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How long after my SSI approval will I have to wait to get my SSI back pay?

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Learn when you will get your SSI back pay after an SSI approval and when and how you will receive your ongoing SSI payments.

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An Interview is Required Before Payment

After you receive a disability SSI approval, whether on your initial claim or on an SSI appeal, your local Social Security office will contact you for an interview to see if you have had any changes in your income, resources, living arrangements or other eligibility factors since you filed your claim.

Once they have all the information and supporting documentation they need to determine your payment amount for each of the past months and the current month, they will issue you a retroactive check for all months beginning with the month after your SSI application through the current month. For information about payment calculation see our article “How Does the Social Security Administration Decide How Much SSI to Pay Me When I Get an SSI Approval?

Paying Back Public Assistance

If you received certain interim cash assistance from a state while you were waiting for your SSI claim to be processed, Social Security must use part of your back pay to reimburse the state.

Windfall Offset

The windfall offset applies to people who are eligible for Social Security and SSI back pay for the same months. The offset is used to keep people from getting more benefits than they would have had if both SSI and Social Security been paid on time. Usually, your SSI is paid in full and your Social Security Disability benefit is reduced by the amount of the offset, which is the amount that your SSI would have been reduced if Social Security had been paid when due.

In the rare case that your Social Security back pay is released to you first without reduction for the windfall offset, the offset amount will be withheld from the SSI back pay. If any months result in ineligibility due to the offset, the Social Security Administration will pay $1 in SSI benefits for these months to protect possible retroactive Medicaid eligibility.

Installment Payments

If your SSI back pay is a very large amount, it may be paid out to you in three installments or less, each six months apart. There are three exceptions. All unpaid benefits will be paid in one lump sum if you have a medical condition that is expected to result in death within twelve months or you are no longer ineligible for SSI and it is expected you will remain ineligible for twelve months. The last exception allows increased payments in the first and second installments to satisfy certain debts.

Ongoing SSI Payment Dates

SSI payments are due on the first of each month. If the first falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the payment will be available on the last business day before the weekend or holiday.

Payment Delivery Choices

Currently, some SSI recipients receive their monthly payments in a check mailed to them; however, the check option is coming to an end. Beginning March 2013, the government will require that all SSI payments be made electronically. There are three electronic transfer-of-fund choices. The first is direct deposit into a checking, savings, or brokerage account at a financial institution such as a bank, credit union, or brokerage.

The second choice is to have a Direct Express® debit card. The government issues the card to you and the Treasury Department “loads” your SSI payment to the card each month. You can use the card as a debit card to make purchases or to withdraw cash. There are three ways to get a Direct Express® card. You can apply for one when you apply for SSI benefits. You can call the Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Contact Center at 1-800-333-1795 or sign up online at www.GoDirect.org

The third choice is an Electronic Transfer Account, which is a low-cost federally insured account to which your payments would be transferred each month. You can find a bank or other financial institution near you that offers this type of account by visiting www.eta-find.gov. All three choices assure safe delivery of the payments due you pursuant to your SSI approval.

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209 Comments

  1. robin says:

    all figures are in my first check will be july first, when than can i expect my first back pay installment? thay owe me for one year i believe in three payments

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Robin,

      The length of time between a first monthly payment and receiving back pay varies a great deal, depending on what work has to be done before the release. I suggest that you contact the Social Security Administration, rather than waiting for them to contact you, to learn whether they need any information from you to release the back pay. That way you can gather it and present it as soon as possible. if they are waiting for information from a third party, such as worker’s compensation, you can contact whoever needs to provide the information and try to get them to respond quickly.

      Best,
      Kay
      DisabilityAdvisor Moderator

  2. teresa says:

    Please someone help me understand I was approved for ssi from may 2010 till present I started my first payment 10/2013 well for one the local office is very rude and now my issue I’m waiting on backpay I lost everything waiting to be approved I have mental issues it very hard for me to live with people but the last 2 yrs I have I only was getting 20. A mnth so my sister and sons have ben helping me with rent,food,utilitys and drs app I have sent ssi a tally of what I owe to people k now they r asking me for finaciel state ments from 2009 it sems everyday it is something else I am not being paid from 2009 why do they need all this and how can I get enough money to pay everyone back I can’t speak well I cnat spell I’m menatlly retarded and have to have some help me do even this please soemone help us so we can help her

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Teresa,

      The process can be confusing and frustrating, especially if everything is not requested at once. Just try to submit everything they ask for, even if it is difficult. If you absolutely can’t provide what they ask for, tell them and explain why. In the case of the “financial statements” from 2009, double check that they really want that year. Perhaps there was a typographical error or the representative misspoke.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

    • sussie says:

      Someone please help me understand this one ok recieved first back pay check insatll then started recieving mnthly checks everythings going great then we have a fam member rip her off im a family member and the payee we go to ss and we tell them we need a lump sum for housing ,furniture,dep and misc they say ok the lady was very nice and helpful this was around the 27th of mnth we wait on the 30 we look oh great a lump sum dep like she said there would be know comes the tricky part so then on the 1 st we look of no no check ok we call shes out for a few days on the 3 rd no check know what we hear is oh we just made it all togther on web sit it shows one time payment (just a figure) 1000. Then shows ssa payment 102.(again just a example figure)ssi pay 390. Ok so that means we shiuld have the $1000. The $102.@the $390. Payment wich would be $1492. If im not loosing my mind also well no there is only the ontime payment so shouldnt ss of paid her the back pay lump sum payment and her mnthly payments she was already owed the 1000. And if not then it shouldnt all be in the lump sum figure cause that means shes being deemed 2x for the money

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Sussie,

        It is a little hard to assess exactly what is the correct payment because you did not use real figures, but I will try to provide some general information.

        1. Given that the SSI lump sum was paid on the 27th, it is possible that they did include the SSI payment due on the first of the following month in the lump sum.

        2. The Social Security Disability (SSD) payment would never be included in an SSI check.

        3. Social Security does not pay duplicate disability benefits for the same month. This means that any SSD back pay would be reduced by SSI paid for the same months.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

  3. its been over six months since i recieve my sons first backpay check they said it the rest will be here in six months its past that he got approve on Jan.1,2013 got his first backpay in Feb.22. its now Oct. what do i need to do?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Annette,

      You need to contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) and ask them to release your son’s second back pay check. That said, you may be told that they cannot help you because of reduced staff and reduced services caused by the government shutdown. (I believe SSA is concentrating its reduced resources on getting payments started for people who are not receiving monthly payments.) If that happens, as soon as the shutdown is lifted, recontact SSA.

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • Tasha says:

        I have contacted SSA about my son’s third installment which was due in Oct this is now Dec. I was told that they would send a message to my local office, because they did not know why it had been delayed. This communication took place in Nov. What happens now?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Tasha,

          If it has been more than two weeks since you talked to the call center, I suggest going to the local office if it is possible and asking to talk to the person who will be authorizing the third installment so that you can ask what is causing the delay. If it is awaiting in-offic action, ask when they anticipate they will complete the work.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  4. Aniya says:

    My sons backpay was received last month. The ssi lady said that the first month will be his backpay and thereafter will be his regular pay. Can i expect anything this month? Or will I have to wait a few months before they issue his regular pay?

  5. charles renfrow says:

    i was told that now i was approved for ssi, That I put in writing what I needed advanced from my back pay and what is was for such driver license, car , home ,clothes and there would be no problems get it, I assume because i have been homeless for about two years or so.

    My question is , Do I write down what is asking for and how much each amount is? Or does it need verified with some kind of proof of such cost for each thing? And can this be done by fax, email, mail , or maybe even some sort of form needs to be fill out?

    I have gotten my first 2 monthly payments, but haven’t received anything of my back payment yet. I have no reliable way to the Social Security office , So if that be the only way to request advanced on back pay, it is important that i able to do so correctly without multiple trip that will be difficult already. Since making an appointment doesn’t mean I will have the ability to kept it. Or the means of have calling to make that appointment.

    please help ? I am lost

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Charles,

      I suggest that you include an estimate of the cost of each of the basic items that you need to purchase. Rent and utilities, including deposits, and the items that you listed. I do not believe that you need to provide any documentation to support your estimates, but you should do a little research so that you are clear on the amount you need.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  6. Kurt Eggerich says:

    Hello,
    On Nov.1,2013 Our SSA office called and she told me that I was approved for SSDI.The date I applied was June of 2013 my second time applying for SSDI.I had also applied for SSI that I was approved for and she told me I needed to open up a bank account that I did and that she was working on my check.Today Nov.7th 2013 I received a check from SSA for only $613 it says SSI on it.I was really expecting an SSI back pay check that went back to June? So I opened up a bank account right away and she just sends a check.Should I still be getting a back pay amount of money back to June and if so when would you expect me to receive that direct deposit if that is what they are going to do? Are there special dates that they cut checks or direct deposit funds? Thanks for you time!Kurt

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kurt,

      It is common for the first payment to be sent in check form. Based on what you have told me, your next payments should go to your bank account.

      Because you are eligible for both Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), at least for some months, the payment of your back pay from both programs has to be coordinated. Back pay of one benefit will be paid in full and back pay from the other will be reduced for any months that the benefits overlap. This is done so that you do not receive duplicate benefits for the same month.

      You do not say when you became disabled or the monthly amount you expected from your Social Security, but I am going to take a guess that the SSI check you just got is the SSI back pay and that you will be receiving an SSD back-pay check in the full amount. My second guess is that your ongoing benefits will be SSD only because the benefit is too high to also receive SSI.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  7. cory says:

    Recieved my judges decision nov. 1 said it was made october 30th dated to june 11 website says 1500 a Month on 2nd wednesday of the month can I expect to get paid wednesday?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cory,

      No, I would not expect you to get a check tomorrow. It usually takes a few weeks for Social Security to set up your payment. Back pay can be paid on any day. Regular monthly checks will come on the second Wednesday.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • William R. says:

        I was approved for SSI December 18 2013 and was wandering when payment would start.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear William,

          It can take from a couple of weeks to a couple of months for payment to start depending on the details of your claim and the Social Security office’s current workload.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  8. Tiff8891 says:

    Got a call frm ssi Nov 20 sayin my son was approved on Nov 14 .I applied on June 15 .Enrolled for a direct express on Nov 21.Got a copy of application in the mail Nov 23.So when should i expect a first payment n back pay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Please provide a bit more information so that I can answer your question. What kind of application did you get in the mail on November 23?

      Thank you,

      Kay

    • tiff8891 says:

      Just a summary of the application after the phone call statin he was approved.The phone call was just to state he was approved and to make sure there wasnt any changes in income,etc.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Tiff,

        Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

        Thanks for the clarification. Hopefully by now, you have received payment for your son.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

  9. Dee says:

    My son was recently approved for SSI. Im rep payee. I have received his first installment of backpay. I went into the office requested and received an increase because we were about to get evicted. I lost my job last week and now wondering can i request ANOTHER increase if I can provide documentation of the bills like i did last time

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dee,

      Please tell me how old your son is. That will help me answer your question.

      Thanks,

      Kay

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Dee,

          Again apologies for the delay in responding due to software problems.

          Because your child who is receiving Supplemental Security Income is a minor living with you, all changes in your income can potentially have an impact on the amount of his benefit. Be prepared to provide proof that your employment has ended and proof of the amount of your unemployment and when it began, if you are receiving unemployment benefits.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  10. Was approved for SSI after 3yrs now I’m waiting for my backpay i had interview with SSA so when should my benifits start and recieve my backpay ?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Bo,

      My observation is that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits within two to six weeks after the interview. The back pay usually takes longer.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  11. Cynthia says:

    I was approved for my disability on November 27th. It is now December 7th and still did not receive my check. How long does it normally take

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cynthia,

      Please clarify for me one thing for me so I can respond. How did you receive notice of your approval? Have you gotten an approval letter listing the amount of your benefit, a verbal notification from you local office, or a decision letter from a judge.

      Thanks,

      Kay

  12. Clarence Cunningham says:

    I received a letter from ssi listing amounts between the dates of march-1-2012 through march-31-2012 & February-1-2013 through February 1-2013 & it says we will be in touch with you about back pay. Am I already approved for the back pay? & if so when can I expect to recieve it?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Clarence,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our site has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      Could you please provide additional information so I can respond.
      1. Check the dates, including years, in your post. Are they correct?
      2. Does the letter say Supplemental Security Income (SSI) across the top or Social Security Disability?
      3. What date did you apply and what date did Social Security say you became disabled?

      Thanks,

      Kay

  13. Anthony says:

    I have got approved for ssi benefits only. How long will it take to receive my first check? I already have had my interview with ssa.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Anthony,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our site has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      Hopefully you have already started to receive benefits. If you have not, you should follow up with the local office to see if they need anything from you. If not, ask them when your claim is in line to be completed.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  14. kandi says:

    i was approved for ssi on Nov7th , this is almost the end of Dec when should i receice some kind of money or notfication about how much i will receive , my husband and i just split up , and have no money how do i get answers i did call my local ssa,

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kandi,

      Apologies for the delay in responding. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      Hopefully, by now you have received your first payment. If not, I suggest that you recontact Social Security and speak to the actual person handling your claim to be sure that he or she has received the information that you are no longer living with your husband and to find out if you need to provide any additional information or documentation. Because you have changed from an individual with a spouse to an individual without a spouse, extra computer work will have to be done to pay your claim beginning with the month you are no longer with your spouse. This, however, should not affect the processing of your payment through the last month you and your husband were together.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  15. Iisha white says:

    I was approved for ssdi, Saturday I checked the website and it states under payment history one time payment made on 12/23/2013. Does that mean it was done already or will it be mailed on the 23rd? It’s a paper check. Thank you in advance

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lisha,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our site has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      It means that the check will be prepared on December 23. Allow five days for mailing time, plus Social Security’s fourteen-day waiting period for reporting a missing check. If you have not received the payment by January 12, notify the Social Security Administration of non-receipt.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  16. Sher says:

    Kay,
    I agreed to be my 31 yr old step sons payee temporarily as believe better if he chooses a organization rep after the first month. He has diagnoses mental health so psychiatrist/judge required a rep payee .

    Have today received first 2 checks through SSI and then will swtich to SSD . Past months the county has paid his rent in a informal group home owned by a private party.
    Should I cash those checks and apply to expenses so there won’t be delay for next month on his rent when I have him set up with a SS Payee ? I had requested a express card also instead of a checking acct
    Can I set up a savings for him since one payee I called said he doesn’t set up savings accts only distributes to bills and allowance .which I have read can not exceed $2,000
    Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated . Taking next week off to help/resolve this matter Thanks Sher

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sher,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      My comments are based on the assumption that the county is no longer paying your stepson’s rent.

      As your stepson’s payee, it is appropriate to pay his shelter and food costs as first priority, so it is appropriate to pay his rent. It is also appropriate to use the remainder of the money for any other current needs he might have such as dental care or clothing and some personal spending money if any is available. I beleive that once you are no longer payee, Social Security regulations require that you turn over the remainder of any SSI you are holding to the new payee.

      Your son can have $2,000 in savings (regardless of how it held–cash, savings account, checking account). That said, it sounds as if the one option for payee whom you have contacted would dispense all the money each month paying rent, phone, etc. and give the rest of the money to your stepson, without holding money back for unexpected future needs. Ideally, a payee would help your stepson shop for clothes, toilet articles, etc. before dispensing the rest as an “allowance.”

      If Social Security did not give you a pamphlet on your duties as payee, go to http://www.ssa.gov and search for “representative payee duties.” That may provide guidance on how to transfer funds to the new payee. If not, make an appointment to see a claims representative for guidance.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Sherrie says:

        Kay Thanks for responding . Just today received letter that after first month he will go from SSI to SSD as he worked for a few years .
        He has been diagnosed Schizophrenic with History of substance Dep .
        Unfortunately he can not budget any large sums of monies so set up account for him .
        A question has come up he has a 6 yr old daughter who has been legally adopted by his sister and her husband .
        When he is on SSD can he start a trust account for her ? Like $50 per month .
        Is that allowed by SS ?
        I have decided to be his Rep a few more months hoping I can help him be more stable and suggest some coping skills plus to improve his envronment , self-care and esteem .
        I do have pamplets and recently when I was concerned about receipts spoke to a SS claims rep locally and she said “For his personal spending items “That would be a full time job ” don’t have to save all receipts just larger cost items . I was relieved she said that because I do work full time as a counselor .
        Thanks for listening , Sher

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Sherrie,

          As your stepson’s payee, you must use his Social Security benefits for his current and future needs. You cannot use the money for his child, who does not live with him and for whom he does not have financial responsibility. It would be better to save money not needed now for your stepson’s future needs, such as dental and medical needs or even job training, should his condition improve.

          The purpose of keeping spending records is to prove that you spent the money for him and that his basic needs are being met, so putting receipts for purchases into a large manila box or envelope would be a good idea. You might even get a little receipt book so that he can sign for money he receives from you as spending money.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  17. Tameika Jones says:

    On December 16went in for the Social Security office they told me that I was approved for SSI they told me that you will take 10 business days it’s been 10 days what should I do?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tameika,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      Perhaps the holidays slowed things down a bit. Hopefully you have received payment by now. If not, first check your bank account, assuming that you requested direct deposit. If you have still not received payment, check with your local office, saying that you were told ten days, so you would like the claims representative to check your claim file to see why payment has not been issued.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  18. Gene flow says:

    well i was finally approved after 11 months based on reconsideration im 20 and they said i need a payee why is that ?

    and me and my payee signed papers for my back-pay on DEC 27 do you know what day to expect the check

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Gene,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      Your medical approval included a determination that you lack either the ability or the judgement to pay your basic expenses of shelter, food, medical care and clothing before other expenditures. If you disagree with this determination, I suggest that you talk with your physician to get his or her opinion. If he or she thinks you are capable and will write a letter to that effect, you can take the letter to the Social Security Administration and apply to be your own payee.

      The amount of time it takes for payment to start after you provide the last information for your claim can vary from a couple weeks to much longer. If your payee has not received payment by February 1, I suggest that he inquire.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  19. nikki says:

    I was wondering, if you have direct deposit, will your back pay go to dd or will it come as a check. Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nikki,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      Usually it will go to the bank directly because usually back pay is paid after the first monthly benefit. (Sometimes the first payment is paid as a check even though direct deposit has been set up.)

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  20. darlenehernandez says:

    when did the law fall in ,about legal limit considered large amount to be paid in installlments,every 6 mos.because i member my aunt got lump sum of 56,000 awhile back. ive been waiting a long time.aprox.5 1/2 yrs.well i won 4yrs.9 mo.s ssi backpay 39,521.00,from way back 2008.and they tried everything in the book not to give it to me.they first lied to me said it would be less30 days then 93 days later. then went as far as to say i need a payee,when i took them papers of my capability of managing funds.the super or tech.said 3 to 5 days.but once again admin.error they admitted,i think they were stalling for the lawto kickin

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Darlene,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      The law requiring payment of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back benefits in installments became effective in 2006. If your aunt got a $56,000 retroactive check after that date it was probably Social Security Disability (SSDI) not SSI.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  21. RDW says:

    My daughter was approved for Disability for adhd. The office called me on December 30 and did an interview and told me the documents needed. How long after I turn in the documents will she receive a payment and how much should I expect it to be? He needed check stubs from July so how many months of back pay should she receive?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rachelle,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Our website has had a software problem, which is now resolved.

      It can take from two weeks to several weeks for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to start after you submit the requested documents. The amount your daughter will receive will depend on her income and, if she is under age eighteen, on her family’s income. Currently, the maximum SSI monthly payment for an individual is $721.00. This amount is paid if the individual has no countable income including income deemed from parents. For more information about SSI, visit http://www.disabilityadvisor.com and click the SSI tab.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  22. Kathleen Arambul says:

    I have a question. On December 10th I went to a hearing with an ALJ for a disability claim. Since I am currently working I was approved for SSD back pay for 19months. How long does it normally take to receive the letter from the judge in regards to the decision and then how long from the time you receive the letter to receive your back pay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kathleen,

      It can take around sixty days to receive the judge’s formal written decision and a few weeks to a couple months to get payment started, which in your case would be release of one check.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  23. Julie says:

    I Logged on to the ss.gov site and under payments it shows a one time payment on Jan 10th. I received my first ssdi payment via direct deposit on Jan 3rd. There are no funds in my acct as of yet however. When should I expect the funds to appear in my bank acct?

    Many thanks?

  24. Julie says:

    …to be clear, I received the regular benefit right on time, just not the one time payment.

  25. Julie says:

    I’ll answer my own ? in case anyone else is wondering the same. according to social security, the web site shows these things sometimes before it hits the bank. its posted on the site for the tenth, they said ill have it via a letter I haven’t received yet.,on the 25th,likely soonervia direct deposit.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Thanks, Julie. Glad you got the answer to answer your question. I would add the note that if the one-time payment is being made made by direct deposit the first day it is likely to show up in your bank account would be the next business day after the posted date.

  26. Julie says:

    Thank you Kay, that is in fact exactly what happened, which is great! The entry posted to the ss.gov site on Friday 1/10, and although my bank didn’t show any pending deposits on that day or over the weekend, the full one-time payment was in my bank account first thing Monday morning. Happy New Year and best to all.

  27. Brittany t says:

    I would like to add,
    The letter that came was for survivor benefits $624.00 told me it was due on every 2nd Wednesday of the month , so I’m guessing that’s not back pay because backpay comes on any day in a lump sum and it didn’t say anything about backpay just the amount the month,?

    The letter says;
    You are entitled to monthly child’s benefits beginning may 2013.
    What we will pay and when
    You will recieve $624.00 for jan 2014 around feb 12, 2014
    After that you will receive $624.00 on or about the second Wednesday of each month.
    The day of the month you receive your payments depends on your date of birth.
    Beginning date ; may 2013 $615.70
    Reason entitlement began.

    I was approved for backpay of survivors benefits but I don’t think this is the back pay letter.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brittany,

      You are right. The letter you reference is not the back pay letter. See my response of a few minutes ago. I said that I thought your back pay would start November 2013, but your letter clearly says it will begin May 2013.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  28. Don says:

    Hi Kay,

    Disability(SSDI) onset and application date was 6/12/12, went to hearing finally on 10/23/13, finally got approved on 12/23/13 (took longer because of the government shutdown I guess). At the beginning of the process(2012) I was told by SSA (I sat down the somebody there) that I would get $2004 a month. I also gave them my bank account info. Today is 1/17/14 and I haven’t receive ANY payment, monthly or any backpay. Am I expecting it too soon? Will the back pay come all in one lump sum? Will I get my monthly payment on 2/1/14? Should I go down to SSA for any reason? Any answers you can give me will help out a great deal. Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Don,

      It can take up to sixty days for payment to start after you receive an approval letter from the judge; so, yes, at this point you are expecting payment too soon. You are likely to receive your monthly benefit, then get an award letter, and then receive your back pay. There can be a lag time between monthly benefits and release of back pay.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  29. jenilyn says:

    Hi, i have been approved for ssi. this is my 2nd time applying. i first applied in 2008 and ws denied in 2009. And i reapplied in 2013 and was just approved. my question is they determined my disability to stsrt in 2007 but since i am only getting ssi will my back pay go that far or even to the first application. i hope it doesnt just go to this app. date because it will only be like 5 mo. if thats the case.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jerilyn,

      Because you did not appeal the prior denial, payment may only go back to your 2013 application. That said, it is possible that they might consider reopening the prior claim, in which case payment would go back to 200 application. If you are paid only from 2013, you would have the right to appeal for earlier payment based on the argument that the prior claim denial should have been reopened administratively once your were found to be disabled before the 2008 application date.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  30. Christina Harper says:

    My son was approved for Ssi back in June he received his first back payment in July. Then got his regular pay in August it has been 6 months and we still have not received his second installment to his back pay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Christina,

      If your son does not receive his second back-pay installment by the end of January, I recommend contacting your local office to follow up. If you have trouble connecting with them by telephone, then call the national call center at 1-800-772-1213 and request that an appointment be set up so that you can follow up in person.

      Best regards,

      Kay

    • francine says:

      I am in the same situation. If possible could you let me know when you recieve his backpay check so that i may estimate when my sons will arrive? We share the exact same months of our sons receivingtheir benefits.

  31. Angela says:

    My son received his first two back payments and his final one was due in December I went in December and she said she would process it. It still hasn’t done it and now says I have to do a interview first. Why do I have to do a interview to get the rest of his backpay? and how long can she postpone it.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Angela,

      Given that part of the back pay has been released, there would be no reason to have an interview to determine eligibility for the remainder of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay. However, the representive may have to review with you how the funds paid thus far have been used and whether you son is now over the SSI resource limit. You do not say, but hopefully the date of the interview has been set. If so, at least you know things are moving along. At the interview, you can ask for a realistic time frame for release of the last payment.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  32. crissy says:

    hi my name is crissy my son got approved for ssi in august2013 i received the first installment of his back pay in august When do you think i will recieve the second installment.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Crissy,

      Large Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is paid in three installments six months apart. You should receive the next installment in February and the last in August 2014. If you do not, I suggest contacting the Social Security Administration.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  33. Gloria Villarreal says:

    I received a letter from the director of adjudication on 12/6/13 stating that my case is approved for a Critical Case and would be put into a priority case. I have hearing 3/14/14 and I just wondered how long after I have this hearing can my check come. I applied for ssi disability on 8/28/12. Will I receive my lump sum and are they going to consider it priority…thank you for your help…

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Gloria,

      It can take up to sixty days to get a decision after a hearing; however, given that your claim has been classified as critical, the decision may be rendered sooner. I do not know whether the hearing office’s determination to expedite your hearing will extend to expedited processing for payment if you are approved. If you are approved, when you get the approval letter from the judge, I suggest that about a week later you contact your local office and ask if they can expedite payment given that the hearing office classified your claim as critical.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  34. candace says:

    I was approved for both and they say I’m getting back pay is it for both or just one they told me the amount for one which gone be in installments. And they don’t know for social security

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Candace,

      Your retroactive pay for Social Security will be reduced by the amount of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) you are eligible for in the same months.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  35. Ronnie says:

    Eod: june 6, 2012 approved nov 2012 thru dec 2013 back pay for ssi/ssdi
    never received any money till dec 2, 2013 for two deposits 2034.00 and 4723.00. Got a letter saying no longer eligable for ssi never even really had it. then on jan 2, 2014 received 5700.00 deposit then full ssdi payment on the third. will this be all of my backpays? when i waa approved i had the phone interview and the lady asked if i owed anyonne money and i said my lot rent was pst due 6 months and it was 5000.00 she got the lot owners number and called him to verify. was that the 5700.00 deposit? Ive called ssi they just say i don’t see anything

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ronnie,

      I do not have enough information to know whether you have gotten all your back pay. When you get all your notices of decision, you should be able to figure it out. I believe that you have received both Social Security Disability (SSD) back pay and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay. I think that the questions about back rent and the call to the landlord to confirm were to document that it was okay to pay all the SSI back pay at once instead of in installments.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  36. francine says:

    I am exspecting my sons second back payment this month. I called and a rep. of Soc. Sec. told me it was processed on the 13th. How long after this date will the check be put into the account? And can it enter the account on weekends, or just weekdays?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Francine,

      If payment was fully processed, it should have appeared in the account on the next business day after the 13th. I suggest that you call the office again and let them know it has not been received.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  37. Callie says:

    ALJ approved me on Dec 10 due to chronic kidney failure. How much longer will it take to receive an award letter?, and first payment?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Callie,

      It can take sixty days or more for the judge’s decision to be rendered and the letter sent. If you are approved, it can take from a couple weeks to a couple months or more for payment to start. If you are approved and do not hear from the Social Security Administration within two or three weeks, call the local office or 800-772-1213 and request an appointment to provide anything needed to start payment.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  38. candace says:

    I was approved for both disability programs I get 10321.00 for s s I and they say 8000 for s s d I but they took my 8000 all bit 167.00 why is that or do they supposed and for wat reason and when do I get my installments. Back pay I’m getting my first check Feb 1 in a paper check but the 167.00 can Monday on my dd

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Candace,

      The Social Security Administration does not pay duplicate disability benefits for the same period of time. Because you were eligible for both Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay, your SSD back pay has to be reduced by the amount for SSI paid for the same period. The SSI back pay will be paid in installments six months apart. Given that your first installment was paid on February 1, the second and third will be paid in August 2014 and February 2015. In the future, if you continue to be eligible for both benefits, your full SSD will be paid and you will receive a smaller month supplemental amount from SSI.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  39. Amanda Bossinger Gland says:

    I am representative payee for my 13 year old daughter Lakota’s SSI account. She was approved back in June 2012 after almost 2 years. She began receiving regular checks in Dec 2013. She is owed over $13,000 which I was told must go into a dedicated account which was opened first week in Dec. I have submitted and resubmitted the information for all of this and the case worker still has not released the money into the account. If there is no activity on the account within a certain amount of time it will be closed by the bank. The case worker has given me three different dates that the back payment was to go into the account and it is still not there. My daughter has needs that I can not meet because I can’t access this money. I owe money to people that I have borrowed in order to take care of some of these needs and I can not borrow anymore. What do I do to get the funds released for her?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Amanda,

      As a stop gap measure, if the bank account is about to be closed for lack of activity, deposit a couple dollars into the account to keep it active.

      If your daughter’s welfare is in danger due to lack of funds, I suggest that you write up a short statement regarding what she needs that cannot be paid out of her monthly payments, the fact you have been borrowing to meet the needs and no longer have any source to borrow from. List the date by which your daughter will no longer have whatever care she needs if an installment of the back pay is not received. Then go to the Social Security office with the statement and ask to see a supervisor. There are no guarantees this will speed anything up because many disabled people with claims are in dire financial situations, but it could be worth a try.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  40. brittney says:

    My case worker called me 2 days ago for ssi and said he has made a decision and if I haven’t heard anything in 2 weeks to call my local ss office and ask whats the hold up is…. does that mean I am approved?

    • brittney says:

      Just to state this is my 3rd time applying for ssi the first time I kept appealing and got denied by the judge after that I re applied got denied but I didn’t appeal it this time its the first time I haven’t appealed anything but this process has happened a lot faster then any other time I applied in Oct and my decision is already made and the first time I ever got a phone call from a case worker stating he made his decision and I should be getting my letter but if I haven’t with in 2 weeks to call my local ss office and ask what was taking so long with my case… I don’t want to get my hopes up but this has been a long wait for me since I been trying to get on it since 2008 anyone know what’s going on?

      • brittney says:

        Update I just got a letter from my local ss office saying they need more info before approving me…. they need proof of income and resources for me and my spouse under the part for medicaid then goes on about me needing a payee for my check so sounds to me I’m approved and they are doing their normal interview to make sure I still meet the non medical for ssi and for me to pick someone to become my payee I will find out tomorrow cause I’m going to go to the local office instead of Calling

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Brittney,

        It sounds as if your claim may have been medically approved and that you can expect a call from your local Social Security office to review the non-medical requirements for approval.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brittney,

      If you mean disability claims examiner when you say “case worker;” then I would say that, yes, you have been medically approved and that the local Social Security office will contact you to update your financial information to get payment started.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  41. Angela Speer says:

    Hi…

    I won my SSI the end of Aug 2013. In Nov of 2013 I got my award letter stating what my monthly payment would be. It stated how much back pay that they owe me. They said they would get in touch with me about my pack pay. Which is a large amount of money. It took two years to finally get approved. I got my first monthly payment in Dec of 1013 and my second monthly check in Jan 2014. But, still no back pay or letter when it will come. I have called several times and was told it has not been processed yet. I have made many trips to the local office. I have given all nessecary information to get my monthly checks and back pay. The last two times I called I was told I could most likely see my back pay this month. I called again last Tuesday and checked on my back pay. I was told that most of the time back pay starts six weeks after the first check. I told her that we were now past that six week mark. She told me that the month of Jan was not yet over. That what she would do is send a email to my local office that I have called to enquire about my back pay. And, for them to give me a call back. As normal I never got a phone call back! When I go to my local office most of the time the lady who handles my case is never in. Another person will take the information down as why I came in and leave it for the lady to call me. Here we are just two days left of Jan. there has been no back pay, no return phone call or a letter to me about my back pay. Then to top it off… Right after my hearing I got hit hard with all kinds of family emergencies that was suppose to be noted in my records. That my case was needed to be processed sooner rather than later! I think that information went in one ear and out the other. One of the emergencies I had was the sudden death of my mother. She got cremated. Her ashes are suppose to be laid to rest in her plot next to my father. The funeral home wants more money to open her gave so we can put her ashes in her grave. The other emergency I had was the day I came home from my mother’s memorial I found out I needed to check my apartment for toxic mold. Which I did and yes my apartment has high levels of toxic mold. I have told the lady that is handling my case about this and that I need my back pay to deal with the mold and move my daughter and I out of this apartment. Again, that fact that I need my back pay so that I can deal with these emergencies seems to have fallen on death ears. I am getting very frustrated! If, my monthly checks started in Dec do have any clue when I could see some of my back pay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Angela,

      It sounds to me as if your claim is among what appears to be a large number of claims awaiting release of back pay. I suspect that the claims representative is not so much ignoring you as having too many claims to handle on a timely basis. (I know that this does not help your situation.) It sounds as if you have done all that you can do to get payment started.

      A bit of information for planning purposes: If you have been approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your back pay will be paid in three installments, six months apart. If you need more than a third of the funds to move and to bury your mother’s remains, I suggest making a written request for release of more than one-third in the first payment and list the reasons. If you have actually been approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) back pay will be released all in one payment.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  42. Corinthian says:

    Well i wonder how they gone pay me they owe me from 04 due 2 the clark case

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Corinthian,

      I am not clear on what your question is. Could you please provide more information about your situation and inquiry if you would like me to respond.

      Thank you.

      Kay

  43. Cara says:

    I got a call and gave the lady all the information I needed to and she said that my daughter was qualified .. She even told us the amount we would be getting in a “back check” and that a card would be issued to us .. she also told us the back pay check would be here in 10 days.. its been several weeks so I called and the operator lady ( ssi office closed ) and she said that things were still being processed ?! Im so lost… please help :(

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cara,

      It sounds as if the computer work and calculations have not been done, despite the representative saying everything would be completed in ten days. I suggest calling the local office at a time that it is open and letting the representative know that nothing has been received. You might ask him or her to check on the status to see if there is a technical problem or the claim is awaiting processing of information and computer set up.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  44. Brandelyn says:

    Hello, I’m just wondering if ssi payments would be issued for February 2014? My son receives ssi and has for 10 years, payments have NEVER been late.. I have a direct express card and I received no automated phone notifications and no deposit, furthermore, I have no pending deposits!! Starting to panic, any assistance or advice would be GREATLY APPRECIATED
    THANK YOU SO MUCH & GOD BLESS!!!!!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brandelyn,

      Contact Social Security right away because the payment delivery problem is probably specific to your son’s benefit. I wonder if you have moved without telling Social Security and have not responded requests for information that may have been sent to you.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  45. shemekia says:

    My seven year old son was approved for Ssi in Dec 2014. Although I haven’t received and approval letter, I have received two checks in the mail! A regular check and a few days later a check that was about three times the first check! I called to give my direct deposit information on the 21st of Jan 2014, and the representative informed me that his next regular payment would come Feb 1 2014, but I didnt receive it in my account or the mail. Should I be concerned? Or does it take a certain amount of time for direct deposit to go into effect?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shemekia,

      It can take six weeks for a direct deposit to take effect. At some point, before you supplied bank account information, did you request and receive a DirectExpress debit card. If so, the payment may be loaded on it. If not, contact Social Security about non-receipt if a check doesn’t come in the next few days.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  46. Drew says:

    Hello, I got my Notice of decision for SSI in mid of November, it was dated October 30. Went to Social Security and gave them all the information they asked for. December 9 I got the Notice of Award and a separate notice explaining the back pay and that my lawyer was NOT signed up for Direct deposit, and that paying the lawyer fee would be between my lawyer and I.

    I received my first monthly payment January 1, and the February payment has arrived as well, but still no sign of the back pay. My question is how long should I wait until cotancting someone about this? Is the fact my lawyer did not sign up for direct deposit slowing down the process?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Drew,

      The fact that your lawyer did not sign up for direct payment probably is not slowing down processing of your back pay. Many people inquire about delayed back pay. Social Security representatives sometimes give a six-week estimate for receipt of back pay after the date the first monthly payment is received, but it clearly takes longer for some claims. I would say that if you have not received yours by early March, it would be time to follow up.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Drew says:

        Hello, I again contacted SS about not receiving my SSI backpay. The lady at my local office seemed concerned that I might have been over the 2000 limit sometime between the time I applied and was approved. Which I am 99% sure is not the case. She says they will reevaluate, and that my back pay could be greatly reduced.

        I guess what my questions are If you have assets close to 2000 are they less likely to pay your back pay in a timely manner? Do you have any idea how much my back pay would be reduced if say i was slightly over 2000 for a few days? This is very frustrating and other helpful tips you have with me dealing with this would be greatly appreciated. :)

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Drew,

          I believe that the representative was trying to say that they need to review the bank account information and other assets information you gave to determine you eligibility in every month since you applied. Eligibility is determined on a month by month basis. Resources are counted only on the first of the month. If you had over $2,000 in countable assets on the first minute of any month (which boils down to the last minute of the prior month) you are not eligible for any benefits that month. If you went over resources in the middle of the month but were below resource limits by the first, then your resources would be under the limit; however, the income that caused you to be temporarily over the resource limit would might be countable income in determining eligibility and payment amount. Note that $2,001 is over the limit and results in ineligibility. There is not sliding scale.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

          • Drew says:

            Just like to update, I was never over the 2000 dollar limit, and received about a third of my back pay on March 24. I called my lawyer to make sure he received his, which he did.

            Thank You Kay for all your knowledge!

          • Kay Derochie says:

            You are welcome, Drew. Thanks for the update.

  47. Wen Thomas says:

    I have been approved for SSI & SSDI I was wondering ssi pays current month and SSDI pays after the month. Will I not get a check for one month when they switch me over to SSDI.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Wen,

      The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program counts income in the month in which it is received. This means that you will get a benefit every month; however there may be more than thirty or thirty-one days between SSI and Social Security Disability (SSD) checks. This will occur because SSI is paid on the first and SSD is paid on the first, second, third, or fourth Wednesday of the month, depending on the day of your birth. For example a person born on the 6th of the month would receive SSD benefits on the first Wednesday, while someone born on the twenty-six, would receive benefits on the fourth Wednesday. So, potentially you could have a gap of seven weeks between checks even though no month was skipped.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  48. Dolores says:

    Hello Kay
    I went to my hearing on Jan 13, 2014, and based on my atty I have been approved. As we departed the SSA office she told me that my back pay would take 45-60 days, but my regular monthly benefit would start immediately. Well, it 2/13/14 and I haven’t received anything. Should I expect a check for March 2014? I have tried to call but the hold time was far too long. I’m in a shelter and need to move out soon. The atty tells me to be patient but that’s hard. Also I expect a recoupment from social services for the interim assistance provided. I recertified for Safety Net Assistance in Sept 2013, is this the date the will recoup from or is it my original application date of 6/23/13? Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dolores,

      Your approval is not official until you get a letter from the judge. Once you get the approval letter, it can be as much as sixty days or longer to get payment started and a few weeks longer than that for back pay to begin. If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), it is true that some of your SSI will be withheld to repay the state or cuntry for your interim assistance. Your state or county social services office can tell you what period of assistance is subject to reimbursement.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Dolores says:

        Just wanted to say thank you again! I called the office yesterday and the woman told me the decision was complete. She told me to bring id and come to the office today. What a way to start the weekend “Fully Favorable” !! Now the wait for the money…another six to eight weeks lol

  49. Dolores says:

    Thank you!

  50. Doug says:

    My daughter received the judge’s decision that she was medically approved on her SSDI and SSI claims and that a determination needs to be made regarding her non-medical SSI eligibility criteria. Her SSDI will only be about $400 – $425 per month based on the SS online calculator. Am I correct that her SSI will be reduced by a third for having lived at home for no charge? Is that reduction based on the full SSI payment amount or just the excess of her SSI payment mount over the SSDI amount? If the reduction is based on the full SSI amount of around $700 per month, then the SSI benefit will only be $477, or a mere $52 – $77 per month more than the SSDI amount, which is only a bit more than her SSDI amount and may not really be worth the hassle of providing financial documentation for the past two and a half years and having the back pay split up into 3 installments over 18 months. I am wondering if she should just withdraw her SSI application or change the date to a later time. Medicaid coverage is not too important because she is under 26 and still covered under my employer plan and the Medicare she will now have for secondary coverage will fully cover her claims with the employer plan. I paid for her care not paid for by the employer plan and am not clear that Medicaid will pay to reimburse those amount from 2011 and 2012 as there are timely filing rules involved.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Doug,

      I would advise your daughter to pursue the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim, even though only a small amount will be payable. Here are some of the reasons.

      1. Your daughter cannot withdraw only part of the claim, so she would be refusing future SSI benefits and future Medicaid.
      2. You do not say how long after she became disabled that her claim was denied, but some SSI may be payable at a higher rate for months before Social Security Disability (SSD) becomes payable because SSD has five-month waiting period for which no SSD is paid.
      3. Your daughter will not be under age twenty-six forever. While you are correct that Medicaid will not reimburse medical expenses that have already been paid,future Medicaid eligibility could be valuable to her. Medicaid eligibility includes the Medicaid program paying the Medicare Part B premium and may pay the Part D pharmacy premium.
      4. I don’t know anything about the severity of your daughter’s condition, but once your daughter starts receiving SSI, she may want to move out and become more independent. Also, if her disability is permanent, but not life threatening, she may outlive you.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  51. Sophia says:

    Hi, my dad got approved for ssi in jan 2014. My dad received his back pay amount right away as well as he received ssi amount for feb2014 but now we received a letter regarding that he is not eligible for ssi anymore and the reason is there your income is higher now. My dad resources has not been changed since last July. My mom income is same as last yr so I do not on which based they said that your next monthly payment will be $0. Can you help me understand on which base they changed their decision.

    Thanks,

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sophia,

      Was your father also approved for Social Security Disability (SSD)? If so, his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be stopping because SSD is starting. If that is not the case, your father should go to his local Social Security office and speak with a claims representative (not a service representative) to get an explanation.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  52. Tanya Rosenberry says:

    I recently won my ssi appeal on my son’s behalf. My son is 8. They are telling me his back pay needs to be put in a separate bank account I cannot get a bank account for him due to an outstanding debit with a bank. Is there anyway else to recieve this $ owed to him? Also from my understanding the $ cannot basically beused for aanything, I am currently about to have my electric shut off and be evicted is there anyway to get them to release some of this $ to pay that?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tanya,

      As your son’s representative payee, you should be able to use his money for his basic needs of shelter and food. This means that you should be able to use it for rent and electricity. I suggest that you discuss this with the Social Security Administration to get clarity. With regard to the bank account, I suggest trying to open a savings account instead of a checking account. You might also try a different bank. Lastly, you might ask whether you can have your son’s benefits paid to a DirectExpress debit card issued by the Treasury Department, which would not require your son to have a bank account.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  53. Rachel Witherspoon says:

    Hello, looking for some information..my fiancee has recieved Disability for intractable temporal lobe epelipsy since 96, which he was thru his mothers Social Security..he continued receiving it until recently, he was denied and we are soon to go before an AJL?…his mother was also on disability, and social security, and died on the 15th of January. We were mail a letter saying he would receive Survivors Benefits, as he was found Disabled before the age of 22, and he received a direct deposit on the 30th of January. Now, he hasnt received another check, though our lawyer says we should continue to receive the Survivors Benefits regardless of his Disability status at the moment…does anyone know how to find out if he is going to continue to get the Survivors benefits, because, well, he needs the money for food and rent…any help would be appreciated.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rachel,

      Regular monthly Social Security benefits are paid on Wednesdays. January 30 was not a Wednesday so it may have been a late initial payment. Presumably ongoing payment would have arrived on a Wednesday in February. That said, I wonder if your attorney has some information I do not. For a child to receive monthly survivor benefits, he must be either a minor or a disabled adult child. If your finance’s disabled adult child claim was closed because Social Security found that he was no longer disabled and he is awaiting a hearing, I don’t see how he would be eligible for ongoing benefits at the present time. I am also wondering whether the payment received was for $255, which is a one-time lump sum death benefit payable to a spouse or child entitled to dependent benefits in the month of the workers death.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  54. Melissa says:

    I just won my appeal for ssi…. The judge found me disabled from February 2011… That is the date that was protected date as well…..am I still going to get the back pay since that new law came out after I filed

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melissa,

      I believe that your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay will be paid in installments because the payment is being made while the law is in effect. If the debt you refer to is a debt of public assistance owed to your state or county, I think that Social Security will withhold money from your back pay and pay the debt directly before determining whether the remainder has to be paid out in installments. If you are referring to some other debt such as a past-due rent or mortgage payments or medical bills, you can request that an exception to installments be made so that you can pay your shelter expenses. You will have to present proof of the debt when you make the request.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Melissa says:

        The debt is actually to my mom and dad…..I wasn’t able to get any help other than foodstamps for my don and myself….do u know how long till the first regular check will start coming in…..

        • Melissa says:

          Also my brother gets Ssdi however they say it and I will get ssi… If we chose to live together would that effect either of us with our checks if we chose to live together

          • Melissa says:

            And thank you for Your help I am at a loss…. I have been fighting this with no clue since 2011… And they finally got how bad off I was

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Melissa,

            Your living with your brother will not affect his Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefit. His living with you will not reduce your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit IF you pay half the rent and utilities (not counting phone) and either eat separately or pay for half of the food either with cash or food stamps. (If there are other people in the household, then your share would change. For example, if three are in the household, you would need to pay one-third.

            Sincerely,

            Kay

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Melissa,

          After you have provided a financial update to Social Security for the months since your application, it can take a week to several weeks for payment to start, depending on each office’s workload.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  55. sherry says:

    Our son is 25. We adopted him at 5 months..he was a drug affected baby, birth mom a paranoid schizophrenic and meth addict. He did pretty well after the first 2 yrs, some minor physical limitations. To make a long story short, he graduated from HS, started a community college and did great..we were so proud of him. suddenly, and i do mean suddenly, he could not deal with everyday life situations. He stopped school in 2011 and stopped his part time job in 2011 because of anxiety, depression, and who knows what else. He has been seeing a counselor for about 3 yrs and a psychiatrist for about 6 months.

    We have totally supported our son for the past 3 yrs. My partner wants to retire and we can not continue to keep supporting him. His doc and counselor told him that it is time to apply for SSI. Both think he will be approved as he has not worked a lick since July 2012 and that was only part time.

    Our question is about his living situation. We became aware that he would need help. We invested in a home co owned by someone else. We took the basement and refinished it. It is still a basement..cement walls and all, but a bath and kitchen were added. There is no bedroom, so it is a lot like a studio apt. It is self contained- own entrance, and he is the only one living there. Upstairs are his buddies, so it is the best of both worlds…he has friends when he can handle it, but he has his own space. he does not use the facilities upstairs.

    How do we do this so we get the most we can. We are in Oregon so there is no state supplement..721.00 is it. If we charge him 375 for the space, including utilities, leaving him the rest for food….is that going to impact him negatively in terms of SSI money? Since it is self contained do we have to include the others as being part of the living situation? It truly is separate from the upstairs. We did this so he had a safe, somewhat affordable place to live.

    any advice would be appreciated.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sherry,

      My comments are based on the assumption that your son is not one of the co-owners of the house. First, he has a separate studio apartment in the house; so, no he would not list the friends who live in the apartment upstairs as part of his household. Because he has no income now and you are giving him a free apartment and utilities, if he is approved, his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment will be reduced for in-kind support and maintenance. This means that his SSI will start out reduced by one third. Once he starts to get SSI, he can start paying you the $375 for rent. If that is fair market value for a basement apartment (and it sounds as if it could be, given that the basement is not finished), after he has paid you rent for two months, his SSI will go up to $721. This assumes that when he moves into the apartment he applies for food stamps and you stop buying his food or giving him cash.

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • sherry says:

        kay…thank you very much, and hopefully I can bother you with 1 more question. In reviewing the SSI questionnaire, there is a section that we can say we are loaning him the money now for the apt…til he gets the benefits/ Is that your understanding as well? If not, what’s another 2 or 3 months? That is his preference…he wants to contribute!

        thanks again- promise I won’t bug you again

        sherry

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Sherry,

          No bother. You could choose to loan your son the value of the apartment, but he would then really have to pay you back once his SSI gets started.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  56. VAl says:

    I was told the my SSI back pay would be fourteen thousand and the lawyer would be paid from that. Now is that be considered a large sum because they sent me an installment payment of twenty one hundred. I don’t see why they didnt just sent one lump sum payment. If the lawyer gets six thousand that only leaves me eight and why are they spilting that up, it’s not a large amount

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Val,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) law limits the amount of a single back payment to the equivalent of three months of maximum SSI benefits. This amount is currently $2,100. Exception is sometimes made if a person needs a larger back payment to catch up past-due rent or mortgage payments or to pay large medical bills or for a needed medical treatment. If you have such a situation, you can apply for release of a larger amount.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  57. Melissa says:

    Thank you for your help……I was also wondering if my brother gets Ssdi and I get ssi are we able to live together without it effecting our money and also do they take any out of my money for my child support for my son….he gets 220.00 a month….the debt I mentioned was to my mom and dad…they have been paying for my living….also do they take away money for the foodstamps I received… I never asked for financial only food….thank you agian

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melissa,

      Please see my previous response regarding your living with your brother. Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will not be increased because you have a minor child; neither will it be reduced because he gets child support. You need to report your SSI (and new living arrangements if you move in with your brother) to the food stamp office so that they can recertify you based on you new income. With regard to the debt owed to your parents, you can ask the Social Security Administration (SSA) to release more of the back pay so that you can repay them; but it is left to SSA’s discretion as to whether your debt allows them to release more in the first installment.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  58. Melissa says:

    Do they include my son he is 7 and I am his sole guardian……

  59. Matt says:

    My son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder back in 02/10 I didn’t know about SSI until 10/13 which is when I applied. Is there any way that I can get back pay for back when he was first diagnosed or is that just not possible.
    Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Matt,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments do not have retroactivity for periods before the application. Benefits begin on the first of the month following the date of application. The one exception is that if you apply on the first, benefits will start the month of application.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  60. Maria says:

    Hi, my questions are: my dad got aproved for SSD in December 2013 inwich the amount will $710. He got aproved from December 2010 meaning he has a back pay, and just got aproved for SSI in the month of March 2014. Now he is also getting food stamps for himself and my mom. Can he receive all of the SSD SSI and food stamps @ the same time? However the amount he will be reciving from SSI is $155 vs $270 in food stamps. Will his food stamps get denied for both of them. Or can my mom still qualify for a lower amount of food stamps just for her my has no income of her self , she does not have a job. Obviously he’s better of not getting the extra $155 ftom SSI. If he was to discountinue his SSI will this affect the back pay from SSD owed to him? Please advise me
    Thank You

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Maria,

      First, your father cannot specify the time of month he receives the benefits.

      Second, if your parents live together and eat together, their food stamps will be based on his and her income, the cost of their shelter and medical expenses. Your father will have to figure all factors to decide what is best for him, but I would say that he should NOT turn down the SSI because most states provide Medicaid at no cost to people who are eligible for SSI. Medicaid, among other things, covers prescription medication. Also, Medicaid will then pay his Medicare premium for Part B Medicare, which covers doctors’ fees and other services. Right now Medicare Part B premiums are in excess of $100 a month. (With a 2010 date of disability, your father is now eligible for Medicare.) Also, Congress has been cutting food stamps recently so the amount can’t be counted upon to stay the same. Refusing all SSI (withdrawing his application) will not affect his Social Security Disability, but it may not be the prudent thing to do.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      Lastly,

  61. Mona says:

    Hello….

    I last worked in October of 08. In December of 09 I received a Social Security Statement that stated, “You have enough credits to qualify for benefits. If you become disabled right now…Your payment would be about 1,879.00 a moynth”. Do you know what my monthly payment would be now? I filed in June of 2011, even though I became disabled in 08.

    Please and Thank you!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mona,

      If approved for benefits, your benefit would be slightly more than the amount you would have been eligible for in 2009 because there were small cost-of-living adjustments in some years since then. Because the $1,879 quoted was an estimate, I cannoot say exactly how much your current benefit would be.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  62. Mandy Kemp says:

    on the website it says that a one time payment of 10,186.00 for 03/17/14 does that mean that a check was mailed?

  63. Mandy Kemp says:

    I am approved for ssi and ssdi but have not got a check yet! But on the ssi website it says the amount of my monthly payments! And it also says there is a one time payment for the date of 03/17/2014 does that mean a check was mailed?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mandy,

      The posting of a one-time payment and a payment date means that the payment had been triggered. The first payment would be sent via the postal service if you did not give Social Security bank account information for direct deposit or sign up for a DirectExpress debit card. It usually takes a couple business days for the payment to go through the banking steps and, of course, the mail takes a few days too.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  64. Felicia says:

    Hi my daughter’s 2nd pay for her back pay was released, about how long until that money is deposited into her savings account??

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Excited,

      It usually takes two or three business days for the money to deposit to the recipient’s account.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  65. Melissa Pronovost says:

    I stopped working 05/2005. I filed in 04/2006. It has been a very long road. I just had a appeal/ hearing 4 wks ago. This was my second one as we chose for it to come back down to this level with a judge. If approved at rhis point what is rhe timeframe for reward? What timeframe would the reward be based from? May of 2005 or the date of filing?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melissa,

      If you are approved at the second hearing, it will likely take sixty days or more to get the approval letter. It can then take a few weeks to a month or two to get payments started. If you are approved on your April 2006 application, your benefits would begin to accrue November 2012, after the five-calendar-month, unpaid waiting period.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  66. christina sledge says:

    I got approve for ssi on jan 28th I haven’t recive any back payment the lady i talk to said i will start to recive my month to month payment on april 1st I was just wondering when will i recive my back payment

    • christina sledge says:

      i applied back in feb 2012 and I talked to her on feb 26th 2014 and she told me i should recive my back payment in two to three weeks and it not in my account I was wondering do i call her

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Christina,

        Yes, I would follow up with the same representative to find out what else needs to be done to start payment.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Christina,

      Many people are waiting as much as six weeks after the first monthly check to get back pay.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  67. cheryl says:

    I just got full disability not sure of the amount yet, can people with disability as a income buy a house? and if so where do I start

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cheryl,

      Some people on disability do buy a house. I suggest that you research to find out if your county has a free or low-cost seminar for first-time home buyers. You could also look for recently published books on the subject in your local library. Once you know your income and how much you can spend on a down paymen, closing costs, mortgage payments, property taxes, etc. you can look for a lender to be pre-approved for a loan of a certain amount before you start looking for a house.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  68. Melissa1986 says:

    My son was approved for ssi and they called and said they needed a bank account but I can’t get one so I requested the direct express card .. Can his back pay and monthly payments be placed on the card?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melissa,

      Yes, your son’s monthly SSI benefits and back pay can be paid to the DirectExpress card.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  69. ruth says:

    Very confused. Was told I was entitled t $s25,257.90 in ss benefits except for lawyer. Fees $6000 well I got my first installement of $2,163.00 in January and th
    They said next one in july also got my monthly benefit in january the next day too now they are saying they should have paid me less in ssi i at the end of February
    I got a check for $4 993.00 and they say the are withholding. $14,265.00 from my ss benefits

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ruth,

      It is hard to tell from what you wrote, but I think you are saying that you got $2,163 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) installment, which is not part of the initial $19,257.90 Social Security Disability (SSD) retroactive benefits you were quoted (25,257.90 – $6,000 attorney fees). SSI retroactive benefits are paid in installments. An amount equal to all the SSI back pay your will be paid is used to offset (reduce) your Social Security benefits for the same period, because the federal government will not pay duplicate disability benefits for the same period of time.

      I am assuming that the $4,993 was a Social Security check and that is was the amount due after the SSI offset. You will get the rest of the SSI back pay in installments, from which they will probably withhold the SSI overpaid amount. The one thing you should watch for is to be sure that the SSI offset against your Social Security back pay is the right amount–that is that between the Social Security back pay you get and the SSI back pay you get, it adds up to $19,257.90.

      Best regards,

      Kay

      I am not able to comment on your posting because you have not provided enough information and I

  70. VAl says:

    Hi there:
    In my initial the judge meant to reopen a pass SSD application but instead reopened an old SSI application outside of the two year time period. My lawyer and I brought this to his attention and yesterday I got a revised decision which reopened the old SSD application. Would you happen to know how long before I get an award letter and my disability back pay.
    Thanks. -

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Vai,

      It can take sixty days or more for payment to be started. If you haven’t been contacted by Social Security within ten days, call the office and ask what, if anything, you need to submit to get payment started. If they say nothing, ask what else they need to do and roughly how long it will take.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  71. Christina Satterfield says:

    I have 2 questions. Social security is showing a one time payment of 5012 for 3-26-14. Today is the 28th and no deposit?
    plus, will they take the backpay our daughter recieved from her dad out of his ssdi backpay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Christina,

      It can take two or three overnight computer runs for money to transfer to the receiving bank account. Hopefully, the money has been received by now. Your daughter’s dependent benefits are paid in addition to her father’s benefits; therefore, her back pay will not reduce his.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  72. Michelle says:

    Hi,I just have a question my son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in dec 2013 and it is rather aggressive he is seeing an therapist as we as an doctor for med management ..I have been keeping in contact with ssi about his claim I received a letter I got from them maybe a month ago stating that they were holding his case for further evaluation of his case because it was so new of a condition but it also stated that it was held for 4 monts in which that will be o 4/4/14 and at that time they will reevaluate the case do you think that is a good sign or not because I haven’t received an denial yet or is it a chance he will?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Michelle,

      The letter you got indicates that the information that the Social Security Administration received confirmed that your son was disabled at the time they were reviewing four months ago, but they could not tell whether he would be disabled for a period of twelve months or more, which is required to be approved. They will now begin gathering updated information from his doctors to determine whether disability continues. You should let Disability Determination Services (DDS) know if he has received services from any new health care providers in the past four months. Also, I recommend letting his doctor and therapist know that Social Security will be resuming their review of your son’s claim. Lastly, on about April 8, I would call the DDS examiner who is handling the claim and inquire whether the claim investigation has been reactivated as scheduled and ask whether he or she would like you submit anything.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • michelle says:

        thanks…i did hear from the young lady assigned to his case and she let me know that it had been sent to the doctor what exzactly does that mean she also said she had recieved everything she neede from his records and his situation hasnt changed any in my opinion and he has still been seeing his therapist on a regolar basis i did ask her how long will it take now she said that it shouldnt take long now at all so what is the process now when the doctor gets it ,is that good or bad?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Michelle,

          In an initial disability claim review, the claims examiner reviews all the information and makes a decision recommendation. That decision is then reviewed by a physician trained in Social Security Disability law. The physician reviews to be sure that nothing has been overlooked medically and that the medical issues have been understood correctly. If so, the examiner’s decision becomes final. How long this will take depends on whether or not the physician has a backlog and, therefore, is unpredictable.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  73. naomi says:

    My son got approved for disability Jan the 30 on Feb 19 I had an interview they asked for some paperwork which I took about a week after.. Haven’t heard from them since I did receive a direct express card in the mail last month how Long does it usually takes for first deposit…

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Naomi,

      Depending on office backlogs, It can take from a couple weeks to even a couple months to get payments going after you have submitted all the information for the approved claim.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  74. jennifer says:

    Hi i have a question i got approved for ssi my question is how long it take so i can get my first payment im behind on bills because i stop working due too my disability thank u

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jennifer,

      Depending on the office backlog of cases, it can take from a week or so to two months or more to get payment started after you have provided all the information needed for the non-medical factors of your claim. If Social Security has not contacted you about the non-medical review, I suggest you contact them either at the local office or through the call center at 1-800-772-1213 and request an appointment to provide anything that is needed.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  75. naomi says:

    I have not yet received anything about his payments but today i got another direct express card but this one has my name on it the first one I got last month had his name… Y would I need 2 cards and should I just go ask it has been over a month since I took all the paperwork in…

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Naomi,

      The only reason I can think of why you might be receiving two cards is that one is for back pay that has to be put in a dedicated account for special uses for your son and the other is for everyday expenses. If this is not the case, then probably one card needs to be canceled. I would take the two Direct Express cards to Social Security and ask them what the situation is. If one is a dedicated account, be sure to get information on the strict rules for using the money. If a dedicated account is not involved, then find out which card will receive your son’s payments and request the other be cancelled.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  76. Stevie says:

    I am about to start receiving ssdi benefits. My monthly ssdi amount is high so i do not qualify for ssi. However i am owed back pay from ssi and ssdi. Will the ssi back pay be released all at once or will i have to do installments? And will it only be released on a first of the month or will they immediately release it? Thank you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Stevie,

      If your SSI back pay is more than $2,163, it will be paid in installments unless you are at risk for losing your home to foreclosure or being evicted, you want the back pay all at once to buy a house, or you critically need medical care that will require more than the installment payment. The Social Security back pay will be reduced by the amount of retroactive back pay you are paid for overlapping months of eligibility for both programs.

      Monthly benefits usually start before release of back pay. Back pay will be released on any day of the month, once the back pay has been authorized.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  77. Jillian says:

    I received my son’s first back payment in October, I know that I am due for the next installment this month do they have a specific date that they give you the payments?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jillian,

      There is no specific day that the SSI back pay installment will be released. If you have not received it by May 5 or so, I suggest that you follow up.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  78. Marie says:

    Hi Kay,

    A month ago, I had my hearing for my SSDI claim, which I have been fighting for 2 years exactly. The judge ruled in my favor, and I was completely honest with him that I have been working full time since October of last year, regardless of my pain, because I am a single mom and have to fully provide for my 3 year old daughter (I get no child support for her, or help from the father). I received a letter a few days ago from the office where I had my hearing, saying the ruling was in my favor and I have been considered disabled since when I first applied two years ago. But, it also said my local office needs to review the decision, and they will send me a letter informing me my benefit amount and such. Because I am working, can they still deny me? I have no other means of support, and have to keep a roof over my child’s head and food on the table. Without the job I would be out in the streets, until SSDI kicks in. Also, will the fact that I have been working affect my back pay? I tried contacting the customer service number, but they were of no help. The judge said I was alotted 9 months of active work, which I’ve exhausted 6. I just don’t want this to jeopardize my approval. Please help!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Marie,

      I believe you inquired about this before and I responded, but just in case, here goes. The information you have given me indicates that you were off work for twelve months or more before you returned to work and that the judge believes that your medical condition did not improve when you returned to work and that you are eligible for a nine-month trial work period, during which benefits continue to be paid in full. After the trial work period, for a period of thirty-six calendar months you will be paid only for months in which you earn less than the substantial gainful activity (SGA) level, which in 2014 is $1,070 gross wages. If you stop work again after your benefits start and your cease work was due to your disabling condition, benefits will continue to be paid as long as you do not have earnings above the SGA limit.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  79. Stevie says:

    I have another question…how does the ssi backpay reduce my ssdi backpay? Do i just subtract the amount ssi is going to pay me fom my back pay figure? And does attrnes fees come out ssdi or ssi or both? For example, my ssdi award notice has my monthly benefit at 885.00, and lists my backpay amount at 30,039.00, the local office guy told me my ssi backpay is 14,958, and he said my attorney was already paid 5911. So i called Ssa and that represenitve says, my ssi backpay they have listed 11355, and once that is paid out to me give it around 90 days and they will release whats due to me. So should i just subtract the attorney fee and ssi amount from my ssdi backpay amount or is there a different way to do this?
    Also, my daughter who is 1 is elligible for aux payments, do her benefits start immediatly after my phone interview for her and is she elligible for backpay from her date of birth? I was found disabled back until 2010, but she was born in 2013.
    Thank you very much for your help and inormation.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Stevie,

      Your Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay will be reduced only by Supplemental Security Income (SSI) paid for the same months as the SSDI covers. If your SSI eligibility date is later than the date your Social Security begins to accrue, then all the SSI back pay will offset the SSDI back pay. The amount paid to your attorney appears to be the maximum $6,000 less a processing fee the attorney pays. You did not provide the date your daughter was born, but her benefits should go back to the most recent of her month of birth and six months before you first notified Social Security of her birth.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  80. Rachel says:

    My Ex husband passed away about 4 months ago. He was 41 years old. He had been trying to get disability for three years for his heart condition. We received a letter a few weeks after he passed away that he finally had a court date. I called the lawyer and he said I could go to court in his place because I was his only spouse. Well we won the hearing. I have a 14 year old daughter that’s his and he has another daughter that is 8. Im not really sure what kind of back pay we will get. Will the kids be the only ones getting back pay or will I receive his also? The lawyer gets 25% and I really hope that’s not going to be taking out of the kids. I did get a payment in my bank account yesterday for 11,000. But I have not received a letter stating what or how much we be receiving. Does that fall under SSI or SSDI? Any help would gratefully be appreciated.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rachel,

      Because you are referring to dependents and survivors benefits for the children, I understand that your ex-husband had a claim for Social Security Disability (SSDI). I cannot tell from the information you gave me whether he also had a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim.

      The benefits that were due your ex-husband for the months before his death will be paid out according to Social Security law, which establishes a priority list of possible beneficiaries. The underpayment due your husband will probably be split between his children.

      If you were married ten years or more, you can apply for young divorced wife’s benefits because you have a child under age sixteen in your care. If you do not qualify, the dependents benefits for the months that your ex-husband was alive and the survivors benefits will be split between the two children. If you apply and qualify for benefits, the total amount payable will be split among you and the two children.

      If you are working and earning too much to receive benefits, it could still be to your advantage to apply and have your benefits put into work suspense. While your benefits were in suspense, the full amount available would be paid to the children. Should be become unemployed, you might then qualify without a new application and the benefits would then be split among the three of you. Also, if you were to become disabled, being on your ex-husband Social Security record, even with suspended benefits, could protect you for disabled surviving divorced wife’s benefits at a later date.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  81. Ken Hernandez says:

    hi kay
    on april 1 i was approved for ssi i applied two years ago by when will i receive my backpay or retroactive money i know welfare is taking their part and so is my attorney but by when will i receive my retroactive money for ssi

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ken,

      It can take from two weeks to two months or more for payment to start. Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) monthly payment is likely to come first. Retroactive benefits will then be paid. If your retroactive pay after withholding for the attorney and to repay welfare is $2,163 or less it will be paid in a single payment. If it is more than that amount, the retroactive pay will be paid out in installments of $2,163 (or less if less is due) spaced six months apart.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  82. Candice says:

    My son is 11 and he got approved for ssi on April,03 I was wondering how long will it be before he get a payment.and they owe him 5 months in back pay will he get all of that at once.?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Candace,

      Your son’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will likely start with a single monthly payment followed by a single back payment. It can take from two weeks to two months for benefits to start.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  83. Amazing Mom says:

    If my son was approved March 3,2014 hpw long does it take for the payment to be made I already gave my account number and all other information that was needed

    • Amazing Mom says:

      I had the in person interview April 2, 2014

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Amazing Mom,

      Please see my reply of a few minutes ago that responds to your previous inquiry. The time frames I suggested still hold true after your interview.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  84. patricia says:

    Hi I recently filed a disability claim in February. In March I turned in all the documents needed. So with that being said can it take years for an approval decision? Also how can I check on my son claim status? Via internet or telephone?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Patricia,

      An initial claim typically takes two to five months. If you are denied and are denied at the first level of appeal, it can take years. You can check on the status of the claim on the Internet if you applied online. Otherwise you need to call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  85. tinar says:

    I received a notice on 4/18/2014 that I was found fully favorable for ssi I checked the online site and it said that on 4/17/2014 a payment for $2163 was processed and I would begin regular payments on 5/1/2014 . My case goes back to 8/15/2012 . Is the 2163 my only back payment? Also I went into the office on 4/17/2014 and spoke with someone in ssd they said when ssd starts I will receive payment for my 3 dependent children. Is there back pay for the children too? Am I waiting to receive ssd because of the 5 month waiting period?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tinar,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is paid in installments spaced six months apart. Each installment will be not more than $2,163. You are waiting for your Social Security Disability (SSDI) because typically it is processed after the SSI is processed. Your Social Security back pay will be reduced by SSI paid for the same period. If you listed your children on your SSDI application, they will receive back pay for the same period that you receive SSDI back pay.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

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