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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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590 Comments

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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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  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

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  12. 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!

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Hereishoping87 says:

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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. mike says:

    Okay thank you for your time.

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. cierra says:

    Thank you for answeing my question

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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

  51. 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

  52. 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?

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. 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

  57. 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

  58. 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

  59. 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

  60. 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

  61. 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

  62. 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

  63. 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

  64. 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

  65. 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

  66. 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

  67. 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

  68. 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

  69. 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

  70. 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

  71. 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

  72. 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

  73. 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

  74. 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

  75. 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?

  76. 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

  77. 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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  78. 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

  79. 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

  80. 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

  81. 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

  82. 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….

  83. 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

  84. 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

  85. 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

  86. 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

  87. 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

  88. 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.

  89. 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

  90. 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

  91. 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

  92. 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

  93. 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

  94. 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

  95. 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!

  96. 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

  97. 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

  98. 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

  99. 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

  100. 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

  101. 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

  102. 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

  103. 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.

  104. 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

  105. 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

  106. 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

  107. 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

  108. 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

  109. 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

  110. 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

  111. 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

  112. 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

  113. 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

  114. 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?

  115. 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

  116. 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

  117. 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

  118. 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

  119. 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

  120. 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

  121. 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

  122. 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

  123. 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

  124. 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

  125. 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

  126. 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

  127. 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

  128. 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

  129. 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

  130. 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

  131. 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

  132. 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

  133. 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.

  134. 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??

  135. 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

  136. 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

  137. 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

  138. 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

  139. 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

  140. 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

  141. 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

  142. 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

  143. 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

  144. 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

  145. 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

  146. 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

  147. 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

  148. 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

  149. 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

  150. 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

  151. 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

  152. 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

  153. 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

  154. 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

  155. 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

  156. 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

  157. 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

  158. 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

  159. 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

  160. 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

  161. 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

  162. 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

  163. 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

  164. 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

  165. 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

  166. 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

  167. 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

  168. 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

  169. 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

  170. 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

  171. 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

  172. ruth says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ruth,

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

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

      Best regards,

      Kay

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

  173. 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

  174. 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

  175. 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

  176. Melissa Pronovost says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melissa,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  177. Felicia says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Excited,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  178. Mandy Kemp says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mandy,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  179. Mandy Kemp says:

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

  180. Mona says:

    Hello….

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

    Please and Thank you!

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Mona,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  181. Maria says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Maria,

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

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      Lastly,

  182. Matt says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Matt,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Nico says:

        I was recently approved for SSI and I got my first back pay I had loans and things that I needed to pay off so I gave them the appropriate paperwork needed an I was approve for an early back my question is though do I start 6months from that back or will I still get my original back pay date money

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Nico,

          I don’t know the answer to your question. I suggest that you ask the Social Security claims representative who processed your early disbursement of back pay.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  183. Melissa says:

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

  184. Melissa says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melissa,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  185. VAl says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Val,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  186. sherry says:

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

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

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

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

    any advice would be appreciated.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sherry,

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

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • sherry says:

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

        thanks again- promise I won’t bug you again

        sherry

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Sherry,

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

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  187. Melissa says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Melissa,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Melissa says:

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

        • Melissa says:

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

          • Melissa says:

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

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Melissa,

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

            Sincerely,

            Kay

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Melissa,

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

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  188. Rachel Witherspoon says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rachel,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  189. Tanya Rosenberry says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tanya,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  190. Sophia says:

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

    Thanks,

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sophia,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  191. Doug says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Doug,

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

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  192. Dolores says:

    Thank you!

  193. Dolores says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dolores,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Dolores says:

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

  194. Wen Thomas says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Wen,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  195. Drew says:

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

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Drew,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Drew says:

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

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

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Drew,

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

          Sincerely,

          Kay

          • Drew says:

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

            Thank You Kay for all your knowledge!

          • Kay Derochie says:

            You are welcome, Drew. Thanks for the update.

  196. shemekia says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shemekia,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  197. Brandelyn says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brandelyn,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  198. Cara says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cara,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  199. Corinthian says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Corinthian,

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

      Thank you.

      Kay

  200. Angela Speer says:

    Hi…

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Angela,

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

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  201. brittney says:

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

    • brittney says:

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

      • brittney says:

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

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Brittney,

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

        Sincerely,

        Kay

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brittney,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  202. Amanda Bossinger Gland says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Amanda,

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

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  203. candace says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Candace,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  204. Callie says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Callie,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  205. francine says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Francine,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  206. Ronnie says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Ronnie,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  207. candace says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Candace,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  208. Gloria Villarreal says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Gloria,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  209. crissy says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Crissy,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  210. Angela says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Angela,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  211. Christina Harper says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Christina,

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

      Best regards,

      Kay

    • francine says:

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

  212. jenilyn says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jerilyn,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  213. Don says:

    Hi Kay,

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Don,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  214. Brittany t says:

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

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

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Brittany,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  215. Julie says:

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

  216. Julie says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

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

  217. Julie says:

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

  218. Julie says:

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

    Many thanks?

  219. Kathleen Arambul says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kathleen,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  220. RDW says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Rachelle,

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

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

    • megan says:

      When your child did get approved did they tell u want your aloud to spend the back pay on cause they did me for son I’m not sure why they tell us this but Christmas is coming and to be honest my kids all ways had a bad one this year I would like to give them a good one but can’t cause they expect us to tell them everything which it sucks.

  221. darlenehernandez says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Darlene,

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

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  222. nikki says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Nikki,

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

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  223. Gene flow says:

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

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Gene,

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

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

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  224. Tameika Jones says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Tameika,

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

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

      Best regards,

      Kay

  225. Sher says:

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

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Sher,

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

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

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

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

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Sherrie says:

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

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Sherrie,

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

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

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  226. Iisha white says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Lisha,

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

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  227. kandi says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kandi,

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

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  228. Anthony says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Anthony,

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

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  229. Clarence Cunningham says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Clarence,

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

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

      Thanks,

      Kay

  230. Cynthia says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cynthia,

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

      Thanks,

      Kay

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Bo,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

  232. Dee says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Dee,

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

      Thanks,

      Kay

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Dee,

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

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

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  233. Tiff8891 says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

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

      Thank you,

      Kay

    • tiff8891 says:

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

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Tiff,

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

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

        Sincerely,

        Kay

  234. cory says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Cory,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • William R. says:

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

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear William,

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

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  235. Kurt Eggerich says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Kurt,

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

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

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • megan says:

        My son was just approved for Ssi and I had to open a bank a court and everyone I talk to said when they was approved it took 2 to 5 days and the back pay was in the bank. It really sucks they takes them forever to release a check which is only a hit of a bottom. You would think they would get all us put the way so they can worry about other people who been waiting like I said it should not take weeks or months to get our back pay once they have the a court number that is all they need they say

  236. charles renfrow says:

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

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

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

    please help ? I am lost

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Charles,

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

      Best regards,

      Kay

  237. Aniya says:

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

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Annette,

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

      Best regards,

      Kay

      • Tasha says:

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

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Tasha,

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

          Sincerely,

          Kay

  239. teresa says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Teresa,

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

      Sincerely,

      Kay

    • sussie says:

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

      • Kay Derochie says:

        Dear Sussie,

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

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

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

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

        Sincerely,

        Kay

        • aisha says:

          I got approve October 10,2014, I spoke to rep on November 3 and she told me the benefit amount and how much back pay will be here it is the 5 of November and no check I called the 1800 number to see if the check was release and the rep said that the check was release. My question is so when should I receive it if been released.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Aisha,

            If the benefit was released as a check, then you should receive it within five days of when it was released. If payment is direct deposit to a bank account or to a direct express card, it will probably take three business days or so to be credited.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  240. robin says:

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

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Robin,

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

      Best,
      Kay
      DisabilityAdvisor Moderator

      • TJ says:

        I applied for disability in Feb.2014 approved August 27, 2014. Have received my medicaid card and when benefits start 10/01/2014. Where is my benefits check?

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear TJ,

          I am not sure I understand your question. You indicated that you have been told that you will first receive benefits on October 1, but you also ask where your benefits are. If you are referring to back pay, the monthly benefit is usually paid before the retroactive benefits, which should follow within a month.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

        • CKida1970 says:

          You did way better than I did time wise. I filed at the end of June 2013, was approved at my court hearing Aug 5, 2014 and just now got the letter from the judge although she told us on the record at the hearing. I have been homeless since I got injured in 2009. So you got real lucky. Enjoy!

    • randy williams says:

      I need help I got approved for a one time payment due to my dad drawing a check I did direct deposit when I receive my one time payment

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