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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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953 Comments

  1. Shon says:

    If my caseworker at ssa asks for my check stubs of the month I applied up until now,does that mean I may be approved.even though dss says its pending my caseworker haven’t reviewed the information they got this week,which are my check stubs.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shon,

      Usually the local office does not ask for pay stubs until a claim has been medically approved. One exception might be if you just applied recently and your stated income is very close to the limits. If that is the case the representative wants to be sure you are financially eligible up front before letting the claim go through the full medical review.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Kristina Blassingame says:

        Hi Kay ! I have a question I was found fully favorable April 7,2016 after a hearing 3-11-2016 I also went in for perc interview 4-25-2016 when should I receive payment ( backpay and monthly benefit) sorry for commenting here but I don’t know how to start a chat here thank u

        • Kristina Blassingame says:

          Also I first applied March 2015

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Kristina,

            Please see my response to your first post.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Kristina,

          If you have not received your first Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment by May 25, follow up to your local office for a status report.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  2. tap says:

    How long does it take the prossing center to send a check

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tap,

      Typically, it takes from one to three months to get Social Security Disability benefits started. It can take longer if workers compensation of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are involved.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  3. mercedes says:

    i applied for my daughter benefits march 8 2017she was medically approved april 15 2016..i went to the office april 19 2016 to be her payee. i was told to wait for a awards letter..so will i receive a check for the 1st of may? and will i receive back pay?

    • mercedes says:

      i meant march 8 2016

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mercedes,

      It is unlikely you will receive an SSI payment for your daughter on May 1. Back pay would be for April if it is not paid on time on April 1 and should come by the end of May.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • mercedes says:

        so no check on the 1st of may?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Mercedes,

          It is very unlikely that the processing would be completed in time for the Treasury Department to set up payment for a May 1 payment, which would be delivered on April 29 because May 1 is Sunday, a non-banking day.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • mercedes says:

            i didnt receive anything today..i received a call saying i have to wait for a rewards letter..

          • mercedes says:

            AND I WAS ALSO TOLD ITS A NEW SYSTEM FOR PAYEES THATS WHY IT TAKING SO LONG TO PROCESS.. BUT SINCE I TALKED TO THEM WHEN WILL I RECEIVE ANY BENEFITS..(I APPLIED MARCH 8..APPROVED MARCH 15..WENT INTO THE OFFICE APRIL 19TH…BEEN WAITING SINCE THAT DAY FOR LETTERS AND BENEFITS..

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Mercedes,

            Given the additional information that you have posted, I would say that you will just have to wait to see how long it takes. When procedures are changed, as you have been told, time frames become even less predictable.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  4. lisa alcott says:

    I applied the beginning of March 2016 for ssi for my grandson who has autism, I got a phone call April 21st saying he was approved and to come in and set up payee, my question is will he get any money for March, or will he just get for April and May? and also when i go in tomorrow morning to fill paperwork out for the debit card/payee how long before i get the card and the funds be on it?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lisa,

      If you applied on the first of March, your son’s benefits will start in March; otherwise, they will start in April. You should have the card within a week to ten days. How long before the benefits are paid to the card will depend on how quickly the local office authorizes payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Lavonna says:

        Hi Kay. So I set up a dedicated account for my daughter and the 2199 still remains because I am scared to spend it because the things the money can be used for is not all that clear. For instance, my daughters case worker told me special equipment could be an iPad or a TV. She has adhd and aggressive mood disorder. I’m not sure how that would help. Also if something did come up to where the 2199 doesn’t cover it, such as educational purposes, what would I need to get a payment expenditure? Do I need a letter from some professional, a list of expenses or what? Thank you

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Lavonna,

          I suggest that you discuss with your daughter’s doctor and therapist, teachers, etc., to find out whether any equipment or behaviorial modification programs or classes that would be helpful to your daughter’s emotional/behavior problems and whether any of those are not covered by her medical insurance. (For example, some children who are autistic are helped by interaction with computer programs.)

          Once that is determined, you can get a letter from the care provider about the therapeutic benefit of each item or program. The next step is to get estimates of the cost of recommended items or services. Then take all of the information to Social Security and request permission to make the purchases. Keep copies of everything you submit and request permission in writing.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  5. MRS MORGAN says:

    Hi i recieved a call from my local ssa stating i was approved 4/18/16 for ssi the rep asked for my paystubs which i brung in but i have yet to recieve a letter fyi i applied 3/22/16 it seemed kinda fast when should i expect my payment or letter in regards to payments

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mrs.Morgan,

      If you haven’t received payment within a month, follow up with your local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  6. Chris says:

    Hi I got custody of my niece in March applied for survivor benefits and it appears a family memeber had been getting it since 2012 and she went into fostercare in 2013. IDK how it actually works if I’ll get back pay for that since someone else was getting the money and didnt have her or what? Another question is she has a disability and I applied for that and the letter said she became disabled in 1/2014 will they back pay for that? And is it even possible to get disability and survivor benefits both?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chris,

      If SSA is able to collect the misused funds from the former payee, they will be reissued to you. If the survivor benefits are less than $753 a month, your niece may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If she is eligible for SSI, benefits will begin the month after the month you filed the SSI application. Note that shortly before your niece’s eighteenth birthday, you can apply for Childhood Disability Benefits, which are paid to disabled adult children who are unmarried and become disabled before age twenty-two.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Chris says:

        Survivor benefits are 570 but I received nothing in the mail about anything else the information didn’t say survivor it just said disability so IDK what it actually is

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Chris,

          You can tell that the benefits are survivors benefits by the claim number, which is the deceased person’s claim number with the letters HC followed by a number. The “C” stands for child.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • chris.s says:

        Hi my question is I had received my first back pay in November in between that time I had asked for a advancement does that recycle my 6 month wait or do I receive a other one in may cuz I was told august

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Chris,

          If you were paid out all of what would have been your second SSI back payment installment due in May, probably the last installment will not be paid until November. If you did not receive the full May installment early, you should receive the remainder of the May installment in May.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  7. Jay A. says:

    My son was approved for SSI 2/2016 it was back pay dated back from 1/2015. He recieved his 1st check 3/2016 when will I see the 1st installment from the lump sum of the back pay. Is it 45 days after the 1st payment or 60days I have gotten 3 different answers and I need somebody who knows the correct answer to help me.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jay,

      The first installment should come within a month of the first monthly benefit. Subsequent installments are six months apart.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  8. Lavina says:

    Hi I just started getting ssi dec 1 2015 got my first backpayment nov when should I get my second one its the last that they owe me will I get it April or May thank u

  9. Michelle says:

    I applied for SSI for my daughter . I received a fully favorable letter and turned in all the documents needed. How long does it take to receive an award letter after the interview and turned in all documents .

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Michelle,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay, if it doesn’t have to be deposited to a dedicated account, will be paid in up to three installments with the first two not exceeding $2,199 each. Usually back SSI is paid within a month of the first monthly benefit. How fast that is paid will depend on how fast the representative in the local office does the processing after the interview and receipt of the documents.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  10. Samantha says:

    Hello my son got approved for benefits in march of 2016 i had my interview on 4-4-2016 and i was told how much back pay and how much he would get ech month. Can you tell me how long am i going to wait for the back pay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Samantha,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay, if it doesn’t have to be deposited to a dedicated account, will be paid in up to three installments with the first two not exceeding $2,199 each. Usually back SSI is paid within a month of the first monthly benefit. How fast that is paid will depend on how fast the representative in the local office does the processing after your interview.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  11. Ivette says:

    hello my mother was approved for ssi the letter says that was approved since June 23, 2010 which was when claim for the first time now in appointment to determine payments my question is she is living at her former exhusband legally seperated she has to put the income of the ex-husband? she lives there because no option but it has nothing to do with him.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ivette,

      If your mother and her ex are still married, her husband’s income and assets do affect her eligibility for SSI. Legal separation is not the same as a divorce.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • paul says:

      I was getting ssi but got incarcerated for two years and had to reapply. After getting my medical records and they got proof of my disability how long is the process , till I start receiving my benefits and is there any way to get the money sooner. I’ve been a paraplegic since 16 years old. What more info would I need to provide to speed the process?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Paul,

        I would expect that your claim would take less time than the usual range, but even so expect one to two months before you get the medical decision and a few weeks to get benefits started. After you have the medical approval, you can ask for an emergency advance payment.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  12. Lisa M Wolf says:

    Dear Kay
    I was approved for SSDI in november and started payments in december. I was told that I would get backpay from the onset of disability which was determined by an interview to be May 2016. I just received a payment of 2199. Is this all I am getting ? It says on the ssa website it is a one-time payment. I have not received any letters stating what i should be receiving , I was just told by someone in medical review board thatI would be getting backpay from may-dec 2016

    • Lisa M Wolf says:

      Correction it was may 2015 through December 2015for backpay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lisa,

      SSI back pay is paid in up to three installments six months apart and the first two cannot exceed $2,199. You should get a letter within about a week that tells you to the total amount of your SSI back pay to be paid in installments.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Lisa M Wolf says:

        ty for your help i got my first installment on 3/22/16 and have not gotten a letter still. how can i find out the plan

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Lisa,

          You should have gotten an award letter by now. I suggest that you contact your local office to find out whether a duplicate can be issued to you.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  13. Kelly Venier says:

    Dear Kay, I’m sorry I should clarify, my letter says “Your current monthly payment is $609.67 for April 2016″
    But on the next page is where it says “you will receive your next monthly payment of $609.67 around May 1, 2016″
    It then says later that ” You meet all the rules to be eligible for SSI beginning March 2, 2015. Out rules don’t allow us to pay SSI until the month after you 1st met all of our eligibility rules. Therefore, the 1st month we can pay you is April 2015″
    I’m so confused by the 16 pages they sent to tell me how much I get. Thank you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kelly,

      The first monthly check will be May 1. Your back pay will consist of only one month, April 2016, and can arrive at any time. (Also, please see my response to your first post.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  14. Kelly Venier says:

    Dear Kay,
    Hello, I had my hearing on February 9, 2016 before the ALJ, I was notified last week on Tuesday March 22, 2016 that I was approved for SSI and SSDI. The next day on Wednesday March 23, 2016 I had my interview at the local Social Security Office for my SSI interview. The woman that interviewed me said I was very lucky because the ALJ approved my disability backdated to March 23, 2011 the day after the hearing with the ALJ that denied me the 1st time I applied. I know the SSI only goes back until this past March 15, 2015 when I reapplied for SSI, but what I was wondering is the woman at The local office told me last week how much I would be getting monthly for SSI and how much my 1st back pay check will be, but she also told me I would get my 1st monthly payment April 1, 2016 and that my 1st back pay installment will be arriving any day. I borrowed enough money to get our carpets cleaned because we had an inspection for our apartment (section 8, inspects every year) they failed us due to a few spots in the carpet and said just get them cleaned by next Thursday, we will be back to reinspect then. Even though it’s mostly normal wear after 10years, kids, pets, and it was pretty old when we moved in, anyway I borrowed the money under the condition I pay it back this Friday when I get paid on the 1st. Then yesterday I get the letter in the mail telling me what my payments & back pay will be, but it says I should start getting my 1st payment May 1st. I still have the voicemail the local office left me with the amounts & telling me it will be April 1st. Any idea which of them is right? And do you have any idea when I should expect the 1st installment of my back pay? I’m going to be in a horrible mess of it isn’t VERY soon, thank you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kelly,

      Apparently, the processing did not get completed in time for the April 1 monthly payment. The installment could come before May 1. At this point, all you can really do is show the letter to the person you borrowed from and offer for them to listen to the voice mail to show that you borrowed the money in good faith thinking you would have the income by April 1.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  15. Elisa says:

    My daughter was receiving benefits from his Dad sss since she was 14 due to his terminal cancer sickness. SSS stopped her benefits when she was 18 in June 2010 . July 2010 I filed a claim for her disability because I wanted to continue her benefits after turning 18. She got a lot of birth defects since birth. Did not get any response or denial letter from them. In October 2014 I filed a claim again SDD under her Dad’s social and SSI at the same time and got denied again. I did not appeal and let it go. I did it again in Sept. 2015 for SSDI and SSI and got approved for SSI benefit and received back pay this March. Per “REVIEW STATEMENT SUMMARY FOR SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME document that I received, my daughter is:

    She is disabled. Her disability began on June 21, 2010
    She was disabled prior to age 22.

    My question is, Since she was approved as disabled since June 2010 should her disability payment get retroactive from the 2010 year? The back payment that she received this March was 2,431.87 and the second one will be in August 2016 for $810.63 total $3,241.87 from Oct.2015 to Feb 2016. Her first check will be deposited next month in the amount of 648.50. Am I missing something something? Is she automatically approved for SSDI through her Dad’s SSS. I have not received anything from them yet. My daughter is receiving DEA from the Veterans and SSI asked me to forward a copy of the award because it counted as her income. What other Veterans Benefit are considered as her income. I am planning to submit a claim through the VA for a DIC or any benefits that my daughter can get due to my husband’s early death due to Service connected disability at age 61.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Elisa,

      Your daughter has probably also been medically approved for disabled adult child (DAC) benefits on her father’s earnings record. SSI is paid first. When the DAC benefits are paid, the back pay will be reduced by the amount of SSI paid for the same period. When ongoing DAC benefits start, your daughter’s SSI will be either decreased or terminated depending on the amount of her DAC benefits. Any additional VA benefits will probably be countable income for SSI, but will not affect DAC benefits.

      SSI is paid from the date of the application that was approved, not from prior denied claims that you did not appeal. Similarly, although your daughter’s DAC benefits can have some retroactivity, it is limited and will not go back to the 2010 or 2014 claims.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Tiffany says:

        dear kay
        thank you for all the answers you have gave me you have been so helpful. so i received the first payment of 2199 Wednesday and will receive my first monthly payment on the 1st of april. my question is when will her back
        pay come and her date of her disability started was feb 10,2014 according to her paper work.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Tiffany,

          The $2,199 payment is the first installment of back pay. The remainder will be paid in two more installments six months apart, so the next installment is due in September 2016.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

        • I just got my card today does anyone know when I will be getting my money

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear David,

            If you have already received a favorable medical decision and had a financial update interview, you should receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits this month.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  16. Kinya says:

    Hi….
    I was told by a representative that my daughter’s back pay can be used for purchase of a vehicle for me to get her back and forward to appointments, school, and myself to therapy appointments that require me to be there. But Im not see this as an approved use on the letter I received.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kinya,

      It sounds as if your daughter’s benefits may have been deposited to a Dedicated Account. Social Security can approve other uses for a Dedicated Account funds. I suggest that you get the approval in writing just to be sure.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  17. john says:

    Just another “when will we receive payment” question – specifically when approval comes mid month.

    Girlfriend received ODAR approval for SSI given on 2/11/16 after her hearing in 12/15. For some reason the Appeals Council did a quality check which delayed the PERC interview. Had that interview on 3/16/16. 31 months back pay approved in that interview at full 733.00 per month. Lawyer payment approved for 25%, and a loan payback to me of 13K also approved for immediate payment per the clerk.

    Clerk at SSA says she should receive her 1st $2199 “within a couple of days” – the lawyer should be paid “a few days after that”, followed by her back pay of 13K to repay me “soon thereafter”. Then on 4/1/2016 she will get her first monthly payment.

    This is all Direct Deposit into her own account as she is getting direct payment.

    All sounds great except that what I read here is that approvals made mid-month seem to not be paid until the 1st of the following month and often it appears people only get the normal monthly payment on the 1st and the $2199 can come later.

    Was our clerk exaggerating the speed of payments? Or should we really expect payments to start rolling in this month?

    It isn’t crucial, but it sure would help us get back on track.

    Thank you for your input in advance.

    • john says:

      I should have just been patient. The 1st 2199.00 was deposited last night. Hopefully the clerk was correct about all of the other payments as well. Finally glad to see this come to a conclusion. Thank you.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        You are welcome, John.

        • Lavonna says:

          I received the award letter on 3/15/16, my interview was 2/29/16, the award letter states benefits will begin around 4/1/16 and they will be in touch regarding the back pay which is 7k, 2 questions
          1. How can I get an expedited payment because I need to move by 4/1?
          2. What is the largest amount they will approve for living expenses such as security deposit, rent, and new bed and clothes?
          PS ssi is for my daughter

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Lavonna,

            Usually when a person requests release of funds early due to dire need, the person has to itemize the projected need, that is, you have to itemize how much the move in costs will be and bed for your daughter. However, your child’s back pay may be subject to deposit to a Dedicated Account. If it is, typically the money cannot be used for shelter, only for certain specific needs. As far as the monthly payment, it may now too late to get an advance payment to get the April benefit early. In any case, I suggest that you talk to Social Security to double check whether they is any help for your situation. (You can learn more about dedicated accounts at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Lavonna says:

            Thank you Kay,
            Would the information regarding a dedicated account be something sent separately? I have received the debit card and booklets explaining what can and cannot be purchased, but nothing regarding another account. And my original question was in reference to the back pay being expedited, even if it’s only for the 2199. Sorry for the miscommunication.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Lavonna,

            I understood that you are expecting to be paid your child’s back pay in installments for $2,199 six months apart, but usually if more than six months of benefits are due, a Dedicated Account with restricted use is required. If you have not been instructed regarding a Dedicated Account, it is possible that the benefits will be paid out to a regular account for any use for your child.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • cristina carter says:

            I had a hearing on Feb 17, my lawyer told me the judge said he’ll approve it after I left the courtroom how long does this take before I really know!

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Cristina,

            The guideline is to get a decision within sixty days, but sometimes it takes longer.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • Tiffany says:

          dear kay
          i have a question for you. my daughters case worker had contacted me yesterday 3/21/2016 to inform me that all paper work was completed and submitted and that i should receive her direct deposit some time this week. well the teller at the bank was saying i should receive it at midnight due to our birthdays being on the 27 and 29. is this true or could it be later on

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Tiffany,

            I believe that the bank teller was mistaken. If your daughter is eligible for Social Security and her birthday is late in the month, the payment would be on the fourth Wednesday, which this month is this week, the 23rd. However, you posted your inquiry under a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) article. If your daughter receives SSI, her regular monthly payments will be on the 1st of the month. First payments and back pay can be paid any time during the month.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Tiffany says:

            okay i spoke to a ssa clerk earlierand he said that her 1st back pay of 2199 was released on the 21st of the month and i should get with in 10 days is this true or will it be longer im confused as this is my first time ever going threw this and with all her meds and medical bills its stressful

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Tiffany,

            Since the date of release you were given is in the past, it is likely accurate and you should receive the benefits in the time frame quoted.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear John,

      It is possible that processing is occurring faster than average in your geographic area. However, in general, I would say that an interview on March 16 would usually not result in a regular monthly payment until May 1. Also, typically the back pay installment is authorized after the monthly payment. Depending on the timing, it could come before the monthly payment; but it usually doesn’t.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  18. Leamon D Hughes says:

    I got approved for SSI as of January 1 2016, they said my payments would start March 1 . My social security agent didn’t ask me how I wanted to get my money so in I waited and waited for the money to come in . I contacted her and she informed me that I was receiving the electronic card. well here it is March 17 and I haven’t received it yet. I called her and she said that it was out of there hands and gave me the number to the card company, I called them and they told me it was sent . I called again today and they said there was nothing they could do. I think I should be getting back pay for January and Feburary but i have n’t heard anything on that either. I need that money to pay my bills. My wife gets ssi and they reduced her check this month because i was getting one but I haven’t received anything yet and I am tired of getting the run around. what do I need to do to get my money for this month.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Leamon,

      If it has been more than a week since the date the card was sent out, I suggest asking that the card be cancelled and that you be issued another one with a different number or that your payment be sent to a bank account. Also, check with your local Social Security office to see whether the payment has actually been authorized. If it has, that’s all the more reason to have the card cancelled.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  19. Ana says:

    Dear Kay,
    I applied for ssi for my child in 7/27/15, he was denied and I appealed . which resulted for him to be approve on 3/14/16 . My worker actually called me telling he was approve she told me to open two Bank accounts for him , which she told me brifley that the amount they owe him was a lot o need two accounts which o don’t understand was I shoping to open a checking or a saving account? She just told me to take those documents before she went on vacations . she had called me on a Friday so I was unable to go so I told her I would be there Monday morning. I went in that Monday she had called in sick. Now I have to wait until she comes back . I have not received anything in the mail not even the approval letter.
    I didnt understand why she said that the money they owe my child going to be untouchable why is that , it wasn’t my fault they took so long to approve .

    • Ana says:

      Some words were automatically corrected , but hope you can read it or understand what I’m trying to say thanks.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ana,

      You need to open two accounts for your child, one for the child’s ongoing monthly benefits and a second “Dedicated Account” to receive the back pay due. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) law requires that back pay that exceeds six months benefits go into a Dedicated Account and be restricted to certain uses. The accounts can be either checking or savings. You can read about Dedicated Accounts at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Ana says:

        What happen if I dont end up using that money for my child??? So this is not consider like backpay ??

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Ana,

          You can be prosecuted for using your child’s funds for anyone other than your child.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Ana says:

            What I meant to say is what happens with the dedicated account if it doesn’t get spend ??? I found out about my child diagnoses at a really young age and I have hope for him.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Ana,

            The money will remain in the Dedicated Account until it is needed for education or job training or one of the other allowed uses.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  20. Suzanne says:

    Hello my name is Suzanne I had received two letters from social security stating that I was found disable February 3, 1993. When I read the letter it says that how they was gonna pay me in back payment when I wrote them they sunt me a letter saying they was gonna keep in touch with me about my back pay. I write them from time to time. My question is I was found disable in 1993 why took so long to tell me I will be getting back pay? Here it is 2016 how can social security calculate from the time I became disabled til now

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Suzanne,

      Please provide a bit more information so I can respond to your questions.
      1. When did you file the application that was approved?
      2. When did you get the notice of approved claim (the letter that referenced February 1993)?
      3. Have you started to receive monthly benefits?
      4. Have you ever gotten any back pay? When? What period did it cover?

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Alyssa says:

        Dear Kay,

        I recently won my hearings appeal for SSI on 2-17-16. I was found disabled back to 2/2014. I met with someone from SSI on 2-19-16 who explained benefit amounts and back pay installments and such. She had it marked down on a sheet for me that I would receive the first back pay installment of $2199.00 on March 1st. March 1 came and I only recieved my first SSI payment. I did call and get transferret to my claims officer and yet no returned calls. Is there a typical time frame to wait?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Alyssa,

          You should get your first installment of SSI back pay in the same month as the first monthly benefit.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  21. Steve says:

    I received my first payment of $2199 on October 13th 2015, when should the next one be sent to my bank? Thanks for your time.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Steve,

      If you have not received the second installment by the end of March, follow up with your local Social Security office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  22. Johnnie says:

    I just recently became the payee on my nephew’s SSI because his mother passed away. He was cut off on SSI because his mother did not update the records when they asked her to. I have since done this and they determined that he is owed around $7000 in back payments. I received this determination letter around the first part of December 2015. How long should it take for them to give him this payout?

    He has many medical needs and it would definitely help about now.

    Thank you!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Johnnie,

      If your nephew was receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income) due to disability, his benefits should have already been released. I suggest that you follow up with your local Social Security office. If the benefits are actually Social Security dependent and survivor benefits on his mother’s earnings record, I’d give it until February 15 before following up because payment is released from the payment center, not the local office. If that is the case, ask the local office to send a status and request-for-payment inquiry to the payment center.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • July Copeland says:

        Hello! I have been approved for my ssi got all my letters showing what I’ll be getting and when my first payment will be. I just want to know how long will it take to get my back pay check. My first payment will be March 1st should it come then I don’t know I’m lost also will it be mail to me

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear July,

          If your monthly check started on March 1 as expected, the first installment of the back pay should later in March.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • July Copeland says:

            Thanks i had called and they told me it is getting fed ex whatever that mean

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Der July,

            You are welcome. It sounds as if it is being mailed in an expedited service.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • July Copeland says:

            What that mean expedited service. Im still waiting back pay still havent came

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear July,

            Expedited service means that they have mailed your replacement check by a special mail service to get it to you faster than regular mail.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • July Copeland says:

            After all i kind of got some answers. Due to that i am going to receive ssi and ssdi i have to wait till my lawyer get paid also my ssi will stop April and ssdi will start April1st for ssdi so they will have to take away what they gave me for this month payment and the lawyer then i should here something by then. Im soiry just confuse a lil about the whole thing thanks for your help also

          • Kay Derochie says:

            You are welcome, July.

    • Tamika says:

      Just checking, I received a phone call saying my son was approved for SSI. Because I work I had to send in my check stubs. I receive this phone call last month in January. I haven’t heard anything from them sense. How long will it take from here.

      Thank you

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Tamika,

        If you haven’t received benefits or an approval letter within a month of when they would have received your pay stubs, follow up with your local office.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • viv says:

      Hi my daughter was approved for disability I went to the appointment for determining her amount and backpay, how long will it take to receive the first payment.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Viv,

        After the financial interview it can take a couple weeks to a month or more for the first monthly benefit. Release of back pay should be start within a month after that.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  23. jennifer says:

    hello
    please help me,,
    yes i was approved for my SSI in July 2015 by an ALJ ,the judge awarded it for me since September 2013,, i did the interview in August 2015 and i received my first SSI check in September , and i got my Notice of Award and they told me in the letter they will be in touch with me about my backpay,, ts January 2016 and i still havent received it i talked to my local social security office back in december 2015 and the lady told me its still being processed,, ive been trying to call them back the last few days,, cant get a hold of them,, i guess because of the bad weather weve had,, im just wandering when i may receive the backpay in my letter also it says i suppose to get like around 11,950 dollars i know i wont get it all at once because i know it suppose to be broke up but for some reason the lady told me last month at the social security office i wont get but $8,000 some dollars im just wandering too is taxes took out of this is that the reason why she said ill just be getting $8,000, some dollars, i need answers and just cant seem to get any,, please please let me know what you think
    please

    im so confused,,

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jennifer,

      If you received public assistance from the state while your claim was pending, the reduction in the amount of back pay that you were told about may be caused by the requirement that part of your back pay be sent to the state to repay the assistance. If that is the case, that may have also caused some delay. That said, you should have received the first installment of your back pay by now. If you do not receive it within about a week, I suggest trying to visit the office to find out what is needed to release it. If that doesn’t get you payment in February, I suggest contacting your congressperson’s office to see if they will look into it for you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  24. Jasmine Correa says:

    Hi I checked my ss login and it says a one time check payment of 1466 was sent out Jan 15 2016 and I live in Hollywood Florida just wondering how long will it take and where Is it coming from

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jasmine,

      Allow five days. Payment comes from the Treasury Department.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • christine cook says:

        hello, The judge recommended a determination be made as to weather or not i need a payee, 7/15 I immediately began my inquiries. Never got a straight answer. Finally I was told they didn’t have any checking account to deposit to. I gave them my checking info and began receiving my monthly ck. I continued to call concerning my back pay after many call I was told it would not be released until they had my payee info.. This was after i had been receiving my cks for 4 months. I called my local office and was told I needed a payee contrary to the judges order of determination to be made. I do not fit any criteria witch requires me to have one. I was denied any opportunity to present docs. in support of my abilities. I had no choice but take a payee they approved so I wouldn’t loss my home of 22 yrs. When i meet my payee and presented myself he told me he couldn’t do a better job, said he was impressed etc. I am now appealing to be my own with Dr. statements etc. This blatant disregard of the judges order fuled by apathy has now incurred an additional $ 3,000.00 to keep my home of 22 yrs. How can this be ok? And how long will they take to decide if i can be my own payee? THANK YOU for your time.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Christine,

          Appeals of this type usually take a couple months if the benefit you are receiving is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). It can take longer if your benefit is Social Security Disability (SSDI).

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Kathy says:

        Hi Kay,
        I called ss office they said my son was approved January 22. When can I expect to receive first payment? And award letter. I asked for a card to be issued from them so when will I receive that card?
        Thank u

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Kathy,

          The card could come within about ten days, but it could take longer for the payment to be calculated and paid. Before payment is made, you may be asked to provide a financial update for the period between application and approval.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Kathy says:

        Also will I have to go back to office after being approved before I can receive payment?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Kathy,

          Please see my response of a few minutes ago to your first post.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • vincente hull says:

            I was approved for SSI disability in January, I got my reward letter that month as well, I had to talk to social security office bout how much my ssi payments will be, I got my first ssi payment Feb 1, 2016, in my reward letter it stated I’ll get back $12,954 in back pay, I do know I will get it in 3 installments with my lawyers getting $3,100 out of my back pay, I have to go to social security office to get the max of $733 due to having to pay rent, my question is, how long will I have to wait to get an installment back pay check? I’ve called ss office and was told it was in review, now they telling me its not in review! I got so many people I have to start paying back and a back pay will help, my lawyer said that I’ll get paid before they will. I’ve heard people waiting a month to 4 months. Plz help

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Vincente,

            The first installment should be paid within a month of your receiving your first monthly payment. If it is longer, follow up by trying to reach your claims representative to find out if anything else is needed from you and to get an estimate of when you can expect the payment. If you do this by going in, ask the service representative at the front desk to check with the claims representative handling the case to get an answer to your question.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Mytria says:

            I apply for SSI in 2014 I got denied by the Social Security office I got in the pool when in front of a judge on January 22nd 2016 and I haven’t received any type of letter or any of that in response to whether or not my case was approved hello how long does the letter take

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Mytria,

            The guideline for receiving a written decision is sixty-days after the hearing, although it may take longer. You can call the hearing office to find out the status after sixty days.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  25. Chris Pierson says:

    Hi. I have went to court several times and to federal court twice. the second time they finally approved my ssi and disability. It has been 11 yrs and my lawyer said that because it went to federal court I will be getting all my back pay. I was approved in April I did my interview in August and I still havent got any of my benefits. My lawyer keeps checking on it and they keep saying that its being processed. Can you tell me why it might be taking so long?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chris,

      The large amount of back pay is likely some of the reason for delay as it will probably require management approval. That said, five months should be long enough to get payment out to you. Ask your lawyer about your contacting your local congressperson to follow up on your payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Aki Harden says:

        Dear Kay i was approved for ssi in dec. 2015 and everything has been process how long will it take before i receive my first payment ?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Aki,

          It can take from a week to a month or more for payment to start after the local office says they have all the financial information they need from you

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  26. Teejai says:

    Hello Kay. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis 8 yrs. ago. Inherited from my mother’s side of the family. 4 yrs ago, I lost my job due to my arthritis on my lowerback , both knees, right shoulder and my left foot. I applied for SSI sometime on the beginning of Sept. of 2015, and on the third week of Dec. 2015. I received a phone call from SSA stating that I was approved, along with a letter they had mailed me. She told me they will direct deposit the payment when they receive my bank info. and certain other documents. I mailed these info’s. as requested on the first week of Jan. 2016. And on the last week of Dec. 2015 I tried to helped my 23 yr old son apply for SSI due to his IBS that he has had from early childhood in which many Doctor’s could not diagnose what the problem was till 2 or 3 yr’s. ago. He only worked 3 yr’s. out of his life. His IBS interferes with his work abilities, and his boss cut many hr’s. from him due to his IBS, so he only gets to work one or two days of a week or sometimes dont work at all. So Im thinking, he cant work full time. SSA, requested only 2 documents from my son and they told him they will get back to him. My question is, since I was approved, why hasnt anyone inform me how much will my payments be and/or what month will I get my payments and/or will there be a backpay if any and since my son has IBS from early childhood, does he qualify to collect SSI benefits due to his IBS?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Teejai,

      It usually takes a couple weeks to a month or more for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to be calculated and paid after all the documentation has been submitted. Often the deposit of the first month’s payment will be made before you get the explanatory letter. The back pay will follow. Back benefits will begin to accrue October 2015 unless you applied on September 1 in which case they will begin with September. If you were also approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI), it typically takes one to two months for the SSDI to start after SSI has been paid. The SSDI could start as far back as September 2014.

      Whether or not your son is approved will depend on how severe his condition is. A statement from his employer about problems on the job could possibly help his claim. If he is approved and has worked for only short periods on each job, there is a remote chance he could apply for benefits as a disabled adult child on your earnings record if you are approved for SSDI.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  27. Angelia says:

    Hello Kay,

    I have a question. I applied for my son for SSI in July 2015. He has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, torticollis, plageocephally, and a developmental delay. I have an appointment at the SSI office the 18th of this month. Can I expect to be told if I am approved or denied at that appointment? If I am approved that day and elect for direct deposit, how long from there will I receive my first payment?

    Best Regards,
    Angelia

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Angelia,

      It sounds as if your son has been medically approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The appointment is probably to update family finances. It can take anywhere from a week to a month for funds to be released after you have submitted everything necessary.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • cary says:

        Kay, I just got my first SSI check on Jan, but my question is about backpay. My backpay is not over three times my monthly benefits, I have read that in this case I should get all my backpay at once, is this true? Also, it says I have to pay back the DPPS, my question for this is: I was under cash and food assistance, do I have to pay back both the cash and food or just the cash? Also, usually how long is the wait under circumstances like mine? Thanks.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Cary,

          If your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is less than $2,199, it will be paid in one payment. There is some variance from state to state, but usually food assistance does not have to be repaid. The repayment for assistance will occur before any remaining is released to you. I would expect it to take at least a month.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  28. Jason croley says:

    My SSI back payments are paid in three installments I got my first one it’s now 6 months later I’m getting my second one it says it was sent on the 2nd when I check the my Social Security website was just wondering how long till I get it on my card

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jason,

      It will probably take a couple of bank runs over a couple weekdays that are not holidays.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  29. P.Hudson says:

    I have a question my son was in Dhs custody he was receive a check a month but they let his case closed so when I got him back I got a call that all the money Dhs had for him was return to them and that I need to become payee over his check to receive it but when I went up there they said his case was closed and I had to reapply so how long do it take to get approved and how long do it take to get the money Dhs send back to Ssi

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear P.,

      If your son’s case was closed for twelve months, then a new application and new medical review and decision is required and it can take two to five months. If his benefits stopped for less than twelve months, then only a redetermination of financial eligibility is needed and you should receive benefits within a month of submitting all the financial information requested.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Jamal alaman says:

        Hi my son applied in July 2015 and got denied October 29 and if we alpply again and get approved will we get back pay from the time the disability started or the actual time we applied??

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jamal,

          If your son is approved, his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments will begin to accrue in August unless you applied on July 1 in which case they will begin in July.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  30. Christie says:

    I have been trying to help a lady get approved for SSI. The case went before an ALJ. I found out today that she was approved on the 18th. Unfortunately, she passed away this evening. Is there any chance her grown children could get any of the back pay to cover her funeral expenses? She has been getting widow’s benefits since October.c Her daughter has power of attorney and access to her direct deposit account. She would have gotten about 48 months of back pay if she had lived long enough. Thank you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Christie,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) underpayments are not paid to children. Based on the information you provided, I would say the SSI underpayment is not payable to anyone; however, you can review the rules at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0502101003 and double check with the Social Security Administration. If she was approved also for Social Security Disability (SSDI), the underpayment likely will be paid to her surviving children as described in https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0202301030. The daughter needs to apply for the underpayment on behalf of all the children.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Dadene says:

        Hi..ive tried emaling 4 times but it didnt work.. i hope you can help.. i received an approval from the judge dated nov 4 2105.. its now jan 02 2016..i still have not received a approval letter.. i moved a month ago..i contacted my lawyers office letting them know..should i call my ss office to ask about my benefits? Or wait it out.. thank you very much!!

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Dadene,

          You need to report your change of address to the Social Security Administration. You posted your question on an SSI (Supplemental Security Income) article. If your claim is for SSI, you have to provide updated information about your living arrangements so that your benefits can be calculated for months after your move. I suggest going to the office in which you applied if you are not too far away to report the change and to follow up on what else is needed to get benefits started. If you are too far from that office, go to your local office. Either way, take your hearing approval letter with you.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  31. Kathy says:

    Hi Kay,
    I applied for disability for my autistic son in August 19th, he had a mental exam November 24th. The ss office said the have until December 23rd to make a decision. Which they have yet to do. My question is if my son is approved will there be any type of back pay. Or is this few months considered the waiting period? I have a few friends that say they got back pay from the day they applied but also hear stories that some don’t receive back back from the date applied.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kathy,

      If your son is approved and has been continuously financially eligible since application, his SSI benefits will start to accrue with the month after the month of application unless you applied for him on the first of the month in which case benefits will begin to accrue with the month of application.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  32. shantika anderson says:

    I applied for Social Security I’m back in 2011 it was denied I replied i was denied again i went in front of a judge and denied again i replied again this time with a lawer i was told by my law on dec 3 that i was aprove all i am waiting on is my award letter in the mail how long do that take she said by monday and about how long befor i get my money it xmas time i have 8 kids and will i get all my money from the time i applied

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shantika,

      If your second claim also went to a hearing, after you get the letter, you will have an interview with Social Security to update your financial situation from when you initially filed the claim that has been approved up to present. After that it can take from a week to a month or more for benefits to start. Your back benefits will be start with your second application. Monthly benefits will be paid first and back pay will be paid in installments six months apart if the back pay is more than $2,199. If your claim has been approved on an initial application, the length of time could be shorter and the claim could be paid without a financial update.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • mrzdraia says:

        Hi i applied for my son back in march 2015 he has a intellectual impairment when i was 7 minths pregnant i found out his brain and lungs werent fully developed they caught it late and i had to get shots every couple of hours until i gave birth at 8 months he walked late talked late niw he is 18 but functioning at a fourth grade later so they had us see there disability doctor only because i took him off of meds at twelve he seen tge doctor it lasted like a hour and a half that was on nov 18 2015 she said she was gonna turn in the report befor thanks giving so friday nov 11 a worker from the ssi office called but we were on the train and she left a message she would call back on monday she never did.why would she be calling dont they send letters.but i called the 800 number and the guy told me a decision was made on dec 9 th and he said he will email that worker that called me still no call then he tells me a award letter comes out 2 to 3 weeks after ur approved im like what he he chukkled and said i cant tell u every thing but i can tell u a little sumthing what should i do if i dont here from her tomorrow.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Mrzdraia,

          If you do not receive a letter or are not contacted by the local Social Security office by December 30, I suggest that you contact them and ask whether they have received the file back from DDS. Say you were told that a decision was made on December 9 and you haven’t received a letter.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • P says:

            Hay I have a ? They say I suppose to get a check on 25 which is Christmas I’m trying see well it come 21 ?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear P.,

            The benefit should have come on the 24th.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • mrzdraia says:

            Thank you i will be going in next week to request one i have another question can they do it when i go in to request on or would they give me a date to come back he is 18 i was told my income doesnt count but her works 2 days a week through this program at school.i have his two pay stubs and i am not currently working.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Mrzdraia,

            In all likelihood, the best you will get is an appointment for another day. Just say that you came in because you had been unable to get a call back over the phone, even to set an appointment, and you assume information is needed or you would not have been called.

            You can offer your son’s pay stubs going back to the later of when he started to work or the date of his application. If you had any income up between the time you applied for your son and when he turned eighteen, take that with you. Also, you will need a statement from your son’s school that confirms the number of hours he attends class a week to prove he is eligible for the higher student work exclusion. You may be able to submit all this documentation even if you don’t get a formal interview that day. Be sure to keep the originals.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • mrzdraia says:

          Up date wrll since i never heard anything back from that worker me and my son went in to our local office and they told us he was approved and we should receive a letter soon but still nothing.my son is 18 years old and still in school til he’s 22 would the call us in for a interview or end of the line interview.i have a relative who was approved and she was waiting for her letter but she got a check before a letter and never went in for a interview what is that about

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Mrzdraia,

            Please see my response to your first post. If your relative’s claim didn’t pend as long as your son’s, she might not have needed an update interview. Also, probably your son’s claim will have to be paid on two different claim numbers in the computer system-one for when he was under eighteen and your income and assets were considered in determining payment amount and another claim number for the month he turned eighteen to present when your income is not considered, but he is considered to be living in another person’s household. It is common to receive payment before an award letter, but I think the letter that was referred to was a letter to set up an appointment to accomplish what was intended when you were first called and missed the call.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • Shante says:

        Hi My son is now 9 years old. since he started preschool they labled him ID intelectually Delayed back in 2008. Because of my denial I waited thinking he would grow out of his delayments but it only got worse. So I finally filed in June 2015 ive done everything theyve asked he had a doc appt on Nov 5 and I havent heard anything. My questions is if approved will he get back pay from the date he was considered disabled in 2008 or from the date I filed in 2015. Also how long should it take before I hear something about my case status. Thanks for your time.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Shante,

          If your son is approved, benefits will start July 2015, unless you applied on June 1 in which case benefits will begin in June. If you do not have a decision by January 15, I suggest calling the claims examiner who ordered the examination and ask whether the report has been received and whether there is anything else you need to provide for a decision to be made.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • shante says:

            Hi Kay update: my approval date was for Nov 10 for ssi n disability on my app saids since Dec 2008 his disability began through school and hes in special ed. The doc approved him Nov 5 so if he gets disability n ssi is he entitled to back pay from the onset date of his disability. Also how do I apply for emegency funds. Please Help

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Shante,

            Your child’s SSI benefits will begin to accrue the month after application unless you applied on the first of the month in which case benefits will begin to accrue in the month of application. You can request an emergency payment at your local office. Be prepared to explain the reason you need emergency funds and take any proof of the emergency that you have. Any advance payment will be withheld from payments due when processing is completed.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • dave says:

        question we called ssi office they said app came out of review last monday and was approved still no letter or anything to provide proof of approval called monday said judge was reviewing again but approved im in limbo here anyone know whats going on

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Dave,

          I suggest that you call the hearing office to get a status as the person you speak to will have more detailed information about where you appeal is in the process. It is possible that the judge’s decision was selected for a random quality assurance review.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  33. Crystal Logan says:

    Hi Kay, I applied for Disability for my daughter two years ago, we went to the hearing with the judge we had two court dates, last hearing he spoke with one of their doctors they had go over my daughters medical records, as well as current conditions, durring which the Dr told the judge that my daughter should have never been taken off of social security when she was seven years of age due to no change in her conditions and them only becoming worse, (I fought the decission when they removed her originally and did not reapply until she was 14), the judge approved her on Nov 6th 2015. Iv called my local office who informed me they have received the paperwork from the judge stating she is approved and that I should be receiving her award letter by this coming Friday and that it will have an appointment time for me to come in for the interview. My questions are one I do not have a bank account set up at the moment, with her being so ill iv been unable to work, so iv not had the extra money to open an account, how will they do her first payment with me not having an account to deposit into, my next question is, after speaking with them and them informing me that the award letter should be to me this Friday how long does it normally take for them to get me in for the updating info interview, do I have to have an appoitment to update the info with them or can I just do a walk in visit at my local office to give them the information they are needing. And my Last question is it possible for her to receive her first monthly payment this month, since December 1st has already past, I know they make payments on the first of every month, but was wondering if there was a chance she could still receive her benefits later in the month as well. any help with these questions will be greatly appreciated. thank you so much for your time.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Crystal,

      The first reinstatement check is likely to be a monthly check paid on the first. You can then use the check to open a bank account. Back benefits are usually paid after the first monthly benefit. I suggest that you wait for the appointment because a claims representative may not be available to interview you if you just walk in.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Crystal Logan says:

        Thank you so much Kay for your help, Do you happen to know if they will send me a paper check in the mail for her first monthly benefit payment, I have been told by several people that social security no longer sends out paper checks in the state of Kentucky and that you have to have a bank account set up with direct deposit to get the first payment. So i’m unsure how this will be sent to me for her. Just trying to find out because my mail has been delivered to wrong addresses several times over the last few months. Thanks again for all your help.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Crystal,

          Often banks require a payee appointment letter before they will set up an account with the right title, which would be “her name by your name, representative payee.” Therefore, the first payment is often made by check. Another option is to request a DirectExpress card to be set up and have the first payment paid that way and then establish a bank account when you have the necessary paperwork.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  34. Lori says:

    How long does it take to get an approval or denial letter if your SSI claim is in medical review? What are my chances of an approval if you have Major Depression, SEV, w/o psych , anxiety disorder, hypertension and morbidly obese and my counselor and Family nurse practitioner who is specialist in psychology also wrote to the DDS that I should have SSI? Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lori,

      I cannot predict whether or not you will be approved but your counselor’s and nurse practitioner’s support is helpful to your claim. It can take two to five months to get a medical decision and another a couple weeks to a couple months for payment to start after a medical approval.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  35. NidrahP says:

    Hi I applied for social security disability for my son who is 6 back in March 2015. He was denied in August, I requested a reconsideration and he was approved Oct. 29 2015. As of yet I have not received anything not even a letter but I have been in contact with a worker at the social security office and he advised me to get a dedicated account for my son which I did as of just a few days ago. But to my understanding any back pay owed supposed to be sent in a check. I do know my son getting the max amount which is 733 and he’s owed 5840 in back pay. I need some clarification on these things…Can you better help me understand and what I need to ask the worker? I know someone who lives in NYC and they received a lump sum of what was owed to them for their child who is 6 too, and it was just a little under 5k. Plz help me better understand.

  36. Amanda Glover says:

    My mother has been approved for her ssi for over a year now yet she has still not received a payment. Any idea wht it could be taking so long.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Amanda,

      You mother should follow up with the local office for an explanation of the delay and an estimate of when payment will begin. If she doesn’t receive payment in a month, I suggest that she contact her congressperson’s office to have them look into why payment has not started.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  37. Heather Hines says:

    Hello, I was approved for ssi on October 09, 2015. I went for my final interview on October 23, 2015. I also got my first monthly payment for November. It took me 2 & 1/2 years too get approved. SSA sent me a Award Notice and it stated my monthly and back payments. Under “Information about your ssi payment” it states “We will be in-touch with you about your back payments.” Why does it state that????? I also had legal aid which waived all attorney fees, and did not get any interim assistance. It’s now November 20, 2015 and still no word about it. I called and they stated it is processing. Thank you. -
    I also posted this on another forum, but this one seems more correct place to ask the question. Sorry

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Heather,

      If your SSI back pay is more than $2,199, it will be released in up to three monthly installments issued six months apart. Once the back installment payments are set up, which can take a month or more, you will get the first installment and a letter listing the amount.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Heather Hines says:

        Thank you.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          You are welcome, Heather.

          • Heather Hines says:

            I am still confused as too why some people state there award notice included the back pay amt and when they would recieve the first installment and other people including myself award notice state my amount but says on the next page “we will be intouch with you about your back pay”? Why does it differ.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Heather,

            Back payment amounts are listed in Social Security award letters when there are no potential offsets for workers compensation, certain government pensions, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If you did not file an SSI or workers compensation claim, you should contact your local office and ask them to communicate to the payment center that neither is involved.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • NidrahP says:

        Hi I applied for social security disability for my son who is 6 back in March 2015. He was denied in August, I requested a reconsideration and he was approved Oct. 29 2015. As of yet I have not received anything not even a letter but I have been in contact with a worker at the social security office and he advised me to get a dedicated account for my son which I did as of just a few days ago. But to my understanding any back pay owed supposed to be sent in a check. I do know my son getting the max amount which is 733 and he’s owed 5840 in back pay. I need some clarification on these things…Can you better help me understand and what I need to ask the worker? I know someone who lives in NYC and they received a lump sum of what was owed to them for their child who is 6 too, and it was just a little under 5k. Plz help me better understand.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Nidrah,

          If you haven’t done so, give the dedicated account information to Social Security. Then if you have not received payment by late December, I suggest following up. My understanding is that even if the back pay is sent via check, it must be deposited to the dedicated account.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Lauren I says:

        My son got approved in February of this year. He has since gotten his back pay and they’ve started his social security monthly benefits as well which started in June. Will I get my next back pay amount this month since its been 6 months from June?? I keep checking my account and I haven’t seen anything yet. But he did receive his normal monthly benefits though.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Lauren,

          If you do not receive the second Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay installment by the end of December, follow up with your local Social Security office. (Note that the benefit you are describing is Supplemental Security Income, not Social Security.)

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Brandie says:

      HI,
      I applied for ssi for my son a few months ago, when i spoke to the examiner he said he was sending in his decision to the ss office as of 11/27/15 … as long as approved, how long would it take to receive the first check? and do you u usually get a back pay sum in the beginning?
      TIA Brandie

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Brandie,

        It can take from a couple weeks to a month or more to get the first check depending on the workload in the office and whether not you have earnings that have to be updated first. The monthly benefit will be released before the back pay.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  38. [email protected] says:

    Court hearing was September the 17th, lawyer suggested I open a bank account also told me if I moved he could transfer it where ever I go. Lead me to believe the judge was in my favor. I’m not even sure I was approved. How long will it take before I know the courts decision? And will I receive checks immediately?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Is924,

      It sounds as if your attorney thinks you will be approved for benefits. The guideline is for judges to make a decision within sixty days of the hearing, but sometimes it takes longer. After you receive the hearing approval letter, it can take another month or two to get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments started.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • DeeDee says:

        Hi Kay I’m very confused about my case I filed for SSI back in August 2015 and I received workers compensation but it got suspended..and I was awarded SSI they sent me an awards saying that I was but would not get it Because of wc…so I sent them proof tht it was suspended so now will I get my ssi

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear DeeDee,

          I think that you were awarded Social Security Disability (SSDI) and that your benefits were suspended due to workers compensation offset. Benefits should resume once the documentation you sent is processed, assuming that you did not receive a lump sum settlement from workers comp. If you did, the settlement would be prorated out into the future to a monthly offset amount, which could be less than the current offset.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • DeeDee says:

            Thanks Kay….oh Kay will I be approved for the social security supplement if I dnt have any income coming in and how long does it take for them to make a decision

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear DeeDee,

            You probably are not eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for any month in which you received workers comp. Accordingly, you may have been denied SSI when you applied due to excess income. I think, though I’m not sure, that you would have to have re-applied for SSI when the workers comp stopped in order to be paid SSI for the period between workers comp stopping and Social Security starting. I suggest that you ask your local office about the status of your SSI claim, if any.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • sheara says:

            I started receiving my son ssi in Aug along with back pay in a paper check a few days later I received my direct express card I was told that I would get the rest of his back pay in 6 months would be December I’m calling to check my pending deposit its only saying that his regular benefits for the month I pending will I get the back pay on the direct express card or another paper check

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Sheara,

            The back pay installments should come into the DirectExpress card, but keep an eye on the mailbox anyway.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  39. maria robles says:

    Hi I had applied for ssi for my daughter in august and I went to their interview and submitted all documents on October 30 2015 by november 9 I received her netspend card with no funds and I also received a letter for living arrangements for her and I called and they told me since she’s a minor I didn’t have to submit the form that she was going to put in the system living with others. So does this mean she is approved for ssi because she hasn’t seen any of their doctors yet and in the living arrangement letter it says someone in this address has been approved to receive benefits we need to confirm living arrangements. I have not received an official approval letter or even know what to expect and what are the steps its all new to me do you think she would get her benefits soon ?

    • maria robles says:

      BTW i live in new york idk if it will help finding an answer thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Maria,

      I think that perhaps your daughter has been medically approved for SSI, perhaps presumptively with a final decision pending. I can’t be sure, however, because you I don’t know the purpose and content of the October 30 interview.

      With regard to the living arrangements, “living with others” usually means living arrangement “B” because someone other than a parent is paying for housing and/or food. If your daughter is living only with her parent(s) and minor siblings, she should be shown as living with parents in living arrangement “A.” I suggest that you talk with Social Security to be sure that they have the right household confirmation on file and the claim is coded with living arrangement A.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • maria robles says:

        The interview for October was to complete her application because I had originally requested and fill information online for ssi to start the initiql application i will check with them qbout the living arrangements i just dont know what to expect next from them

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Maria,

          I think either your daughter’s claim is still pending a medical decision or she has been presumptively approved for provisional temporary benefits until a full review and decision is made. Presumptive payments are made only if a person has a very serious condition and only for certain diagnoses. I suggest that you ask the status when you check about the living arrangements.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Stephanie says:

        Excuse me, i wanted to post a question. I have scrolled up and down this page and i dont see an option to post a question.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Stephanie,

          Post the question in the same place as you posted saying you couldn’t figure out where to post a question.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Sarah says:

        I filed in August and was approved for my 2 year old son in September. I have receive monthly payments. Is he entitled to that pay for September? He got his first check in October.

    • Stephanie says:

      My son was recently approved for ssi, I turned in my check stubs yesterday. When i spoke with my worker during my resource update she asked if i wanted to do the debit card. I agreed to, but do i need to go online to request one? Or is this something she takes care of as far as having it mailed out? Thanks in advance

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Stephanie,

        I think that on an initial claim, the Social Security office will request the card; however, I suggest that you call the local office or the call center at 1-800-772-1213 to double check.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  40. Arlene martin says:

    My two nieces both receive survivors benefits and I am their payee. According to the 2015 payment schedule It was supposed to be on their direct express card at midnight on november 10th since today is a holiday. It is still not on the card and there are no current pending deposits. Is there an issue with the cards at the moment? Is anyone else having this problem?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Arlene,

      If the money has not been deposited to the card by now, report the non-receipt to Social Security.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  41. Tim Joyner says:

    Hi, I have a question, I was approved for SSI this month and was told by person and letter that I will be starting payments Dec and my first instalment of back pay will be sent as of the 2nd of this month , now on Social Security.Gov it does say intial payment of $2199.00 was released the 2nd , I was just wondering how long by mail does it take for the check to come ? just worried someone might steal the check seeing I live a country mile away from my mail box and we have had mail stolen before. thanks in advanced .

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tim,

      You should receive the payment within five days; the actual time will depend on what part of the country you live in. I suggest that you set up a bank account right away so that future payments are sent electronically to your bank account.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Deon says:

      Hello, my name is Deon and I have a couple of questions concerning my disability. I received a letter stating that I was fully favorable for SSI & SSDI: also I was considered disabled as of December 2012 and I applied in May 2013, I then was contacted to come to my local office on Nov 3rd to go over my finances. I looked on the website and it said I would recieve my 1st SSI monthly check on December 1st. My question is when will I recieve my back pay for SSI & SSDI? How does receiving both SSI & SSDI work? Will I recieve anything this month?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Deon,

        Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is paid first. The SSI back pay is paid after the first monthly SSI benefit. The payout is in up to three installments six months apart. The first two cannot exceed $2,199 unless special circumstances apply. The first monthly Social Security (SSDI) is then paid, followed by the SSDI back pay in a single lump sum. The SSDI back pay will be reduced by SSI back benefits paid for the same months. It is unlikely that you will receive benefits this month; if you do, it will be a monthly SSI payment.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Deon says:

          Dear Kay,
          So I won’t recieve any SSDI until I recieve all of my SSI backpay??

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Deon,

            You will not receive any SSDI until your SSI monthly benefit has been issued and the schedule of SSI back pay has been set up; you will not have to wait for until all the SSI installments are paid.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  42. denita says:

    Hello my question is: I started receiving my son SSI benefits in October monthly but, the back pay amount is documented for 10k he has only received 2k thus far in back pay. How often is back pay distributed? Or did the rest of his back pay go to the state?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Denita,

      You should get a letter telling you how much of your son’s back pay has been or will be paid to reimburse the state public assistance you received. If there is additional money payable to your son, it will be released in additional installments six months apart.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  43. Diana says:

    We appealed a ssi cut off in March this year (our daughter was receiving payments and they did a redetermination and said she wasn’t disabled). We received a letter today from SSI that stated that a hearing was not necessary because our daughter was found to be disabled. What we’re wanting to find out is when should her ssi payments restart? We know she will get back pay in divided payments but we have no clue as to when the normal $700+ /mth payments will resume.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Diana,

      I suggest that if you are not contacted within a week that you inquire whether you have to have a financial update interview before benefits are reinstated. If so, try to get an appointment with your local office to provide the update. Take the reinstatement letter with you. If your daughter is an adult (eighteen or older), be prepared to provide a statement regarding how she covered her food and shelter expenses while her benefits were terminated. If she is a minor, take proof of your income and resources for the termination period. This information will be needed to determine how much she is eligible for now and in back pay.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  44. Adrienne says:

    My question is that my son disability was stopped August 2014 and I appealed his case. I had the option to continue payments or have them stopped while they made a decision. I chose to have payments stop while i waited on a decision. They came to the reconsideration Oct 2015 that my sons disability never ended. So why is he not entitled to back pay if he disability never ended?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Adrienne,

      Your son should be eligible for benefits back to the first month benefits were stopped if he was financially eligible all those months. He will probably be asked to provide financial information for all the suspended months before payment is resumed.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  45. Jessica burns says:

    I just received a letter saying fully favorable I am confused what to do next. Please help!!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jessica,

      Your claim has been medically approved. The local Social Security office should contact you to update your financial information for the time since you initially filed your claim. If they have not contacted you within two weeks, contact them to request an SSI financial update interview.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Joannie mcgee says:

        I was sent an letter to come into office September 29 to update my information, when arriving,he says I was approval for ssi. He then told me the amount I will get every month, and also my back pay. He said he will release the funds in a couple days…I sign up for direct deposit… it’s middle October, still no funds…how long will it take? No approval letter hasn’t arrived either…

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Joannie,

          If you do not have benefits in about a week, follow up with the representative letting him know that he estimated you would receive payment during the first week of October and ask when he will realistically be able to complete work on your claim.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Joannie mcgee says:

            Thanks Kay! Do it typically takes a month for benefits? What could be the hold up??

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Joannie,

            It is not uncommon for it to take a month for benefits to start after the SSI update interview. Backlogged work is the primary reason for the delay.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • [email protected] says:

          Hi , the same thing happened to me . End of sept , I was told I’d start getting payments immeadiately. I just got a lump sum of 2199.00 today 10-23-15 ( by check)and she said that’s the most they can release at once . Plus I will get a check on Nov 1st as well..I still haven’t received a letter or anything.. She also said there’d be another lump sum in 6 months..

      • Michelle says:

        Hi,
        My daughter has recieved SSI since she was six months old. Severely disabled she is now 13.
        About a year or more ago her benefit amount was dropped to 479. Long story shorter I went into my local office after getting nowhere over the phone.
        The agent quickly saw that the system showed that my child was getting child support. She was not and the agent verified that right away.
        He said he could only go back two years. Which Im fine with and my daughter is in need of the money for her care.
        The agent said he woukd have to go back through manually because of how her file was set up.

        My questions
        How long will it take?

        If an overpayment is owed will the backpay be taken for that?

        Can I as her mom create an online account to see details?

        Thank you for any help.
        Michelle

        • Michelle says:

          I forgot to say that the agent originally thought he would be able to quickly make the adjustment for two years back.
          He was able to go in and change next months amount to the correct full benefit amount already but said that going back two years would be done manually because of something I dont understand.

          Id really like to get online access to the SSI account and stay updated that way but my child is only 13.

          Thanks again

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Michelle,

          You are your child’s representative payee so you can access any information that is available online. How long the representative needs to do the manual entries will depend on how many other claims were already in queque to be worked on before the issue with your daughter’s claim came to the representative’s attention. Given it is manual entries, I’d say give him a month before following up.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Michelle says:

            Thank you!
            Take care,
            Michelle

          • Kay Derochie says:

            You are welcome, Michelle.

          • Roxy says:

            Hi. Where do I go to access my son’s SSI status and updates. I am his representative payee. please help.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Roxy,

            You will have to contact Social Security by phone or in person. Payees cannot set up an online account for the beneficiary. You can get some answers through the central call center at 1-800-772-1213.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Shany says:

            I have a question I received some of my back pay in September 2, 2015 I want to know when will I receive my next back payment

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Shany,

            SSI back benefits are paid in up to three installments six months apart. Your next installment is due in March. If you haven’t received it by the end of the month, follow up with your local office.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • Elizabeth says:

        On my ssa account it says a one time payment of $2,199 was made on Friday 10/23/15 sent out by check. When can i expect my check?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Elizabeth,

          You should have received the check by now. If not and it doesn’t come by November 5, report non-receipt of payment to your local Social Security office.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Deann says:

            Hi. I’m just wondering my son was approved for Ssi I did the financial update an they said I should get his back pay within 5-7 business days via mail. Is this true

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Deann,

            Some offices do get information processed quickly, so it is possible that you will receive the payment when they said.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

    • Stacey says:

      My ssi online account says a one time payment of 2199 was paid out on 10/9/2015 does that mean it has been mailed out

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Stacey,

        If you have direct deposit or a DirectExpress card, it means the payment will go to your bank or on the card. If you do not, it means a check should have been mailed.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Skylab dever says:

      I was finally approved for disability and received my direct express card the first of October.. will my funds be posted this month or next?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Skylab,

        If your claim is for Supplemental Security Income, you might be paid this month. If the claim is only for Social Security it could take longer.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  46. Nikki says:

    I have direct express they processed my back pay today and I have gotten conflicting answers the rep at ssi stated it could be on card by in the morning someone else states a few days.. I know direct deposit is the fastest and most secure but how long does it actually take considering they typically process at night
    Thanks

  47. Keamadie Carter says:

    Hi my son got approved on the 9-14-15 ssi call me to sign the papers on the 1st of October when should i be reserving payment it’s October 8th now

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Keamadie,

      Benefits could start soon or it could be a month or more before benefits start. It will depend on workloads in the office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  48. SHEILA says:

    Hi, I have already start receiving my SSI payments, I call the office and the 800 #, both told me my packpay went to the state for general relief to get they pay. How long will that take for them to get theirs? My approval was in Feb of 2015, I got the letter telling me they paid my attorney, so now I’m just waiting for my first installment. How long will I have to keep waiting?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sheila,

      Did the representative tell you that part of your back benefits or all your back benefits were going to repay the public assistance you received while your SSI claim was pending. If you are unsure of the answer, I suggest that you call again because it is possible that you will not receive any back pay.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  49. Quin says:

    Hi, I applied for SSI on 04/22/15 by phone interview for my 3 yr old child. On 08/19/15 I had to take him to a speech therapist that SSA paid for, on 09/12/15 my case worker called me & said he was approved & that she needed my check stubs from April until now & she asked me if everything was the same from when I applied. I faxed over my stubs on 09/15/15 & today I received a check in the mail. My question is this, would this be back pay or my 1st monthly payment? I never received an award letter stating how much we would get a month.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Quin,

      Usually the first check is the monthly payment, so possibly it is the September payment being paid late. You should get an award letter with payment amount and dates within a week to ten days of receiving the payment. You can also call the local office of the call center at 1-800-772-1213 and ask whether is the monthly check or back pay.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • chris says:

        Hi my husband was told by the judge he was approved for his ssi,that was on 7/22/15 he had his interview with ssa on 9/1/15 when should my husband be expecting his first payment it’s been 5 years next month when he had applied

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Chris,

          I would expect his monthly checks to start with a week or two. If they don’t, follow-up with the local office. The first installment of back pay is usually paid out within a month of the monthly benefits starting.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  50. edith says:

    I was approved back in June and I have received my first check on Sept.1st for SSI and disablity but I have not received any back pay. I have contacted the national office and get a different answer every time I call them. My lawyer received her pay already. I received a letter stating what I was going to receive in back pay from disablity but have not received any thing from ssi . I am tired of getting a different answer every time I call the office no one can tell me any answers.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Edith,

      I suggest that you deal only with your local office while your back pay is pending because the national call center has access only to a computer record. If you haven’t received the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay by October 1, follow-up with your local office. Note that your Social Security back pay will be reduced by SSI back benefits paid for the same period.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  51. Betty says:

    i had a phone hearing with ALJ on july 9th ….He at the end deemed me disabled ..i know its official until I get the decision letter if I am approved…. thats my question? I have not received a decision letter yet..what could be taking so long…its been more then 60 days.

  52. Malique says:

    I have gotten a letter from SSI saying I was Approved . I went down to my local office Friday 09/04/15 the do some paper work and to be told I was going to be getting $733 a month & I was told I would be getting back pay all the way from 2012 . & my first back pay check will be here in 7-10 business days , Then when I call my local office and I speak to one of the workers I am Now being told something totally different . I was told they don’t even see a payment being sent out and I was told they didn’t even make a decision after I already got a Letter telling me i was approve.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Malique,

      I think that the second person you were talking to was just looking at a computer record. I would trust the detailed information that you got when you were in the office. If you haven’t received payment in another week, follow-up with the person you saw in the office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  53. aurora says:

    Hello. I was appoved for my son for ssi in July and have phone interview on July 28 they needed check stubs for may 2013 to current and I turned them in. I called the ssi office to see when my first check was coming and they said my case was locked for pay they could find my august stubs.my worker said to bring them yesterday and bank info she said she was going to process everything. When should I receive my sons first ssi check. Thanks

  54. lupe says:

    Hello i have a question my sons case was locked for payment because they couldn’t find my august paystubs and I called yesterday september 7 2015 and worker said to bring them in I have them to her and my bank info when should I expect and check direct deposit and award letter thanks.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lupe,

      The payment will be reduced as soon as the representative completes the review and computer inputs for your son’s claim. Depending on how many months have to be posted and how busy the office is, payment could be reinstated with a week or it could be much longer. If you have not received payment within two weeks of submitting the documentation, I suggest following up with the local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Michelle says:

        My son was approve in august got first check in September I open savings for back pay he hasn’t receive it yet

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Michelle,

          If you haven’t received the back pay by October 1, follow-up with your local Social Security office.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  55. Comina Massey says:

    Dear Kay, I received a letter from the alj dated 8/17/15 saying that my daughter(who is 10) was found fully favorable I appealed her Ssi case for 2 1/2 years. My local office called me to get some information about people in the home,my car and he wanted to know if the bank account was still open from2 1/2 years ago. I answered all of his questions and that was the end of his conversation, he never asked me about a dedicated account for my daughter which I have. It’s been about a week since I had that phone interview. So I wanted to know why didn’t he get that information from me and how long does it usually take for them to send the first installment check. He has all of the information cause my local office was able to tell me that she will get her first payment October 1st of 697.00 but thats not the lump sum payment.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Comina,

      The first installment of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back payments is usually paid within a month after the first monthly payment is issued. I am not sure what information he didn’t get from you. You seem to be talking about the dedicated account; however, you also said he asked if you still had the account open. In any event, if you think he didn’t get information that is needed to calculate your daughter’s back pay, I suggest that you contact him and offer it just in case.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  56. Robert B Crockett says:

    I have been approved for ssdi . My back pay will go back to May 2012. My question is this; My son turned 18 on June 5, 2015 is he eligible for back payments for may 2012 to june 2015? If so, what does he need to do to get it…

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Robert,

      Assuming that your work earnings have been high enough to pay dependent benefits and that you listed your son as a dependent on your application, his benefits will go back and start at the same time as yours. The money will be paid to him because he is over eighteen. Check with the Social Security Adminsitration, but I believe all he needs to do is to provide Social Security with his birth certificate to show relationship and his current address. Note that if he is still in high school, he can receive benefits until he turns nineteen or graduates, whichever is first.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Keiara says:

        Hi, My daughter got approve for ssi July 9,2015 on September 9 2015 the lady said she process the back payment. So how much longer it take to get it

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Keiara,

          Based on the information you are providing, I would expect that you would receive payment by about the 16th to the 20th of this month.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Robert B Crockett says:

        Hi Kay! I have one more question; It is my understanding that SSDI back pay is given in one lump sum. My first monthly payment was September 3rd.I received approximately 25% of my back pay today on my direct express card and tomorrow will receive my October monthly payment. Is SSDI back pay sometimes given out in payments ?Thank you for your help ..

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Robert,

          If you received $2,199 in back pay, that amount is the first installment of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay. SSI back pay installments are paid six months apart unless you will no longer be eligible for SSI when your Social Security (SSDI) starts in which case you can request release of the entire amount. The SSDI back pay will be paid in a single lump sum and it will be reduced by the amount of SSI back benefits paid for the same period.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  57. Jessica says:

    Hi i got approved for my ssi in February and it took some time to get information over there about my living situation upto date.so finally gotten take care of and they owe me alot of money on back pay. .but my question is i first received my first ssi check on july 31 2015 and i didnt get my back pay yet..i call them they said they dont know what going on and in 45 days i should call back..i been waiting for months now im only receive ssi that it.so how long should i wait and when should i expect to receive my first back pay check?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jessica,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back benefits are paid after monthly benefits start. Your July 31 payment was probably for the month of August. You should receive the first installment of back pay by the end of September. (SSI back benefits are paid in up to three installments with the first two not exceeding $2,199 each.) The local office processes SSI payments so they should know what is going on.

      If you really are inquiring about Social Security Disability (known as SDD or SSDI), then a centralized payment center, not the local office, releases payment and the local office has no control over the timing.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Natalie says:

      I’ve been approved disability but in the meantime SSI called and I updated my info and they were able to pay me some backpay and my monthly payment. I was told that once disability is setup then rest of my SSI back pay will kick out to me.
      Is there a way to get it faster? I know disability can take 1-3 months.

      • Natalie says:

        I’m behind on lots of bills. I have a letter from mortgage that I could b put n default for being months behind. Could I send that to SSI or SSDI to get rest of $$.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Natalie,

          This response is to both your posts. Yes, you should be able to take the letter from the mortgage company to Social Security and request all of your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay up to the amount needed to bring your mortgage current.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Rita says:

        Hi, my question is about the fact I haven’t been able to work since 2009 and I completed the phone interview on October 15, 2015, my attorney says I will be reviewing a large back pay amount, I have been reading allot of these past and was wondering if they do approve my ssi could the back payment be larger than the 2,199 that you have started most people get for the first two payments or could they pay larger sums? And how long do I have to wait taking in the consideration of my illnesses that could possibly end my life at any moment. My pancreas is calcifying….

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Rita,

          If you are approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), whether or not the SSI back pay will exceed $2,199 depends on how long it takes to get a decision and on the monthly amount you are eligible for. If you started your application in October, SSI benefits will begin to accrue with November.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  58. Anastasia Wishon says:

    Kay,
    My daughter was recently approved and we received her first check in the mail yesterday, along with the award letter. The backpay amount is listed, but under ” Information About “xxxxxx x. xxxxxxxx” SSI Payments it states “We will be in touch with you about back payments” what does that exactly mean?
    The representative I spoke to before we received the letter or check said that the backpy amount was listed but no date was listed, he said that was unusual.. So I am just a little worried.
    - See more at: http://www.disabilityadvisor.com/ssi-approval/#.dpuf

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Anastasia,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is usually released after the monthly SSI benefits start. Apparently, the calculation and release of the back pay has not yet been authorized. If you don’t receive the back pay within two weeks, I suggest following up. If your daughter is a minor, her back pay may have to go to a dedicated account with restricted usage. You can read about dedicated accounts at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  59. Andrea says:

    Hi my son was approved from ssi on july 20th , n he received his first check on august 1 ,today i received his second check my question is what happen to his back pay i havent received anything yet how long can it take to be received??

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Andrea,

      I would expect your son’s back pay to arrive sometime in September. If you don’t receive it, I suggest that you call your local office to inquire. Note that if your son is a minor, the back pay may have to be deposited to a dedicated account with restricted use. You can learn more about dedicated accounts at https://www.socialsecurity.gov/kc/rp_accounts.htm.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Austin Genay says:

        Hello kay, i have a question. I was layed off my job in 2013 due to my disability. I started going to therapy this year and recently applyed for SSD & SSI july 14th. I had my phone interview for SSI on the 28th of july. SSD contacted me and said that they got my paperwork and also my ssi application. Witch there going to put everything together and that i worked enough credits for SSD and that there reviewing all my information. That was on the 1st of September. How long do i have to wait for an approval or a denial? Or for them to reach out to me with a decision on if i got approved or not?

      • Shelly says:

        My son just receive first check I turn in info for dedicated account how long will take get his backpay a d will I be able buy us vehicle with it since we don’t have one

        • Shelly says:

          How long it take get backpay after I turn info in at local office for my son

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Shelly,

            The time frame to get monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) started and back pay issued, which is after the monthly paymen, varies depending on how much work the claim requires and how big a work backlog, if any, the office has. It can take a week or more than a month for the first payment to be issued and around the same additional amount of time for the back pay.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Shelly,

          Use of the money deposited to the dedicated account is restricted to certain uses. To you it for anything thing else, you have to get permission from the Social Security Administration. You can petition to use some of the money deposited into the dedicated account to purchase a car if a car is needed to get your son to medical appointments. You can read more about SSI dedicated accounts for disabled minors at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  60. edith says:

    I was aprroved back in June for disablity and I have received phones calls from ssi and disablity wanting my bank information. I received the award letter stating that my monthly benefit will appear on the first and the third of each month. My lawyer was paid on July 30 but I have not received a offset letter yet from SSI stating what my back pay will be. When should I be receiving this letter or back pay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Edith,

      If Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is more than $2,199, it is paid in installments six months apart. The first installment of the back pay will probably be paid within a month. The Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay will take another couple months or more after that, and it will be reduced by SSI back benefits paid for the same period.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Betty says:

        Hi my son was approved from ssi on july 20th , n he received his first check on august 1 ,today i received his second check my question is what happen to his back pay i havent received anything yet how long can it take to be received??

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Betty,

          Back pay is usually paid after the monthly benefits start and it should be released within a month. If you don’t receive it in September, contact your local office. Also note that if your son is a minor, his back pay may have to go to a dedicated account with restricted uses. You can read about dedicated accounts at https://www.socialsecurity.gov/kc/rp_accounts.htm.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Shirley says:

        Hi, I’m my son payee and I applied for SSID for my son on 3/27/2015 and his case worker called me on 8/27/2015 and told me he has been approved and that the first payment will be a check and thirty days from then I should be receiving his debit card . How long will it take for me to start receiving his payment ? And would I receive any back payments for him ?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Shirley,

          It sounds as if the representative is actively working on your son’s claim, but I can’t say when the first payment will be released. A Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim filed on March 27, 2015 will result in benefits starting April 2015, so there will be some back pay. It will be paid after the monthly benefits start.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  61. Liv says:

    Hi I am receiving my first back payment for SSI. It was released from SSI on August 19, 2015. How long does it typically take before this first payment will be deposited into my bank account?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Liv,

      You should receive the deposit in about three to four business days, during which overnight computer runs pass the payment through the banking system.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  62. Mike says:

    Hi, Kay,
    I rec’d an award letter dated 13 Aug saying I am eligible for SSI from 2/15 thru 8/15 but since I also am eligible for SSDI the SSI will be discontinued after the lump-sum payment of $5K. A 2nd letter rec’d the same day said I would get an SSDI check on 9 Sep and each month thereafter as well. 2 questions, 1st, any idea when the SSI lump will arrive, and 2nd, I rec’d a Direct Express card along with the other 2 letters, will the SSI and the SSDI benefits both appear on the same DE card? [I also have a valid EPPICARD]
    Thanks for your time and help!
    Mike

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mike,

      I would expect you to receive the SSI payment within a week to ten days. Both benefits are likely to be paid to the same card.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Sabelo says:

        I want my claim that I have received on 17 august 2015

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Sabelo,

          I think you may not have finished your post. If you have a question, please post it; so I can attempt to respond.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Deriana ingram says:

            Hi my name is deriana.. I was approved for ssi disability earlier this month. I handled all of the necessary procedures to get payments started. I will start receiving regular payments in October but I was told that my first back pay installment would be received in 3-5 business days because I have direct express.. But I called direct express & I was asked when did I set up my account & I told him august 19 & he said that I would most likely receive a paper check.. My question to you is how will I be paid?? Direct express or paper check & how long will it take?? I was told 3-5 business days on the 25th of august so today makes it 4 days & there has been no deposits made on my card & there is none pending.. Thank you in advanc

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Deriana,

            It sounds as if the timing of the release of your payment and the setting up of the DirectExpress card is very close. For that reason, you may not be able to tell how the benefits will arrive before they do. Check the card and your mailbox daily. If the benefits have to be mailed, allow a few more days than the three to five you were told for DirectExpress deposit.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • Shelly says:

        Will backpay come on Direct express card

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Shelly,

          Once payment starts on DirectExpress all payments will be made to the card including back pay.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Shelly says:

            My award letter said payment ts start in September but my worker told me October but paclpay being pay thru august so when first check start

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Shelly,

            If you have been approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI) and not Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the September benefit will be paid in October, the October benefit in November, and so on. If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the letter says benefits start in September, then I would trust the letter that it will start in September.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  63. Ana says:

    Hi, My question is that I was told that my son can receive sis benefits. So I applied for him , had a phone interview and took in all the documents need to ssi. I applied on July 27 2015 how long will I have an answer . my son was diagnose with cebreal palsy .

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ana,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) initial claims typically take two to five months for a medical decision and another month or more for payment to start.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • amber fisk says:

        Hey I was wondering my daughter received 30 a month she got out the hospital on December the first and I took the paper work and also spoke to someone they told us they was going to update her case so she can receive the rest of her check for this month but that has not happen I also call the lady working on her case and the 1808 number but they keep telling me it has not been updated how long do it takes this will be two weeks and a half

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Amber,

          How long your daughter will have to wait depends on the workloads in her servicing office. If she does not have payment within about three weeks of making the report, follow up with the local office and try to contact the person handling her case to inquire when she can get to it.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Shelly says:

      Myvaward letter said starting in sept I get check but I didn’t get nothing on card. So will my payments start in October that is when local told me at my interview

  64. Lynetta Jackson says:

    OK question I did a phone interview today with SSI and I was wondering the lady said at the end that she is sending everything straight to Austin is that how it goes?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lynetta,

      Based on the information you have provided, my understanding is that you are just now applying for benefits and that your claim is being sent to the Austin, Texas Disability Determination Services, which Social Security has contracte to review the medical information for your claim and to determine whether you are disabled as defined by Social Security law.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Keana Frazier says:

        Hi. My question is that my son receives benefits from his father. I recently applied for his own benefits for his disability. If approved, will he still be able to receive his benefits and ssi. Also, will he receive his own back pay?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Keana,

          Please provide some additional information so I can respond.
          1. How old is your son? Is he getting benefits on his father’s record as a minor or as a disabled adult child?
          2. How much is he receiving now?
          3. What do you mean by “his own benefits”? Has he worked and become insured for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits? Or do you mean that you applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for him based on disability?

          Thank you,
          Kay

          • Keana Frazier says:

            My son is 5 and I applied for his own benefits through ssi. He receives benefits from his father being disabled of 604 a month. If approved, will he still be able to receive those benefits to? Will he get back pay for his own benefits?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Keana,

            If your son is medically approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), he will continue to receive dependent benefits on his father’s Social Security earnings record. His $604 will be considered in determining and his financial eligibility for SSI and his SSI payment amount. If your income is low enough that none is deemed to your son (considered available for his support), his federal SSI will be $149. If he lives in a state that has an SSI state supplement, a small supplement might also be paid.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Austin Genay says:

            Hi kay, i have a question. I got laid off of work in 2013 due to my disability. I started going to therapy and applyed for ssd and ssi july 14th. I had my interview on the 28th of july for ssi. Ssd contacted me saying they got all my information and also my ssi information so it will be all together. How long do i have to wait for a decision?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Austin,

            The dates in your question are not clear to me because the two July dates lack years; however, I can give you the general information that disability decisions typically take about two to five months.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  65. yulmary says:

    I have a question was approved for ssi may 28th, 2015 I received the alj letter dated July 8th , 2015 my attorney told me I need to speak to someone at the ss office something about a perk interview no clue what that is she said something about resources any who I called the ss office was told my claim is pending / processing I was told by one csr there is nothing about an interview on my record I just called today and was told it’s still processing and that someone will contact me about the interview when they can my question is how long will all this take and when can I expect payment? I’m struggling have to buy my kids school uniforms etc and my bills are piling up my husband works but it is not enough can you help me?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Yulmary,

      Usually an interview to go over your family’s income and resources is scheduled within two to three weeks after you receive the judge’s approval letter. I suggest that you call the local office again and ask that an interview date be set up for you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • michelle says:

        Hey I have been approve for ssi and they sent me out a check in the 10Aug when will receive it? It’s for my first installment

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Michelle,

          You should receive the payment within five to seven days after they said it was sent. If it is not received in twelve days you can report non-receipt of payment.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  66. Kiki says:

    Hello,
    I finally had gotten an Award letter for my daughter’s disability and was told that I had to wait 10 to 14 days for the backpay check to come in the mail. Is it possible if the backpay check could come earlier in the mail. I did set up direct deposit already after the award letter. The representative said it was too late to allow the back pay to be put into direct deposit.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kiki,

      There is no reason to doubt the time frame the representative gave you; however, check your mailbox every day.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  67. Andrea Browne says:

    I’m just curious I started my son’s SSI claim back in April. Last week I went into the local office and did paperwork to be the representative for his payments. They told me he will be getting SSI just did not tell me how much. His medical has already been switched and my food stamps cut over half now.. how long does it take to get the award letter & the first check?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Andrea,

      I would say that you should see benefits at least by September 1. The back pay will be paid after that. Usually the award letter comes shortly after the benefits are received.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • jessica says:

        My son was approved for his ssi on the 27 and his worker said the back pay check has been sent out. About how long does it take to receive the check?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jessica,

          If a paper check was sent, deliver time depends on where in the country your son lives, but I would think about five days would be the longest.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Crystal T says:

        Hi I was late on requesting for a continue of ssi payments with reasonable cause. Once the worker update my information, how long would it take to start back receiving pay? Also I applied back in 2009 & was denied so I got an attorney & we went before the judge & was denied. I was told to go back down to Social Security & apply for the third time & was approved in 2011, was I suppose to receive back pay from the the first time of applying? Because I only got back pay from the third time of apply (which only took them a month to make their decision the third time around.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Crystal,

          Once the worker inputs the updated information into the computer and authorizes a payment calculation, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay will be released immediately. When you were approved, your back pay was correctly paid based only on your most recent application.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • bbonita says:

        How many days does it usually take by mail to get the first deposit they said it was sent bu mail on The 2nd

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Bonita,

          It depends on where you live in the country, but the mail probably will not take longer than five days. (Note that the 2nd is a Sunday so it probably didn’t go out till Monday, the 3rd.)

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  68. Tiffany says:

    I need some help my daughter was approved for SSI and the approval letter said that she was approved for monthly money and she had back pay coming. Well the back pay has come and it is now the first of the month when she is supposed to get her first check and there is nothing deposited on the direct express card. Why is it there is nothing there I don’t understand if I would have known it wasn’t gonna be there I would have kept some of the back pay instead of paying of so many of her bills now I have nothing to get her the rest of what she needs for school coming up. Any insight would be great.
    Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tiffany,

      Depending on the timing of the back payment, it might have included the August payment. I suggest that you call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 to find out the dates that the payment covered and to see if your daughter is set up for a September 1 payment. If not, you might inquire whether she is being switched to Social Security disability. If not, can they tell you the reason for the termination. (Note that award letters usually come a week to ten days after the payment.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  69. Roy Malachi says:

    Hello Kay,

    I have a few questions. I was approved for SSI today my attorney called and said the judge found me disabled as of February 2012. Should I contact Social Security about some kind of interview that I’ve been reading about? Do you happen to know how much I’ll be receiving a month? I haven’t worked I don’t receive any kind of help and I don’t have any assets and I live with my mom who is also on disability. Will any of that affect me? My next question is when I get my first backpay check will I also recieve my SSI check? How much of backpay will I get every six montths for the 3 installments? And lastly, will I be able to go back to college like an actual university while on SSI? Do I have to wait for a while to go back to college?
    Sorry for all the questions and thanks for taking the time to answer them!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Roy,

      If your attorney has received the judge’s approval letter, then I suggest that you call Social Security to request an appointment to provide a financial update so that your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can be calculated and paid. The maximum amount released in each of the first two back-pay installments is $2,199.

      Your benefit may be $488 a month if you are receiving free housing or free housing and food from your mother. Once you get your back pay, if you start to pay one-half of the rent or mortgage and utility costs (excluding phone and cable), your benefit can increase to $733 a month.

      You can return to school. If you get grants or do work-study, report the income to Social Security so they can determine whether the income affects your SSI or is excluded from counting. If you are under age twenty-two and a student with a twelve-hour course schedule, under the SSI Student Income Exclusion, you can work and earn $1,780 a month with a $7,180 annual limit and not have it affect your SSI benefits.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Roy Malachi says:

        Hello Kay,

        Thanks for the response! My mom and I talked and I’ll be paying about $450 in rent including utilities. Will that affect my income with SSI? I’ll be getting about $600+ from SSI I already went to the interview but didn’t tell them about rent since my mother and I were still talking about it. She is also on disability but on SSDI.
        I’m 24, if I get a pell grant would that affect my income? I know student loans wouldn’t harm my SSI. I’m planning on going to a community college this semester.
        Last question, am I able to save the money after all my bills have been paid off or do I need to spend all the money before my next check?
        Thank you!

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Roy,

          As soon as you start to pay rent, take a letter from your mother that you have begun paying a flat $450 for room and utilities as a renter and that you are buying your own food. If $450 is fair market value for a room, then your SSI will increase to $733 a month. You do not have to spend all the money you receive in a month. You can have $2,000 countable resources saved up. (SSI back pay does not count toward the $2,000 resource limit until nine months after you receive it.)

          Scholarships and grants are not income if they are used for tuition, fees, and books. If you plan to use any of the PELL grant for living expenses, check with Social Security to see if that grant is completely excluded under federal statute from counting or excluded only if used for school expenses.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Matthew k. says:

            Dear Kay, I just got approved today for both ssi & ssdi how soon will I get paid from ssi? If my they said I need a payee can I be my own payee if I told the office Because I’m 25 and hope I’ll be able to. My on set date is also June 2013 … How much will I receive? Thank You!

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Matthew,

            I suggest that you discuss being your own payee with your physician. If the physician agrees that you are capable of managing your money, paying for your basic needs including rent, utilities, and food before buying anything else, you can ask the doctor to make a written statement about your capability. Then you can go to Social Security and apply to be your own payee and to present the letter from the doctor.

            Your benefits will begin the later of June 2013 or the month after you filed your application. I cannot predict how much you will receive. SSI pays from $1 to $733 depending on the amount of other income and non-cash assistance you are getting in the form of housing and/or food. It can take from a couple weeks to a month or more to get monthly payments started. Back pay is paid in up to three installments six months apart. The first is usually paid within a month after the monthly benefits start.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  70. Jhenny says:

    Hi, my son was approved for a back pay on May 7 2015 and still still today haven’t received it. I’ve went to the local office and spoke to the representative and he keeps giving excuses of how much work he’s had and he apoligize. He first said he will get on it, 2nd time 2 weeks and the 3rd time which was on the 10th of July 2015 he said to give him to the end of the following week. We’ll it’s now July 22, 2015 and yet nothing. I just don’t know what else to do.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jhenny,

      There really isn’t anything you can do except wait. Apparently, the representative was being forthright when he said he had a heavy workload, and it may be that most of his time is taken up in interviews and phone calls without sufficient time to work the cases.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  71. Jared sawyer says:

    hello kay today on july 21st of 2015 i was told that i have given all the proper documents and i am being put in pay. do you know when i will recieve my first ssi check? also i think i have caculated what i will owe the lawyers and general relief but i am not sure if i have done it correctly. i believe the lawyers take 25%. i was on gr since april of 2013. 27 months recieving $221 a month. so will i owe gr $5967? i was told i would be recieving $889 a month from ssi . how is the back pay amount determined? the date they gave me is april of 2014 and i was approved july of 2015. thank you for your time kay it is much appreciated

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jared,

      The attorney is usually paid 25% with a maximum limit of $6,000. If you were told that benefits were being “put in pay,” you should receive a monthly payment on August 1. The back pay will be released later. To calculate your benefit before withholding to pay the attorney and general relief, multiply $889 times the sixteen months from April 2014 through July 2015.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  72. ShaQuita Smith says:

    I applied for SSI in January/2015 , I was told on July 11, 2015 that I was approved for my SSI benefits on June 19, 2015…but when I called Social Security they told me that my case was in Quality Review..an today I called they told me that a letter was sent out yesterday July 21, 2015. Should I be worried?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear ShaQuita,

      It is possible that your claim has been denied on review; however, you won’t know until you get the letter.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  73. Marie says:

    Hi Kay,

    My husband applied for SSI in May 2014 he was approved on June 1st 2015, he was told that his payments would start on July 1st as well as he would receive his first installment of back pay. He still has not received any deposit in his bank account. Why is this?

    Thank you,

    Marie

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Marie,

      I suggest that your husband call the local office and say that he was told he would receive payment on July 1 and hasn’t. If payment was actually authorized, he might checkd to see that they have his correct bank account number. If they do, he should check with his bank.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • markus gofe says:

      Hey i went in for a interveiw and i got a pay e and they said my case go back to 2012 how does that back pay work and they said i will be receiveing a letter to tell me bout how much my benifits will be for my ssi how long to it take letyers to come and the debit card

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Markus,

        Typically the monthly payment starts and then the back pay. If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the local office authorizes payment and orders the debit card. It can take from a little over a week to a month or more depending on workloads in your office. The SSI back pay is paid in installments six months apart, the highest amount per installment is $2,199. If you were approved for Social Security Disability, payment is released by the payment center and it can take two to three months to get payment started and the back pay released. Social Security back benefits are released all at once in one payment.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  74. brittany says:

    Hi Kay,

    I applied for SSI for my daughter, she’s been approved, received her check for July, and on 7/10 I received her award letter in the mail. My question is, when will her back pay start? I have already set up dedicated account and given the information to my local field office, but trying to get answers from them is like bobbing for apples. If it makes a difference, she was approved at the first appeal.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brittany,

      Your daughter’s SSI back pay will be paid in installments six months apart if she is eligible for more than $2,199 in back pay. The first installment should be received within a month of the first check. If it is not, try following up with the claims representative handling her claim.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Jeffrey says:

        My 15year old was approved to receive benifits under her mothers disability soc sec benifits. Yesterday the soc sec office told me they released the 6000.00 in back pay yesterday. What does that mean exactly, and how long do I have to wait for the funds to hit my bank now?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jeffrey,

          Usually it takes three or four business days for the payment to be released from the Treasury and to go through the electronic transfer of funds from bank to bank and into your account.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Rebecca Miles says:

        My son was approved for SSI June 19, 2015. I didn’t know until July 8th 2015 when I went to the Social Security Office for a replacement social security card. His case was an appealed case from Sep. 2012. I received his direct express card, however I haven’t received his check. Was his deposit (back pay) supposed to be on the card or do I wait on the paper check? Also how long? Wasn’t his July benefits supposed to be on his direct express card. It says $0.00 balance.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Rebecca,

          Typically the monthly check will be paid first, followed by the back pay, which is paid out in installments when the back benefits exceed $2,199. All the payments should be paid to the direct express card. None of the payments will start until you have an interview with the Social Security Administration to go over and provide proof of your son’s financial eligibility the current time and for each month for the whole back pay period. I suggest that you call the local office and request an appointment for the update interview.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Karen says:

      I have received my 1st & 2nd SSI cks so far but I still haven’t received any of my backpay,I don’t understand, I have already seen the lump sum amount & I know it will be given in 3 installments but someone told me it arrives 45days after your first mo ck,does anyone know how or when I will get the 1st installment?

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Karen,

        You should have received the first back pay installment by now. I suggest that you follow up with your local office for release of the payment.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Carmen says:

      Hi I was told that my son was approved on June 24th yet it is July 29th and i havent even received a letter or any thing in the mail i had to call them just to find out if he was Approved its been a year since i first applied i applied in June 2014.. Do you know when i should get his benefits or at least hear something every time i call they just tell me he is approved and tell me they cant tell me any thing else..

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Carmen,

        Please clarify a couple things so I can try to respond.
        1. Is your son a minor?
        2. Did you have to appeal to get the approval? If so, once or twice?
        3. Who (what office) told you he was approved?
        4. Have you provided a financial update since the approval?

        Thank you,
        Kay

  75. Pamela says:

    Hi,
    I’ve been approved for disability. I won’t recieve my first check until October. I’m not getting back pay because there was no proof I was disabled at the time I had claimed I became disabled. My 11yr receives SSI for Autism syndrome. I have an appointment this week at social security to decide if I will get SSI, to update my SSI application because my hearing decision was favorable. I became disabled in March of this year. Does this mean if I’m eligible I will get back pay for March to present from SSI even though my 11yr is getting SSI already? I live in a household of 3 – myself, my 11yr, and his dad (we’re not married) who works full time as custodian.
    How do I apply for my son to recieve payment from my disability?
    I hope I explained myself and haven’t confused you too much.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
    Pam

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Pam,

      If you are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your benefits will start with April unless you applied on March 1, in which case, benefits will start with March. Your child receiving SSI will not affect your SSI application.

      If you were also approved for Social Security Disability and your earnings record provided a family maximum greater than your own benefit, your child will be required to apply for and receive the dependent benefit. His SSI will than be reduced to supplement the Social Security, assuming the Social Security is not so high as to make him ineligible for SSI.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

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  76. Areli Espana says:

    Hi my son is receiving a $50 dollar check every month because my local social Security office says that it still looks like my son is still admitted in the hosptial. We have been home since August 2014, i’ve tried doing everything I can to show them that he is home with us. I call at least once a week, I have been going into the office giving them his discharge papers from the hospital and I still haven’t received anything. In May 2015 I went in and demanded to speak to someone about our income. She said they would calculate to see how much he will be receiving and I haven’t received a call yet. I keep calling their office and they keep telling me they will call me back. I still haven’t received any type of letter or a call from them.it’s almost going to be a year Since we’ve been home. I don’t know what else to do. It’s really frustrating. Am I going to have to get a lawyer? Because I really need help!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Areli,

      I suggest going to the office and asking to speak to a supervisor or manager. Politely point out that it has been nearly a year since you first reported the change and ask if the supervisor can an employee to do the necessary work.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  77. Ashley says:

    Hi. If my son was approved for $467 monthly benefits, and we applied in October 2014, shouldn’t his back pay check be more than $1300? I know my attorney took 25%, but it still should be more than that. How is it calculated? Salary pay, no change in income each month.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ashley,

      I have assumed that your son’s back pay was issued either in May or June. I have looked at the figures and information you provided and cannot come up with an explanation. I suggest that you ask the Social Security Administration for a month-by-month itemization of how the benefit was calculated.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  78. bryan george says:

    I just got approved for SSI on the 23rd he sent the necessary info that day to the payment center shouldn’t I get the money on the next payment date?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Bryan,

      If your benefits are being approved by the payment center, you have been approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI) and it can take two to three months for payment to start. If you have been approved for SSI (Supplemental Security Income), the local office will authorize payment, which can take from a week or so to a month or two depending on current workloads.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  79. Mel says:

    My son, after three years, was approved April 6th for SSI and backpay. Not only has he not received his first monthly payment, but he also has not received any backpay. When I called Social Security I was told that there is nothing in their system stating he was approved. We have not received a letter of approval either. The attorney I had retained (which ended up not having to submit any info as the judge had decided to approve it before we arrived to the hearing) has only told me that he hasn’t heard anything. How long is the average wait? Is there anything I can do to speed up this process?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mel,

      It can take sixty days or more after a hearing or after a verbal report of a favorable on-the-record decision to get the medical approval letter from the judge. Your son can call the hearing office to find out where the appeal is in the process–awaiting a decision, in letter writing, etc. After the approval letter, it will take another few weeks to a month or more for SSI to start. The monthly benefits will start before the back pay is released.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      S

  80. Tiffany Davis says:

    Hello, I have a question about the time period not receing back pay. My daughter was found fully favorable in March and she is eligible for ssi and social security disability. She received her first monthly payment on March 1. However, it is you h on two months since her first payment and she hasn’t received her first portion of her back pay yet. I called the toll free number and the representative said that it could take up to 90 from the time of the first monthly payment. Could you please tell me if that is true?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tiffany,

      The information that you received sounds more like the lapse of time for release of Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay not Supplemental Security Income (SSI). She should have gotten the first installment of her SSI back pay by now. I suggest that she follow up with the local office that authorizes release of the SSI payments.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Tiffany Davis says:

        Thank you Kay. I am her payee and I will be headed down there first thing Monday morning. Thank you very much!

      • Rochelle says:

        Hi I had an interview all ready for my child the worker told me once they get a letter from child support that he will make payment to the check I sent the letter in 8/17/15 when will I get payment in I stay a block from the office I was jus wondering cause this all new to me

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Rochelle,

          It can take from ten days to a month or more for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to be released after the last required financial evidence has been submitted.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  81. kay says:

    hi I am my daughter payee when I first applied for ssi they gave me 488$ a month because they thought I didn’t pay rent while living with my sister I called them an let them know that I do pay rent an utilitys so they increased my payment but I have been trying to get them ti increase the amount since December 2014 an now its june 2015 do they owe back pay for wrong payment

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Der Kay,

      If they determine that you were paying your share for past months and have continued to every month, you will be paid the additional amount due for all past months. I suggest that you go to the Social Security office and ask to speak to a supervisor. Explain that you have been waiting six months for a correction in payment amount and ask whether the computer changes needed can be expedited.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  82. Shirley says:

    I applied for widows pension before I turned 60 on April 15 now I applied in March the social sercurty office said that they just sent my papers in to the payment source how long after that do I here from them

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shirley,

      If you have not received a notice of approval or deposit to a bank account within three months of your application, ask the local office to follow up with the payment center.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  83. Ashley says:

    Good morning. I initially applied for SSI for my daughter due to a ‘developmental delay’ back in mid October of 2014 through a patients advocate ‘Chamberlins Edmonds’ . In November 2014 is when i took over the application from the patient advocates and handled the claim myself. She was denied on March 19, 2015, I then appealed on March 24, 2015. She was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in April, which said daignosis was added in her appeal. Her claim is currently pending medical review. My question though is, if approved, will we receive backpay from November of 2014? If so, how long after approval will it take to receive said backpay and will my first months payment begin in July instead of June as it is now May 27th? Thank you for your time!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ashley,

      If your daughter’s claim is approved with a disability date of at least October 2014 and she is financially eligible throughout the time period that has elapsed, her benefits will begin to accrue in November 2014.

      If she is approved, you will be called in to the office to update the family’s financial information. It can take from a week to a month or more after the interview for the monthly SSI checks to start. So, July is the absolute earliest you could receive payment even if if a decision was rendered today. Back pay over $2,199 is paid in up to three installments, the first not long after the first monthly check.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  84. Hereishoping87 says:

    I applied for SSI benefits yesterday how long does it take to hear back from someone?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Hereishoping87,

      An initial claim typically takes two to five months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • d says:

        My husband applied for ssi in oct on jan 12 in phone interview he was told he was approved and that I need to send in my income I did this within an hour by fax. Can you tell me the estimated time before he will receive award letter and first payment. Also should he receive any back pay? Thank you

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear D.,

          Your husband should receive back pay for November through the month before he receives his first monthly payment. How long he will have to wait for benefits to start depends on the workload of your local office. If he does not receive payment by March 1, follow up.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  85. Steph says:

    I have twin boys 5 yrs old that I have applied for ssi for. One of them has just been approved, but I was informed that they were trying to determine how much he would get. Their issues began at birth due to severe prematurity and now asthma severe life threatening allergies and vision problems. Will they go back that far? What will his monthly payment be? His retro pay? How does that work? And will he get insurance coverage with his SSI? They are very rude at the office and just looking for answers.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Steph,

      Benefits will start to accrue the month after you filed the application or the month of the application if you applied on the first. Your income and your children’s income, if any, and their father’s income if he lives in the same household are considered in determining the payment amount. Payment can range from $1 to $733. In most states, SSI eligibility results in Medicaid coverage either automatically or when you apply to a state office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  86. Jelisa says:

    Hello Ms Kay Hope all is well. Her is my question or questions. I was diagnosed with MS in Feb 2012 I applied for SS in Nov 2012 was denied because I was working Fulltime over the years my hours was decreased I am now working Parttime some weeks less than 10 hrs and some more. I applyed again in 4/2015 was denied because of hours that I work which is different each week my attorney asked me to send in paystubs showing what I work now If I was approved will I get backpay from the first time I applied 11/2012??

    • Jelisa says:

      And also my employer did decrease my hours to below 20 the requirement for ssdi.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Jelisa,

        Whether or not you are working too much to get Social Security Disability depends on your earnings, not the number of hours you work. Please see my response of a few minutes ago.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

      • Hi my question is the Dr came out to my home and my son got approved for ssi how long will it take to hear from social security with the actual award letter and how much he’s getting?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Tawana,

          If you have not received a request to update financial information within about two weeks of being told by the Disability Determination Service (DDS) or the local Social Security office (not by the consulting doctor) that your son was medically approved, follow up with Social Security for an appointment, either in person or by telephone, to provide any information that is needed to pay the claim. Once they have all the information, it can take from a week or two to a month or more to receive payment.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jelisa,

      If your average earnings are more than $1,090 gross per month, you will not be eligible. If you are eligible, your benefits will be based on your April 2015 application.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  87. Nicolas says:

    hi my name is Nicolas, my ssdi was just reinstated and my mom is my payee, it was reinstated 3 days ago and they said i should get 2 back checks but they still have not come yet, my mom gets it direct deposited, how much longer will i have to wait for it to come?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nicolas,

      It could take a month or more after the medical decision to reinstate benefits for the benefits to be paid. You mother can make a statement of dire need, if that is the case, to request expedited handling.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  88. Jo says:

    Hello Kay,
    My question is my daughter already receives ssi and now my son will get it, will both of their checks come on the same direct express card or will I have two seperate cards?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jo,

      Your children’s SSI benefits will be paid separately on separate cards and you must account for the use of their funds separately.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  89. linda thompson says:

    Hi me and my husband have guardianship of his disabled sister she was getting ssi but her father passed away and we found out she is able to get his retirement pay due to her being disabled before she was 18 now her ssi has been on going since 1987 to present they said she is going to qualifiy for her dads retirement from 2005 to present they said she is going to get 823.00 a month starting may 2005 to present and that she will no longer get ssi due to the other being higher but my question is will they subtratct what she got from ssi from 2005 to present and send us the what is left over from the retire benefits

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Linda,

      Your analysis is correct; the Social Security from 2005 to present will be reduced by the amount of SSI paid for the same period.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Gina says:

      Hi Kay,

      I was approved at hearing on July 6th for SSDI closed period and after interview, SSI for closed period. February 13-May 2015. Have received both award letters and direct express card this week. Had interview with local office. After 5 months ,SSDI starts Aug 13.

      Any idea on backpay arrival? Also, will there be an offset?

      Thanks in advance,
      Gina

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Gina,

        Please check over the information in the question you posted. You seem to be saying that you were approved for both Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income for a closed period, yet you also say that your SSDI “will start” August 13, implying that you will receive ongoing benefits. Both can’t be correct.

        Regarding back pay, you will probably receive your SSI back pay in a single payment because you are not eligible for ongoing benefits. I would expect you would receive it within approximately a month. The SSDI back pay will take a couple months longer and will be offset by (reduced by) the amount of SSI you were paid for the same months.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  90. Caroline says:

    My fiance gets a ssd check and now my 6 month old will be drawing off of his check. Will the backpay be from when she was born or when he filed?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Caroline,

      Your child’s benefits will begin with the month of birth if you applied within six months of his or her birth.

      Sincerely.
      Kay

  91. pam says:

    My husband recieves ssi and ssdi and is due back pay. His representative said we could apply to have some of his back pay released to purchase a vehicle. How long would it take for that to be approved or rejected?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Pam,

      I assume that your attorney is talking about having some of the SSI back pay released based on dire need, which can include the need for transportation for medical care. It that is the case and the request is approved, he might receive the funds within about a month.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  92. Benjamin Workman says:

    Hello, I’ve received my favorable decision letter from the judge, and Social Security received the letter on March 31st. When should I expect back pay payments and monthly benefits? Thanks and god bless

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Benjamin,

      Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits can take from one to three months to start. Back pay will follow the first monthly benefit by a month or more. If you applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the time frames are shorter. You should get a request from your local office for a financial update interview within two weeks of receiving the hearing approval letter. If you have not, I recommend calling to get an appointment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Benjamin Workman says:

        I contacted Social Security this morning and they said to wait 60 days. I have severe bladder stones and kidney stones that need to be removed immediately. I’ve also talked to 3 different hospitals that said I need Blue Cross, Blue Shield because Medicare and Medicaid doesn’t cover Urology visits. From your reply I gathered still no money for another 3 months? Thanks for answering I apologize for being frustrated.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Benjamin,

          I am not sure that you are getting correct information about Medicare and Medicaid coverage.You can get more information about Medicare at http://www.medicare.gov. Once you are enrolled in Medicaid, if you are, you can check to see if the level of Medicaid coverage you have covers your conditions.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  93. Stephanie says:

    Hi There –

    My mother was approved for both SSI and SSDI and has received a substantial amount in backpay. At this point, my mother is very concerned that keeping the backpay in her bank account will somehow reduce the amount of monthly benefits she will receive.

    I cannot imagine that the SSA would reduce her monthly benefit because of income that they paid her. Do you have any insight into this? If this is true, do you have any insight into what she should do with the money because she is trying to save enough to move to where I am as she is several states away.

    Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Stephanie,

      First, your mother’s Social Security Disability (SSDI) is not affected by the amount of her savings and other assets. Second, SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay does not count as an asset toward the $2,000 SSI resource limit until the ninth month after it is paid, so that will give her some time to save and make the move.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  94. nicole says:

    Daughter was in nicu from September until Dec 24th she received $30 all thr way till March I know after release it will be based on income and a lump sum for the first time but after that how far does back pay go is it from Dec until April ? I received $2199 iisthat for Dec-feb and will she receive March-May next month?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nicole,

      Lump sum payments are only for months of eligibility prior to the first monthly payment. My guess is that your daughter’s back pay is somewhat, but not a great deal, more than $2,199 and that the $2,199 is the first back-pay installment payment. The second installment will be paid six months after the first. In the interim, your daughter will receive monthly payments on the first of each month. You should soon receive a letter explaining the calculation of benefits.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  95. Tiffany says:

    Hello, my daughter is slow development n she got approved for social security on April 1st when the guy called me n told me she would b getting 1466 for back pay n it would come as a check n I should get it by Monday or Tuesday which just passed n still haven’t received nothing,should I call them back or how long should I wait? Also I applied for social security 4 years ago n they denied me because I didn’t have enough work credits so they decided to have me run off of my mom since she has work credits but once again I got denied now its going to court which my court date is April 21st since it to close I don’t have an attorney to help me win my case, should I postpone the court date to get a attorney or should I try to win it by myself? n I suffer from PTSD,Anxiety, panic attacks n depression so with what I suffer do I have a good chance at winning or has anyone suffer from this stuff n was able to get on social security

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tiffany,

      If you haven’t received the payment by a week after you were told, I suggest that you check to see whether the benefit has been mailed and, if so, long enough ago that you could have received it. If so, ask to file a report of non-receipt and request a replacement check.

      You will have to make the decision about whether to attend the hearing on your own or postpone. People with the diagnoses that you list have been approved for disability benefits; other people with the diagnoses have been denied. Whether or not you are approved will depend on how severely your psychiatric conditions limit you, that is, whether they would keep you from doing a occupation that you could otherwise perform. (Just as a point of information, your and your daughter’s applications are for Supplemental Security Income [SSI] not Social Security.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  96. Nikki says:

    Hello, My daughter was approved May 13th 2015 for SSI after 7 months of waiting for that to happen. I called the SS office right away to speak to her case worker so we could do the last interview. That was done 3 weeks ago today. The case worker told me I should have something telling how much by that Friday. I waited and nothing came, I put a call into him and he never called back. I started calling SS everyday to find out if the amount has been decided yet everyday I was told no. So Friday I spoke to a nice lady that put a email into him and had me leave a message asking what was going on. No call back. So I called him and he said yes I got your message and I will be looking and I will call you back later today… You guessed it NO call back again! So I called this morning and spoke to a lady and told her I need to talk to someone because he is not calling me back! She looked as far as she could into my child’s case and said it got stuck! WHAT!! She said they don’t know untill someone calls and asks what’s going on with there case. So she wrote a email to my child’s case worker asking him to come see her. She said he will have to put all the info in again! I feel like I am being put off by this case worker for some reason. I can’t work because I need to take care of my child! I would much rather have a healthy child and work this is not fun to me! What should I do?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nikki,

      About all you can do is wait. My guess is that the worker has too big of a workload and doesn’t call back because it takes time and maybe he hates to say the work isn’t done yet. As far as the re-input of data to your child’s computer record, errors do happen.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  97. Kerry Le Blanc says:

    I started getting ssi in April, with them owing me 5,083 in back pay. Does that me I will the first installment in May and the final one in November

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kerry,

      You could receive the first installment at any time, even in April. The second installment will be in the sixth month after the first one.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  98. mike says:

    Okay thank you for your time.

  99. mike says:

    I was infomed that my payment was maild out on tuesday a paper check i still havent recieved it should i be worried? could you tell me wat i should do? IT was my first back pay fpr SSI.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mike,

      I would wait till Wednesday before contacting Social Security about the non-receipt.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  100. Myesha says:

    Hi, I just have a couple of questions….Well, to give you a quick briefing. My 6 year old
    son was just approved for his ssi that I applied for on January 29, 2013. His hearing was on February 10, 2015. I am scheduled for a phone interview on March 30, 2015. I also reside in Georgia. Wtbs, first question…Do you know how long after the interview should I receive his first deposit? 2. I am a single mother of 4, but I also work and pay all of my own bills, so do you think that he’ll be approved for the full amount or no? 3. Since I applied back in January 2013, do you think that they will give him one lump sum, or do installments, because the judge ordered for his ssi to be reviewed again after one year, because he was diagnosed with ADHD and he wants to be sure that my son is still having issues…. Thank you in advance for you advice.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Myesha,

      For payment to be authorized, it can take from a week to a month or more after your interview and after you provide all requested documentation. If the back pay is more than $2,199, it will be paid in installments six months apart.

      With three ineligible (non-disabled) children in the household, your son might receive the maximum benefit. It will depend on how high your earnings are. You can work up an estimate of his benefit by inserting your typical earnings ito the formula in an example calculation in the article “What Are Deemed Income and Resources and How Do They Affect an SSI Application for Children?”The article is under the SSI tab on the top navigation bar of this website.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Myesha says:

        Thank you for your previous advice Kay, but now I have another concern, if you could help me out. After I had my interview on March 30, 2015, I took all of the requested information to the SSA including dedicated account info etc. the very next day. They scanned it into the system and emailed the case worker. I just spoke to the case worker this morning. She informed me that she received the documents and was actually currently working on my son’s case. Of course since I don’t know how long that process takes, I chose to wait it out for the rest of the day. The office closes at 4, so I decided to contact the 1800# since they don’t close until 7, figuring that she could have possibly finished by the end of her work day. The representative told me that she see that the case is still pending, and that it could take another 2 months to complete and receive payment. She stated that more documents had to be written up about the case. So wtbs, I’m simply curious to know what extra documents need to be written up, and why would it still take 2 more months if she is/was currently figuring up the payment amounts, because from reading previous posts, several people have stated that they have received payments before an award letter, and also soon after submitting their verification info. So would you please be able to shed some light on this situation for me please. Thank you.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Myesha,

          The information you received from the 800 call center representative is general information and you were quoted something like “worse-case scenario.” Given that the local office representative said she was working on processing everything you submitted, if something doesn’t interrupt her and keep her from completing all the necessary actions at once, I would expect payment processing would get through the system so that the first payment would go out in a week or a bit more. Then allow a couple overnight runs for the money to show up in the bank account (the monthly benefit is likely to be released before the dedicated account funds)

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Monique says:

            What are overnight runs?? I have a ACH credit from SSI showing on my online banking for 0.00 is that what it is? How long after I see that should I expect a full payment?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Monique,

            An “overnight run,” is when a financial institution moves money around, for example, from a payer to a payee. The 0 amount shown as coming from SSI is an indication that your account information has been set up on your SSI record. It does not necessarily mean a claim has been approved.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  101. Paula says:

    I was approved for disability in Feb 2015. I was also approved for Ssi but only for a few months. I received backpay for SSI which has been paid back out of my backpay for disability, my lawyers were paid weeks ago out of my backpay, but I have yet to receive anything. I was told when calling the 800 number that they could see that the processing center was working on it today and yesterday as a priority but there is still no date of the funds being released. I was told that April 10th was the deadline for the local office to complete the offset info and it could take 6 weeks after that to get my backpay. I’m so confused because I get told something different everyday. By what I have told you do you have an idea of when I will get my backpay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Paula,

      The Social Security back pay will not be released until the SSI “offset information” (SSI back pay information) has been transmitted to the payment center by putting coding on your Social Security computer record. It is correct that it can take six weeks or more for Social Security to start after that and Social Security back pay will be paid after the Social Security monthly benefit begins. I suggest contacting the local office and asking them to check your record to be sure the the SSI offset information has been posted to your Social Security record.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  102. bianca says:

    My ssi back pay was mailed on tuesday when will i recieve it?! its a paper check by the way.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Bianca,

      Exactly how long the check takes to get to you depends on where you live, but you should receive it within a week.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Paula says:

        How long did it take you to get your back pay?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Paula,

          I am a source for knowledgeable general information about Social Security and Supplemental Security Income; however, I do not receive disability benefits.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  103. stacy says:

    Another question could you tell me where does the chevk come trom it got mailed out yesterday i live in Lockport, New York

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Stacy,

      The check is paid by the U.S. Treasury Department located in Washington D.C. I do know whether the check is printed and mailed from that location or from elsewhere.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  104. Alizah says:

    Hello Kay,
    I was diagnosed with cancer in December 2010. I applied for SSDI in October of that same year (yes I applied right after my first surgery before my “official” diagnosis). I was initially denied so I appealed and got denied again by a ALJ in July 2013 because (as the determination states) I can still do security work which I have NEVER done before and with a paralyzed hand WOW!. Well I appealed their decision so it went to the Appeals Council where they remanded it back to the ALJ in December of 2014. I have not receive any new hearing date nor a phone call from them. Here we are in March 2015 and my cancer has spread. I am getting ready for a third surgery in the coming months and yet I am still waiting for benefits. I feel like the Social Security Administration is waiting for me to die. My family and I have had to move 4 times in the last 2 years because my husband has lost jobs because he help take care of me from time to time. I have mounting medical bills and I had to forgo medical treatments because I lost my insurance too many times to count. In saying that, I wrote a letter to the SSA and told them of my hardship about a week ago. Do you think that I will hear a response from the ALJ office sooner because of my hardship letter or do you think that I am wishing on a star?. Also, if I was to pass away and was approved would my husband and children get my back pay?. One more question, I know that once I am approved I will get back pay but will my children get back pay also once I am approved?.

    Thank You Kay and please excuse this novel of a story I posted.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Alizah,

      The hardship letter should result in an earlier hearing date than otherwise. Your eligible dependents will receive benefits for the same months are you are eligible for. If you are approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI) and die before the benefit is paid, it will be paid to your dependents who are eligible on your earnings record. This could be just your children if only they are eligible. If your husband is caring for a child of yours who is under age sixteen and his earnings are low enough, he can apply for young surviving spouse’s benefits because he is caring for the child(ren). If he is also eligible, the benefits due will be split among him and the children. (Social Security also pays ongoing monthly survivor benefits.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Alizah says:

        Hello Kay,

        I received a letter from social security denying my request to move my second trial date up. But get this, I never asked for them to do so. I asked for a decision to be rendered asap without a second trial. Can you enlightened me on what my next step should be?. This is pretty frustrating. Can a decision be made without a second trial?. My case did go to the Appeals Council for almost 2 yrs and now since it has been remanded it’s back to square one. Also how are back benefits and monthly benefits calculated?. Thank you so much for the great expertise!

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Alizah,

          The letter doesn’t answer your request, so you could choose to contact the hearing office and inquire why it was sent. It is important to note that your appeal cannot be denied without the second hearing, so a decision would be made off another file review only if it could result in an approval. Social Security benefits are paid back to the later of twelve months before the initial application that you are appealing or the sixth full calendar month after the date of disability accepted by Social Security.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Alizah says:

            Hello Kay,

            I called the ALJ office today and was told that I have a (my second) trial date in July (which the paperwork was mailed out today detailing). Since I am not being represented can you recommend a different way to approach my second hearing?. The gentleman told me that I need to get all of my medical records from all of my doctors from June 2013 (the date of my ALJ denial and when my case was sent to the Appeals Council) to present since the ALJ initial denial was based on my medical records not saying that I have cancer which is crazy since I have had 2 major surgeries removing cancerous tumors and I was treated with chemo and radiation for the remaining cancer. I sent in medical records that the SSA has access to, that support my diagnosis to the Appeals Council who then sent it back to the ALJ so please understand my frustration with this whole process. My question is: Shouldn’t they request my medical records? because I will be charged per page if I request them. Also, I am trying to understand the back pay portion. Upon approval do the SSA usually only pay from the ALJ initial denial date of the 1st trial or from the date of the initial application for SSI/SSDI even if it was over 5 years ago?. I was told that the SSA doesn’t pay out large amounts ($50K or more) from your experience have you known of an instance or instances involving large (over $50K) back pays?. I ask about the money part because I have medical bills and other expenses that have piled up because of my illness and my inability to work.

            Again Thank You Kay Your Expertise is Unmeasureable!

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Alizah,

            You have a right to a copy of your claim file from initial claim till now and you should request a copy from the hearing office so you can see which records are missing. That way you can hold down your cost. Additionally, you will be able to read through the file and address any other errors that may have been made. While the Social Security Administration sometimes requests and pays for records, it does not have an obligation to do so. Because the judge asked you to, it would be in your best interests to do so.

            Your benefits will paid based on your initial application and will begin to accrue the later of twelve months before the month of application or the sixth full calendar month after the date of disability that is established by the Social Security Administration. Very large payments are paid out in multiple payments.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  105. stacy says:

    Hi i had talked to my local office about my child getting approved she has all the information she needed from me i had my interview so today she called an said everything was processed an everything is good she said she sent my son award lettter out an the break down i asked her how long will it take for the ack pay she said it has been processed could you tell me exaclty what she mean as of that? another she said my son payment might be a few days late for april due to today is the 24th so should i b worried? thanks for your time stacy

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Stacy,

      Based on the information you have provided, there is nothing to worry about. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments are made on the first of the month. Apparently, your son’s April payment may arrive a few days late due to the time needed for initial set up. The back pay being “processed” probably means that she has done everything she needs to do to have the payment released and that it will likely arrive within a week of the first monthly payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  106. Tonya lyons says:

    Its time for my son’s last bit of his back pay too be release, Who usually release the back pay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tonya,

      The local Social Security office triggers Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  107. tanisha says:

    i had fax them the paper work a day after my phone interview to update my information. Also when will i receive my first backpay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tanisha,

      I cannot predict for sure when you will receive your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay. It is typically paid shortly after the first monthly check. If the amount due is more than $2,199, it will be paid in up to three installments six months apart.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  108. tanisha says:

    Hello
    My name is tanisha an I have a similar question as the rest i was approved for ssi this month on 3/4/2015 will I recieve my fist payment april?
    Thank you so much for your time

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tanisha,

      You might receive your first Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit in April or it may take longer. It can take from a week to a month or more after you provide a financial update to get benefits started.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  109. cierra says:

    Thank you for answeing my question

  110. cierra says:

    My son got approved for ssi on march 6th when will i stwrt recieving payments for him i filed oct 1st? i had faxed my paystubs as they asked me to do so. An also wen will i recieve his backpay l??

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cierra,

      Please see my response to the same question you posted earlier on the same day.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  111. cierra says:

    Did u get my question i dont see it?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cierra,

      Questions are not visible until they are answered. Please see the response I posted to your question, which I posted a few minutes ago.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • cierra says:

        Im sorry i dont see what you had posted could u repost it please?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Cierra,

          You have to look under the article where you posted the question to find the answer. The two responses I gave are as follows:

          It can take from a week to a month or more for the first monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment to be released. Back pay will be released afterward in installments six months apart if the back pay is more than $2,199, which is the maximum amount that can be released in a single installment. The first installment should come within a month of the first monthly check.

          If you told the Social Security Administration that you do not have a bank account, they will request that one be issued to you. It can take from a week to a month or more to receive benefits after you have provided all the requested information.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • connie says:

            Hi my name is Connie my child got approved for ssi and 1614 a3c of the social security act when her first payment will start

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Connie,

            It usually takes a month to six weeks for benefits to start. If it has been a length of time since the application, you will have a financial update interview before the benefits start.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  112. Brian Hillson says:

    Hi Kay this is an updte I finally got my decision on febuary 2 with a fully favorable going back 3 years. I called social security and something I hear kinda upset me. I am getting 700 a month minus the premiums for insurance! I thought my state provide insuarnce why is that dropping my check to 389 im so confused. I havent evn got my check yet and I am homeless.How much longer am I to wait and can you pleas xplain the silly premiums.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brian,

      Let your local office know that you are homeless and request expediting based on dire need. You do not say what kind of benefits you have been approved for, but I wonder whether the “$700″ is Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the premiums are for Parts B and D Medicare, which is a federal health insurance program, the premiums for which would be deducted from a Social Security benefit, not from SSI. If you have only Part B Medicare, then the premiums would be for three months. If you could be more specific about which kind of benefit you are getting, I might be able to be more helpful. The other option is to ask Social Security to explain your benefits.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  113. Betty says:

    okay my notice of reconsideration was approved will i get back pay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Betty,

      If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), benefits will start the month after the date you filed your initial application assuming Social Security approved a date of disability before the date of your application. If you were approved for Social Security Disability, benefits will begin to accrue the later of twelve months before the date of your initial application or the sixth full calendar month of disability. If you are approved for both benefits, the Social Security back pay will be reduced by SSI paid for the same months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Betty says:

        So i wont get a payment for march i was approved on the 4th of march….Sorry i dont understand this stuff

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Betty,

          My response to your previous question tells you the month for which benefits will first be paid; it does not tell you when you will get your first payments. It usually takes a month at the least for Supplemental Security Income payments (SSI) to start and two or more months for Social Security Disability (SSDI) to start and longer for the back pay to be released. So,it is unlikely you will receive payment in March.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Jazz says:

        During a first appeal for my sons ssi he was awarded back pay we are still in appeal waiting to see if he still qualify for ssi they never paid November 2015 check and stated on Decembers letter that hes owed November 2015 check and a installment that’s under 2,000 for this month will it still be issued this month he did receive a ssi check this month and they said he’s going to get a check in Jan until they decide if he is still eligible to receive ssi my ? Is does he still get his installment check this month ?

  114. AMANDA says:

    Hi I have a question. I applied for SSDI back in Oct 2008. After many denials and hearings, a judge approved me in August 2014. I went to the local office in october on my appointment and did all the paperwork for my 2 year old to get dependents benefits. My daughter got her backpay 3 days later after that appointment. She started getting monthly dependents benefits in November 2014. I started getting my monthly SSDI benefits in October 2014.

    Now ever since then I still have not received my backpay which is a huge amount. In 2014, I was getting excuses that they were making sure I didnt get SSI. Then they were making sure I never got any welfare. I never got welfare or ssi.

    Then in January 2015 my lawyer finally got through to the payment center when I told them I was going to be evicted and needed the backpay to pay rent that I owed from over a year ago, that the landlord was working with me at the time until I got approved. So apparently, the payment center told my lawyer that I would get it in 30 days because they needed to get 3 signatures for it before they could release it to me. So I waited and my lawyer got a hold of the payment center today. This time the payment center said I should be getting it soon but they cannot tell me exactly when. The lawyer said If I dont get it in 30 days to call them back again.

    It is getting ridiculous. I keep getting excuses. Then 30 days turns into another 30 days. It has now been over 6 months since I was approved and 5 months since I started receiving my monthly payments. It seems like they are literally trying to stall or avoid releasing my backpay because it is such a high amount.

    Do you have any idea on what could be going on? Or when I can expect to get it? Or what can I do since it seems like im constantly getting the run around?
    Thanks and sorry it is so long.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Amanda,

      It is likely true that multiple signatures are needed for the release of your back pay because the amount will be quite large given the number of years it covers. Your claim may be sitting on each person’s desk waiting to be reviewed as it inches itself through the process. You might try contacting your congressional representative and ask their office to contact the payment center. That might or might not speed things up. Give your representative the dates you gave me and also the fact that your rent is a year in arrears.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  115. nancy says:

    my son was declared mentally disabled back in 2007 at the age of 18 he got on ssi with no problem. He went into office and stopped ssi june of 2013 because he wanted to try to go back to school; he did and only worked 5 months in 2014. he refuses to get back on ssi stating “he doesn’t want to be considered an invelient”, is there something I can do to get him back on? He refuses to see a doctor. (they really should not let him off with a doctor note with his condition)

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nancy,

      Your son is an adult and can make his own decisions. If, however, he is expecting you to support him while he has no income, you may have some leverage with him to get regular doctor visits and to reapply for benefits. Something to discuss with him is that while he is under age twenty-two, if he is medically eligible for SSI, he can go to school and while a student he can earn a substantial amount without reduction in his SSI payments. You and he can learn more about this at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi/spotlights/spot-student-earned-income.htm.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  116. Amberlynn says:

    Hi, I hope you can help me. My daughter was approved for ssi on Jan 30th 2015 we applied Dec 30th 2013. She received her first back pay by paper check, I was told she was owed over $8,000 in back pay, I got a letter right after receiving her check that it was actually $6000 owed and now it’s March I just got ANOTHER letter saying her total back pay owed is only $3000! The letter explains how it’s bases on income with detailed charts, however our income has not increases at all… I’m very well organized and I have recordings of ssi verbally telling me how much my daughter is owed. How can they keep changing it especially after already sending a check and documents that state what she was originally owed? Also her monthly pay is being reduced because “our income increased” which is false.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Amberlynn,

      You can appeal the calculation and request a copy of the benefit calculation for all months to examine to see whether correct figures were used. A sample calculation can be found under the article “What Are Deemed Income and Resources and How Do They Affect an SSI Application for Children?” which is under the SSI tab on the navigation bar of at the top of each page on this website. (A separate calculation is done for every month.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  117. Arawn says:

    when will I get my ssi check got approved feb 4th

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Arawn,

      Please see the response that I posted on February 23 under your original question which you posted under the article, “How Will I Know Whether My Application for Social Security Disability Benefits Has Been Approved?” It can take a week to a month after the financial update interview for your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to start.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  118. melissa says:

    Hi have a ? I have received my son back pay for Ssi the first installment they send me a letter I receive second installment in 6months when I called the office they said I had back pay for march an April but don’t know when they release it do I have to call social security office or will I receive back pay in march.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melissa,

      You should receive the second installment six months after the first installment. If you haven’t received it by the end of the sixth month, call the local office to follow up and ask when they will be releasing it. If you are told that they don’t know, ask to make an appointment to see the person responsible for releasing it.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  119. Stephanie judon says:

    I was told my son was approved for a small lump sum but that it’s still pending at the main office what do that mean

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Stephanie,

      It sounds as if your son was approved for a limited period of time without ongoing benefits. The “main office” is probably the payment center. If so, it can take up to three months for release of payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  120. kiyan says:

    I applied for ssi for my son on jul 2014.. I was approved feb 06 2015.. Went to the interview.. They needed some minor things from me.. I brought the items in… Then i called to check on the status.. They said it was processed feb13 2015.. An the back pay check was sent on the 13th.. How long will it take before i get it in the mail?

  121. ben says:

    Hello Kay,
    i will discuss my plans with my payee. i only get ssi, i don’t get ssdi. after i’m off of ssi, if i stay home and my family supports me and i don’t find a job, would i still be able to keep the one lump sum?

    Best,
    Ben

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ben,

      Yes, if you request termination of ongoing SSI benefits, you can keep the funds you received for past months when you were disabled. If you still have the same medical or psychiatric conditions and have not improved but want to try to work anyway, then you could continue with ongoing benefits until you are working and earning too much. If you are no longer disabled, then it is right to refuse future benefits.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  122. Maritza says:

    Hello. I have a question,please help. I’ve been approved for SSI,i received only one payment from the retroactive money. How long i have to wait to receive the rest? Is it true it’s every 6 months? I don’t understand why. Thanks,i really appreciated your help.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Maritza,

      It is correct that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is paid in installments six months apart with the maximum amount per installment of three times the current maximum monthly benefit. I do not have the rationale available, but it may have something to do with the $2,000 resource limit, which could force people to spend a lot of money fast, when it might do them more good spread out over time. There are some exceptions such as needing more money to end homelessness or to prevent it or to cover medical expenses. Also, if you are not eligible for ongoing SSI, you can have the back pay released all at once.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  123. ben says:

    Hello Kate,
    i have a question about SSDI. it’s kind of complicated and personal. if you can email me i would appreciate it. thanks.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ben,

      I do not respond via personal email. Only your name as you post it will appear, no contact or identifying information. You can use your first name only or initials or whatever you want to identify your post.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • ben says:

        been on ssi and survivors benefits for psycological problems for over 2 decades. never worked. filed a survivor claim when a parent died. it was approved retroactively. received a 1 lump sum in 2011 for five figures. i’m feeling better now and not depressed anymore and would like to get off of ssi. will i be able to keep the one lump sum or will ss take it back?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Ben,

          The lump sum was paid for past months, so reporting now that you are feeling better and wish to attempt working will not affect your eligibility for the lump sum.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • ben says:

            Thanks Kay. currently my parent is my representative payee. would that make any difference?

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Ben,

            Having a representative payee does not change the response I previously wrote except that you probably should discuss your plans with your payee. Also, I suggest that you take advantage of any of the return-to-work incentives that your benefit program offers during which partial SSI benefits might be payable. If you also are getting Social Security Disability (SSDI) on your own earnings record, work incentives can allow full payments to continue for a while during the time you attempt to return to work. Be sure to report any work as soon as you start.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  124. Karl says:

    Kay,
    I have a couple of questions and i apologize in advance for the length however if you could help me with them it would be greatly appreciated. I finnaly was approved for SSDI and received me approval letter Dec of 2014. I had also applied for SSI for my waiting months. My initial application was for January 2013 and was considered by both SSI AND SSDI January was onset date. SSI stated that benefits would begin in February of 2013 – may of 2014. I also have a LTD policy that started paying in June of 2014 and it raised my income to high for SSI and my title II benefits are also too high to receive SSI. That being said like so many of the others on the page my local SS office is pretty much hateful and unwilling to answer me straightforward. I am receiving back pay from SSI for around 10k. My application interview was on December 3rd I believe and the final approval letter was sent January 21st because the case worker was out or working the front counter or whatever. I have calledver seven to 10 days to ask about when I would receive anything from them and all they could tell me was it has not been released yet and that my case manager would call with when and why however she never has. I started calling around the 3rd week in December. I received my award letter for SSI today in the mail it was dated January 21st and today is the 30th. Came from my local office in the very small town that I live in. I have visited the office 3 times to speak with someone and I get the same runaround she’s not in blah blah blah. Oh and by the way I was the only one there all three times and the 3 people working the front litterally were setting n there cell phones. So they to busy doesn’t work in my area. Anyways to the first question. I know that my SSDI back pay cannot be sent or figured till my SSI is done with there crap. What kind of Wait time do you think that I am looking at now as far as my back pay. My SSDI check starts the 3rd of next month and I am on direct deoposit. The second question I don’t know for sure if you have a knowledge on but let’s hope so. I have an arrangement set up with some of my DR’s and hospitals that I’ve stayed in for the past few years they would hold all collections till my SSI went threw that way mos of my medical would be covered by medicaid. The SS office stated that I was not eligible for Medicaid. I thought that you were eligible for medicaid if you received SSI I live in arkansas. I have Congestive Heart Failure, Diastolic Heart Failure Diabetes, neuroathy and the list goes on. That being said my back pay will not pay all of them. (There’s ALOT) any ideas or suggestions

    Thanks in advance and Thank you for all that you Do….

    Karl

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Karl,

      It can take up to three months to get Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay after the first monthly payment has been made. The fact that you got a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) award letter indicates that your SSI payments have been calculated. That is enough to allow Social Security to be paid.

      There are various ways to qualify for Medicaid. In most states, one way is to qualify for SSI; however, retroactive Medicaid coverage is limited, I believe, to three months before approval for ongoing Medicaid coverage. I do not know whether you can get three months retroactive or not given that you are not eligible for ongoing Medicaid based on SSI eligibility. You will not be eligible for Medicare until you have received twenty-four months of SSDI benefits including back-pay months. You may need to use your retroactive benefits to pay your medical bills. You may be able to negotiate forgiveness on some part of the hospital bills if you cannot pay the full amount, that is, negotiate a settlement based on what you can pay.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  125. Curtis says:

    I’m very confused and getting very aggravated right now dealing with my SSI and SSDI back pay. My attorney filed my application February of 2013 and I was approved Fully Favorable for SSDI June or July 2014 and started receiving my monthly payments. I didn’t know that SSI covered me for the SSDI 5 month delay but I got a deposit for $2000 something in September as my first SSI back pay. I’m no longer eligible for SSI and only receiving SSDI and read that because of that I would be entitled to a lump sum of the SSI back pay but every time I call and bring that up they all make some excuse as to why I haven’t gotten it yet. I was out of work for 2 years and have a lot of things needing to be paid and I feel that I’m not going to get my SSDI back pay until my 3rd SSI payment and I dont think its right. I mean every time I call the SSA it’s a different excuse. Ugh!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Curtis,

      Your Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay will not be held up until you get your full Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay; however, it can take three months or so to get SSDI back pay after the first payment is released. You are right that you are entitled to have the full SSI back pay released because you are no longer eligible for SSI benefits. My guess is the office is understaffed and backlogged and unpaid claims are getting priority over release of the rest of your SSI back pay. Your Social Security back pay will be reduced by SSI back benefits paid for the same month.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  126. Kris says:

    I was awarded disability after appealing my 2nd denial. Monthly payments began in December 2014. I was told my back pay was being sent for authorization of release on December 10, 2014 per the Social Security office. I was told that if I did not receive it by mid January to call. I called and was told that because my minor child’s application was not done at the time my disability was approved, my back pay and any payments to her cannot be released until they have her application processed. The soonest they can do a phone interview with me is March 3 and then depending on how soon they process the application will depend on when payment will be released. I am confused by all this. My disability onset was April 2013.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kris,

      I am surprised that your child’s application is holding up your payment because the disabled worker’s benefits routinely are paid before the dependents. Also, it is usually taking longer than a month to get payments started. In any event, about all you can do at this point is to wait for the interview. You will need to your child’s Social Security number and provide proof of relationship (your child’s birth certificate).

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  127. elizabeth tetreault says:

    I got approved for SSDI on July 20th 2014. I have received regular monthly payments. I am waiting on my backpay it has been six months.I was told it was released on December 22,2014.I have yet to receive it i keep calling every week and no one seems to know why i haven’t received it. My question is what are my legal rights to getting it? I have medical bills that need to be paid. I feel like No one seems to care that it has been 6 months. To me that is an inexcusable amount of time.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Elizabeth,

      Since you were told that the payment has been released a month ago, you can file a statement of non-receipt of payment and request a replacement payment. Before doing that, if it was sent to a bank account, go to your bank to be sure it has not been misdirected or stalled in the bank’s system.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  128. Mel says:

    I Filed for Disability on August 22, 2014 I was called by the Social Security Telling me that I was Approved for My Disability and was told how much I would be Reciving starting on March 25, 2015. What happens to Jan & Feb? Question #2 When should I recive the Back Pay for August 2014 to Jan?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mel,

      So I can respond to your questions, please tell me the disability onset (start) date Social Security determined and whether you applied for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or both.

      Thank you,
      Kay

  129. Selina Shearer says:

    Hello, I was approved for SSI and due back pay. I was told on December 22nd that I would receive my first installment of back pay within 5 days. Given the holiday, I understand there is a delay but, it should have shown up. I see that there is a cr for $0.00 in my bank account where it was verified but still no back pay. Could it take longer than the 5 days I was told? Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Selina,

      Based on what you were told, you should have gotten the payment by the time you posted your inquiry on our site. If you still haven’t received the payment, I recommend that you follow up with your local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  130. Jesse says:

    hello my name is Jesse and I have a question. I am 57 years old and have worked in retail for over 30 years. I have dealt with back pain for 20 of those years and have been through all that pain management the shots in the back and about six weeks ago had a double lumbar fusion.my doctor won’t release me to go to work and I doubt if I can ever do the work that I did before I get a very very small pension around $100 a month. I applied for SSI a couple weeks ago and the representative at Social Security was very helpful he asked me to fax him the pension statement . Is there any kind of standard for having back surgery of this kind for getting SSI? The pension is the only income I have

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jesse,

      Back conditions are many in kind and can be complex, so there is no single standard. At your age, if you can’t do the work you did in the past, you are likely to be approved. With your work history, you should meet the non-medical requirements for Social Security Disability (SSDI) and your pension will not affect that benefit. Your pension will be countable income for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and will reduce your benefit by $80.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  131. Heather says:

    I have been getting SSDI for about 4 years now i got it when i was living in a walfair shelter in a hotel i i lived in it for over a year and then to another program. Which i was still homeless i now got a housing voucher. And i got a new apt but i dont have any furniture. Not even a mattress for me or my child we dont. Have really anything i did get a 4000 grant for to move in and past bills my. Housing worker never told me that i could get furniture with it. She only told me the grant was for the first month to move in and any pass bills i had to get put back on she never asked me if i needed furniture. When i moved in. I was trying to .find some program to help me with furniture. When i found out 1month later that the grant i got i could have got furniture. With. I called my worker and she said to me ” I did not think u needed furniture i heard u say you had stuff in storage. ” yea cloths and toys. I asked her for help i dont even have beds me and my 3year old are sleeping on a chair and a ottom the thing u put at a chair for your feet me have made that into a bed. She said to fax a letter over asking for help i did next day and called her every week 2months later i have not got help or even a callback then i found out she dont work there anymore i left 12to 13 long messages on her voice mail now i have a new worker and they cant open my grant back up BECAUSE. Its been to long out of the 4000 i used 1month rent 1350 and 1passed due bill for 183. Thats only 1533 not even close to 4000 i Monly get monthly checks now wich i have to pay rent and bills and food i dont have any extr for beds can soc sec help me at all. Ps i cant do furniture banks i have a real bad back and live on 3floor and its only me and my child single mother and dont drive PLEASE HELP ME

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Heather,

      Social Security cannot help you get furniture. I suggest that you contact United Way and the Salvation Army to see whether you might be able to get free furniture delivered. If you are a member of a church, you might let your minister know about your problem. Another option is to think of everyone possible who might be able to haul and carry the beds for you from free furniture depots–neighbors, friends, etc.

      Another option is to visit the office and ask to speak to the supervisor at the agency that gave you the grant and explain that the worker who left said you would be given furniture money if you made a request and you made the request right away. If you still have the paper you faxed, take it with you. Say that the time passed because the worker didn’t respond and that you called over and over again. You would appreciate the money being released because the delay wasn’t your fault and a misunderstanding in the beginning was why you didn’t get the money initially. (Try not to be accusatory, blaming, just state it as a fact.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  132. maria says:

    I’m wondering what time will my ssi come in I usually receive it the first and was told I’d receive it today 12/31/2014 but what I’d like to know is what time its automatic so it goes directly into my bank account

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Maria,

      Benefits that are direct deposit should be available right after midnight on the day they are due.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  133. marta says:

    I filed in August 2014 was told to go see one of ss doctors Nov 2014 then last week I received a call from a claim rep stating I needed a payee cause it seems like I got approved. He mail the form my husband filed it out and we mailed it back 2 days later. I was just wondering what’s the process from here. It seems really fast for me. I do have a mental disability. And I know God is an awesome God.But can I really be approved already and how long will it take for my first check. Not really worried about back pay just blessed to even being approved if the claim rep is correct

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Marta,

      Some claims go through smoothly and relatively quickly. If a payee application was taken, then your claim was approved. It can take one to three months for benefits to start. Back pay, if any is due, is usually paid after monthly benefits begin.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  134. angie says:

    I have a question my 9 year old son is owed back pay of 9,000 that has to be put into a dedicated account but I owe back rent and my car broke down so was going to buy a used vehicle to get my son to and from his appointments what do I have to do or I can’t use the dedicated account money for none of these

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Angie,

      Apply to Social Security for permission to use some of the money to purchase a car based on needing the car for your son to receive medical care. Your request may be approved because the money can be used for medical care.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  135. shawn adams says:

    my son was approve for SSI ON 112/1/14 said check went out 12/17/14 back payment amount doesn’t seem right what they said when should he receive his 1st check by mail

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shawn,

      SSI back payments are paid in installments; so if the amount doesn’t seem right, it may be only an installment payment. Regular monthly checks are paid on the first of each month.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • low says:

      I was approved for ssi by alj I went to court on7/29/15 received my fully favorable letter 8/26/15 but haven’t heard anything from them,my question is I live with my brothers and we split the bills 3ways and I get linkages will this effect my check and also I was approved since 4/15/2013 and In that time I also was homeless for the first 15 months how will this effect my check and back pay..

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Low,

        If you haven’t received a request from your local office for an interview to update your financial information within two weeks, contact the office and ask to have an interview scheduled. If you are paying your share of shelter expenses (and food if you share food), living with your brothers will not affect your SSI payments. How being homeless affects your payment for those months depends on how you were homeless–for example living out of doors or in your car or moving from house-to-house for short periods of time. Just tell Social Security the situation and they will calculate how much you were eligible for each month. (I do not know what “linkages” means.)

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  136. Mario Richardson says:

    Hello Kay, after my phone interview tomorrow how long i have to wait to receive payment? What’s next and how long?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mario,

      If you phone interview was to review your financial situation for a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim and you have submitted everything that was requested, it can take from a bit over a week to a month or more for payment to start, depending on the complexity of your finances and the office workload.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  137. Aneia says:

    Hi Kay,

    My daughter receives ssi and her second installment for her back pay is due this month (December)….I’m wondering is there a specific day that they give out back payments? I called earlier this week and the lady stated it hasn’t been put into the system but my daughter is due the second installment this month. I then called again due to I received mail from SSA in a sealed envelope with nothing in it. The lady stated she didnt know what it could have been. but this is very frustrating no knowing a specific date.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Aneia,

      There does not seem to be any specific day that installments are paid. I suggest that you call Social Security again about the empty envelope; it may be important to know what was supposed to be enclosed. Ask whether their records show that you were sent some kind of notice around the date of the postmark and, if so, what it was. Keep the envelope and write down the dates you inquired, just in case down the road you are told you were sent a notice you didn’t get.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Aneia says:

        Thank you Kay. I just spoke with someone again today she stated that I should receive the back payments no later than next week. As far as the empty envelope she said that she has no idea what it could have been. She said that on Nov 30th they sent out my annual statement and a change in monthly amount statement for Jan 2015. In which I havent received yet. So im wondering did they actually make a mistake. But I will keep the empty envelope.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Aneia,

          The automated letters are stuffed mechanically into the envelopes, so the machine could have hiccuped. Doesn’t sound as if it was anything you would have had to respond to.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  138. Misty says:

    I was approved for Ssi in October I haven’t heard nothing since can someone please tell me how long this process takes I was denied first got a lawyer went in front of a judge he approved me and I haven’t heard nothing since I am so confused

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Misty,

      If possible, visit your local Social Security office with the approval letter and ask for an appointment for the financial review that is required before payment can be made. If you are unable to visit the office, call 1-800-772-1213 and request a phone interview for the review.

      Sincerely,
      Kay Derochie

  139. Cherise says:

    My daughters child benefits check from her fathers SSDI were supposedly mailed on 11/25/14 it is now 12/3/14 and nothing is in my mailbox where is the check? I spoke with someone on the SSDI hotline and was told the delivery date was 12/1/14 and it is not here. Is there a reason I have not received it?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cherise,

      First, if you gave bank account information, check your bank account for a deposit. If not, it is possible that the holiday slowed the mail down. If you have not received the benefits by December 12, you can file a notice of non-receipt of payment and request a replacement check. Just be careful not to cash both checks if both show up.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  140. Sherri says:

    Hello,

    I applied for survivor benefits for my son since his fathers death was reported. The interview happened on 10/22/14. It was during that interview that all mine and my sons info was given including my bank account information. Later that day, I had called the SSI number because there was incorrect information on the application copy. I was told that it didnt matter and that the application was already approved and just had to be recorded. It is now 12/02/14 and have not received any payment. My question is how long does it take to start receiving payments? Is there anything I can do to expidite this? We are in a bit of a financial struggle and the reps I speak to thru the SSI line arent offering any kind of answers. Thanks in advance!

    • Sherri says:

      In addition, when I was told his application was approved, I was also told the amounts he would receive per month as well as how much in back pay including the death benefit. Is any of it supposed to be coming via check?

      • Sherri says:

        I meant SSA not SSI..my apologies.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Sherri,

        Because you provided bank account information, I would expect the first payment to go to the bank account. The money may arrive before the award letter. Check your accounts every few days.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sherri,

      Release of the payment is done from the payment center, not the local office. You might ask the local office how long survivor claims are typically pending these days.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  141. cassaundra says:

    My son was approved to draw off his dad’s ssdi ive done everything I needed to do and was told we were approved in October, I gave them my banking information and haven’t heard anything I went down to the local office they informed me that it’s waiting to be put into pay? What does that mean and how long before I receive the first payment?
    I applied in September was approved October

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cassandra,

      Social Security dependent benefits are authorized for payment by the payment center, not the local office. It can take two months or more for payment to be issued. Keep checking the bank account because payment is often deposited a week before the award letter is received.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  142. Deirdre says:

    Hello. I am very curious as to when both my SSI payments will begin and when any back pay may come. I was approved from the judge back in October. Nov. 13, 2014 I went to SSA local office and answered all their questions and provided all documentation they required. The lady told me less that a month. I won’t be receiving much back pay, after the lawyer gets his share and they give a portion back to the state from the welfare I’ve received, I’d be lucky to end up with a couple thousand. After reading previous posts, I would guess they wouldn’t break up such a low amount into payments. The real question is, when will the monthly payments start? Can I expect a deposit before Christmas? Any chance of the back pay coming as well?
    I check daily to see if there is a letter of benefits on the website under ‘my Social Security’, but as of yet, nothing. Is there any way to expedite the process or am I supposed to hurry up and wait?
    Also, last question, after I start receiving payments, can I appeal the onset date? My lawyer never even brought the alleged onset date up at trial and in retrospect, that seems to have been the most important thing. I wanted to appeal right away, however, I am a single mom and have no income because I’m unable to work due to disability and have been on welfare for a while now. I need payments to begin as soon as possible. Is it possible to appeal after the SSI payments begin?

    I realize, there are a lot of questions in this posting, but whatever information you could give me would be a great help. I applied over 2 years ago and I’m so close, it would be really nice to know when it will start. Thank you so so much in advance.
    -Dee

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Deidre,

      If the representative can deliver the time frame she mentioned, you will receive the monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit before Christmas. The SSI back pay may or may not come before Christmas.

      I suggest that you talk with your attorney for advice on whether appealing the date of onset will put your current benefits at risk. If you applied for Social Security also, you might appeal only that claim. SSI begins to accrue beginning with the month after the month you applied. If you have been approved that far back, an earlier onset will not change the SSI payment, only possibly the Social Security (SSDI).

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  143. Dawn b says:

    Hello,
    My daughter just got approved for disability. We did the phone interview the day after the letter was sent and set up her beneficiary.
    We chose to do direct express. I have never had to do this and I do not know if I have to apply for the card fill out a form, call a number etc. also, how long afterwards will the beneficiary get the card?

  144. Steven says:

    I have a quick question, Social Security Disability owes me close to 26,000 dollars in back pay I received my first payment of two thousand one hundred and sixty dollars in October but I am having an emergency financial crisis I have no money for clothes or food I only own one pair of jeans one t shirt and over shirt and a pair of boots that I found in the garbage I have been sleeping on the floor with a pillow in a sheet for the past 7 years and I am in dire need of a bed I went in with my representative payee with proofs printed off of the internet and the clerk told me that this was not enough I needed actual printed receipts from a department store showing all the clothes that I needed I went to JC Penneys and had them ring me up receipts that they voided close to 16,000 dollars for a new bed clothes and housewares I also have a printed statement from my dentist for dental work close to $5000 do you think that this will be enough proof for them to expedite a payment for me what else would I need to have this done

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Steven,

      It sounds as if you have presented what is necessary to have an additional larger installment payment sent to you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  145. irv says:

    I have been approved by the ALj in Oct. Got the letter from the ALj in Oct. Been to ssa office with all paperwork they ask for I been approved for ssi and ssd how long before I get a regular monthly check i know the back pay comes after your monthly I’m not 2 worried about back pay at this time i just want the first month dep. In my acct.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Irv,

      The SSI will be paid first. It can take anywhere from a week to a month or more after you provided the requested information. Once the SSI payments (both monthly and back pay) have been processed, the Social Security monthly payment will be authorized. This should be within a month of first getting SSI.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

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  146. susan king says:

    Was told 2 backpays. 1 from SSI one from SDDI. I got lump sum from SSI minus 1k for lawyer.That was 10k lump sum to find somewhere to move.Then I get a letter saying since they paid 10k from SSI, it is being deducted from the 14k back pay from SSDI(after lawyer fees).I have no clue and the rude person I kept in touch with at SS ended the last call with,”you got what you were supposed to.Now we are done.” Wth? This whole affair is bs. No one explains anything. Meanwhile I can’t find a place to rent and afford to live. I am supposed getting 671 a month from SSI. No clue what happened to the monthly payment from SSDI. Last thing she said was to find a place to rent and we will add 40$ to your monthy payment. ??? Where is SSDI? Where is the SSDI back payment? My lawyer got paid 6k total from both.And I am lost and will be living in my car shortly.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Susan,

      It is correct that your Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay will be reduced by your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay. The law does not allow double payment for the same period. You should get the Social Security monthly benefits started within about a month. The back pay can take as much as three months after that. Perhaps you will need to use your back pay slowly over time to supplement your ongoing income to pay your monthly rent.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  147. Karrine says:

    I am trying to find out if my daughters check is for the current month or previous month. Like her check I will receive November is that for October?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Karrine,

      If your daughter is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the payment is for the month in which it is paid. If she is receiving Social Security benefits, the payment is for the month prior to the month in which it is paid.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  148. shanell says:

    Shouldn’t I be to draw more on second release also for vehicle its my child’s release sn I need vehicle for her appointments an activity for her an also a great school so I know a vehicle is needed on her behalf I got more release on her first deposit for many things needed . Should I be able to long as I take the vehicle amount of vehicle up there
    Showing proof that its for the car

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shanell,

      Do you have a question other than the one that I answered on October 17? If you do, I am not undertanding what it is.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  149. T. Oliver says:

    I applied for Disability insurance benefits and Supplemental Security Income on November 2012. After being denied twice, I went before a Administrative Law judge on October 7 2014 and the judges’ decision was fully favorable. October 14th I went to the Social Security office for my interview and was told they will give me back pay as well based on my approval letter from the judge. She also stated the amount is unknown until disability determines the amount they owe to me. Today I received my received my letter from the ALJ and I wanted to know if this means I should be getting my award letter soon.

    Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Oliver,

      Typically SSI is paid before Social Security disability (SSDI). If you have had the financial update interview with the local office, SSI benefits could start within a month. Back SSI is paid in up to three installments six months apart. Social Security benefits start after the SSI is processed and Social Security back pay is taking two or three months after monthly benefits start.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  150. james says:

    Ok I was told I should get my first back pay on the 17 of October will it show up as pending on my direct deposit card or itll just be on there….

  151. Anna says:

    My 10 year old son was approved for SSI on Aug. 11th. I had my interview on Sep. 2nd. I still have not received anything yet, not a monthly payment or any back pay into his dedicated account. My daughter has been receiving SSI for the past 9 year so they already have all my income information in their system from the past 9 years. Why is it taking them so long, especially since I have been in the system for a long time already? I have called the office and they say the caseworker working on his file has not closed out the case yet, what could be the problem?

    Thank you :)

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Anna,

      Your daughter’s and your son’s claim file are completely separate and anything in your daughter’s file would not be accessed for your son’s claim. You did, however, provide the information for your son’s claim and six weeks is a bit longer than usual to get payment started. My guess is that the claims representative just hasn’t gotten to it yet, that he has been working on other claims that came in earlier. That said, you could try asking for the rep and speak to him directly to ask what remains to be done and when can he reasonably project he will be able to do it.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Anna says:

        Thank you for your response. I got a letter on Tuesday finally that outlined my son’s amount of back pay and said his monthly payments will start in November. I had read on SSA.gov that once a child is approved, that the month of the approval and any months after that before payments start are not considered backpay and should not be included in his backpay amount, a automated one time payment should be sent for those months (which would be Aug. Sept. Oct payments for my son). They did include those months in his backpay amount that will go into his dedicated account. So does that mean when I receive his first backpay payment I can take out the money for the months after he was approved, since they shouldn’t be included in his backpay?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Anna,

          I am not aware of the distinction of benefits payable before the approval decision and after. However, if your child’s first eligibility is June or later, the back payment should not have gone to a dedicated account because typically only back pay equal to six months benefits or more is required to go into a dedicated account. You need written permission to use any of the money for anything other than items listed in the guidelines for dedicated accounts, such as medical and prescription co-pays, therapy, vocational or occupational training when the child is older, etc.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  152. Minphill says:

    The end of the line interview about assets and income.. Aka, per my attorney, Pre-effectuation review conference needed to determine back pay and monthly check amount..

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Minphill,

      Thank you for the explanation. It appears that processing for payment is in process given that a DirectExpress card was set up shortly after your interview. If you have not received your first Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment within a month of the interview, follow up with the local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  153. Minphill says:

    I recently received a direct express card in the mail, activated it and it has a $0.00 balance. I’ve attempted to contact my local ss office ssi claims rep to inquire about my non medical eligibility, but have yet to get an answer. The card was issued 9/23/14. I had my perc interview 9/21/14. Does the receipt of the direct express card indicate that I’ve been approved? Is there a time frame that I can expect funds to be deposited? Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Minphill,

      I am not familiar with the term “perc interview.” Please give me the full name of the interview so that I can respond.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  154. Melissa says:

    My son was underpayed for several months on his SSI check. How long does it take to get that back after we have informed and interviewed with the case worker? Thanks.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melissa,

      If your son has not received the adjustment pay within two weeks, I suggest following up by asking what remains to be done to release the payment and when the representative anticipates taking that action.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  155. Thomas says:

    I already got my first back payment, i gave my local ssa office the the paperwork they wanted but now i have expenses. I have no bed, furniture nothing so i requested an early release of second payment. I gave them paperwork showing how much i need and they have approved but it’s been three weeks but nothing posted and when i called about it they said if i call it will take longer. I can’t keep sleeping on the floor with my bad back and knees. Are they allowed to hold the money because i called to see what was going on?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Thomas,

      I think that the representative meant that it takes time to answer phone calls that then cannot be used to get payments out, not that they are specifically withholding money because you called.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  156. Eddie says:

    I just want to know how long does it take before I receive a notice from SSI because I have filed the application June 2nd of this year I was just wondering how long does it take before I get something in the mail.

  157. megan says:

    For the person who worried about your benifts and you child getting approved to my oldest child was getting Ssi I to and we both got the same amount at the time we both got 721 each month so don’t worry but if you get any kind of food stamps they will lower them

  158. Teri says:

    A decision was made on 8/27/2014 and I have received full medicaid benefits and cards when should I start receiving payments.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Teri,

      I would have expected that your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) would have started given that you have received Medicaid cards. I suggest that you contact your local office to inquire the status of payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  159. cindy says:

    My son receives ssi. I have received two of the back payments. I received the second early and was told the last would be paid in June. I went in June and they said it would be paid at the regular date which was August. I went in to talk to them and they said it should have been paid in June. It is now September and still no third payment. They were supposedly sending me a letter. Still no letter. Any suggestions?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cindy,

      All you can continue to do is follow up. When you contact them, I suggest asking what remaining work needs to be done to release the payment and who is responsible for taking the action.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  160. james says:

    Can you receive back pay fast if your ssi was disabled snd turn back on

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear James,

      Reinstatement of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits should take less time than a new claim; however, if you were ineligible for twelve months or more, a whole new claim has to be filed and a full medical review is required to determine whether you are currently disabled.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  161. Kristine M says:

    Hi the 1st time I applied for ssi last year I was denied. I changed lawyers and reapplied this year in June. Ssi sent me a letter saying all the information they received stated that I’ve been disabled since 2004. I was suppose to verify the information and mail it back to ssi. I havent sent the paperwork back. Now the last time I talked to my lawyer they said everything looked like it was going good. My phone was shut off due to non payment. Then like two days later I received a check in the mail for $1,678.00. I haven’t received any noticed or anything stating I was even approved. I guess my question is, does the check mean I’ve been approved for ssi? And if so will they go back to 2004 (when my disability started) 2013 (when I 1st applied but got denied) or 2014 (the last time I applied)?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kristine.

      It is most likely you will be paid based on your 2014 application. If you were approved for SSI, which is Supplemental Security Income, your benefits will be gin to accrue the month after you applied in 2014 or in the application month if you applied on the first of the month. If you were approved for Social Security disability (SSDI), benefits will begin to accrue twelve months before your 2014 application.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  162. Amanda says:

    Hi,
    I’m so confused as to why the ss website says my payment is 9/3/14, but I haven’t received anything on my direct express card. I called ss and the very rude csr told me I don’t actually get paid until the 17th of this month, despite what the website says. Website shows I was paid today under payment history and my next scheduled payment is 10/03. Why is this??

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Amanda,

      If you are actually going to get payment on the 17th and your birthday is in the third week of the month, that means that you will get your payments on the third Wednesday of each month; regardless of what the website says. I do not know why it shows the 3rd unless the coding is actually means which Wednesday (the third).

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  163. Amanda says:

    Hello, on the ss website it says under payment history that I received my benefits for this month (9/3/14) but on the direct express card website I have nothing. Do you know why or how long it will take to be deposited into my account?
    Thank you for your time!

  164. shenelle says:

    Hello I applied for ssi January 28 2014 due to severe depression/ anxiety it is now August 28th 2014. I have been sent papers from dds asking for previous work info which I filled out a mailed back immediately. Also I had been getting regular calls from my dds case worker. Now the calls have stopped & I have yet to hear if I am approved or denied nor have I received a direct express card. My question is does it usually take this long get a decision for ssi? Is it possible that with all the calls from dds & papers I’ve received that I am still going to be denied or is there a good chance I will be approved?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shenelle,

      Your claim has pended longer than usual. The flurry of calls and requests indicates that your claim was actively being reviewed after waiting its turn. If it has been more than a month since you submitted the last of the requested information, I suggest that you call the examiner and indicate the date you sent in the last information and ask what else needs to be done for her to complete the claim. You might politely end the call mentioning that you filed your claim seven months ago and are hoping for a decision soon.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  165. Brian says:

    I am trying to help my gf understand her SSI Payouts. It says for September she gets $xxx, then it says Oct-Nov $x,xxx back to the original amount in December and then the larger amount for Jan-Feb. Its kind of a leap frog effect. Does it mean for 2 months she will receive a larger payment or a smaller payment? Hope this makes sense

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brian,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are recalculated every time a person’s income, including in-kind income, changes. Therefore, it is possible that your grandparent’s SSI could be different in different months. If the letter does not explain why the amounts are changing, I suggest that you and your grandparent visit a Social Security office for an explanation. (Note: As long as your grandparent remains eligible, income received in one month usually affects benefit amount two months later. This means that September benefits are probably calculated with July income and October and November’s benefits are calculated based on August and September income, respectively.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  166. darcel small says:

    I just got my direct express card two which I was told by my office I was approved but I still have to go to my hearing which is in . I’m getting confused why can’t I just get an aproval letter?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Darcel,

      Being already approved and having to attend a hearing do not go together. If you have an attorney, discuss the situation with your attorney; otherwise, I suggest that you contact Social Security for an explanation.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  167. Heather says:

    Quick question on my ssa website it says 8/22/2014 one time payment 15250.50 on the 21st. On the 22nd it was gone off the website. This is my backpay amount but nothing in the bank? Is there a reason it changed disappeared of the website? Also got a direct deposit on the 21st for 63.50 no explanation just us treasury 310xx socsec no clue about this amount or what that code means.any and all help is appreciated thanks in advance this is all that keeps me sane

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Heather,

      It usually takes about two to three business days for an authorized payment to show up in your account. I believe that once the amount is paid, it no longer shows on the records. If you don’t get a letter about the $63.50 within a week to ten days, contact Social Security for an explanation of the payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  168. Sheryn Warner says:

    Hello!
    Having a little issues with understanding how back payment works. Owed over ten thousand for back pay, and it first is was great about 5 days before the 1st there would be a payment for about 500 dollars. That continued on for another month, then the next month and installment of two thousand. Then the back payment stopped and then only continued to get the regular payment. Did get the notice in the mail saying I was to get my back pay in three different installments 6 months apart, but I was just confused about why there was a sudden change in the way the back pay was being paid?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sheryn,

      For several years Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay has been paid in three monthly installments six months apart. The maximum installment for the first two payments is $2,163.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  169. Jeanette says:

    Hi there. I applied for SSI for my son in April, and today in the mail he got a check in the mail only, no letter, just his check. What do I do now or what happens next?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jeanette,

      It is quite unusual for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to be issued without an interview after the medical approval. If you have had an interview, then it should be safe to cash and use the check. You should receive an explanatory letter within ten days. If you have not had an interview and anything has changed about your family’s income or living arrangements since April, I would not cash the check until the changes had been reported and you were assured the check was the right amount.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Jeanette says:

        Miss Kay,

        I did receive a letter a few days later. But only my son would receive SSI for 6 months and then they would determine there final decision after the 6 months. I called them today to ask about the electronic payments they wanted him to get through his own bank account and I was told to come in the office the 29th and bring pay stubs since March 2014, my medical card/insurance, my lease, & direct deposit slip. Question 1-is that the interview? My boyfriend did work 2 jobs from May-June; does that time effect my sons chances? This is all new to me and so confusing.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Jeanette,

          Yes, the appointment you have scheduled is the interview I referenced. Your boyfriend’s income does not after your son’s benefits unless he is your son’s father and living in the same household with your son. If he is, you need to take proof of his income as well.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  170. Muffin hall says:

    Hi I been receiving ssi since 2006, then in 2008 they told me it Changed to ssd. Then I got a letter say that I was under re determination so they switched back to ssi. Till ma court date July 10, 2015. I won. Now I got a letter saying that their re opening my ssd case an their going back to 2006 when I first apply. Because my case was all mess up. And that I would be receiving back pay. I called the contact number in the local offline and their telling me my case is with the payment center as if today. How much longer do I to wait to get my back money and r they going to really pay back since 2006?

    Thank you,
    Muffin

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Muffin,

      Authorization of SSDI back pay can take a while, especially if the case is “messed up.” The usual time can be up to three months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  171. wahbenjay says:

    Kay,

    I appreciate your response. Thanks for bringing it to my attention concerning reduction of benefits until full retirement age. For some reason I forgot that option was available as well. No need to rush to get more if I can support myself during that time period. Information was much appreciated. Very pleased that I found this blog with all the knowledgeable information and someone monitoring to answer questions. Thanks a million your service to us who are attempting to navigate the waters of ssa is invaluable.

  172. wahbenjay says:

    In Sept 2012 I had a widow maker which means I was 100% occluded in my LAD. It didn’t take my doctor long to recommend I apply for disability citing the fact that I could never return to work in the capacity that I was previously employed. My application for disability was submitted October 2012 and my application for ssi was submitted November 2012. Both applications were denied in April 2013 I appealed the decisions and a hearing before an ALJ was scheduled for November 2013. Meanwhile in July 2013 my husband passed away (disabled in 2010 with a 31 year work record). Because we were not residing in the same household at the time of his death I did not qualify as his widow for the one time death benefit (fine by me 255 isn’t/wasn’t going to make or break me). However, in November the ALJ and VE agreed with my doctor that I would never return to work in the capacity that I did previously to my AMI and ruled me fully favorable back to the date of my AMI. With his disability and now mine I know I become eligible for survivors benefits based on his work record when I turn 50 (which will be in 2015) but would you happen to know or could you direct me to a link of what percentage would I qualify for.

    Concerning my own disability the process is finally beginning to transpire with the ssa.gov website showing on Sept 3 2014 I will receive ***. ** Benefits (disability). While nothing is mentioned concerning the ssi payment I did receive the bucket loads of documents from both ssdi and ssi of which both had figures. One saying blah, blah amount stating that it was being withheld at this time because it may have to be reduced if I received ssi during that period (I am sure you are familiar with what the letter stated). The other one stating total back payments due to you but no date as to when I could expect them Anyways I went to my local office and had my financial interview as well as returned the paperwork requested and seems like the process just halted in mid-air concerning any back pay. My question is would you happen to know the process in which back payments are released. I mean seriously I have been without a paycheck since Sept 7, 2012 and my ability to afford medicines and a healthy diet is diminishing on a daily basis while these people continue to lag and delay.

    Thanks in Advance for Your Response.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Wahbenjay,

      It routinely takes a month or more after monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments start to get the SSI back pay. The Social Security back pay, which will be reduced by SSI paid for the same months, will take a couple months after the SSI is processed.

      With regard to widow’s benefits, depending on the amount of the widow’s benefits and the amount of your own disability benefits, it may be better to leave the widow’s alone until you reach full retirement age and then switch to the full unreduced widow’s benefit. Several variables need to be considered in making the decision, so I suggest that either after you get your Social Security benefits or about three months before you turn fifty you make an appointment with a claims representative to discuss the options. I was unable to locate the percentage of reduction at age fifty. At age sixty it is a 28.5% reduction. The benefit at age fifty would be reduced even more.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  173. Gale says:

    How does Social Security count the 6 months between 1st and 2nd
    installments. I received my first back pay on April 2, 2014. When
    will I receive my 2nd Backpay = Sept 1 or Oct 1, 2014?? Thanks.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Gale,

      You should get the second installment sometime during the sixth month, which would be sometime in October.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  174. Maegan says:

    Hi Kay,

    I was wondering since I have one child on ssi, if that would affect my other sons payment if he gets approved. For the current application we applied back in March 2014, he got denied and I filed an appeal with our local social security office. When we applied in March he had no diagnosis and he then got a diagnosis in June of autism spectrum disorder. When I filed the appeal she said it would back date to March for his back pay. And also told me I shouldn’t have to wait long for a descion since we listed just 2 doctors. She said give it thirty days and you should hear something. It’s been thirty days should I wait another month before calling them? I know this is a waiting game it took 4 months to get approved from our other son and I’m afraid I’ve been told the wrong dates. Thanks again!!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Maegan,

      If your second son is approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), his eligibility will not cause a reduction in your other disabled child’s SSI benefits. If your income has been causing a reduction in your first son’s SSI, his SSI could go up with the approval of your second son.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  175. shannon says:

    I was told my son was approved for SSI I turned in all necessary paperwork and on 8/13/2014 I was told my claim was put in to pay wut exactly Does that mean and wen can I expect my bak pay or first monthly payment

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shannon,

      “Put into pay” means that minimally your son will get his first monthly SSI payment on September 1, although the benefit may be paid the Friday before because September 1 is a holiday this year. Usually any back pay owed is paid a few weeks after monthly benefits start.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  176. Donna says:

    When my 11 yr old child’s father died and I applied for survivor benefits. This will help out since I am a single parent in a single income household and didn’t receive child support. I am on SSDI myself. How long does the process and is there any chance she could be denied? I am thinking there is not but I know nothing about this.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Donna,

      As long as your child’s father was insured for Social Security survivor benefits, your daughter should be eligible. If she is already getting benefits from your earnings record, she will be paid under a combined family maximum and receive more than she would from the earnings record of only one parent. Claims with combined family maximums seem to take longer than others. I would expect at least a couple months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  177. Rachelle Mckinney says:

    When writing a request for an increase on first back pay installment for medical transportation such as a vehicle what should be said besides proof of cost…. And what adress should it be sent to

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rachelle,

      Your request for a larger first installment payment of back SSI benefits should be sent to your local Social Security office. Be sure to date it and keep a copy.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  178. linda s. says:

    I am so confused.I was approved for disability.amount 1,203$ a month, payments the sec.wed.of ea.month.back pay 11,000$.next I get letters for ss saying back pay was 10,000$.next letter back pay is 4,100$ an my monthly pay changed to the 3rd of ea.month. ugh! I got 7 lettters in 2 days with all this break down that makes no sense to me.some letters from local ss others from calif.reducling this taking that! I called the ss office 2 days in a row an got totally different explainations an answers.I did get the 44,100$ .but ad far as I am concerned there is still 6g’s owed to me.its very confusing to understand an why they do it like this Idont know.don Its like Two entities in one, an one controlling an confuditogetother.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Linda,

      I suggest that if you can, you go to Social Security and take all the letters in and ask for an explanation. It could be that benefits have been reduced to repay state or local cash assistance that you received and/or to pay your attorney if you had one. If you applied for both Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), any SSI back pay will cause a reduction in Social Security back pay.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  179. Kevin says:

    Does issued also mean date mailed? Because it was issued on the second according to web and it says paper check. Yet I have recieved nothing nor a letter, only told of over phone. Most mail usually takes two to three days. Also my address is correct on the site – and now today I got letters postmarked the 5th but still no check

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kevin,

      Issues means the date that check preparation was begun. It could be mailed one or two days later.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  180. Michelle says:

    Hi, I applied for my son SSI in Feb 2012 and was approved Aug 2014, how long will it take to receive his back pay? When will his regular checks start coming?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Michelle,

      Given the long time the claim pended, I assume your son was approved at a hearing. My remarks are based on that assumption. If you have not heard from the local Social Security office with a request to update your family’s financial information within seven to ten days of getting the judge’s approval letter, contact Social Security and request an interview for the financial review. After that review is completed, it can be from a week to a month for benefits to start. If the back pay is more than $2,163, it will be paid in installments six months apart.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  181. Kevin says:

    I applied for ssi years ago after breaking my spinal cord and was denied, I reapplied this year and was approved, the website says a backpay check was issued on the second? Was it mailed that day? Also they say I get back from march this year? Does it go from current application or first one? Thanks

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kevin,

      Benefits are paid based on your current application. The date of payment is the date it is issued.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Kevin says:

        Does issued also mean date mailed? Because it was issued on the second according to web and it says paper check. Yet I have recieved nothing nor a letter, only told of over phone. Most mail usually takes two to three days. Also my address is correct on the site

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Kevin,

          Issued would mean the check had been printed. It could take at least a day for the check to be actually mailed.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  182. Kevin Baines says:

    Hi can Social Security SSI change my back pay amount? They sent me a award letter back in Feb 2014 and received my first back pay on feb 20. I look on my account online and it say one time payment for 600 on 08/02/24 but my second back pay was suppose to be 1441. Whats going on?

  183. Tabby says:

    is there any reason not to get your last installment? my previous one was on feb 1st. did the math, 6 months, should have gotten it today. nope just regular. check. :-(

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tabby,

      The installment checks are not usually paid together with the regular monthly check. If you have not received the last installment by the end of the month, follow up with Social Security.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  184. Elle says:

    What determines what your back pay amount is. How far back backpay goes for a case that has appealed many times in 3 years. Is the montly amount approved for multiplied by the amount of months backpay goes back or is backpay 721(full benefit) multiplied by the amount of months backpay goes back. I am trying to fiq out how much back pay I might get for may son once approved. I have a case open since 2011 that went all the way to appeals council and remanded back to the judge. Also if a diagnoses was made during the course of a case does the backpay only go back to the diagnoses or all the way back to the beginning, if the symptoms are the same but the diagnoses was not official until 2012

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Elle,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay will start with the later of the following: the date of the original application or the date the judge finds that your son became disabled. SSI payments are calculated on a month-by-month basis and can change monthly if there have been changes in your son’s countable income, including any income deemed from parents who live in the same household.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  185. Lanese says:

    My son was born July 2010 @ 7months due to a placenta abruption I applied for SSI for him in August 2010 he was approved I received a letter in the mail stating what month his benefits would start when I didn’t receive Hus check I called SS to find out why I was told over the phone by a rep that he was no linger considered eligible BC his condition wasn’t life threatening I hv another son who receives SSI for his disability while reading over my copies of his review done July 2014 it was brought to my attention that SS has my son that I applied for in 2010 listed as disabled I spoke w a supervisor and explained to her my reason for requesting an appeal what I wanna no is will SS pay from 2010 to 2014 or only for the 6m he was supposed to receive benefits

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lanese,

      In order to answer your question, I need an explanation of what you mean by “only for the six months he was supposed to receive benefits.” Which months were those? Also, specifically what are you appealing?

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  186. Cassie says:

    My son is approved for SSI . He is severely autistic , ADHD , oppositional defiant , and bi polar. We applied a couple years ago but got denied bc of our income . With my sons behavioral issues I had to quit work to homeschool him . With our income lower we were approved for ssi . some of the previous posts on here answered most of my questions . Would it be likely that my son would be eligible for both ssi and ssdi? I know many things play a factor such as income etc but just with his disabilities alone do you think it would be likely for him to receive both ? Thank you for your time
    Cassie

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cassie,

      SSDI is Social Security Disability paid to disabled workers and requires that the disabled person have worked in employment that was subject to Social Security taxes. Apparently, your son is a minor, so I doubt he has the necessary work credits. In the future when you or his father become eligible for Social Security or die, your son could be eligible for dependent or survivor benefits on a parent’s Social Security records.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  187. jason says:

    I received my .first 2 monthy payment and a small check for backpay. How long before I can expectthe rest of my backpay ti arrive.

    • jason says:

      Excuse me for the spelling

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jason,

      Usually Social Security back pay is paid all in one payment. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is paid in installments six months apart in amounts not exceeding $2,163. When you are likely to receive back pay depends upon whether you were approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or both. There is a possibility that you have received all the back pay due. Did you receive a letter saying you were eligible for more back pay than you have received?

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  188. Ruth says:

    I applied for ssd and ssi in february 2014 I have been approved for both and I will receive my first ssd payment in august 2014. I had my interview for ssi in april and sent in all nessary paper work that they asked for, I also called to make sure it was received. In the paper work it states that it will take 90 to 120 days to process. I would like to know am I still eligible for the few months of ssi back pay since I will be receiving my ssd before the ssi is processed.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ruth,

      Yes, you will be eligible for SSI back pay and it will be paid before any SSD back pay that may be due.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  189. christina says:

    Hi,
    My sister was finally approved for ssi… she had been applying since 2009, she received a letter early July 2014… After public assistance took their money, how lo g does she have to wait for her back pay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Christina,

      If the public assistance office has received its repayment, your sister should receive back pay within a month. If the amount due her is more than $2,163, it will be paid in installments six months apart.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  190. Linda E Joyner says:

    My brother was just approved for SSI and received his first payment on July 3rd. He is due back pay from June 2013 through May 2014. I know that back pay is disbursed in three installments; when can he expect to receive his first installment? Thank-you.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Linda,

      Release of the first installment of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay can take from a couple weeks to a couple months.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  191. Kevin Baines says:

    Hi How do i go by getting a advance on my SSI back pay? What are the requirement to get a advance? Do I have to show documentation

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kevin,

      There is no provision for getting an advance on SSI back pay. If you are in danger of becoming homeless or losing your home, you can tell the Social Security Administration and perhaps they can expedite payment, but there are no guarantees because many disabled people are in the same position.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  192. tonya says:

    Also if TFNA is going to take all my backpay is there any sort of appeal? I have went into dept this past year because of my medical condition and was counting on any backpay to pay off those depts. Thank you

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tonya,

      You can only appeal withholding of back pay to repay public assistance if you think they have calculated incorrectly the amount you owe.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  193. tonya says:

    I received TFNA cash assistence 10 years ago and used my 60 month limit. Now 10 years later I had to apply for hardship cash assistance while I’m waiting for my SSI application to be approved. My question is what will come out of my back pay from SSI? Is there a percent they will take to pay that TFNA back or are they just going to take all the back pay? I live in Iowa. Thank You.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tonya,

      Social Security will collect the full amount of public assistance you received for any months that overlap with Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay months.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • tonya says:

        So what I received 10 years ago will not count against me? I applied for SSi the same time I applied for the hardship TFNA benifits this past year so even if they take that all I will still lose almost all backpay. Is there any sort of appeal for that? Thank you

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Tonya,

          Please see my two prior responses. I believe that the assistance you received ten years ago will not affect your current benefits; however, to be sure, you can check with the welfare department that has been paying the assistance.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  194. Kevin Baines says:

    Hi I received my first back pay for SSI on Feb 20 2014. Will my next back pay payment be July 20 2014.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kevin,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back-pay installments are paid six months apart, so if you are due more than you were paid, your next payment is due in August 2014.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  195. Windy says:

    Dear Kay,

    I was on SSI for 3 years, and then back in 2012 moved in with my boyfriend, at which point they cut off my benefits because he made too much money. We split up in 2013, and I have been trying for the past 10 months to get my benefits back.

    They have denied my app and first appeal and are saying that the evidence doesn’t show that my condition is as bad as I claim it is. My condition has only gotten worse over the years, and especially in the past two!

    Do I need to get an attorney? I am putting a lot of financial strain on my mom and from what I read, I could be looking at another 6 months to a year trying to get this second appeal which will be in front of a judge. Not sure what to do, and I’m losing hope.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Windy,

      Yes, I suggest that you get an attorney. Also, I suggest that you get a copy of your claim file so that you can see what is in the file and the reasons for denial listed in the determination memo. You do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount your attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your retroactive award at the time they send your back pay to you. So, it’s all very easy and risk-free.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  196. Denise says:

    Hi Kay, my daughter’s father was put on child support for her and I informed the child support office he was collecting social security disability. They told me to go to the ss office and have them file a claim for my daughter. I did this and they told me flat out they couldn’t do anything for me and this was 5 years ago. I called a few days ago and they are sending me an interview letter. The lady I spoke to indicated that my daughter would be approved. How long does it take for my daughter to be approved and how much back pay would she get since it’s been 5yrs?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Denise,

      Usually Social Security dependent benefits go back only six months before the date of the application; however, when you file to receive her benefit, you can tell Social Security that you tried to file for her five years ago and were turned away. With that information, there is a remote chance benefits could be paid farther back.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  197. Mary says:

    I was denied SSI in 2007 by a judge.I had another hearing last week and the Judge ruled in my favor.After the hearing my attorney said that my back pay would go back only 2 years.Today,I received a letter from SSA saying that they would be using my 2007 testimony.This letter was dated a month before my hearing.Does this mean that I will receive back pay from 2007? Also,I live in TN,will I have to repay TANF benefits?

    • Mary says:

      Also,someone said my benefits maybe subject to deeming,what does this mean? My husband is the only one working and he earns about $1600 monthly and my grandson lives with us.Thank you in advance.

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Mary,

        Deeming means that the government deems (considers)some of your husband’s income to be available for your support. There are specific set- asides for work incentives and for his own support before counting any of his income to determine your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment amount. There will not be a set aside for your grandson unless you have adopted him.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mary,

      If you have been approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)–not Social Security–you will have to repay the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). What you owe will be withheld from your back benefits. I would expect that SSI benefits will start the month after the month of your last initial application. It is very rare that a judge reopens an old hearing decision that has not been appealed.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  198. Suzie Marie says:

    I was told i had to pay back food stamps 189.00 a month and i did
    Also a homeless fund of 45 a week for sleeping bags tents camping gear i did and a cash fund of 179.00 a month
    This all came out of my 12000 down to 8000 pay back but they will only give me 2125 each payback every six months were they allowed in calif and washington to make me pay back food stamps and homeless funding?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Suzie,

      Usually cash assistance does have to be repaid, and it is possible that you have to pay back the cost of the camping gear. The idea is that what you pay back will help the next person in need. I have never heard of having to pay back food stamps. I recommend that you check with the federal food stamp office to find out. Then contact Social Security if an error has been made.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  199. Josh says:

    Hello, after my wife passed away in 2005 me & my son who is in my care were both receiving survivor benefits. After a year or so I was able to return to work so I stopped collecting, my sons continued to date. In September of ’13 I had to leave work and began trying to get signed back up for the benefits. There was some confusion on their part as to whether I would have to re-interview or not and they said they would be in contact. I waited for months. I ended up having to re-apply in March at which time they scheduled an interview with the local office. The earliest appt. was 3 months later on June 13 2014. During the interview the woman said everything looked good and I would start receiving a monthly benefit plus back pay for 6 months prior to filing in March. At the end of the interview she said it could take up to 30 days to receive the check. My question is, being that it took almost 10 months just to get an interview, we are beyond broke. Me & my son have nearly lost everything and will lose what little we have left in the next week or two. What can I do if anything to speed up this payment? Who do I call? Who do I have to get on my knees & beg? We will have no life to get back to if this takes any longer than a couple weeks. P.S. I have not even received an awards letter. Thank you for taking the time to read. Josh

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Josh,

      It is hard to get anything expedited. I suggest that you go to the Social Security Administration and speak to the person who helped you. Ask for an informal letter that says your benefits are being reinstated with six months retro and how much the current monthly benefit will be. Then contact your creditors with the letter and ask them to wait.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  200. Evan says:

    I live in Oklahoma, I am 25, Cherokee, had my hearing, SSD is locked in for my physical health according to my ALJ and attorney and now waiting on my appointment to be set to do my mental eval. I have been mentally disabled since the 3rd grade and which is the first time i was put on Ridelin, or however you spell it, since back in the 90s doctors were passing it out like skittles and I have been on some 25 medications just for my mental health since. My physical health has become progressively worse due to injuries, surgeries, effects from my medications. My kidneys are now failing because i have always been on medication. There is a lot I do not understand about what was discussed in my hearing of which most important and curious to me is the question asked by my ALJ to my attorney about the onset of my disabilities is, and I quote, “The date of which he applied looks to be April 2012 and the onset of his disability February 2012. Let’s set January 1st 2011 thru January 1st 2015.” …I have no clue what is going on at this point because what I was told by my attorney isback pay is only considered going back up to, at the most, 2 years. Today I was told by my attorneys assistant only a single year is considered when calculating back pay. At this point I am very angry. I am trying to make plans according to the exact calculation of back pay however I NEED THE CORRECT VARIABLES FIRST otherwise my family, whom are supporting me financially and even purchased a vehicle for me to use, will be bankrupt and homeless! If I am approved for SSD and SSI but only recieving a years worth of back pay is a complete waste of mine and my families time, money and efforts! I have been disabled for a year even before I applied and since I have applied I have waited 27 months! If its true about only being able to recieve a single year or even 2 years of back pay in my case, how do I get this corrected? Who do i talk to other than the people I have already explained everything to and provided all the evidence needed to make them understand I have been disabled for a year prior to applying? How is this even legal?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Evan,

      Social Security Disability benefits begin the later of twelve months prior to the date of application or the sixth full calendar month of disability. If you applied in April 2012 and the judge determines that your disability began January 2011 (apparently the date your attorney was trying to negotiate for you), benefits would begin the sixth month of disability in July 2011.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  201. John says:

    Hi, I’m wondering about when I receive my last back pay if there is a certain date in which I get it. My last Back pay was in January of this year, it is now the 6th month of the year do I get it this moth or next month. I looked at a payment calendar but it is unclear to me about this type of benefit if it is in the list or not.

  202. linda says:

    Ok let me add more to what i said in the other one.I.m 50 years old, and when the lady at the hospital applied for me she did both ssi and ssa, can i get both ,since i did work a little this year.Last year my income was 14,611 and i was out of work alot for fmla, and now i,m on fmla since april the 1st of this year. ,so what will my payments be if i,m approved. In my life i made 100,450.98 I only work 13 years of my 50 years. I thought ssa was for people who had not worked. They did this case fast this time,i do not want to get my hopes up,but this lady said I should here something very soon. So what does that mean good or bad??

  203. linda says:

    The first time i applied i was denied this was back in June 2012. I did not do appeal. then i went back to work and got real sick again. So i re-applied in June 2013. I did nothing with I just went back to work.Then I re-applied in April 6th ,2014.so the disability determination center call me and wanting to know what hosipital i was at this last time. That was all she needed. In these three times i was appling I was put in the hosiptal 4 time and each I stayed 2 weeks or more. I have copd and live on oxygen 24/7 now.Asthma,hbp,depression as well. I asked her with well they set me appointment with their dr.’s, she said it looks like you might not need to go to our dr,s but you do will you be able to go. I said yes. Then I said I should here somethinf bye aug.23 and she said I hope not it should well soon. So is she telling in a nice way that i was aproved or what???

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Linda,

      Given she said that she didn’t think you need to be sent for a consultative examination and given you are on 24-hour oxygen, it is possible that you may be approved.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  204. Carla Barbee says:

    Hello Kay,
    I applied for SSI for my son in May 2012 he was denied I went through the appeals along with his lawyer. In April 2014 we went before the judge he said he felt if the system was designed to help anyone he felt this was the case. The end of May 2014 I was interviwed over the phone to see if there had been any changes in the last 2 years. A few days later I received paper work with everything discussed over the phone it also said the application would be resubmitted and I should hear something within 90 to 120 days. Today I received a check in the mail for $744 but there was no paper work with it explaining anything. Is this a monthly payment or is it back pay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Carla,

      Without knowing whether your son has countable income deemed from your income, I cannot say whether the payment is back pay or a monthly amount. The maximum federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) amount is $721. Some states pay a state supplement. If you are in one of those states, it is possible that the $744 is one month of federal and state SSI. You can call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 to find out what period the payment covers.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  205. daisy says:

    They decided that they have under paid my daughter for ssi for 16 months and that she has that coming now. She gas been receiving benefits for 2 years. How do I find out when they will deposit the back pay? Is it possible to know how much it will be? I would love to get her into a summer program with the extra, but the cut off enrollment dates are soon.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Daisy,

      First try calling the call center at 1-800-772-1213 to see if a payment is scheduled to go out. If so, it will show the date and amount. If that isn’t successful, contact the person who notified you of the error for the info, explaining about the summer program, to see if the money can be released now.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  206. toyabg says:

    I got approval after fighting for two years. I had 2 kids when I applied one died a couple months back. The kids are getting back pay what happens to my dead sons back benefits he was 14?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Toyabg,

      To the extent that the dependent benefits for two children was more than for one, your deceased son’s dependent benefits may be payable to you. Check with the Social Security Administration. They will need a copy of his death certificate if the underpayment is payable.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  207. Mesha says:

    Hi, my son was approved for ssi and they also owes him back pay. I had submitted all the info that they had requested back in April. How long it will takes before they release his 1st back pay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mesha,

      The monthly payment may start before the back pay. Processing times vary quite a bit depending on local workloads. I suggest you call the office to ask what remains to be done and when they expect to release payment.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  208. Kenneth says:

    I have given them all they requested at the office after I got my approval letter from the Judge and they told me they will process it and get my payments to me . How long after the last verify can i expect payments to start my birthday is in July if that matters

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kenneth,

      It can be anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple of months, mostly depending on workload.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  209. Kenneth says:

    How do I get the Direct Express card do I need to order it online or will the Local office order it when they process my payments

  210. Teresia says:

    My husband was approved for SSD April 23rd and still waiting for SSI. On his account online it said 5/7/14 a one time payment $1,442 will be issued. I’m guessing its some kind of back up and it will be mailed in a check. He does have a direct deposit card for his SSD. Will he be getting a check soon? I tried to call his case worker but she is on vacation and I tried calling the SSA but I can’t speak for my husband. My husband is deaf but I can speak to his case worker with no problem.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Teresia,

      Your husband should have received the May 7, 2014 payment by now, either as a check or on the DirectExpress card. Your husband can report that it has not been received by calling the Social Security phone number for the hearing impaired (TTY 1-800-325-0778.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  211. Sara says:

    Hello, I have been approved for Social Security disability, I have received my first check of 840. when I receive my reward letter is stated that my back pay would be withheld because of ssi. I’ve been calling the 1 800 number all week in the representative I spoke with said that I was approved for SSI but because my check is 840 I won’t get anything back from SSI. she also stated that my SSD back pay was sixteen thousand. so my question is why is there a hold of on my back pay for SSDI back pay. I also received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families through social services does Social Security make me pay that money back out of my back pay?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sara,

      There may have been some confusion about the information given to you. I think that the representative meant that you would not receive ongoing Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. I would expect you to be eligible for SSI for past months and that what you owe social services for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to be repaid by Social Security from your SSI back pay. I would then expect that your Social Security Disability (SSD) back pay would be reduced by the amount of your SSI back pay (before repayment to social services) due and paid for the same months as you were eligible for SSD.

      Best regards,

      Kay

  212. Anthony says:

    I filed for ssi in September 2012 and had a court date to meet with a judge in March of this year and my lawyer told me at the end of my hearing the judge ruled in my favor but its been over 2 months and I have gotten absolutely nothing in the mail I was just wondering how long will it take to start getting my back pay. I’ve got bills that I can’t pay because I can’t work

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Anthony,

      Payment can begin two months or longer after you get the approval letter from the judge. The letter from the judge can also take two months or longer from the date of the hearing. You can call the hearing office to ask the status of your appeal, that is, whether the judge has sent his decision to the writing department to prepare the letter or it is still with him. If it has moved to the writing department, you are moving closer to getting the formal letter of decision.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  213. kurt owens says:

    i have a hearing coming up to where they want to check my leg which was mangled able to walk now but for long or stand for long I am getting s.s.i now but want to know if they say I am able to work will I get cut off right there and now? do not want to end up homeless am wondering if they give a little while to get back on your feet or just cut you off

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kurt,

      If it is determined that you are no longer disabled and you are getting Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, the benefits will terminate as soon as the written decision is rendered.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  214. april says:

    I got approved for ssi in november 2013 and got was told I would be getting $30,000.00 in back pay minus attorney fees of $6000.00 I got my first installment dec 2 of $2609.00 and have not received my second installment which I calculated to be in may 2014. what should I do? I owe some family members money and have a electricity deposit of $273.00 is overdue.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear April,

      Six months from December 2 is June 1. Because you have a utility debt, you might be able to arrange release of the next installment before then. I suggest contacting (visiting if possible) your local Social Security office to make the request. Take the past due bill with you.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  215. paul says:

    I got a direct express card in the mail on april 19th 2014, nothing is on the card yet, I called the ssd worker, they say nothing is in the system yet, but the direct express card people say I was approved amd a paper check should be mailed out first, but I have not received any award letter just my direct express card.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Paul,

      It sounds as if you have been medically approved and the Treasury people who handle the DirectExpress cards are telling you what generally happens.
      I suggest talking with the claims representative who is handling your claim to ask what processing remains to be done to start payment and whether you need to submit anything.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  216. brittany says:

    i received a letter in the mail about where about. my husband is getting a back pay check from 1997. all the information was update and sent to the processing center on 4-16…when do you think we will receive the back pay check?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brittany,

      It may be ninety days before the processing center releases the back pay. If your husband is really due sixteen years of back pay, then it could be even longer because very large retroactive pay has to go through a special review.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  217. Autumn says:

    My ssi.web.page says a one time installment was issued 12/23/2013, I received that back pay check like 4-5 days later, I should get my next installment in may? May 23 will be exactly 6 months, will I receive it in early may or the end of may 2014?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Autumn,

      The check will not be released until six full months have passed so the earliest release date is likely to be late May. If you have not received it by the 10th of June, I suggest following up with your local office.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  218. alexus says:

    please help. I have received two payments of back pay already. the last letter I received from SSA in 8/2013 says that Iwould be receiving my last payment in august how is that if I only received two payments

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Alexus,

      It sounds as if you received one installment in about August 2013 and another in about February 2014. If that is the case, the last payment is due in August 2014.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • alexus says:

        no I received one in 2/2013 and 8/2013. but in august 2013 the letter said that that’s my last installment. and I only received two in 2013

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Alexus,

          Thank you for the clarification. The number of installments depends on the amount that is due. If the two installments together equal the amount of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay you were told you would get, then no more installments are due. If the two payments total less than the amount you were told, you need to recontact Social Security to request that the additional funds be released.

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  219. denise says:

    I have a question. if SSA gives three installments of back pay within six months of each other. my question is I have received only two and its been past six months when can Iexpect my last installment

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Denise,

      If it has been more than six months since you got the second installment, I suggest following up with the Social Security Administration.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  220. rob says:

    oh and when i called direct express they say it was mailed on april 17th and it should be here in 10 days nothing takes 10 days in the mail and i mean nothing i could send something to china or antartica or shoot even the dang moon and it would not take 10 days i just have read like a bunch of people comments on another site how direct express is screwing everybody! nobody is getting there first card and then they say oh well we can send it to u next day for 14 bucks i mean u serious i think it’s a rip off to tell u the truth after reading everything i’m wondering if i should just cancel the direct express and open a bank account

  221. rob says:

    hey kay i had my direct express card mailed on the 17th from the they say now it’s the 23rd and no card yet also ssi released my back pay on the 17th and now it’s the 23 and no check in the mail! my backpay is comming by mail! where is my card and my check? how long should i wait before i call them and say what the hell is up i mean been almost 10 days for both and no card and check! plus i got benfits due on the 1st and 2nd of may that is going to be going on the card but liek i said the paper check was also relesed on the 17th of april and now it’s the 23rd and nothing! but also just to let u know about the check it makes no sense i called them monday they said that the check was released on thursday the 17th and it was mailed on the 21st monday tomorrow will be thursday! so if it was mailed out it should be here cause it only takes 2-3 days first class mail

  222. missy says:

    My daughter received her first back payment June 5,2013 and we where told that she would receive her next one 6 months (Dec 2013)from the date of her first back payment was released and her last one would be released six month after that (June 2014). Well she received her first payment and Dec 2013 has come and gone I have called several times and each time I get we sent a message and you should hear from them I have called the local office and hear the person in charge of my daughters case is out at this time. In Jan I called about 4 different times and got the same story then Feb I called several more times and heard the same thing and again in March the same story (No I dont have away to the local offices to be able to talk in person so all I have is a phone as means to get in touch with them) This month about April 2,2014 I have called again and then heard We have sent another message over to the worker again and you should hear back from them through the mail soon. Here it is 10 months since her first payment was made and still have not seen or heard anything from them in regards to the um-teen calls I have made to both the local and head offices of SS June 5,2014 should be her final installment of her back pay and she has yet to even receive the 2nd installment of her back pay.. Not sure what to do since SS dont seem to contact people or return calls..

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Missy,

      Do you have any paperwork that has the phone number of the local office (not the call center number). If you do, I suggest calling the number and asking to speak to an SSI supervisor. If you are able to get through to someone, let him or her know that your child’s second back payment is four months late. Hopefully that will help, but it sounds as if they are backlogged. Another possibility would be to call your congressman and explain the situation. If the congressman agrees to check on it, his or her office will be able to get through and will call attention to your daughter’s claim.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

    • rob says:

      they are lying to u no 1 person is signed to yoru case period all of ssa is! if u go down to your local office all they do is put yoru info in the system and click a button and your funds are released that is what they did to me all they do is click a button and it’s released and then if u get direct deposit it takes 3 days u got your money my mistake is getting it by check which now is going on day 8

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Rob,

        I am responding to your three messages. I am beginning to wonder whether the Social Security Administration (and, thus, the Treasury) have the right address or whether there is a possibility that your mailbox is not secure and someone got into it, given that two items have not been received. I believe that if you do not receive the payments by the 29th (twelve days), you can file a report of non-receipt and request stop pay so a replacement can be issued.

        If you decide to open a bank account (the safest way to go) do not cancel the card until you have already set up a bank account and have received one payment directly into the bank account and, of course, used all the money on the card.

        Sincerely,

        Kay

      • Hello I’ve just been approved for s s I I went to th. ApAppointment and alalso rreceived tthe letletter and a monthly check the s s a told me that I had to wait till welfare was paid what’s taken so long to pay them and me so I can get my two-year back pay

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Eric,

          If it has been longer than three weeks since you got your first monthly SSI check, contact Social Security and ask whether they have gotten the information they need from the state to pay their reimbursement. If they have not, ask where the request was sent, so that you can contact the state and ask them send the information.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  223. 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

      • tinar says:

        Thank you so much. Your respones a very appreciated.

        • Kay Derochie says:

          You are welcome, Tinar.

          • tammy says:

            i just got half of my back pay last month but waiting on the rest how long will it b

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Tammy,

            Typically, Social Security back pay is paid in one check, so I assume that you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI back pay above $2,263 is paid in installments six months apart. If you have a dire need, such as housing or having to pay a medical bill to get continuing medical care, you can petition Social Security to release the next installment sooner.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  224. Stevie says:

    I am eligible for ssdi at 885 dollars a month so im ineligibe for ssi, however i was due ssi back pay and ssdi back pay, my onset date april 2010, my appkication date april 2012 and case closed after hearing march 2014. I am due on my ssdi notice of award 30039.00. My ssi notice of award is 11266.50. I received a one time ssi payment a few days ago of 8449.87. I then received a letter stating that the rest of my Ssi was held for attorney fees (2816.63). I have also been told by my ssi case worker and by ssa 800 number my attorney has already been paid a sum of 5911.00. Is my attorney only entitled to a sum of 6000 total? Or has he totallybeen paid. Will i get the 2816.63 released to me after its all said and done? i dont think my attorney is entitled to a total 8727.53 (5911 + 2816.63).
    Also do i subtract the attorney fee of 5911 and my full ssi amount 11266.50 from 30039.00 to get what my ssdi back pay will be (12861.50)?
    Thank you for all the help this has been a most confusing process.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Sear Stevie,

      Whether the maximum attorney fees for all benefits paid to you are limited to 25% of all back benefits with a $6,000 limit or there is a $6,000 maximum per type of benefit depends on the agreement that you signed for the attorney to represent you. If you signed an agreement that said that up to $6,000 could be paid for each benefit, then the withholding of $,2816.63 (25%) from your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and $,5911 (probably %6,000 reduced by a processing fee the attorney has to pay) from your Social Security (SSDI) is probably correct. I suggest that you review your fee agreement to be sure. Your calculation of your net SSDI is correct. Your total benefits (SSI and SSDI) will be $21,311.37.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  225. 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

  226. 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

  227. 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

  228. 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

  229. 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

  230. 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

  231. 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

  232. 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

  233. 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

  234. 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

  235. 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

  236. 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

  237. 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

  238. 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

  239. 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

  240. 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

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  241. 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

  242. 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

  243. 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