Security office with the letter and documentation of the cost of such a bed and request release of all the back pay at once so that you can purchase the medically necessary bed.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  189. Pam says:

    I just got approved for disability.. just started getting monthly payments last month.. they gave me one back installment and say I have to wait another 6 months up to 18 months for them to pay me the rest back?
    I am in the process of losing my home waiting all this time, (2 Years) for them to make a decision.. finally a judge made the decision.
    Who can I contact to help me save my home before they foreclose on it.. and is there a way to get my back payments earlier so I can try and save my home? sorry for all the questions.. I am sure I missed a few.. I live in Mass. and need help to save my home now!

    Thanks,

    Pam

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Pam,

      Write up a statement that you need all your SSI back pay paid out now because your house is in foreclosure action and you need the money to catch up the payments to keep from losing your home. Take the statement and the documentation about the foreclosure with you to the Social Security office. Ask to see a claims representative. If you are told no verbally while you are in the office, ask to see a supervisor.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  190. Mark says:

    Family Max Disabilty Question:

    If your family max is 2000 dollars and you are drawing 1200 monthly, would the difference of 800 go to your one child if approved??

    Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mark,

      Yes, assuming no other dependents are eligible–such as a husband (you) who is caring for a child under age sixteen–the $800 in your example would be paid to your one child.

      Sincerely,

      Mark

  191. Heidi says:

    Hi, my fiance was finally awarded his SSDI around Aug 2013 and has received about 6 monthly checks but still no back pay. It was held up in the local office for about 3 months and finally got back to the payment center on March 4 and was told he should get it with in 30 days. He called once again and was told they have been working on it since the 26th and will prob be a few more weeks still. He was told a month ago that he should have gotten it 2 months after the judge awarded it. Its been 6 months now AND he did put in for emergency release and still nothing. Is this normal and what can he do to finally get his money? The back pay is very substancial. Thanks

    • Heidi says:

      He also doesnt owe a lawyer or anything else and never been on SSI.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Heidi,

      There seems to be a big backlog of claims with back payments due. There is not much you can do to speed up the processing. It is promising that it is “being worked on since the 26th” because that probably means that it has been assigned to an authorizer and, although still waiting its turn, is getting closer to completion.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  192. Kim p says:

    Hi,

    So I was approved for ssdi and went down to the local office yesterday to answer their additional questions and give them my bank info for direct deposit. I was told at that time I would be awarded backpay for the past three months. She said that I would get it sometime this month. So on the social security website it shows a one time payment was made today. How long will it take for that payment to show up in my bank?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kim,

      It is likely to take two to three business days from the payment date on the website for the money to show up in your account and be available for withdrawal.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  193. rynaldo says:

    can someone please explain to me, why a 22 yo with no or limited work history, compared to mine, due to age only woiuld recieve a larger monthly check than myself, when I have a continous work history for 23 yrs prior to my disability, I had just heard this on a tv show about the amouth the 22 yo was receiving, and was shocked that someone that possibly couldnt have work as long as i is getting over $100 per month more than I. I am not saying that my earnings where enormous, but I made more than 20,000 per year when i began working at age 18, with substantial increases yearly from that point on for 23 yrs. just curious as to how this is possible. it was clarified that he is receiving SSD and not SSI, just as I do.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rynaldo,
      the formula for calculation of Social Security benefits is complex and has many variables built into it. There is a factor in favor of individuals with longer work histories than shorter ones, but that does not mean that in every comparison the person with the longer work history will have the higher benefit. The young individual you mentioned may have had very high earnings if receiving benefits off his own work record. It is also possible that he is receiving dependent or survivor benefits as a disabled adult child on the record of a high earning worker who also has a long work history.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  194. Mark says:

    Hello, My wife was approved for her SSDI back in AUG 2013. She is fixing to apply for our son to receive benefits drawing off of her. Our son is 15 yrs of age and of course not married and lives with us. Will they back pay our son from the time my wife started drawing back in AUG 2013??, or will they just start paying him the monthly payments from the date she applied for him? Thanks Mark – See more at: http://www.disabilityadvisor.com/social-security-disability-back-pay-2/#sthash.fX1iW24Y.dpuf

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mark,

      Whether your son is eligible for dependent benefits back to August 2013 or will be limited to six months back pay from the date of application depends on why she didn’t apply for him when her claim was approved. If she listed him on her application as a dependent and Social Security didn’t previously request her to submit documentation to get his payments started,benefits might be payable for the same months as she was paid for. Otherwise, retroactivity will be limited to six months from the month of application.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  195. ELLA ASHBY says:

    H ello i been receiving ssi for the past 8yrs. and just this past Feb 3th. i started getting another 224 a month from SSD they sent me a letter earlier this month on April 14th. saying i will receive a check for 1,192 but there’s no date i called to see when because they owe me 13,000 but said they can’t pay all that so im getting a settlement portion because of my ssi i been getting and the 224 im getting now but they lowered my ssi to 517 instead of the 721 i been getting makes no since to me im on even more meds now then when i started being on ssi 8yrs. ago she said i should get the check in 30 days of the letter which should be by the 14th.can you tell me when and will the 1,192 go on my direct express card?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ella,

      Social Security law requires reduction of Social Security benefits in any month for which you have already received SSI. That is probably the reasons the full $13,000 cannot be paid out. The back pay should go to your DirectExpress card.

      With regard to ongoing benefits, the amount of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) you are eligible for is not based on your degree of disability. It is based on your other income, if any. You previously received $721 because you did not have any countable income. Now that you have $224 Social Security, $214 of it reduces your SSI. The first $20 of the Social Security is excluded, so now your total income is $20 more than it was.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  196. tiffany says:

    I have been receiving ssi for 10 years, I was just approved for ssdi and received an award letter last week. I no longer qualifyfor ssi. They said they are with holding my back payments until they calculate deductions because I was receiving ssi. How long does thus process usually take. They told m o60-90days. I’m hoping it doesn’t take that long.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tiffany,

      Sixty to ninety days is an accurate estimate. If your Medicaid coverage stopped because your SSI stopped and you have not been eligible for Social Security for twenty-four months and, thus, eligible for Medicare, I believe that the termination of Medicaid is a qualifying event that will allow you to apply for medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and possibly receive a government subsidy to help pay the premiums. If you wish to do this, you must do so within thirty days of receiving notice that your Medicaid is ending.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  197. Christina says:

    Good evening, I do apologize if this has already been answered.
    My husband is in the Med Board Process in the Army. We were advised by his Liaison to apply for SSDI. We applied in June 2013 for a disability onset of November 2012. We were denied the first time in July 2013, however we requested an ALJ hearing. We got a lawyer and filed the appeal. Since then, We received a letter from the ALJ office stating FULLY FAVORABLE with an onset date of November, 2012.
    My question is this, since he is part of the wounded warrior project through SSA, his process has been greatly expedited. Will his eligibility be reduced based on his income or does the wounded warrior part only take into consideration his substantial gainful employment?
    The lawyer said that since he is not doing his “job” in the army, he is not still gainfully employed. (he is supposed to fuel trucks and airplanes, but he can not do much of anything these days, and sits at a desk scanning ID cards)
    Thank you in advance for your advise, we are sitting here patiently waiting for this money and are in great need since I have been out of work for almost a year due to caring for him.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Christina,

      Before payment is calculated, your husband needs to report his activity in the Wounded Warrior program to Social Security right away. It does sound as if your husband is performing clerical work, which may be considered an occupation and the compensation for it may be considered earnings. The need to report is especially important if the judge was not aware of the work activity. I suggest that you call 1-800-772-1213 to request an appointment with a claims representative to discuss the situation. Take the date he started working and copies of the pay stubs for any compensation he receives.

      The amount he is earning, when he started working, and whether there are any special laws relating to the Wounded Warrior program as related to Social Security will all determine whether your husband’s work activity affects his Social Security claim and, if so, how. The following comes from Social Security’s website and refers to military pay received while filing for Social Security Disability:

      “Active duty status and receipt of military pay does not, in itself, necessarily prevent payment of Social Security disability benefits. Receipt of military payments should never stop you from applying for disability benefits from Social Security. If you are receiving treatment at a military medical facility and working in a designated therapy program or on limited duty, we will evaluate your work activity to determine your eligibility for benefits.

      “You cannot receive Social Security disability benefits if you engage in substantial work for pay or profit. However, the actual work activity is the controlling factor and not the amount of pay you receive or your military duty status.”

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  198. Robert Mangiameli says:

    I Kathie and thanks for all your information during this time in my life getting through this. I was awarded My benefits March 4. They told me my amount plus the amount of my back pay. I also applied for SSI after I received the award letter. will this hold up my back pay until SSI reaches a decision??

    Rob

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Robert,

      If you have already received a Social Security Disability (SSD)award letter with payment amounts, the benefits should not be held up by your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) application. If any of your SSI back pay overlaps with months that you received Social Security, the SSI will be calculated considering the Social Security paid for the same months.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  199. Mark says:

    Hello,
    My wife was approved for her SSDI back in AUG 2013.

    She is fixing to apply for our son to receive benefits drawing off of her.

    Our son is 15 yrs of age and of course not married and lives with us.

    Will they back pay our son from the time my wife started drawing back in AUG 2013??, or will they just start paying him the monthly payments from the date she applied for him?

    Thanks
    Mark

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mark,

      If your wife listed her son on her application and did not fail to follow through in getting him payment at that time, Social Security dependent benefits will go back to the first month her benefits began to accrue. If on the other hand, she did not list him on the application or did not respond to requests for information to get him into pay status, then the maximum retroactivity will be six months.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Mark says:

        Thanks Kay,
        Yes he was listed on her application when she first filed in FEB 2013. Be we had no clue that our son was entitled to any benefits and we had a lawyer handling my wife’s SSDI Claim. So now I guess my question is will we at least get his retro payments for 6 months if this gets approved?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Mark,

          I would say that your son will get at least six months back pay from the date of the current application for him, and it is possible that benefits will go back as far as your wife’s.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  200. pjwilliwmeon says:

    My grandson turned 18 in Feb still in high school and not expected to graduate until 2015. He was in the process of moving into my home with his mother and two sisters in Feb and paid rent in advance for March-April using gift cards I swiped into my paypal account of which I have receipts for. SSA lowered his SSI even though we told his case worker he pays for shelter, food and utilities out of his own SSI and Child Support His mom receives for him that SSA counts as his income. His mother’s only income is SSI for 2 children and child support of her son. We told them at the review he was paying his share of shelter costs, utilities and food out of his income, his review came back with a reduction and placed in category A as living in his own household, which I do not understand because they said he received too much income in March and was not eligible for any money at all but did not say where the income came from. They said he received $260 of valued help but he did not get because the only income his payee mother has is his and his sisters, Mom the payee pays for shelter costs, utilities and food for the sister out of her ssi as payee. SSA said he was not regularly attending school. I forgot to print up the rental contract we had and his receipts for payment of shelter cost and statement from his mother about how much food and utilities she paid for out of his money and give it to the case worker at the interview I forgot about it and she did not ask for it. I also am not sure his payee worded the statement correctly for payment of his share of utilities and food she buys for him out of his money and since it is his money how can they call it in kind support?

    • pjwilliwmeon says:

      Also SSA’s website says once your an adult they only count your income not your expenses which is confusing because if your a room mate like my case they split the cost of expenses by the number of people in the home and call it your fair share and if you pay less than your fair share you get a reduction, however my grandson pay over his fair share and should have not been lowered but he was.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear PJ,

        Please see my response I posted a few minutes ago to your earlier inquiry.

        SSA inquires about the household expenses to determine whether the individual is receiving in-kind income (shelter or food) from within the household.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear PJ,

      It sounds as if not all the needed information or documentation was submitted or it was misundertood. I suggest that your grandson’s mother file a request for reconsideration of the calculation of your grandson’s benefits. She must do this within sixty days of receiving the notice of reduction (sixty-five days from the date on the letter). With the request for reconsideration, you need to write up a statement of what the correct situation is. Before I list some things to be included in the statement, I will explain 1) “own household” means that he is paying his share of household expenses; and 2) changes in income, including receiving free or subsidized food or housing cause a reduction in benefit two months later. So, if they determined that your grandson did not pay his share in the month the gift cards were swiped into your account, the reduction would come up two months later. 3) The receipt of gift cards, which were apparently VISA or another card that could be used anywhere are countable income for SSI he received cards with total value of over $60 in one calendar quarter, so the cards might have been treated as income to lower payment.

      I suggest including the following in the statement: 1) the number of people in the household; 2) whether you all eat together or his food is bought separately 3) monthly itemization of amounts you received from your grandson and the form it came in each month (cash, money order, gift cards); 4) the amount of your rent or mortgage 5) average utilities (excluding phone); 6) average food expenditure for all of you, if everyone eats together.)

      Take the statements and all the documentation you have to support the statement. 1) Utility bills and rental receipt or mortgage papers; 2) all documents related to your grandson’s payments to you.

      Also, you daughter should write up a statement regarding the amount of the gift cards and the months in which they were received so Social Security can figure out whether the gift cards are excludable as irregular or infrequent income within the allowable limit or they are countable income.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  201. Layna says:

    Kay,

    You have provided a lot of helpful info and I thank you. I initially became disabled 12/2011, but didn’t file my first SSD claim til June 2012. Of course I was denied. I then got an attorney and we submitted my 2nd claim which was also denied. Next we applied for a hearing date, which I just got and is 5/1/2014. As I understand it, my back pay will begin with June 2012. By the time a decision is made it will be over 2 yrs. is this normal? In the meantime I’ve been living on my child support; will he take that in to consideration & possibly make it so my Check gets out to me more quickly? Also do they take into consideration how long a person has been in the system trying to get approved?

    Also I read where some people were on SSD & SSI, how can that be? What is the difference?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Layna,

      You are correct about the month benefits will begin if you are approved. It is normal for there to be an extended period of time for which back pay is due when the claim has to be appealed through a hearing. The judge does not have control over how fast your benefits start after you are approved. Processing of claims to get payment set up is generally handled chronologically based on when the approval is made. An exception is a claim that has been fast-tracked because of terminal illness.

      Social Security Disability (SSDI) requires amount of work and wages or self-employment that has been taxed for Social Security Insurance. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a public assistance program for individuals with countable income (including Social Security) below $741. Eligibility for SSI is determined on a monthly basis. Both programs require either being disabled or having reached a certain age and both are administered by the Social Security Administration. If a person’s Social Security is low enough, he or she may be eligible for SSI also.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  202. Melissa Henry says:

    My son was approved for ssi and I was told that they have to release his back pay to a bank account but I don’t have one and he doesn’t either and I can’t open one in his name or mine .. How do I go about getting his back pay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melissa,

      Your son, or you if you are his payee,can request that the Social Security Administration have the Treasury Department set up a DirectExpress debit card to which payments will be made.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  203. Heather says:

    Hi,
    I recently got approved for Ssi in January and went to the social security office to give them all the information they need do you have any ideal when I should get my first check and about the back pay I applied in January of 2012 when I was at the office she said that they owe me back pay from that date when should I get my payments and how much should I get
    Thank you and have a great day

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Heather,

      I responded to your previous question based on your saying that you had applied for Social Security, not SSI. If you applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), then your back pay amount will not be more than $721 per month times the number of months since January 2012. If you have submitted everything and have not received a payment within two weeks of submission, I recommend following up.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • heather says:

        Hi,
        thanks Kay I talked to a lady today at the social security office she says that I won’t be getting my SSI payments until may 1st but she says there still processing the back pay do you know what that means cause I’m confused I guess I just don’t understand the whole SSI process I just need the money so I can take care of my 10 month old baby and also my estimated back pay is around 9,067 will they pay that to me in one lump sum or by payments
        thank you once again

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Heather,

          From what you said, it sounds as if your SSI (Supplemental Security Income) back pay will be received before your first monthly check. It will be paid in installments of $2,163 every six months,

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  204. chawanda belly says:

    hello.. my child was approve for back payment.. she receive her first payment september 14, 2013 they say 6 months she will receive her 2nd payment.. will it be sent on the 14 of that 6 month are will it the next month..

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chawanda,

      My observation is that the calendar day the installment payments of SSI back pay are released varies and that the installments often aren’t exactly six months apart. If you have not received the second one by the end of April, I suggest following up with your local office.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  205. Shelley says:

    I was denied and put in my appeal paperwork, I got a letter stating that I passed the 60 days to appeal. I called and they said it is just Business days that count so I did appeal in time. She told me to take copies once again and get them stamped again. Will that help and is that the right thing to do? Or should I take another step. I am currently looking for an attorney. Just want to make sure that the 60 days is Business days. Thank You so much

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shelley,

      The sixty days is calendar days from the date on the denial letter. Plus Social Security allows five days for delivery, if they received it on the sixty-fifth day, it would be in time. The only time business days comes into play is when the last day for appeal falls on a weekend or federal holiday, then they will accept the appeal on the next business day.

      Obtain an experienced Social Security attorney. You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  206. Flor Martinez says:

    Hello Kay, I have been fighting a social security disability case since march of 2012. After my 3rd appeal, I received a hearing before a judge, who said he was deciding in my favor. I am a single mom, with no child support for my daughter, or any other means of income, therefore have been working a full time job for the last 5 months, because I HAVE to work to support myself and my daughter. The judge was fully aware of this and still ruled in my favor and said I would also receive the alotted back pay from when I initially applied 2 years ago. My question is, will the fact that I am working a full time job affect anything? Should I stop working? I have not received anything from my local ssi office, and do not know when my benefits will begin, therefore I am still working. I have to pay my rent and support my daughter, but everyday I get up and it is more and more difficult to work because of my disability. Also, I read a judge an approve my disability claim, but once the local office reviews it and sees I am working, they can deny it. Is this true? Will the fact I am working affect my amount of back pay? I am so confused, and I recently called SSI and the representative I spoke to was not helpful at all in answering any of my questions. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Flor,

      Because you started working after you had been off work for twelve months and because the judge apparently is going to find that you were disabled while off work, if your health did not improve when you returned to work, the first nine months of work (including the five you have already worked) will be considered a trial work period, during which benefits are payable. If you continue to work after nine months of work, benefits will be suspended (unpaid)for any months your are working and earning more than $1,070 gross per month. You could easily wait four months or more for a written decision and payment to start so continuing to work would appear to be financially prudent.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  207. gary delap says:

    I have been approved for my son ssi i have received my reward letter and its not enough to find us a place to live how do i get assistance for finding a place to live with that income can u help?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Gary,

      I suggest that you contact your state or county department of health and human services to find out what types of public assistance might be available to you and your family. You might also contact the state’s employment office to see whether they can help you find employment.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  208. Maria says:

    Today is March 14,2014. I received notice today that my case has been approved for disability..I am now 62 and a widow. I began drawing widows soc sec checks when I was 60..I had filed for disability before I turned 60..I am reading that they will keep 6 months worth of my back pay..so if I was disabled march 2011 , my back pay starts AUgust of 2011 ? My 2 main questions are how long before I get my first check..I know the disability check will be more per month than my regular widows benefits check..not sure how much difference. 2nd question, would the back pay come in 2 different payments since part of the back pay will be for the full amount of the check..the rest would be the difference between what my check was and what it will be ..so with that being 2 different formulas for back pay, would that mean different checks for that reason or would they add the figures all up and do one check for the back pay..My husband made good money and I already received one of the highest amounts on my check but I think there is a few hundred dollars difference between the types of ss checks..
    Thank you.. Maria

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Maria,

      Your Social Security Disability back pay will be paid in one payment. It may be quite a while before you receive it because, as you pointed out, it has to be coordinated with the widow’s benefits you have already received. I suggest asking whether switching to your own earnings record will allow you to switch back to your husband’s record if that benefit would be higher when you reach full retirement age.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  209. chuck says:

    Dear Kay
    I applied for sdi in May of 2012, was denied in Nov and had a hearing in Oct of 2013, i received a fully favorable decision on Dec 19th of 2013,and was found disabled from Dec. of 2009. My disability advocate, Freedom Disability,put me in for ssi as well, without me knowing it so i was surprised when i got a call from my local ssa office wanting my info on my assets and such, I told them i did not apply for ssi but I found out Freedom had, this was on Feb 3rd and i got my denial notice 1 week later, Just got my award letter on Feb 19th and i thought i would see something on the 12th of March, but when ssa is slow you have to be patient so i have to wait till April, There was no mention of back pay or retro pay so i called and when they told me not to expect my back pay till the end of July i found it unacceptable, did i just get a bad agent or is this common, should I get my congress man involved or should i call back and speak to someone else, I know there very busy and i don’t want to be a pain but i have medical bills and such that need to be paid just like everyone else on this site, Thank you
    PS i know the ssi app slowed me down!!!!

    • chuck says:

      dear kay 1 more question, is back pay taxed before you receive it or do you have to make arrangements to have it taken out or do you just receive your money and hold it out yourself for the following years taxes, Thanks

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Chuck,

        Social Security is partially taxable for federal income tax if your adjusted gross income is more than $25,000 a year ($32,000 if you are married filing a joint return.Taxes will not be automatically withheld from your Social Security benefit. You can request federal tax withholding from Social Security benefits. You cannot request state withholding because tax laws vary from state to state. You should find out whether your state, if it has an income tax, taxes Social Security. If it does, you will need to submit estimated tax statements. If you want withholding from your back pay, contact your Social Security office and make a written request of the amount (percentage) you want withheld. (Just a note: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is not taxable because it is a public welfare program.)

        Sincerely,

        Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chuck,

      I am seeing that some people are waiting a long time for retroactive benefits to be released. Hopefully the representative is giving you the worst case scenario. Your SSI claim should no longer be slowing anything down because you were denied. You might want to call the representative and ask whether the information that the SSI was denied has been passed on to the department that releases the Social Security back pay. (Just a note: if you received workers compensation for your disability, that will lengthen processing time.)

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  210. Phalisha says:

    HELLO, I RECEIVED MY SECOND INSTALLMENT ON NOVEMBER 25 2014 SO WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY 3 INSTALLMENT WHICH WILL BE THE LAST OF MY BACK PAYMENT FOR SSI

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Phalisha,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay that is subject to installment payments is paid six months apart; therefore, your next installment will be in May 2014.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  211. Scott says:

    I was approved for SSDI. This was my forth time applying. Will I get back pay from the forth time I applyed or will it go back to my first time I applyed? First application was 2010. My forth and approval application was 6/2013.
    Thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Scott,

      My response is based on the assumption that your June 2013 “application” was a new application, not an appeal. Your Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits will be paid based on your June 2013 application. Benefits will begin the later of the sixth full calendar month after the date Social Security found you to be disabled or June 2012.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  212. Eric Lewis says:

    Sir or Ma’am,

    My income tax was garnished by Social security administration for over payment of Social security benefits given to me when I was a child due to my fathers death. I am 55 years old and they just did it in 2014. Is there not a statue of limitations on recoupment of monies. I just think this is ridicoulous that i am repaying something that happened 40 years ago.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Eric,

      There is no statute of limitations on collecting Social Security overpayments from current benefits. You can apply to have them to collect a smaller amount each month.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  213. Ann says:

    I have severe Rheumatoid Arthritis in every joint. I am currently a teacher but I don’t think I can make it to the end of the school year. My arthritis is documented, I have had it since I was 2 year old. I am the main “breadwinner” for my family and I have inquired about SSI and SSD. My main worry is insurance. If I have to leave my teaching job early because of disability, I’m assuming that my insurance stops. I was told that I’m not eligible for Medicare until I have had SSD for 2 years. What do we (my husband,14 year old daughter, and I do for insurance in the meantime? Are there any resources to help with mortgage, insurance, etc in the meantime?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ann,

      You may have some resources that you are not aware of. First, check with your benefits department to see whether you are signed up for short-term or long-term disability coverage. Check your medical insurance policy and look for the provision call “When insurances terminates” or something similar to see whether your insurance continues while on sick leave or while on short-term or long-term disability. Check your mortgage documents; maybe you signed up for disability mortgage insurance.

      If you lose your health insurance through work, you will have thirty days to apply for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)(Obamacare). When applying you will have a choice of plans and will be told how much if any of the premiums the government will pay. Note that there are tax penalties for not being enrolled in insurance, so this will be important to do. Alternatively, you will have the right to convert your insurance to a private policy under COBRA; however, COBRA overage is limited in time and is likely to be much more expensive than insurance obtained through the ACA.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  214. Ebony says:

    Dear Kay, I was approved for ssi and SSDI in december howeever I have not receivd a payment yet, I looked at my award letter on line and it doe not say anything about back pay although I filed in july 2013, will I recive back pay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ebony,

      Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will begin August 2013. Your Social Security Disability (SSD) will begin the later of July 2012 or the sixth full calendar month after you became disabled.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  215. Jin'elle says:

    If my daughter has been disabled since she was a toddler & just got an approval for SSI is she eligible for back pay? If so when can I expect the payment?

    Thank you in advance for your help in this regard.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jin’elle,

      Your daughter’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will begin the month after you filed her application.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  216. Elaine says:

    Hi my son was denied they said its severe limitations even doe they have his paperwork from the u of m saying he has autism spectrum disorder. Also I was thinking should I apply for myself I have depression severe migraines and going blind in my right eye but I haven’t worked that much so would that play a big part in the decision they make

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Elaine,

      A diagnosis alone does not mean that a person is disabled. Apparently, based on the information you submitted, Social Security found that your son’s condition was not severe enough to interfere significantly with normal functioning of a child his age. If you disagree, you have the right to appeal. As far as your applying for disability yourself, you must be unable to perform substantial gainful activity, which has a earnings guideline of $1,070 a month. If you think that you are disabled and have limited income and resources, you can apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which does not have a work-credit requirement.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  217. Jessica says:

    My husband was approved for SSDI on January 16th via mail (after an ALJ hearing) everything went well at first we were told his award letter was sent, it came with no real info, we called an where told he needed a payee, filled out all the info on January 30th at local office, they put in a dire need request, we were then told today it is still processing in the last step, what does this mean? Will his backpay show up soon? we are in dire need and wondering how long the “last step” can take.

    • Jessica says:

      we do know that his first monthly payment is march 3rd.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Jessica,

        I did not see this second post when I responded a few minutes ago to your first inquiry. Now that you know the date of the first monthly payment, it is easier to estimate when back pay will start–by the end of April or earlier.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jessica,

      Usually the first monthly payment is released, followed a few weeks later by back pay. Unfortunately, I can not predict how long the “last step” will take, but I can say that it is often takes two months from the date of the hearing approval letter to first payment.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  218. Ashley says:

    My son was approved for ssi I went in for my appointment and they told me his monthly amount and back pay amount will he start getting his payments next month or no and they told me he will get his back pay in a check of 1442 in 7-10 days in reading others questions is that true

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ashley,

      I assume that the representative gave you an accurate estimate based on his or her knowledge of the current status of your son’s claim. There is no reason to doubt it because some claims do go through smoothly.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  219. Elaine says:

    Hi applied for my son ssi in November and this will be his second testing paid by ssi does that he is closer to being denied or approved. They have all his information from the u of m and his iep from the school

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Elaine,

      Given the documentation you have provided and the fact that your son has had a consultative examination, yes, I believe that you are close to receiving a decision on his claim.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  220. Joe Puffer says:

    You haven’t read my post in another one of your forms Mrs Kay :(

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Joe,

      At this point, I believe that I have read all your posts. Please see the response that I wrote a few minutes ago under another question.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  221. L KITTRELL says:

    My Dad was expecting to receive back pay from social security. The regular checks are made payable to his name in care of me. He told me that the payment was coming within the next week or so. My Dad has died this Tuesday. Will I be entitled to use the back pay for his final expenses, since my name is on his checks?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear L.,

      I am sorry for your loss of your father.

      You cannot use your father’s benefit checks for any purpose. You need to report your father’s death to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and return all uncashed checks to SSA. SSA will then reissue any money due to your father through January 2014 to the individual prescribed by law. See excerpt from Social Security’s Procedural Operations Manual below for the order of priority for paying out the underpayment. It will be paid to the person who meets the description highest in the list.

      § 404.503. Underpayments.

      Underpayments will be adjusted as follows:

      (b) Individual dies before adjustment of underpayment. If an individual who has been underpaid dies before receiving payment or negotiating a check or checks representing such payment, we first apply any amounts due the deceased individual against any overpayments as defined in § 404.501(a) owed by the deceased individual, unless we have waived recovery of such overpayment under the provisions of §§ 404.506 through 404.512. We then will distribute any remaining underpayment to the living person (or persons) in the highest order of priority as follows:

      (1) The deceased individual’s surviving spouse as defined in section 216(c), (g), or (h) of the Act who was either:

      (i) Living in the same household (as defined in § 404.347) with the deceased individual at the time of such individual’s death, or

      (ii) Entitled to a monthly benefit on the basis of the same earnings record as was the deceased individual for the month in which such individual died.

      (2) The child or children of the deceased individual (as defined in section 216 (e) or (h) of the Act) entitled to a monthly benefit on the basis of the same earnings record as was the deceased individual for the month in which such individual died (if more than one such child, in equal shares to each such child).

      (3) The parent or parents of the deceased individual, entitled to a monthly benefit on the basis of the same earnings record as was the deceased individual for the month in which such individual died (if more than one such parent, in equal shares to each such parent). For this purpose, the definition of “parent” in § 404.374 includes the parent(s) of any deceased individual who was entitled to benefits under title II of the Act.

      (4) The surviving spouse of the deceased individual (as defined in section 216(c), (g), or (h) of the Act) who does not qualify under paragraph (b)(1) of this section.

      (5) The child or children of the deceased individual (as defined in section 216 (e) or (h) of the Act) who do not qualify under paragraph (b)(2) of this section (if more than one such child, in equal shares to each such child).

      (6) The parent or parents of the deceased individual, who do not qualify under paragraph (b)(3) of this section (if more than one such parent, in equal shares to each such parent). For this purpose, the definition of “parent” in § 404.374 includes the parent(s) of any deceased individual who was entitled to benefits under title II of the Act.

      (7) The legal representative of the estate of the deceased individual as defined in paragraph (d) of this section.

      (c) In the event that a person who is otherwise qualified to receive an underpayment under the provisions of paragraph (b) of this section, dies before receiving payment or before negotiating the check or checks representing such payment, his share of the underpayment will be divided among the remaining living person(s) in the same order of priority. In the event that there is (are) no other such person(s), the underpayment will be paid to the living person(s) in the next lower order of priority under paragraph (b) of this section.

      (d) Definition of legal representative. The term legal representative, for the purpose of qualifying to receive an underpayment, generally means the administrator or executor of the estate of the deceased individual. However, it may also include an individual, institution or organization acting on behalf of an unadministered estate, provided that such person can give the Administration good acquittance (as defined in paragraph (e) of this section). The following persons may qualify as legal representative for the purposes of this subpart, provided they can give the Administration good acquittance:

      (1) A person who qualifies under a State’s small estate statute,

      (2) A person resident in a foreign country who, under the laws and customs of that country, has the right to receive assets of the estate,

      (3) A public administrator, or

      (4) A person who has the authority, under applicable law, to collect the assets of the estate of the deceased individual.

      (e) Definition of “good acquittance.” A person is considered to give the Administration good acquittance when payment to that person will release the Administration from further liability for such payment.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  222. Marla says:

    Hi Kay,
    My husband has not been able to work for over a year and a half due to mental illness. He was actually a drug addicted foster baby who had numerous problems throughout his childhood. Luckily, he has a wonderful adoptive family who ensured he had counseling and support throughout his life due to the numerous problems associated with his developmental issues from his premature birth. We had a baby in May of 2012 and my husband has been incredibly ill since his birth. He is currently in therapy 2-3 times per week and just completed a 30 day brain wave treatment that was aimed at targeting his depression. We applied for Social Security in April of 2013 after his anxiety attacks became so debilitating that he was unable to work (even at his low stress job at the gym). He was denied after his original interview, but after they went through the paperwork again, and sent him to their doctor for review. He received the phone call today that he has been approved due to the fact that he is not able to work due to his mental illness and is unable to support his family. He was told that he would receive his first check in the mail in 10 days. When we first applied, we were told that he would receive payment starting from the date he applied if and when he was approved (maybe because his disability is life long and not something that is based off of an injury or that will improve?). Nothing was mentioned about back pay when he spoke to the representative today and he doesn’t feel comfortable inquiring. Do you know anything about back pay and if it would be appropriate to ask? He has not worked in almost a year and prior to that, was only working sporadically and had many leaves of absences due to his illness. He has had numerous ER visits and about $45copays/week in bills for his psychiatrist/therapist plus very expensive medications. At this point, I am so happy that I have a wonderful job with insurance that he is under as I have no idea where we would be without the amazing doctors that he is able to see each week. I am hoping that we will receive some sort of back pay as was discussed originally so I can pay down the credit card debt that all of this has caused. Our original worker left on maternity leave and is not returning. Please advise.
    Thank you so much for your time.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Marla,

      Social Security Disability will be retroactive to the later of twelve months prior to the date of application or the sixth full calendar month after the date on disability onset that the Social Security Administration determined. (Your husband should receive a letter telling him the date of onset that Social Security accepted if it is different from the date he claimed.)

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  223. Chris says:

    I got awarded ssi and ssdi with a back pay totaling $12,000 I received a check for $2,100 February 2nd tjen yesterday I receive a letter stating my next retro payment will be 6 months from now, and then again and again until I’m fully paid, totaling 3 years it will take them to completely pay me. My question is this, is it common practice for them to pay small increments in 6 month intervals?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chris,

      Supplemental Security Income back pay is paid out at three times the maximum monthly benefit ($2,130) every six months. Social Security Disability back pay is paid in a single lump sum. sometimes an exception to, or modification of, installment payments is made if you have unpaid medical bills or need a larger amount released to catch up back rent or mortgage payments.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  224. Shawn says:

    I get ssdi and I got my first back pay check what is the time gap before they issue another check or the rest of the back pay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shawn,

      The monthly benefits will be paid one month apart. Back pay can take from a couple of weeks to a couple months.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  225. Kim Ess says:

    I’ve been reading over some questions and saw some about overpayments. I’m receiving my benefits starting the 28th for SSI an march 12 for SSD after a long over 4 year court process. I was told I would get two $2000 payouts every 6 months and then get the rest paid back in one lump sum. So when I saw an overpayment of a little over 2100 I figured that was for my back pay, but that means that I OWE that amount? I haven’t gotten any payment in the last four years, why would I owe that amount or is that actually my backpay? This is all so confusing :( I’ve been trying to get help since I was 19, and at 23 it’s not any clearer lol

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kim,

      I suggest that you gather together all the letters that you have received about your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSD) and ask someone you know who is really good at business stuff to read through them to see if an explanation can be extracted from the letters. If you do not have that resource or the review does not help, take the letters to a Social Security office and request an explanation of the information in the letters, asking first whether you overpaid or the $2,100 referenced in the letter an SSI offset so that you don’t get paid double for the same period, in other words, is your SSD lump sum being reduced for SSI due for the same period.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  226. DIANE KELLEY says:

    Hi
    I just got approved for SSDI. I am on comp now. Does this mean I no longer can get a lump sum settlement so I can pay all my bills I am behind on since I was hurt. I don’t want to make money but I want to be able top pay my bills. This seems unfair. This comp injury whs caused my total disability

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Diane,

      There is a limit to the amount of Social Security and workers compensation you can receive for the same months. The limit is 80% of your average earnings, as Social Security law defines average earnings. This amount is more than you would receive from either program by itself, so you may receive some retroactive Social Security benefits.

      If in the future you get a lump sum workers compensation settlement, the settlement will be prorated out over a period of time defined by law and offset against Social Security benefits. It is important to report all workers comp benefits and provide any letters or check stubs you may have to document the amounts. It could be a good idea not to spend a lump sum settlement from workers compensation until you know whether you will need to use part of it to repay Social Security and whether the settlement will reduce future monthly Social Security payments.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  227. Terry Willis says:

    Hello Kay,
    As I said I would, here is the information on my case.

    In 2009 I was awarded SSDI benefits for injuries sustained in combat. In Feb 2012 those benefits were stopped because SS said they no longer found me disabled and because I was working (which I was not working). I attempted to get hired but because of my medical conditions, I could not work. In Feb 2013, I went to the local office and spoke with them, and they filed a new claim with an onset date of Feb 01, 2012 (when benefits stopped)

    Applied: 02/26/2013
    First denial: 06/21/2013
    Filed Request for Reconsideration: 06/27/2013 (Military Casualty/Wounded Warrior flag added to my file)
    Reconsideration denial: 08/13/2013
    Hired attorney: 08/13/2013
    Request for Hearing: 08/19/2013
    Hearing: 12/02/2013
    Decision Made: 12/26/2013
    Decision Received: 01/02/2014
    Checked My Social Security Website 02/10/2014 and it stated next payment 03/03/2014
    Checked My Social Security Website 02/11/2014 and it stated “one time payment $xx,xxx.xx (about 9k shy of what my bp should have been after lawyer fees)

    What I have found out is that they did reinstate my benefits from the date they stopped and there is no 5mo waiting period. The Critical Congressional Unit was involved in my case because of improper handling of the type of case.

    Thanks for your input on my inquiries and the things you do on this site.

  228. Nelle says:

    I was approved for both ssi and ssd and have already recieved my first months payment for February.. I received a letter stating that I will receive back payment of almost $17,000 for ssi and almost $15,000 for ssd.. Now here’s my question.. I have seen in previous post that the back payments will be coordinated what does that mean?? Does that mean I won’t get $32,000 all together.. I understand lawyers fees and all that but not sure what this whole “offset” and “coordinated” terms mean?? HELP

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nelle,

      The Social Security Administration does not pay duplicate disability benefits for the same period of time. Usually Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is paid first and then the Social Security Disability (SSD) retroactive pay is reduced by an amount equal to the SSI paid for the same period. Based on the figures that you provided, it appears that after the SSI offset (coordination of benefits) you will not be eligible to receive any SSD back pay.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  229. timothy Farmer says:

    My “wife was approved for disability. We hired an attorney. She recvd a call today letting her know she was approved for a total of 1880 , 1280 for her and 600.00 for our son. On the application the attorney lested us as married, but, we were never actually married, when they called today she were questioning her and she told them we had been together 11 years but never actually married, this was a mistake on the attorenys part, they said they would have to call back. how will this effect her benefits.???

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Timothy,

      If your “wife” is eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, the fact that you are not married will not affect her or your son’s Social Security benefits. If she also applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the Social Security Administration (SSA) may have denied her SSI or paid her less than she was due because they considered part of your income because they thought you were married. If she did provide information about your income to Social Security, she needs to go in and correct the record.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  230. manny says:

    I have a question!
    My mom was receiving ssi from me. Which I found out till I was 21 and I never received any of that money. My mom was the one to use it since it was direct deposit in her account.. I just found out after she was overpayed 12,000 . now its on my social records is there any way to move that from my social since i wasn’t getting any of the money? Or is there any way that I can get the money that I never got

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Manny,

      What I understand from your inquiry is that your mother was representative payee for your benefits while you were a minor and perhaps after that. If you lived with her and she used some of the money for the household’s rent or mortgage and utilities and provided food and bought you clothing, and paid for school and medical expenses, then the money was probably spent for you. If that is the case, you did get the money because it was used for your benefit.

      With regard to the overpayment, you could try filing a request to have repayment of the overpayment waived because your mother was responsible for reporting whatever events caused you to be overpaid. You could ask that the money be collected from her, rather from your benefits. If that request is unsuccessful, you could ask it they can collect it a small amount at a time.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  231. penny says:

    They stop my ssdi for Feb because I was working I am no longer working I went and ask for a exr how long does it take and if I worked will my ssdi go up