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How long after receiving my first monthly check, will I get my Social Security Disability back pay?

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

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

Delays in Back Pay Due to Other Benefits

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

Speeding Up Payment of Social Security Disability Back Pay

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

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

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

How long after receiving my first monthly check, will I get my Social Security Disability back pay?
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  • Dear Trish,

    You can ask the local SSA office to send an inquiry to the payment center for a status report; then allow a month for a reply..

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Penny,

    You are still eligible for the SSI back pay. Now that you are no longer eligible for SSI, you can ask to have all the remaining SSI back pay released to you now.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear DT,

    No, your benefits will be paid based on your current application.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Barthena,

    I suggest that you ask the local office to send an inquiry to the payment center. Then if you do not receive payment and refund of the Part B premiums by the end of April, you might ask your congressperson to follow up to the payment center for you.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Trish,

    Based on what people are reporting, I’d say at least sixty days and it could be even a couple months longer than that.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Burnis,

    I would allow two months from when the claims were sent to the payment center. If no benefits have been received by then, ask your local office to send a follow-up inquiry.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Heidi,

    That is true, but if the wage earner listed the dependents on the initial application usually the Social Security office will contact the wage earner or the wage earner’s spouse to complete the dependent applications.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Affa,

    Your SSI (Supplemental Security Income) will begin October 2016 unless you applied on the first of September in which case it would start with September.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jinnay,

    It could be that the second response is trying to say that they will inquire about the payment and call within thirty days with the answer that they get from the payment center.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Zack,

    Give it another week and then follow up if you haven’t received the payment to see if the benefit was released and on what date.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jan,

    Thank you for sharing. “Grace period” for those reading this presumably means a “grace period” for SSA to process your claim. (I had not heard that term before.) If you add all that up, it comes to six months. I do know that some offices will do inquiries sooner than the guidelines you were given. Also, if a person is in danger of becoming homeless or being foreclosed upon, a letter of dire need can speed things up a bit.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jesse,

    The dependent back pay is a smaller amount than your back pay. If yours is a very large amount, it may require additional approvals, or it may be subject to offsets for Supplemental Security Income, workers comp, or a public pension, which would require extra calculations. Or, it could be subject to a garnishment for back federal taxes or back child support that would slow things down. If you do not receive it within a month of receiving your daughter’s benefit, I suggest that you ask the local office to follow up on the status.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Karhonda,

    If the back pay was mailed, allow five days. If it was sent direct deposit or to a DirectExpress card, allow at least three overnight computer runs on business days.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jinnay,

    It often takes two months or so to get back pay after the monthly benefits start. I suggest that if you haven’t received the back pay by the end of March that you ask you local office to follow up with the payment center to get a status report.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Valachia,

    You can receive SSI for months before SSDI starts. Then if your SSDI and other countable income is low enough (less than $755 for a federal SSI benefit), you could receive SSI to bring you up to $755 total income. These amounts would be somewhat more in states that offer an SSI state supplement.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jeffrey,

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cannot be garnished.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Autumn,

    I would have expected your son to have received his benefits by now. I suggest you follow up on the status with your local office. They can send an inquiry to the payment center.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sharon,

    Social Security Disability back pay has frequently been taking two months or more after the first monthly payment.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sandra,

    SSDI back pay seems to be running at least a month or two after the first monthly SSDI is received. If the back pay is quite large, it can take even longer because multiple approvals are needed before release of payment.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sissycat28,

    Dependent benefits are limited to six months prior to the month of application. That rule should apply regardless of when paternity was established.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Colleen.

  • Dear Colleen,

    You have the right to appeal the established disability onset date. To help you make a decision on whether or not to do so, I suggest requesting a copy of your claim file so you can see the exact reasons for the July 2016 onset decision and the information on which it was based. You might also confer with an experienced Social Security attorney about the viability of an appeal.

    When you hire a Social Security attorney, you do not have to pay any legal fees up front and you will pay attorney fees only if you are approved for benefits. Social Security law sets the amount the attorney can charge and the Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly from your back pay.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Ron,

    Payment on the third of the month indicates that the letter references Social Security Disability (SSDI). SSDI back pay is paid in a single lump sum, but not until the SSI has been paid. If you have not been contacted to update your financial information for your SSI claim, I suggest contacting the local office for an interview to do so because the SSI back pay has to be calculated and communicated to the payment center before the SSDI will be released.

    SSDI back benefits will be reduced by the amount of SSI back benefits paid for the months in which SSDI and SSI eligibility overlap. Note that if after your Social Security starts you are no longer eligible for SSI, you can request that the SSI back pay be released all at once rather than in the usual installments.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Diane,

    If you were approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI), your claim will be sent to the payment center for calculation and authorization of payment. If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the local office will calculate and release payment. If it has been considerable time since you applied for SSI, you will asked for a financial update before payment is initiated.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Janie,

    If your disability began recently, it is possible that no back pay is due because the first five full calendar months of disability are not paid. If that is not your situation, I suggest that you take the letter to Social Security for an explanation.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Valachia,

    Individuals with birthdays during the first week of a month receive Social Security Disability on the third of the month.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Andria,

    You should have gotten the first installment of SSI (Supplemental Security Income) back pay in October or November. I suggest that you contact your local office about getting the funds released. You might ask for the equivalent two installments because April is the sixth month after October.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Bud,

    Many back payments are issued two or months or more after monthly benefits start. Factors that extend processing time include workers compensation, SSI, or government pension offset. Also very large back payments take longer because they require multiple reviews and authorizations before they are released. If you haven’t received the payment by the end of April, you can ask the local office to send an inquiry.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Michelle,

    If you have gotten an award letter showing your amount to be the same as the amount the children have already received each, then ask the local office to follow up to the payment center to release the funds. If you have not gotten a letter, as the local office to make sure that you have a pending claim for yourself. It can take longer for the wage earner’s back pay to be released because it is a larger amount than any one dependent’s benefits. If he hasn’t received payment by the end of April, it would be time to ask the local office to follow up.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jeff,

    It appears that you posted your question twice. Please see my reply to your first post.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jeff,

    You should have gotten your first SSI installment of back pay. I suggest that you follow up with your local office. I would have expected your Social Security monthly payments to have started by now also. SSDI back pay is usually paid later and is reduced by SSI back benefits payable for months for which you are eligible for both benefits.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Gloria,

    I would think that you would get the underpayment within a month of the letter. If you haven’t, I suggest taking a copy of the letter to your local office and asking them to make an inquiry of the payment center.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Joy,

    You are likely to receive the payment on March 22. It was probably set up for the third and then changed. When SSI is ongoing, Social Security is paid on the third of the month; if SSI is going to stop when SSDI starts, the pay date will be related to the time of the month you were born. Apparently, you were born between the 11th and the 20th of the month resulting in your benefits being paid on the third Wednesday of the month. If you do not receive the benefits, report non-receipt.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Shelly,

    You might as the manager of your local office to make a manager-to-manager call to the payment center to find out what is going on and to try to get the money released. (By the way, I have not heard of only part of Social Security back pay being released.)

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Naden,

    Most of the time back pay is paid after the first month benefit has been paid. It will not be included with the monthly benefit and it can be paid any time of the month. Back pay has to be reviewed and authorized; if the amount is quite large, it will require multiple reviews and authorizations.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Nickig,

    I suggest that you go to the office and ask to speak to a claims representative who can tell you what the issue is regarding the representative payee. Is it possible that the children’s mother also applied to be payee?

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kasey,

    It looks as if you posted your question twice. Please see my response of a few minutes ago to your first question.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kasey,

    Initial claims take from two to five months to process. If you are approved for Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI), benefits begin to accrue the later of twelve months before the month you applied or the sixth full calendar month of disability, as established by Social Security. If you are approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your benefits will begin the month following the month of application unless you applied on the first of the month in which case benefits begin with the month of application.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Brandon,

    Your Social Security Disability (SSDI) should not be delayed waiting for a second installment of SSI back pay. The back pay has already been calculated even though the payment is deferred into installments. It is, however, typical for bak pay to come a couple of months after the first monthly SSDI.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Margaret.

  • Dear Margaret,

    The effect of a congressional inquiry varies a lot from quick action to little effect; however, given how long your payment has pended, I would think that there would be some response to the inquiry within a month.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Jaime

    Hello. I became disabled in 2012. I applied for my Ssdi I was denied all the way through my case is in district court. I had to file a second claim for 1/1/15 in feb 2016 when I got my last denial on my first case. I was denied again and asked for a hearing contacted my senator etc to complain as I should have never been denied. My file was denied an expedited dire needs status and we re asked again pending foreclosure. By the grace of God the dire need was accepted and a mo later this angel judge found my case fully favorable. I was so relieved thank God! That was 10 days ago. I went to Ssdi local office, Monday last week and went through the denial of Ssi portion and applied for my child’s benefit. And gave my direct deposit info. I called my Atty and asked they send the dire need status and put a rush on the money. Wednesday she faxed it to the local office Thursday I was told it was in processing. Does anyone know how long that takes according to the pay schedule my benefits pay the 2nd wed of the month. Does anyone think I could be so lucky that would be tomorrow?? I am so poor been living on 220 a month for 4.5 years I do not even know how God got me through. How long may I wait?

    • Dear Jaime,

      I doubt that your regular payment will start this month, that is, tomorrow. However, if it does not, you may be able to get an emergency payment from the local office, which will be withheld from a later payment due. While you are waiting for funds, if you have not already done so, I suggest that show the approval letter to the mortgage holder so that they will hold off on the foreclosure because you will have back pay coming to help catch up the mortgage.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Dear Mike,

    Five years back pay presumably would result in a quite large lump sum payment, which in turn would require multiple reviews and approvals. That said, six months is outside the norm. I suggest that you ask your local office to send an inquiry to the payment center to inquire where your claim is in the approval process for release of the back pay and an estimate of how much longer it will be. The payment center will have thirty days to respond.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tawanna,

    In most states, SSI eligibility results in Medicaid eligibility (called Medi-Cal in California). The Social Security Administration, which administers SSI does not provide insurance, but the send a message to the state that you are SSI eligible and that results in Medicaid coverage. I suggest that you revisit Social Security and try to discuss this again. The only thing that might stand in the way of this is that your husband’s Social Security is too high for you and him to be receiving federal SSI, so all the SSI you are getting is California SSI state supplement paid by the State of California. (The $3,000 is the resource (asset) limit, not the income limit for SSI.)

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Jane

    I have been approved and have received first month payment when will I receive back pay

    • Dear Jane,

      Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay can take a couple months after monthly benefits start. The larger amount of back pay to be approved, the longer it takes because multiple reviews and approvals are required.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Dear Megan,

    The medical decision will not have to be re-evaluated, but the new claims representative will have to review everything in file to set up and authorize payment. If that review results ion finding that something is missing, you might be asked for additional information. Hopefully, given the delay and the supervisor’s attention to the matter, the review would be done within a month.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Chenetter.

  • Dear Chenetter,

    If you were approved for “SSI,” which is Supplemental Security Income, the local office authorizes payment and you should have already been contacted for a financial update interview. If you have and it has been more than a month since the interview and/or when you provided requested documentation, I suggest following up with the local office. If you have not had the interview, take you approval letter to the office and request the interview.

    On the other hand, if you really meant that you were approved for Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI), authorization of payment is done in a central payment center and usually takes two months or more to get started. You can ask the local office to make an inquiry to the payment center regarding the status.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jasmine,

    If you were due more than $2,205 back benefits from your initial claim, those benefits are payable to you even though you are no longer eligible for monthly payments. The second installment should have been paid in July and any additional should have been released after your eligibility was terminated. I suggest that you look at your original award letter to see how much you had coming and then use it to follow up with your local office to get the back benefits paid.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Gina,

    I suggest that you contact your local office to be sure that they have communicated to the payment center that your daughter does not have an SSI claim. Once the payment center has that information, her back pay should be issued within a month.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Edna,

    If you set up a bank account and asked Social Security to make payments to the account, your back pay should go to your bank account. Nonetheless, keep an eye on both the account and your mailbox, just in case.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lily,

    I suggest that you go to your local Social Security office and ask to have a manager-to-manager call placed from your local office the payment center because of the length of time you have waited for the back pay, which is well outside the norm.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Tad

    that I believe is the excuse you get on your second visit to your ssdi office. I was approved July 2016 and was told 2 months for back pay still waiting. My favorite thing is since its an hours drive to the ssdi office I will call my lawyer and ask when, call the ssdi phone person and ask when, and go in the office and ask when I will receive the back pay. I always get 3 different answers and never the same as the previous month that I asked.

  • Dear Megan,

    You can call or visit the local office and ask to speak to a supervisor to see if the supervisor can assign the task to someone else. The problem is short staffing, which is not likely to be changed any time soon with the new freeze on hiring of federal employees, so the office may not have someone who can take on more than their own usual heavy work load.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

    • Megan Johnson

      Ok thank you

  • Dear DT,

    If you are approved on your new application, benefits will be paid based on your new application date, not the application that was denied all the way through the appeals.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Megan,

    The second installment should be paid in the month of February. If it is not, follow up with the local office and inquire what has to be done to release the funds and when you can expect that to happen. If the service representative at the front desk doesn’t know, ask to see the claims representative responsible for releasing the funds.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear DT,

    Changing attorneys does not change your application date, so benefits will be based on your intitial application that is approved in appeal.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Dee,

    You will not get a letter when the local office hears back from the payment center. You should get a call; but if you do not within thirty-five days, follow up with them.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Dee,

    The timeline for the payment center to respond to the local office’s inquiry is thirty days; however, a response does not necessarily mean that your claim will have been worked on and completed by then.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Valachia,

    SSDI back benefits are paid in a single payment. SSI back benefits are paid in up to three installments six months apart. The first two cannot exceed $2,205. SSDI back pay will be reduced by SSI back benefits payable for the same months.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Dee,

    Yes, the size of the back payment does affect processing time because very large back payments have to go through multiple reviews and approvals.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear David,

    The wait time you have experienced for your back pay after you got your first monthly check is far outside the norm. I suggest that you call your congressperson to see whether they will follow up for you.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Joanne,

    An attorney probably can’t help much with the situation. If needed paperwork that you submitted is still missing and has not been resubmitted, I suggest going to the local office and asking to see a supervisor to see if the paperwork can be found in the local office or found to have been transmitted to the payment center.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jamie,

    The only unearned income that affects Social Security Disability (SSDI) is workers compensation and government pensions based on earnings that were not taxed for Social Security. In those circumstances SSDI will be reduced if the two benefits (workers comp and SSDI or government pension and SSDI) exceed 80% of of your Average Monthly Earnings as determined by Social Security.

    Work earnings limits are related to your ability to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA). Social Security law defines disability as the “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted, or can be expected to last, for a continuous period of not less than twelve months.” This means that if you are able to perform SGA you are not disabled; however, it is not as simple as that because the law also includes various provisions to support individuals who want to try to return to work and stop getting SSDI.

    During one the them, the Trial Work Period (TWP), there is no limit on earnings if you have not recovered medically. In contrast, during the Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE), which is thirty-six months following the TWP, you are not eligible for any benefits in months that you perform SGA, which in 2017 is generally defined as earning $1,170 gross wages or net profit from self-employment. After the EPE, your claim will be closed with the first month you earn at the SGA level.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Beatrice,

    The monthly amount may be for only one month–the current one–and may be lower than usual if your husband gets an extra paycheck every three or six months. The back pay would be the first installment. SSI back benefits are paid in up to three installments six months apart and the first two will not exceed $2,205 each. Hopefully, the award letter will answer your questions. If not, ask for an explanation from the claims representative handling your claim.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Mona,

    It can take two or three overnight bank runs to get through the banking system, so the payment may be in process. One- time payments are usually back pay. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is paid in up to three installments six months apart with the first two not exceeding $2,205, so this payment could be the first installment. (SSDI back pay is reduce by SSI benefits paid for the same period.) If my explanation doesn’t match the online payment amount, I suggest you call Social Security for an explanation.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lorie,

    SSI back pay is paid in up to three installments issued six months apart. The first two cannot exceed $2,205. If you are in dire need of more than the first installment to get into housing or to get medical care, you can petition to have part of the later installments issued now. Or, if you become eligible for Social Security Disability or other income in an amount that makes you ineligible for SSI, you can have all the back pay released.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Blake,

    The adult child will be issued dependent benefits for all the months you are eligible for benefits up through the month before he turned age eighteenor, if he was still in high school at age eighteen, through the earlier of the month before he graduated or left high school and the month before he turned nineteen.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Blake,

    The wait time for Social Security Disability (SSDI) back benefits can be a few months; however, If your approval included a determination that your disability onset (start) date far enough in the past that back benefits were payable, you do not have to appeal to get back benefits.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Just Me,

    It can take as much as six months for a workers comp recalculation to be completed.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Phyllis.

  • You are welcome, Phyllis.

  • Dear Phyllis,

    You should find my reply under your last post.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Phyllis,

    If you have been waiting four months since you got your first SSDI monthly benefit, you might try asking the local office to do a manager-to-manager call to the payment center to be sure that your claim is in queue to be processed or is in process.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Minnie.

  • You are welcome, Corey.

  • Dear Andy and Belinda,

    Another idea is to check the online status report.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Mr. Mike,

    Yes, the payment should have been sent out on the scheduled date.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Uncommon Man,

    You should receive an award letter or notice of change within a week to ten days. If you do not, I suggest calling Social Security for an explanation.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Phyllis,

    If the back pay is Social Security Disability (SSDI), how long it takes for release depends on whether there are offsets such as workers comp or SSI and on the amount of the back pay. If it is a very large amount, multiple reviews and authorizations are required to release the funds.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Johngerlene,

    How long it takes for payment to be issued depends on how long the claim has been pending. If it has been several months, you may be asked for updated financial information before payment is issued. If you have not heard from the local office or receive payment within about ten to fourteen days of the approval, contact the office to find out if you need to submit anything.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tamara,

    It would appear that your husband is due a fairly large amount of back pay that requires multiple reviews and signatures, but it would think that it would have been paid by now. I doubt that a status call puts your husband’s claim at the back of the queue again, although I have heard of that being said. However, I suggest that you wait till the end of March to follow-up and then if necessary contact your congressperson to follow up for you. Before doing that, call the 800 number (800-772-1213) just to see if a payment date has posted.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Heather,

    Social Security Disability (SSDI), benefits begin to accrue the later of twelve months before the month you applied or the sixth full calendar month of disability, as established by Social Security. Any SSDI back pay will be reduced by the amount of SSI payable for the same months including scheduled future SSI back pay installments.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Phyllis,

    Please see my response to your earlier post.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Phyllis,

    It sounds as if you have done everything you can. The only thing I can think of would be to ask the local office to call the payment center’s attention to the delay in transmitting the claim to the payment center to see if it can be expedited. Otherwise, if you get to the point that you are in danger of having utilities cut off or eviction or foreclosure, you can submit a letter of dire need, which might speed things up a little.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Just Me,

    Claims often wait several months to be worked when there is a change in workers comp offset. The lump sum settlement will be prorated out over time, so you will continue to have a workers comp offset although the amount may be different.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Tazz.

  • Dear Phyllis,

    I suggest that your husband file a statement of dire need at the local office indicating that your car has been repossessed and that your home is nearing foreclosure. Attach copies of paperwork to document the statement. Also call your congressperson’s office to request that they follow up for you. Explain the foreclosure situation there also.

    Lastly, usually banks don’t really want your house. I suggest taking a copy of any documentation you have that your husband has been approved for benefits and the date from which benefits are payable, proof of the monthly amount, and a copy of the dire need statement to the mortgage holder to prove that your husband has money coming that would get the mortgage out of default. They may hold off for you. Also be aware that if the house is foreclosed upon in most states you have a period of a few months that you have the right to buy it back.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tazz,

    Processing times vary from office to office and sometimes Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment is processed quickly, within less than a month, and other times it will be more than a month before payments start. Back pay is usually paid after the first monthly payment.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Della,

    The underpayment due your husband will come in a lump sum payment, but it could take several months to receive it.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Brownishkat,

    I suggest that you contact your congressperson’s office to request that they follow up on your back pay, which has been pending too long.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sarah,

    If I understand correctly you got the big payment and it is not now showing in your Social Security payment history on the SSA site. If that is the case, there is no need to worry. One time payments might not continue to be appear in the history.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Beige Bella,

    The benefit will be paid separately from the monthly benefit and can come any day of the month. If you do not receive it in February, I suggest following up with the local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Karla,

    The first five calendar months of disability are not paid, so your husband’s first benefit will be for May and it will be paid in June.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sierra,

    Many people are being affected by the delays. The primary reason is understaffing, which can be fixed only by congress allocating more funds for administration. Most back pay is being paid within two to four months after the monthly benefits begin. If you haven’t received payment within four months, I suggest that you contact your congressperson’s office and request that they follow up for you.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Minnie,

    If the back pay has not arrived by mail or into your bank account by now, I suggest that you contact Social Security to be sure that it was sent out. If it was, you can file a report of non-receipt and request a replacement payment.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Dee,

    If you have not received the back pay by the end of the month, I suggest that you ask the local office to make a manager to manager inquiry noting that you were told it was being worked on two months ago. If then no payment is received by the end of March, try contacting your congressperson’s office to see if they will follow up for you.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Karla,

    Your husband will not receive back pay because the first five full-calendar months of disability are not paid. (With a November disability date, I would expect benefits to begin in May with the payment made in June.)

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Mary,

    I cannot tell from what you posted whether you have received a written approval letter from the judge; however, processing times vary from office to office and sometimes Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment is processed quickly, within less than a month, and other times it will be more than a month. It can take one to two months after SSI is paid for Security Disability benefits (SSDI) to start and sometimes as much as a couple months longer to get the SSDI back pay. Factors such as offsets and amount of back pay affect how long it takes the payment center to issue SSDI payments.

    If the SSI back pay exceeds $2,205, it will be paid in three installments six months apart. You should get the first installment less than a month from the first monthly payment. SSDI back benefits will be reduced by the amount of SSI back benefits paid (or due in installment) for the months in which SSDI and SSI eligibility overlap. Note that if after your Social Security starts you are no longer eligible for SSI, you can request the remaining SSI installments to be released.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Coleman,

    You could receive your first Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay within one to three months of the SSI non-medical denial. If you have not received it within six weeks, check with the local office to make sure they transmitted the SSI denial to the payment center.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sandra,

    If you were medically approved for both benefits, you will receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) first including any back pay due. Once that is paid, your Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) benefits will be calculated and released. Your SSDI back pay will be reduced by SSI already paid for the same months.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Corey,

    You need to return the duplicate payment. If you don’t, your full benefits may be withheld in the future until the overpayment is collected.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Gina,

    You can request early release of the second installment of back pay, which is not due until May, based on dire need; however, you will be asked why you didn’t use the first back pay check to get housing.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Steven,

    Yes, your SSDI back pay will be reduced by SSI benefits paid for the same months including SSI back pay scheduled for payment in future installments.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kristen,

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) processing times vary from office to office; sometimes SSI payment is processed as quickly and other times not. If the SSI back pay exceeds $2,205, it will be paid in three installments six months apart. You should get the first installment less than a month from the first monthly payment.
    Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) back pay usually will be released in one to three months after monthly benefits start. (In concurrent SSDI and SSI claims, it can take one to two months after SSI is paid for SSDI monthly benefits to start.) If you haven’t received payment within three months, ask the local office to send an inquiry to the payment center. Factors such as offsets and amount of back pay affect how long it takes the payment center to issue the back pay. SSDI back benefits will be reduced by the amount of SSI back benefits paid (or due in installment) for the months in which SSDI and SSI eligibility overlaps. Note that if after your Social Security starts you are no longer eligible for SSI, you can request the remaining SSI installments to be released.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Amelia,

    The intent of the Dedicated Account is to hopefully provide money for a disabled child to get the treatment, education or training needed to be able to work in early adulthood. If you can show that some or your son’s necessities are essential for his health, you might get permission to use part of the money to meet pay for them–but not every month. For example, if he needs dental care or glasses or even some forms of entertainment if a doctor can relate them back to caring for his disability. For these types of uses, you need to get permission and should request any permission granted in writing in case any questions come up later.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Chad,

    The language “working to process your benefit application” may be an indication of medical approval. If within ten days you have not either received a denial letter (or been contacted by your local office if you have a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim), I suggest that you contact your local office to find out whether your Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) claim has been forwarded to the payment center as a medical approval.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Kala.

  • Dear Karla,

    If your husband became disabled before October 2016, he will be due back pay. Otherwise he will not because the first five full-calendar months of disability make up a benefit waiting period and are not paid. (The benefit paid in May is for April.)

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Chad,

    The status may mean that you have been medically approved and that the local office or payment center is reviewing non-medical factors of eligibility. I suggest that you check with your local office to confirm the status and to find out whether there is anything else you need to submit.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Heather,

    If the payment is quite large, it can require multiple reviews and authorizations. If you have not received it by the end of March, as the local office to make a manager-to-manager call to get a status.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kala,

    Given that you are receiving SSI, it is likely that your Social Security Disability (SSDI) claim has been approved and is pending in the payment center, where the claim has to reviewed before payment is authorized. I suggest you contact your local Social Security office to confirm the status.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Charles,

    The final review can take from a couple weeks to six weeks or more. It will depend on workloads in that particular Disability Determination Services office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Diane,

    If you are approved for Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) benefits, your benefits will begin to accrue the later of twelve months before application or with the sixth calendar month after the established date of disability. This means that if a disability onset of March 3, 2015 is established, your benefits will begin to accrue September 2015. If you are approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will begin to accrue May 2016 unless you applied on the first of the month in which case they will start in April.

    I suggest that you file a statement of dire need to the Disability Determination Services based on your home being in a foreclosure process. If you are medically approved, submit the same statement to your local office to try to get SSI benefits started quickly. You can also request that all SSI back pay be paid in one installment so you can catch up your mortgage.

    While you wait, check your “My Social Security” account online for status updates. You might learn of the medical decision a little faster that way. If you are approved and not contacted by Social Security within a week to ten days, go to the office with the dire need statement and ask for the interview needed to start benefits.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Anevans,

    Processing times vary from office to office and sometimes Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment is processed quickly and other times not. Factors such as offsets and amount of back pay affect how long it takes the payment center to issue Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) payments. If the SSI back pay exceeds $2,205, it will be paid in three installments six months apart. You should get the first installment less than a month from the first monthly payment. It can take one to two months after SSI is paid for SSDI to start and sometimes that much longer after that to get the SSDI back pay.
    SSDI back benefits will be reduced by the amount of SSI back benefits paid (or due in installment) for the months in which SSDI and SSI eligibility overlap. Note that if after your Social Security starts you are no longer eligible for SSI, you can request the remaining SSI installments to be released.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Bobbie,

    I suggest that you go to your local office and file a dire need statement to see if you can get processing speeded up. Also, it might be helpful to show your mortgage-holder a copy of your award letter. Maybe if they have proof that money is coming in, they will hang in a little longer with you.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Angela.

  • Dear Jeanette,

    Your friend’s lawyer is not in control of how benefits are paid out. It sounds like your friend has been approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Back SSI benefits are paid in up to three installments issued six months apart. The first two normally do not exceed $2,205 with the remainder due in the third installment. If your friend has a need for more, he can submit a written request explaining why he needs a large amount distributed.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Big Mike,

    The payment centers are backlogged and large back payments require multiple reviews and approvals. Larger amounts of back pay are routinely taking two to four months after the monthly benefits start. If you have not received the back pay by mid-March, you can ask the local office to make a manager-to-manger call to get a status.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Mark,

    I suggest that you look at your award letter to see the total amount of back pay owed to you. If you have not received the full amount, you will receive the balance in the third installment. If you can’t find your letter and the second installment was $2,199, I suggest that you contact your local office for clarification. If the second installment was less than $2,199, you have received all your back pay.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sarah,

    If you did not apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the deposit could represent the back Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits due after offset (reduction) for the workers compensation you have receive, although it is hard to imagine the offset being applied and benefits authorized so quickly. So, perhaps you are eligible for SSI for months in which you did not receive WC or state disability insurance. The entry on your bank record should indicate the type of payment. Also, you should get a letter within about a week or ten days.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jasmine,

    Benefits should be paid back to when they stopped and will be paid in a single lump sum. If you have not received payment within a month of the approval letter, call 800-772-1213 to find out whether a payment has been scheduled for a specific date. If not, contact your local office to follow up.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Andrea,

    The information your attorney obtained is your answer. Apparently you are eligible for a large amount of back pay requiring multiple authorizations before release. I wouldn’t expect it to get through all the reviews any earlier than the end of February and it could easily be longer. At this point, it is a matter of waiting.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Confuddled,

    Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) back pay is paid in a single lump sum. SSDI benefits are not dependent on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility. Your SSI may have stopped because you are scheduled to receive your first SSDI monthly benefit later this month. I suggest that you call Social Security at 800-772-1213 to find out if an SSDI payment is scheduled. The lump sum will follow the first monthly payment, but it could take one to two months more.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Chad,

    Your claim has been randomly chosen for a quality assurance (QA) review. The QA review can affirm the decision or send it back to the examiner for more investigation and/or documentation. Potentially, the decision can remain the same or be reversed if further investigation is needed. The review should not take longer than a month.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Angela,

    Your claim is crawling through the payment authorization process, which is extended because of the requirement for multiple approvals of the large back pay due. Nonetheless, I agree with your therapist; do ask you congressperson’s office to follow up for you. Tell them how long you have been waiting and that the payment is waiting for a third signature. Note that the back pay can be issued on any day of the month and will not be combined with a monthly payment.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Rita. (Just an FYI, usually it will be your congressperson’s (representative to the House of Representatives) office, not your senator’s office, that will do follow-ups.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kathleen,

    I am guessing that your daughter was approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If so and you have not received the back pay by the end of January, follow up with your local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Roy,

    Sometimes the first payment is made by check even when a DirectExpress card or direct deposit has been set up. Card delivery times seem to vary a great deal. Subsequent payments should be sent to the card, which may not be requested for you until payment is first authorized.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Chrochetit,

    If the letter says that your husband became disabled more than five months in the past, he will have back pay. Social Security benefits begin the later of the sixth full-calendar month of disability or twelve months before application. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) begins the later of the established onset of disability or the month after the month of application (or the month of application if you applied on the first).

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Angie,

    Payment of monthly benefits is running one to two months; back pay typically follows one to two months later.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • tresa

    I went to court in August 2016 ;my lawyer said The judge made her decision Sept 8 the 2016. I have call my lawyer several times about my percentage or when I can except GTO know what the judgement was, They said They don’t know what her Judgment was they know it was made..That’s all. It is now Jan 9 2017…Whats going on?

    • Dear Tresa,

      I suggest that you call the hearing office to find out whether the decision letter has been written and sent out (lost in the mail) or whether the letter is still pending. With a decision made in September, you should have gotten the decision letter by now.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Dear Giselle,

    Your entitlement to benefits cannot be changed under the new administration without Congress changing Social Security law, which includes laws governing Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Such an effort would meet substantial opposition. If an effort is made to do that, it will be all over the news and it will take a long time to happen. So, it is unlikely any change will occur that will affect your back pay. (By the way, you are receiving SSI , not Social Security. The rules for continuing payment are different for the two benefit programs, so it is important to be clear on which you receive.)

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Karlene,

    Your Social Security back pay will be sent to you in a single payment.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kathy,

    Your husband is not eligible for back pay because Social Security Disability is not paid for the first five full-calendar months of disability, which for him were February through June. The July benefit was paid in August, as all Social Security is paid in the month after the month for which it is due.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tawanna,

    Your husband’s workers comp settlement is prorated out over time at a month rate creating “overlapping” months. In theory you should be able to get a statement of how the settlement was prorated.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear J.M.,

    Try calling your congressperson’s office to see whether they will follow up for you. Explain that you are waiting for previously reissued and returned funds to be released to you, that no benefits have to be calculated.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Amy,

    You should receive your last installment of SSI back pay in February 2017.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Terry,

    The back pay should be deposited to the card.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tawanna,

    First the back pay will be reduced by the workers compensation offset. Any remaining overpayment could be collected from the back pay, although it might not be because of tyour husband’s monthly repayment plan. Even if the entire back pay were to be withheld for overpayment collection, your husband would get a letter explaining the calculation of benefits, the workers comp offset, and the overpayment collection. This means that they are probably still working on calculating the back pay.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Whatchuwatchin,

    If you were approved for Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI), , it can take a month or two from the date of the approval letter for monthly benefits to start and another month or so for back pay to be released.

    If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the local office calculates and authorizes benefits, which can take from ten days to a month or more to get payment started after you have a financial update interview. Back pay is usually paid in three installments six months apart.

    If you were approved for both SSDI and SSI, SSI will be paid first and the time frames I gave for SSDI payment begin when SSI has been paid. SSDI back pay is reduced by SSI back benefits paid for the same period.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jenn,

    First you have to receive an approval letter from the judge and the guideline is for you to have the written decision within sixty days, although it could take longer. If you were approved for Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI), , it can take a month or two from the date of the approval letter for monthly benefits to start and another month or so for back pay to be released.

    If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the local office calculates and authorizes benefits, which can take from ten days to a month or more to get payment started after you have a financial update interview. Back pay is usually paid in three installments six months apart; however, if you are at risk for losing your home, you can request the full back pay to be released in a single installment to catch up mortgage and taxes. If it has been more than a week since you received the approval letter, go to the local office and request the update interview.

    If you were approved for both SSDI and SSI, SSI will be paid first and the time frames I gave for SSDI payment begin at the point SSI has been paid. SSDI back pay is reduced by SSI back benefits paid for the same period.

    In the meantime, you could show the approval page of your approval letter to your mortgage holder to prove that you will get benefits and that you will get a lump sum of back payments to catch up your loan.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Ann,

    Legally you have a right to a copy of the full long-term disability (LTD) insurance policy. Request a copy of the policy again. If necessary, speak with a supervisor or ask your former employer to get a copy for you if it is an employer-sponsored plan.

    Most LTD policies require application for Social Security if they think the claimant is eligible, if they did not the premiums paid for the insurance would be much higher. And, LTD policies almost always have a provision that LTD benefits are reduced by SSD paid for the same months. This means that if you are paid SSD for past months, you will be paid LTD and have to repay it.

    As far as taxation goes, federal tax laws has provisions for claiming repayment of income on which you paid taxes in prior years. I suggest that you check with the IRS or a tax accountant for the correct handling of any LTD you have to refund.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Angie,

    Typically monthly benefits and back payment take from one to four months with most benefits being paid in the two-month to three-month range.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tawanna,

    When you turn sixty-two, the SSI program will require you to apply for early retirement. At that time, your and your husband’s Social Security will result in income too high for you to receive SSI.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Brownishkat,

    If you have not received benefits by the end of January, you can ask the local office to follow up to the payment center; however, the follow-ups often to not affect processing time because usually it is a matter of waiting until older claims are processed. The first benefits will likely be your monthly benefit with back pay taking longer.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear David,

    If you have not received your back benefits by mid-February, consider contacting your congressperson’s office to see if they will follow up to the payment center for you.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kala,

    It usually takes a couple months from when the SSI starts for Social Security to start. If it has been more than two months, ask the local office to double-check that the status of your SSI has been transmitted to the payment center. Your Social Security back pay will be offset (reduced) by the amount of SSI paid for overlapping months.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Mike,

    If the agreement was to collect the overpayment from monthly benefits, I wouldn’t expect your back pay to be withheld. However, you may have little or no back pay depending on the terms and amount of of your workers compensation settlement, which will be prorated and charged at a monthly rate against your Social Security benefits for any months that Social Security entitlement and workers comp proration overlaps.

    Even with a workers compensation offset to be calculated, you should have received your back pay months ago. I suggest that you call your congressperson’s office and request that they follow-up with the payment center for you. Tell them that workers comp offset is involved and the month you submitted the settlement papers (presumably when you applied or at approval).

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Christy,

    Yes, when the recalculation is done, the underpayment will be paid. I suggest that, if possible,
    you go to the office to follow up. Ask to speak to the claims representative responsible for recalculating your son’s claim. Because so much time has passed since your first reported the change, if you are told the claims representative is not available, as to speak to a supervisor.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Monica,

    Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) back pay is reduced by Supplemental Security Income (SSI) paid for the same months. Because the SSI you have received has been more than your Social Security, you will not get any back pay if all SSDI months were also SSI months. Ongoing, I would expect you to receive $500 SSDI and $235 SSI.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Betty,

    Please clarify the following so I can respond:
    1. Will the child support stop with your marriage because he will be living with you?
    2. Does the children’s father pay child support for any other children who are not in your household? If so, how much?

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Steve,

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cannot be garnished and the back child support that is due will not affect processing time. Social Security can be garnished for back child support, which may or may not be due for the same months as Social Security dependent benefits are due. Both will be paid to the children’s mother for them. If you wish to have child support reduced or terminated in the future due to the children’s eligibility for Social Security dependent benefits, you need to petition the family court to change the order.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Katinpan,

    The first five full-calendar months of disability are unpaid, so there will be no back benefits for those months.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Anna,

    In all likelihood, your claim is actually waiting to be worked on. If you do not receive the back pay by the end of January, you might contact your congressperson’s office to ask them to follow up for you.

  • Dear Luna,

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) monthly benefits can be started quickly if the approval is fairly quick and there are not a lot of back-pay months to update and document; however, it would appear that your benefits could not be authorized in time for the processing cutoffs for a January 1 payment, which would have been paid on December 30, the last business day before the weekend. Accordingly, your monthly benefits will start February 1. Back pay may be paid before or after February 1.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tee,

    If the payment was a check sent by mail, two holidays have intervened as well as heavy snows in many areas that may have affected cross-country mail. If you do not have the payment by January 4, call Social Security to report non-receipt of payment and to request replacement of the payment.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Terry,

    The large amount of back pay may require more than one authorization, causing a delay. Because your attorney has not been paid, he or she might be willing to follow up for you. Or, ask your local office to send a follow-up memo to the payment center; then if you do not receive the back pay within a month, contact your congressperson’s office to see whether they will do an inquiry for you.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Hillary,

    Your claim is likely sitting waiting its turn to be worked on. If your benefits are not reinstated by January 15, you might consider contacting your congressperson’s office to see whether they will follow up for you.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tad,

    If you have not had a workers compensation claim and don’t have a government pension based on earnings that were not taxed for Social Security, you should have received your back pay by now. That said, there is little that can be done to speed up payment. You can ask the local office to send a payment inquiry to the payment center, but it is unlikely to accelerate processing because claims are generally processed in the order received. If you have not received the money by the end of January, you could consider asking your congressperson’s office to follow up for you.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kate,

    You are correct, the next installment check will be the same amount as the first and the full remainder will be paid in the last installment. The only exception would be if you needed more money for some specific emergency reason or if getting all the money at once will allow you to purchase a home or a handicap-equipped vehicle.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Sam,

    The veteran’s status of 100% disabled should help processing time; sometimes a congressional inquiry seems to help and sometimes it doesn’t.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Aliyana,

    It can take from a month to two months or more to get Social Security benefits started again and back benefits paid.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Missy,

    You said that you requested continuation of benefits while your appeal was pending. If that is the case, there would be no back pay because you did not lose any benefits. If you did not receive benefits during the entire appeal period, it will take a couple months to get benefits started again and back pay authorized.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Cory Watson

    I received my regular SSDI on the 4th wednesday of november the 23 for $809, and then received another payment on Dec 2nd but for $931 why would I get that? I have been on SSDI for around 2 yrs

    • Dear Cory,

      If your last year’s work earnings were not credited when you applied, you could be receiving an Automated Earnings Recalculation payment going back to the January following the year of work; however, typically you would have received this earlier in the fall and a letter would have preceded. I suggest that you call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 for an explanation of the payment and d that you not spend the extra payment until you are sure it is due you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • You are welcome, Areil.

  • Dear Ira,

    The first installment of the SSI back pay is likely to be paid within a month. Social Security Disability (SSDI) monthly benefits may start by the end of January or possibly before. SSDI back pay will be paid within one or two months after the monthly benefits start. SSDI back pay will be reduced by SSI back benefits paid for months that you were eligible for both benefits.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Areil,

    Allow three to five business days for the benefits to make it through the Treasury Department and the banking system.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Tanesha,

    Usually SSI back pay is paid with a month after the first monthly. It will not be included in the same payment.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kala,

    If your Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) is more than your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit, you will receive back pay from both programs; however, the SSDI back pay will be reduced by SSI back benefits paid for months in which you are eligible for both benefits.

    The weather has been bad in several parts of the country, which could slow down a paper check arriving in the mail. That said, it might be a good idea to check you bank account to see if somehow it was paid by direct deposit. If you do not have the payment within twelve days from when it was issued, you can report non-receipt and request a replacement check.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jessica,

    If Social Security establishes disability at least as early as the month of application, SSI benefits begin to accrue the month after the month of application unless application is made on the first of the month in which case benefits begin to accrue with the month of application.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Areil,

    Given that it has been over a month, I suggest that you follow up with the local office if you have received neither a monthly benefit or back pay for your daughter. If she has received a monthly benefit, wait to follow up until a month has passed since that benefit was paid.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jessica,

    The maximum amount of back benefits paid in the first two installments is $2,199. The number of months that it covered would depend on the amount you were eligible for per month. If you were eligible for the maximum $733, the payment would cover six months of benefits.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Patrick.

  • Dear Mom,

    The payment could come any time during the sixth month. If you do not receive it by the end of the month, follow up with your local office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Catherder,

    It is unlikely you will be able to get a loan against your coming benefits because you cannot assure the lender of a date when the payment will be issued. However, I suppose you could try contacting loan companies.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • You are welcome, Brenda.

  • Dear Jessica,

    The maximum amount of SSI back pay that can be issued in a single installment is $2,199. If additional back pay is due and does not have to be paid to a dedicated account, it will be issued in six months. You should receive a letter within about a week that lists the total amount of back pay due. If you do not receive it, check with the local office for the information.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

    • jessica monasmith

      will they find him being disabled from the year of 2004 when they sated he was mental retarted he has been on a iep since he started school

      • Dear Jessica,

        Supplemental Security Income (SSI) does not pay benefits prior to application. It is possible that he will be found disabled back to when he was first diagnosed, but benefits will not be paid back that far.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Dear Marquita,

    You should automatically receive the second installment of back pay during the sixth month after the first installment was paid. If you do not receive it during the sixth month, follow up with your local Social Security office.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Janis,

    With a substantial amount of back pay due, it is possible that multiple approval reviews are necessary. If, however, your husband has not received the back pay by the end of the year, he could consider asking his congressperson’s office to follow up for him.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Angela,

    I would expect you to receive the underpayment with a week to ten days of the letter.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Brenda,

    Given that you have received the award letter with the payment amount and it is for a closed period, I would expect about a week for direct deposit or ten days for a check by mail. You can call 800-772-1213 to find out whether the payment has been released and count the days from that point in time.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Patrick,

    Your daughter has been asked to file an application so that she can received dependent benefits that were due to her for the period of time that she was a minor. These benefits are paid in addition to your benefit.

    I suggest that you immediately notify Social Security in writing that you do not want the attorney paid because he dropped you before your successful appeal. Attach copies of any documents you have that show your contract with the attorney was terminated.

    Past-due federal taxes will be withheld from your Social Security back pay. Even without a tax lien, it is typical that the back benefits are paid a month to two months after monthly benefits start. You will get an award letter with amounts and dates of entitlement after the lien is in place and the back pay has been calculated.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Mom of Five,

    Between authorization and your receiving the funds, multiple overnight computer runs are required within Social Security, the Treasury Department, and the banking system, so the the five to seven days is likely accurate.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Diane,

    Expect a long wait (several months) if your approved claim was filed nine years ago and payment goes back that far. The back pay will be quite large and require multiple approvals before release. Monthly payments may start within one to two months.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Jessica,

    Your son’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will begin the month after the month in which you filed the application unless you applied on the first of the month in which case benefits would start with the month of application.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Lisa,

    Pending times for back pay seem to be running around two months after monthly benefits start; however, it can take longer. If you do not receive back benefits by the end of the month, you can ask your local office to follow up with the payment center, although it likely will not speed anything up.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Mrs. T.,

    I suggest that you follow up to your local office because two monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments have been made indicating that the first back pay installment should have been sent.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Amanda,

    You should have received your Social Security Disability back pay by know. I suggest calling Social Security at 800-772-1213 to find out for sure that it has not been sent. If it has find out whether the payment was in the form of a check, a direct deposit to your bank account, or a deposit to a DirectExpress card. Also get the date. If it has been longer than a week since deposit or longer than twelve days for a check, report non-receipt of payment and request replacement. If no back payment has been issued and you do not receive it by the end of the month, try asking your congressperson’s office to follow up for you. (I don’t know what “sao” stands for so I can’t address that.)

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Joey,

    It commonly takes one to two months to receive Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) back pay and sometimes longer. If you have not received it by the end of December, you can ask the local office to follow up to the payment center although the follow-up may not speed anything up.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Kim,

    The payment centers are not staffed to receive calls from the public. I suggest that you contact your congressperson’s office to see whether they will follow up for you.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Angela,

    I am not able to estimate your benefits. While your claim is pending, your Social Security earnings statement will not show an estimate, but you will be able to view your work history to see whether all earnings have been recorded. To get the Social Security earnings statement, go to http://www.ssa.gov and set up a My Social Security account to request the statement. Otherwise, try calling your local office to see if they have access to the estimates while the claim is pending.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear GD,

    If you are eligible for back benefits for months before November 2016 and if the online status is correct, I’d expect you to receive a monthly check for November on the fourth Wednesday of December. If you entitlement starts with November, that could be considered back pay and would likely be paid later after the monthly benefits start.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Phyllis,

    Social Security is understaffed and has been for years; this causes backlogs and delays. Congress would have to appropriate more funds for administration to increase staffing, so the place to start a change would be to contact your senators. I can’t explain why the apparent lack of training in some areas.

    As far as your husband’s claim goes, there’s a possibility that he will get his first monthly check this month or in January. Most of the time back pay is then paid as much as a month or more later.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Dear Deborah,

    The number of months of Social Security Disability back pay you are entitled to depends on your established date of disability as well as your application date. Benefits begin to accrue the later of twelve months before application or the sixth full-calendar month of disability.

    Sincerely,
    Kay

  • Rita L

    On Jun 12th 2016 I received a letter describing how much back pay I was owed & what the monthly payment will be for my daughter who was placed on disability. As of today 12/4/16 we have not received one payment towards the back pay, only the monthly payments. Is it normal to wait this long? We provided all documentation and they have it on the spread sheet showing our income & money in our bank. When I called, they said they will have the office call me sometime within the next 45 days!!

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Rita,

      You should have received payment by now. If possible, I suggest going to the local office and talking with a supervisor. If that is not successful, you might consider contacting your congressperson’s office to see if they will follow up for you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Terry

        Hi. I am getting disability. I was wondering when I should expect my back pay. I received my kids back pay about 4 weeks ago. I was approved back on sept15 2016. I have received two months of benefits so far. So how long till I get my 28,000$??

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Terry,

          You should have gotten it by now. I suggest that you ask your local office to make an inquiry as to the status of the back pay.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Hi I just received my letter today from ssi. It states that my payments will begin Jan 1st 2017, my question is will I receive my first retro check before my first payment? I’m hoping so as I need it for my families Christmas!

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Torilin,

      Sometimes the first installment of back pay is paid before the monthly payment. Given that it is early in the month, I would think that is possible. You might try calling the Social Security call center to see whether a one-time payment is scheduled. If not, you could inquire with the local office about when it will be issued.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Deborah Butler

        I have been approved for soical security disability and have gotten 3 months of regular monthly payments but sill haven’t gotten my back pay , I have gotten a letter telling me how much my back pay will be but like I said I haven’t gotten any of my back pay yet, why

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Deborah,

          You should have received your back pay by now. If it has been more than a month since you got the letter, I suggest calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 to find out whether the payment has been issued and if so by paper check or to a bank account. If it was issued as a check more than ten days ago, report non-receipt and request a replacement. If it was issued to your bank account but is not in your account, report this to your bank to see if it was misrouted in their system.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Hi kay name is sharlye me and my son seen the alj judge on the 16th how long will it be before we hear if we won or not

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Sharlye,

      It is hard to predict how long you will wait for the hearing decision. The guideline is sixty days, but it could be either sooner or later than that.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Hey my son just got his award letter..i received a call to bring in my income..and then i received the award letter on dec 1st..spoke to a ssa rep told me his back pay checks will b released on December 2nd..how long do u think i will take for him 2 receive them….

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Jackie,

          If the back pay is being paid to a bank account or card, you should receive it by December 6 or 7. If it is being mailed as a paper check, figure December 10 or 12.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Alex A.

    My wife and I intially applied for SSI benefits for our autistic son in January. He didn’t have a medical diagnosis yet and he was denied. He got a 2 medical diagnosis from a doctor and a Western Michigan University research facility in March. We were going to to reapply, we think his chances are good for being approved. Will they do back payment going back to his original denial date back in January?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Alex,

      Your son’s new claim will not be back dated to the prior denial because you did not appeal the denial. Benefits will begin the month after the current application is filed, so it could be financially beneficial to start the application process before the end of the month.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • sharee williams

    Hi i receive ssi for my son they approve in november of 2015 but he didnt receive his first 733 till june and they also gave him back pay june 23 they say six month later he will receive another installment that will be in december so do they issue the same day has his monthly pay or a couple days later .

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Sharee,

      The benefit could be listed any day of the month. If you don’t receive it by the end of December, follow up with your local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Dana

    Good morning,
    I received my fully favorable 11/10/2016. My questions are regarding backpay and attorney fees. On the My Social Security account it shows my backpay amount dated 11/23/2016, I have not seen it in or even pending in my bank account. I know it is a holiday week and that could be part of the delay. I have no other types of payments only SSDI. When do you think I might see this In my bank account?
    I have also received a letter from my attorney acknowledging my favorable decision along with a cd that has my medical records and the court exhibits. Does this mean my attorney received his payment? Thank you in advance for your advice.
    Sincerely,
    Dana

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Dana,

      If you have not received the payment schedule for November 23 by now, contact your local office about it. Given that your payment has been scheduled, the attorney has probably been paid. You will receive a letter notifying you of the payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Annette

      Did you have to see a judge for your ssdi?? I got approved fully favorable on 11/10/2016 also but was after being denied twice, I haven’t got a letter stating anything about what my monthly amount or back pay will be but you got something that showed on 11/23/2016. Maybe yours didn’t have to go in front of a judge, how long for me to get an awards letter, it will be 30days since approval letter next week. Only thing I got was a fully favorably letter.

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Annette,

        You were fortunate to have had your hearing appeal approved on the record without a hearing. If the approval was for Social Security Disability only, it has been taking about six weeks to three months to start. If you haven’t received an award letter with benefit amounts and/or payment by around January 23, you could ask the local office to check with the payment center to be sure it is on track. (On track can mean just waiting its turn.)

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Caridad

    Hi i applied for ssi on may 2016 for my daughter and she got approved in october 2016 when will her first ssi payment begin and also will she recieve any backpay thanks

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Caridad,

      You should have been contacted by the local office for an interview to update family income from May to present. If you have not been contacted, you need to get in touch with your local office or the call center at 1-800-772-1213 to request an appointment. If you have already had the interview and have submitted anything that was requested, you should get payment in less than a month after that. Back pay will begin June 2016 and be paid for each month since then that your daughter has been financially eligible.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Kimberly

        HI Kay! Sorry for piggybackin this post, I didn’t know how to post my own question thread anyhow, my ssa.gov account shows a one time payment for Nov.21 my award letter says I should receive money around November 26th it’s now the 30th and nothing has been deposited into my account which has been the same since day one, the bank saw a transaction with no amount which may have been a test, however after calling the ssa and being told many different things I was last told that they have mailed a check, we’ll still waiting! Mt question is do you know when I should expect my money and have you ever heard of this scenario before? My anxiety is getting out of hand now…thanks

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Kimberly,

          Sometimes a first check is mailed; if they said the payment was issued on November 21 and you have you have not received it by now (either paper or in the bank), I suggest reporting non-receipt. Also double check that your next payments are set up to go to your bank.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Yvette

        I received my award letter but I won’t get a monthly check I’ve took all information needed to ss but I still haven’t received my back pay that they approved me for I received the letter on the 16th of Nov. How long does it take to get your money

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Yvette,

          If the benefits are Social Security Disability (SSD), it can take a couple months. If the benefits are Supplemental Security Income (SSI), one-time benefits should be paid within a month.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Angel cross

      Hi , I was approved in oct for sSDi too. But I applied back in oct 2014. How long has anyone told you it would tak to get back pay or monthly check started . Ayer not being able to work for the last 29 months , we really need the money !

      Angel

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Angel,

        Social Security Disability monthly benefits often take two months after approval to start with back pay taking from a few weeks to another month or more. If you have not received payment by the end of the year, I suggest asking the local office to follow up to the payment center for you.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • I was approved this Sept I get my SSI check monthly and my husband soc sec who passed away. Still haven’t received any of my back pay. Afraid my little boy won’t have a nice Xmas if it don’t come soon.

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Edrina,

            There is a chance you will receive payment before Christmas; but to be realistic, you may not. You might contact your local fire or police department to find out whether they have a toy drive for children and, if so, whether your child can be included in receiving a toy. If they do not have such a program, they might know who does.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • Dominique tanner

        Hi my daughter was approved for ssi but she is still in the hosiptal so she only gets 30 dollars until she gets discharged from the hospital then it will go to her regular amount will she get back pay from the months she didnt receive her full amount

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Dominque,

          Your daughter is only eligible for $30 a month while she is in a hospital because Medicaid is paying half of the cost of her care. The reason for the reduction to a small amount for personal needs is that SSI is primarily intended to pay for shelter and food and she is getting shelter and food in the hospital paid for by the federal government through the Medicaid program.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Mina

    My daughters father was approved for disability after he had passed away. I was sent a letter stating would receive the back payment, as he and I were not married. the letter asked me to complete this form with my daughters information and provide the supporting documentation, which I did and have confirmed that they have received the form. However we still have not received the payment. This was in May of 2016, its not November. I have been told by the manager at my local off that is is pending with the payment center, however this has been the status for over a year, when he was first approved for the back payment. Who else can I call to have the payment released.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Mina,

      It has been about six months since the needed information and forms were submitted. If the manager of the local office has already made a manager-to-manager call to the payment center and that call was made more than six weeks ago, you might consider asking your congressperson’s office to follow up for you. If no such call has been made, you could ask for a call to be made.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Bee Stewart

    Hi Kay,
    My son has been getting Ssi back pay. So, his last payment is supposed to be released and I called to see what’s the release date. The supervisor that I spoke to jumped down my throat that I was misusing his funds EVEN THO I HAD APPROVALS FROM MY CASE WORKER. So here’s what I need to know, she told me that he may not receive his last payment because I had no funds left from previous payments to his dedicated account. Is this true? Can they not give him his final payment due to what they THINK I spent the money on?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Bee,

      I suggest that you provide receipts or bank statements to prove what the money was spent on as well as a summary itemization. If you got special permission to use the funds but did not get the permission in writing, try to provide the date or approximate date of the approval, whether it was by phone or in the office, and who you spoke to if you know. If you don’t know, be as specific as possible (male or female, 800 number or local office number). In the statement give your rationale for use of the dedicated funds being appropriate, that is, the same argument you gave to get the approval.

      Now to answer your question. The only way I can think of that your child’s funds can be withheld would be that SSA could suspend benefits while investigating for another person to become your child’s payee before releasing further dedicated benefits. If this were to occur, your child’s monthly benefits would also go to the new payee. If you continue to be payee for your child, get approval of all non-disability-related, non-rehabilitative, or non-educational uses of the dedicated funds in writing.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Bee Stewart

        I have all receipts of everything. I did have approval for most of them but the others, I still saved all receipts. When I spoke to this lady on the phone all I asked her was when would his next payment be released and she started yelling at me asking why I didn’t have money left from previous payments. I told her that I bought things to furnish his room( which I have documents from his doctor saying due to his violent fits that he needs his own room) AND approval from his case worker! So how can she say he won’t receive his next payment based off of what she assumes just by talking to me and telling me what HE SHOULD have left? I truly don’t understand these people.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Bee,

          It sounds as if you have all your ducks in a row and that you have documentation to prove that your son’s disability requires that he have his own room and, thus, that related expenditures are disability-related. I suggest at this point to just try to be patient with submitting everything to get the payment released.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Hi

    I applied for my sons Nov 2015. He was approved and they sent a back pay check for Dec, Jan, and Feb on May 23 He started receiving monthly benefits June 1st I was wondering Nov makes 6 mths since his last back pay check, will he recieve his second and final check for Mar, Apr, and May on Nov 1st? Or will it be Nov. 23rd? Thanks in advance for any assistance on this matter

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Cindell,

      Your son should receive the second installment some time during November. If you haven’t received it by November 30, I suggest you follow up with the local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Laina

    Hi Kay,

    I applied for ssdi back in August of 2012, saying I was denied sometime later which I appealed and won. In the process of it all I was receiving ssi and moved from one state to another. In As of Jan of 2013 I still have yet to receive a payment from ssdi, so I started working because ssi payment wasn’t enough to provide for my child. FYI I have received disability benefits all my life, and I was 27 back in 2012. Fast forward 2015 I forgot all about the ssdi I was suppose to receive because I started working. I receive a letter advising me they owe me back pay since 2012. I still have yet to recieve a dime of it and I’m literally at my wits end about it. Every time I go to my local office they can’t help me. I call customer service it states there is a processing stop on the act “whereabouts unknown” I ask how could this be because they send me mail. How do I move forward with getting my backpay that is due to me along with my benefits each month. Also I had a daughter in May of 2013 would I be eligible to get benefits and backpay for my dependent as well. Please help

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Laina,

      You can file for benefits for your child born in 2013. Benefits will be limited to six months retroactivity so you might want to start the claim before the end of October by calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and making an appointment to file the claim. As far as your back pay goes, I suggest that you contact your congressperson’s office to see whether they will follow up for you.

      One thing to consider is that you say that you started working. You do not say how long you worked or how much you earned or whether you reported the work. If you have not, you need to report the work to Social Security because it has to be considered in determining whether you have actually been eligible for benefits all the way back to 2012. When you report take your W-2s for all years and, if you have them, your pay stubs to show how much you earned in each month. Lastly, I suggest that you read Social Security’s Red Book, which tells when you can work and receive benefits at the same time and when benefits are suspended or terminated due to work activity. It is available online at http://www.ssa.gov.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Robin

    I got approved for ssi in june but I applied for disability and I was wondering about if I’m getting a second part of my back pay in next two to three months or no cause I applied for it in January of 2016 and I got approved in June of 2016 and im struggling to make ends due to the fact i don’t get $733 like other people so i was wondering if you could help me with that question about when I’ll be getting the second half.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Robin,

      Your post brings up two issues. First, if you were approved for both Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability, the SSI will be paid first. When Social Security starts, SSI will be reduced or terminated depending on the amount of SSDI you are eligible for. Your SSDI back pay will be reduced by SSI back benefits paid for the same period.

      You mention that you are receiving less than $733 in SSI benefits. This means that you have other countable income, which could be cash income or could be in-kind (non-cash) income in the form of free shelter and/or food. If now that you have some SSI income you are paying for your shelter and your food (including paying for it with a SNAP card), you can report that to Social Security, which could result in an increase in your income. To get the full $733, you must either pay fair market value (FMV) for housing or pay your share if you live with others.

      FMV for room is the amount such rooms are renting for in your geographic area. Social Security law does not specify an amount required to be paying fair market value for room because the economy is different in every location. You can figure out a fair market rental rate by looking at ads for room rentals in your area or by choosing state and county on the federal HUD website at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/fmr/fmr_il_history/select_Geography.odn. It will not list rooms, but it will list studio or efficiency (one-room) apartments. A room in a house would probably be about half of that amount.

      If you are sharing housing, your share is the total expenses divided by the number of people in the household. Shelter expenses are shelter utilities (power, heat, water/sewer, and garbage) and rent or mortgage, property tax and, if required by the lender, property insurance.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • David fernald

        Sorry Kay I Am trying to find my questions and answers

        • David fernald

          I’m sorry I found it lol

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear David,

          Questions are not visible until they are answered. Your question was posted and answered on October 23. You should be able to see the question and answer now.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • tanya

        Hi kay, my mom has been receiving her back pck but she has one final payment that was supposed to be due this October they put a hold on it we got a release on the 12th they said that it was sent to the process center and they will be released soon how long does it take when it gets to the process center for it to be released because I told her she doesn’t get it by the last payment of October to call back which was actually on the 26th and now they’re telling us she may not receive it into this December so I’m really confused can you help

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Tanya,

          The information you have provided is a bit confusing because usually Social Security benefits that are paid by a processing (payment) center are paid all in one payment and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay, which is paid in installments, is authorized and released by the local Social Security office. If the payment in question is Social Security, it typically takes at least from a month to two months after monthly payments start to get the back benefits paid. The local office can make inquires but has no control over how fast the payment will be authorized and released by the processing center.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • David fernald

      I can’t find my posts again did they get moved to a different topic?

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear David,

        Your questions and answers are all posted under this same article. They were posted on different days ranging from October 18 through October 23.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Brenda Wilkins

    Hi Kay, I was recently awarded disability after appealing an original denial. I am scheduled to start receiving benefits next month. After I was denied benefits and missed a court hearing, my attorney quit on my case. I represented myself months later in another appeal hearing and the judge took pity on me. I am scheduled to receive a back pay check any day now according to SS and my online SS account. My question is, will SS send pat of my back payment to my previous attorney? If so, would this show up on my online SS account page? (My Social Security). Please let me know what you think or if you have ran across this issue before.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Brenda,

      Usually the attorney is paid quickly, sometimes a month or two before your back pay is released. You don’t say whether you notified Social Security that your attorney quit; however, if the attorney has not yet been paid, he may have notified Social Security that he withdrew from your case. I don’t think the payment will show up on your “My Social Security” account. I suggest that you contact the local office to find out whether he has been or is scheduled to be paid and to report in writing that the attorney quit prior to your hearing and, therefore, you do not want him to be paid.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Susan

    Hi Kay I have a quick question if you don’t mind answering it for me. I was recently awarded disability after hearing in July 2016. My attorney told me that my son would possibly be eligible for auxiliary benefits. I have already had my phone consultation with social Security and within four days of that phone conversation I received a partial SSI backpay into my account. The Social Security representative told me that I should receive the rest of my SSI backpay within the next 30 days. My first monthly disability benefit would begin November 15, 2016, however the rest of my backpay for disability could take a few months which I understand. I met with Social Security the other day at my local office and asked about my sons auxiliary benefits. Since my son turned 18 on October 23, 2015, he graduated high school in June 2016, he will only be eligible for auxiliary benefits through May 2016. My question to all of this is when they release the auxiliary backpay will the check or deposit go to my son or myself. My lawyer told me it depends on Social Security. I was told by a friend of mine who claims that she knows how the system works that any auxiliary backpay Before he turned 18 would go to me and the rest of the backpay from the time he was 18 until he graduated high school would go to him. Social Security would not give me any information, could not tell me anything, they scheduled a meeting for my son and I to both come in but it’s not until the third week in November. Could you please explain to me how this auxiliary backpay works and if all of the back they would definitely go to my son. My lawyer even said she does not think it’s fair that the backpay would go to him because I had to care for him during that time and I borrowed a lot of money from my father to make ends meet which I have to pay back. I look forward to your response and thank you for taking the time to answer.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Susan,

      My understanding is the funds will be paid to your son, who is now an adult. Perhaps you can discuss with him the loans from his grandfather and the need to repay him.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • David fernald

        Hey Kay I didn’t know where to post this so I am sorry.here I go I had alj hearing on 7/25/16 fully favorable letter dated 8/25/16 award letter dated 10/8/16. I got ssi for my 5 Mos waiting period on 9/23/16 deposited into my bank account. My first payment will be on 11/3/16. I applied for both but my ssdi is enough where I’m not eligible for ssi. I get 1547/month minus 25/mnth for back child support. My kids have already been signed up by their mother. My question is if I cleared child support and ssi is outta the way why does it say in my award letter the ssa is with holding my backpay for further calculations? They have already determined child support and I also got a letter from ssa saying I was not eligible for ssi from 2/15 through 9/16. Eod was9/14. When should I expect back pay in my account

        • David fernald

          Ok now 1/3 of my back pay is showing up but it’s still 20000 short? Any ideas?

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear David,

            If the payment that has shown up is Social Security, I don’t know why the full amount due would not have been paid. (Note that if you were paid SSI for any months after the waiting period when you were eligible for SSI and SSDI, the SSDI would be reduced by the amount of SSI paid for the same period.) If the payment is Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay, you may have been issued an installment payment limited to $2,199. If that is the case, once the Social Security has started making you ineligible for SSI, you can request release of all the rest of SSI back pay due. In the meantime, I suggest that you ask Social Security to explain the payments to date.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear David,

          The “holding your back pay for further calculations” seems to be the standard initial award letter regardless of circumstances and back pay seems to be arriving one to two months after the award letter. I don’t know the reason for the delay in cases where there are no offsets or garnishment or all the information has been submitted or gathered.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Joshua

    Hello Kay my local social security office messed up on the phone interview part they told me i would be getting $481.00 because of a misunderstanding of living situation. Anyways after providing them documentation the local social security office worker said it would take more than a month to fix…i submitted that documentation on October 3rd 2016 should I hopefully be getting the full amount $731.00 in November? On my social security account it says $481.00 November 1st I hope that updates…also they opted to give me a paper check then I’ll be setting up direct deposit. I was approved for SSI by an ALJ….

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Joshua,

      If it really takes more than a month to fix, your benefit on November 1 will still be in the lower amount.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Lisa

    Hello, I apologize for bothering you but I had a generic but good question I posted yesterday and this is the 2nd time I’ve posted a question on this site and it has been taken down. I guess I’m saying the wrong thing or something but I am truly clueless as to why you delete my posts. Can you please at least let me know what I’m doing wrong. Thank you.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Lisa,

      Questions are not posted until they are answered. Your question of October 6 was posted and answered earlier today. Your prior question was also probably posted after you last looked or you forgot which article you posted it under, which can make it hard to find. All questions are posted and answered unless they are duplicates or contain vulargity. Comments to other site visitors are not posted.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Lisa

    Dear Kay,
    Hello, I had my AlJ hearing on 7/11 and recieved approval on 8/19. That week I went into my local SS office (Southern California) and withdrew my SSI application. On 8/31 I recieved. Letter saying they approved the withdrawal. Today 10/6 I finally recieved my award letter. Which states I will start getting paid in November for October. But my Back Pay is still on hold, I called my local office and the girl was no help. She said it was because SSI and I told her that was withdrawn in August and approved. She said well I see that but it’s still on hold the last time it was worked on was October 4th so they are working on it still. I’m confused as to why they won’t release it and she just kept repeating the same thing over and over. Can you give me any advice or direction if I should call somewhere else or do anything else. If I don’t get it this month my house will be foreclosed. Also in the letter it said they will review my case in 5 to 7 years is that from the date I applied or from the approval date? Thank you.
    Applied in February 2014
    ALJ Hearing July 2016
    Fully Favorable Letter August 2016
    Award Letter October 2016

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Lisa,

      First take the letter to your mortgage company to prove you have a large back pay coming to see whether you can stop the foreclosure. Next try going to the Social Security office with the foreclosure notice and ask whether a manager can call the payment center to make sure they have received the information that the SSI claim was withdrawn in August and to see whether your back pay could be prioritized due to dire need.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Sara Tapia

    :::HELP DOES SOMEONE KNOW THIS ANSWERi just rcvd a letter saying the social security admin found i became disabled on apr 29.2016 and that i was entitled first month benefit in Oct 2015. then it states i will get 1,002,00 for October 2016 around Nov 16,16 after that i will rcv that same amt on or about the third wednesday of each month….but what about my payments from oct 2015-sept 2016…then i turn the paper around and it just says “we are withholding your social security benefits oct 2015 through sept 2016. We may have to reduce these benefits if you rcvd ssi for this period..but i didnt get ssi my minor son did so does that mean im not going to get anything from 2016-2016. i dont owe any taxes or anything but i know they still need me to go in to add my kids on to my case even tho my minor son gets ssi..but i dont understand this am i not getting anything or am i…

    • Sara Tapia

      I MEAN APRIL 29, 2015 BECAME DISABLED AND OCT 2015-SEPT 16 THEY ARE WITHHOLDING MY SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS…WHY I DONT OWE THE GOVERNMENT ANYTHING

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Sara,

      Your Social Security back pay will not be reduced by your child’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. His SSI will be reduced or terminated when his Social Security dependent benefits start. (He is required to apply for the dependent benefits.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Princess

    Hi.
    I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2006. I was 12 & on several different medications in a psych home.
    My dad died in 2014.
    I applied under his info as his daughter and was told I could recieve backpay from 2006 and 1156 a month
    Do I have a good chance?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Princess,

      I do not have enough information to offer an opinion on whether you qualify medically for Childhood Disability Benefits. If you are approved, benefits will be limited to twelve months before the month of your application.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Betty

    My daughter got approved.And she has already gotten Aug Sep and Oct mouthly payment…i have not gotten her backpay i called Ssi office they said it was suppose to be deposited on Oct 2nd and i still haven’t gotten her backpay.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Betty,

      If you still have not received the funds by the end of the week, I suggest following up again. Ask specifically whether the local office has authorized the payment and, if so, when and how long after authorization it takes the Treasury to release it.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Dania

    dear Kay,
    can they keep my whole ssdi backpay, 15k, for default student loans?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Dania,

      It is likely that your Social Security Disability back pay will be garnished to pay your defaulted student loans. However, some disabilities allow for discharging student loans, so you might get in touch with lender to see if you qualify for having the debt discharged.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Lisalynn

        Kay, isn’t there a new law signed by Obama that discharges all student loans when you become disabled? I was contacted by Nelnet, a contractor working for the gov’t on student loans. They advised to send them my approval ltr or ltr signed by a dr and all my student loan debt (99k) goes away. However my daughters are on the loan with me, as co-signer I guess so now they are going after my daughters to have them set up payments. I will research this further but if the student loans are discharged due to disability they should go away. Anyway, search for this bill signed by Obama in April 2016 which forgives student loans. Note, the student loans were for my daughters but I signed loan papers.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Lisalynn,

          There is a provision in the law that allows forgiveness of student loans if a person is permanently disabled. I do not know how it applies when more than one person signs for the loans; it may be correct that the debt is only forgiven for the disabled person. I suggest that you discuss this with Nelnet.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Anonymous

      Hello Kay my son has epilepsy and I’ve been applying for ssi for him since she 1 however I’ve always been denied and reapply and get denied again. I reapplied in Nov2015 got a lawyer and was finally approved. I received the award letter stating he has been disabled since 2011 but they are only paying me back pay amount of 5,000. With his month payment being between 550-600 a month does that sound right of he’s been disabled since 2011

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Anonymous,

        Supplemental Security Income (SSI) does not have retroactivity for months prior to application. Your son’s benefits will be based on the November 2015 application with benefits starting December 2015, unless you applied on November 1 in which case benefits begin November 2015.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Anonymous

          Thank you Kay

          • Kay Derochie

            You are welcome.

            • Felicia anderson

              Kay how long if u don’t mind me asking after withdraw of ssi. How long for ssd backpack? Any ideas ty

              • Kay Derochie

                Dear Felicia,

                It seems as if in most cases Social Security back pay is taking two months or more.

                Sincerely,
                Kay

  • my 2 sons got approved for ssi benefits on Sep 9th 2016 I applied on July7th 2016 when should I get benefits for them

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Colleen,

      I would expect benefits to be paid by the end of this month.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Ariel

    Hello, I have received an approval for both ssdi and ssi. The catch is I was approved for a closed period of disability my benefit award letter says I will be paid for SSDI benefits from March 2014 thru Oct 2015. And SSi benefits for only Oct 2015. I received the SSDI award letter August 29th 2016. And the SSI award letter Sept 21st 2016. I called my local social security office on Sept 29th and was told nothing had been done to my account yet.

    How long until the payment center will receive my claim? How long from that point can I expect a release of payment being as though the only other benefit is the one month is SSI? Is there anyway I can get this sped up? Should I call my local office constantly to push or the main Social security number?

    I have to move from my home by the 31st of this month with no money and 5 children I dont want to end up homeless. I am just looking for piece of mind that the money may come by then.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Ariel,

      It can take a couple months from the time of the approval to get the Social Security released. With an SSI claim that two months begins after SSI is paid. You might speed up getting your one-time Social Security payment by going to your local office either to withdraw your SSI application or to provide income, resource, and living arrangement information for October 2015. (You would not lose any money by withdrawing if your Social Security benefit is more than your SSI because the October 2015 SSDI will be reduced by the amount of SSI paid for that month. Or it may be more important to you to get that one month’s SSI benefits more quickly, likely within a month.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Ariel

        Thank you Kay. I just looked and the SEA site finally mentions my one time SSI payment. But it says payment date 10/13. But I dont actually have it. Should i wait a little longer for it to come? And since it is showing the payment now could i expect my said to be not far behind? Again i am only receiving one time payments for both ssi and ssdi because of the closed period approval.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Ariel,

          Allow five days to receive the payment from the date the payment was authorized. The Social Security Disability could take as much as two months longer to be issued.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Jeanine

        Hi Kay in response to this ? And others like it… I keep seeing the words living arrangements? So on my sis statement where it showed if I became disabled is that not a correct figure to use? Do they go by a different figure? I’m confused…
        I have my ALJ hearing coming up and I’m due 3 years in the waiting process:( this has been horrible…. i have a severe illness SMA/Gastroparesis with migraines that debilitates me. The system has not been kind because I’m only 46. Can u tell me what to expect and let me know about the above question also? Thank u so much!!

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Jeanine,

          I do not understand your statement “on my SSI statement where it showed if I became disabled is that not a correct figure to use.” I don’t know what figure you are referring to or how you think it is related to living arrangements.

          Your hearing will deal with your medical eligibility. If the judge approves you medically, your claim for Social Security Disability (SSD/SSDI) will be calculated and paid based on your work earnings record before you became disabled. Your living arrangements (where you live and who pays for your shelter and food) have no bearing on your SSDI claim.

          If you are medically approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your local office with ask you to provide a financial and living arrangement update for all months between when you applied and the interview. Each month’s SSI benefit will be calculated separately based on your income (including in-kind–non-cash–income in the form of free shelter or food), assets, and living arrangements that month.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • E J

    What can be withheld from your back pay? Liens, IRS, student loans?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear E. J.,

      Social Security Disability benefits can be garnished for student loans in default, back federal taxes, and back child support. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments cannot be garnished.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Latoya

    Hi my name is Latoya I got a approval letter august 12th 2016 and the ssi interview letter was aug 12th for me to come did all that recieved award letters in September from both ssdi and ssi my first payment from ssi back pay September 2nd and ssdi payment not until October third 2016 have no recieved back pay from them yet the had my case since august 23,2016 how long will it be before I see my back pay I was told different things first October now December please help me understand

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Latoya,

      It is running one to two months after SSDI monthly benefit start to get the SSDI back pay. It will be reduced by the amount of SSI back benefits payable for the same months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Mooky

    Hello Kay I have a Question I saw My Back Pay for SSD on my My SSA account it said a Payment was sent on 9-23-2016 now its gone what does that mean? I received SSI First then I received SSD because it was More then SSI cut me off will I received my back pay from SSD Now?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Mooky,

      You should have received the September 23 payment by now and a letter explaining it. Payment amounts and dates do not stay on the online record for any length of time after they are paid. It usually takes a month or so after monthly SSDI starts to get the SSDI back pay, which will be reduced by SSI back benefits paid for the same period.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Sher

    I was told I was approved for SSDI and SSI on April 7th, so I started receiving monthly payments of $1370 on July 20, 2016. My date of disability is June 7th, 2015, so they wrote that my backpay starts January 2016 and like many other people, they also told me it’d take 60 to 90 days as they checked to see if I was paid anything like compensation or SSI in the meantime (which I wasn’t) or owed the government anything. I haven’t received the backpay yet. From my understanding, SSI is payed in three installments and SSDI is paid in one large payment, but what if I was approved for both SSI and SSDI, then how does that work? I’m hoping to buy a used car before winter, but I’m very grateful for the approval and help they offer while I try to figure out how to function with my disability and see if recovery is possible.

    Sher

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Sher,

      You should have received your first installment of SSI back pay by now. Your Social Security Disability (SSD) back pay will be reduced by SSI paid or payable for the same months, that is for installment payments you have received and those still due. (Note that now that you are no longer eligible for SSI, you can request release of the remainder of your SSI back pay now.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Rob Stevens

        Well, I apologize for not figuring out how to start a new thread on here!! After 4 3/4 years I was finally given a fully favorable decision!! I received a partially favorable decision back in 2013. But it shows in my “My Social Security” account that I was only paid for 6 months in my partially favorable decision. Eventhough it shows in my paperwork that I was disabled for two years. My paperwork is now at the payment center, do you have any idea how long this is going to take? I am on day 48 since I got my favorable decision.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Rob,

          If you do not have workers compensation or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims, benefits may start about two months from when the decision was rendered, although processing times are unpredictable and could take longer.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Ncessor3

            Hi Kay I was approved June third for both Said and Ask I got so first and feel robbed they didn’t give me all my back pay I was getting 683.00 from SSI THEN 600.00 from SSI THRY REDUCE SSI to 83.00 but took all my back pay from SSDI but 944.00 my dates went back to march 2013. Can I appeal this I can’t survive like rent, utilities, amongst things. Is this right

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Ncessor,

              If your SSDI back pay was reduced or eliminated for the SSI back pay you received or will receive for the same months, you have been paid correctly. You cannot get full SSDI and SSI payment for the same months. When the SSI paid is more than the SSDI back pay, no SSDI back benefits are payable. Once SSDI starts, SSI is reduced or stopped depending on the amount of SSDI monthly benefits. What you can do is get an explanation as to why you are not receiving a total of $753 between the two benefits to see whether an increase in SSI is due.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

          • Rob Stevens

            I just recently found out that the Social Security judges did not approve my attorney fees. I called my attorny to see if he would pull his petition and he, well his phone answerer, said no. I would be more than happy to pay him whatever he wants!! I am just desperate to get money started to come into our house!!! Any ideas??? This attorney is the second one the first was a total quack not hired by me but by my unfortunate joke of a long term disability insurance joint!!

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Rob,

              You might send a letter to the component of Social Security that is handling your attorney’s petition and say that you support his being paid the usual fees and would like them paid promptly.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

          • Rob Stevens

            If we have a “mySocial Security” account will we find out about our “award” any sooner than what we will get in the mail? I did speak to a person in our local SS office this past Monday and he said that my file had been placed with someone that I cannot for the life of me remember but he did say that it should only be one or two more weeks before I hear something. He also said that he did put in a “dire straights” request for me since it has been 4 years and 8 months!! What else do I need to do? My lawyer is really not doing anything and I get a different story with each different person I talk too!!

            Thank You!!

            Rob

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Rob,

              Please tell me where you are in the claim process, so I can respond to your question. Have you gotten a medical approval and you are waiting for payment or are you waiting for a medical decision? If you are waiting for a medical decision, is your claim with the DDS for an original claim or reconsideration or at the hearing office for a hearing decision?

              Sincerely,
              Kay

              • Rob Stevens

                Hi Kay, I have been told that my claim is currently at the payment processing center. I have been told that payment to my lawyer was not approved. My lawyer is petitiong them for that, I have told my lawyer’s office that I will pay him when I get my money but apparently that’s not happening.

                Thank You!!

                Rob

                • Kay Derochie

                  Dear Rob,

                  The attorney wants to be sure that he or she is paid and is following their usual business practice. To move things along so you can get your back pay, I suggest that you write a letter to Social Security Administration requesting that the Administration approve the attorney’s fees of 25% up to $6,000 (the standard amount) and submit it to the local office with a request that it be forwarded to the payment center.

                  Sincerely,
                  Kay

            • Hi Kay I applied for social security in 2015 got denied then I appealed since then I had to fax over wages from my employer for sick pay I was receiving then fax over a questionnaire about what I can and can’t do does this sounds like I could be getting approved now or is this just random information that they ask

              • Kay Derochie

                Dear Candy,

                The requests are just a sign that your claim is being actively reviewed and that it is moving toward a decision.

                Sincerely,
                Kay

      • richard

        hello, i received letter saying im getting ssdi back in feb of this year lawyer was paid april 21 i was told they started on back pay the day after back in may when i started getting ssdi lawyer called for me in aug said they said another 30 days so is there any hope of ever getting backpay . or
        they giving lawyer a run around like me thanks

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Richard,

          The Social Security representative is giving an estimate but can’t guarantee the time frame. The payment centers are understaffed and backed up. If you don’t have payment within the thirty days most recently quoted, you might try asking your congressperson’s office to follow up for you.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Sher

            Thank you for the reply. I got my first SSI back payment on the 22nd. I had a new benefit verification letter that now said my monthly payments would be on the 3rd of each month. I will receive $0 from SSI beginning July 2016 and I will receive $1369 monthly. Their was no cost of living adjustment. So I guess that means SSI did end and it’s just SSDI now and I’m allowed to request the rest of the SSI back payments? Will the SSDI back payment be soon? I’m sorry if the previous post shows up so this post seems redundant, but I can’t see it.

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Sher,

              Yes, you can request release of all the remaining SSI back pay due to you. SSDI back pay has been taking a month or two after the first monthly SSDI benefit is paid.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

      • Sher

        Thank you for your reply. Sorry if I misunderstand. So I just noticed that I received a deposit on the 22nd and it called the “Federal Benefit Payment/ XXSUPP SEC SSI TREAS 310 given by the account name Demand Dep-7192. Does that mean their will be 1-2 more SSI installment payments 6 months apart? Or as you said above, I can request the rest of the SSI back pay because I’m no longer eligible for SSI if I am eligible? Will their also be a separate back payment from SSDI soon? Sorry, I’m still learning the process

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Sher,

          As soon as the Social Security starts, if it is too high for continuing SSI payments, you can request that the balance of your SSI back pay be released. Otherwise, the installment payments are six months apart.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Darrnell M.

    Hi Kay I was approved for SSD/SSI as well as SSDI Adult Disability Benefits As of January 21 2016 , I started getting money on my record but was also approved for my father who passed back in 2008 , the same year o applied for , My AOD was march of 2006 the ALJ moved my EOD to the same date , this was after fighting with SSA for almost 10 years , Use to get benefits as a child that was back in july 2005 going past all that , I went through all the appeals process and than in to Federal District Court where they found in my favor and sent my claim back to SSA with instructions to approve me, That came January 21 2016 , I started getting paid April of 2016 but that was on my record only SSDI & SSI , But nothing on My SSDI Adult Child Benefits , Some how the ODAR office sent it to my local office who lost it along the way , it was not until july 2016 i started to bother SSA on the issue that i should not be getting the SSI or SSD on my record but my fathers record as his record paid more , well it’s been about 10 years of battling SSA to get here , The Payment center is taking their sweet time , But i keep getting told that they have to start paying me off my fathers record and that the off set for ssi has to be processed but told they after to pay it out before October 1 since that is the new Fiscal year and that they could get in trouble to not getting my post approval done with , Can you tell me how long it will take been waiting sometime thanks .

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Darnell,

      I doubt that all approved pending claims awaiting payment will be paid before the end of the fiscal year. However, given that it has been five months since your monthly benefits started, I suggest that if you don’t have payment by then, you might try asking your congressperson to follow up. When everything is finished, you may receive benefits on your own Social Security account with an additional payment off your father’s account to bring the two payments up to the amount you would get if you were drawing on your father’s only.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Darrnell McCoy

        $1800 is what I am suppose to be getting but I am only getting $751 but was told everything on my record would stop along with the ssi , I was told by my attorney and ssa I would only be collecting title 2 off my father’s record and my daughter would collect off my record , my father before he passed was getting maximum amount from Retirement benifits, he was getting $2500 a month , I was told by the CR I would be getting $1800-$2000 or 75% of my father’s record based off his earnings and payment , 10 years is a long time to fight , I am a Veteran with PTSD , Split personality disorder all service Connected but because it all happen to me before the age of 22 they said I get both my ssdi and va

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Darrnell,

          Please see my response to your first post.

          Sincerely,
          Ka

          • Darrnell M.

            Hi Kay Derochie i want to say thank you , After speaking with my Attorney & SSA Claims Specialist , they both Confirmed to me that my case is unique , But i was wrong about how much i will be getting , based off my fathers record since all my payments will be coming off my father’s record 75% if he has passed on or 50% if alive , My father passed in 2008 but i was told my own ssdi title 2 will be cut off or zeroed out, since i will be getting from a higher paying record $2115.00 a Month based off my father was being paid the maximum amount allowed ,

  • raveen cannon

    Hi my son got approved for ssi he got his first back pay in june 2016 of 2500 all together they owe him 3.000 when will i get the rest of it

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Raveen,

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay is paid in three installments six months apart, the first two not to exceed $2,199 each. If your son has dire need, such as needing more than the installment to obtain or retain housing or for some medical need, he can petition to have more released sooner.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • AQW

    My husband receives his decision on August 12, 2016 in the mail. It was on August 9, 2016, which is the date the judge sign the decision. I just want to know when he will receive anything. I was told to take the dire need letter to the local office and no luck. We are frustrated due to people telling us he would receive something in twenty days, September 21, 2016, and now October. I need help with this problem, because we are over our head in debt. I do work, but it is not enough to keep everything together. He only applied for his SSDI. Can you please explain exactly what they are doing while we wait?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear AQW,

      Social Security Disability payments are authorized by staff in the payment center. The local office can only give estimates. Usually claims are processed in the order received by the payment center. Your husband’s claim is waiting its turn among other claims with dire need statements. There is a wait because the centers are understaffed due to budgetary reasons. The monthly benefit will be paid first, likely not till October, and the back pay will follow a month or two later.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Jacquelyn

    I have a disabled sister who is currently on SSI. She has been disabled since she was a small child. My father passed away in Feb 2014, we then applied for Survivor Benefits. 28 months later (August 2016)they approve it. They stopped her normal SSI until a payee is declared. Which has been completed, now they state October 2016 she will receive her Survivor Benefits and her back pay will be sent in one lump sum within 30-60 days. Is this true or is she expecting installments and extended wait times on back pay?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jacquelyn,

      Social Security back pay is paid in a single payment. Social Security estimates on how long it takes to get payment are not always reliable. In the range given, I would say the longer period is more likely.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Anthony

        I got ssi back pay..now they changed it to SSDI will I get back pay from that and will I have to pay the back pay back to ssi….

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Anthony,

          Your Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay will be reduced by Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back benefits paid for months in which you were eligible for both benefits. You should not have to pay anything back because the two benefits are being coordinated.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Ginger

    Hello Kay. My son is 4 and has a severe speech impairment. I applied on August 3, 2016 for SSI for him. I found out on Sept 1, 2016 that our snap benefits had been decreased from 770.00 to 494.00 which would begin on Oct 1, 2016. I had to take a few documents in to his caseworker on Sept 2, 2016 so she told me that he had been approved for 733.00 a month and that i would receive a check in the mail. Now I opened a bank acct as a representative payee for him as she asked me so that he will receive his first payment in Oct 2016. I received a letter in the mail from the social security administration telling me he needed to be seen by one of there speech therapists to see if he qualifies for benefits. I have already received the approval letter saying that he will start receiving benefits in Oct so my question is does he qualify for backpay? He begin seeing a speech therapist in Aug 2015 so I don”t understand the need for the exam from their therapist because he already sees one twice a week. Sincerely, Ginger

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Ginger,

      I think that the letter was sent out in error. I suggest calling the examiner who sent the letter to confirm that that is the case. The exam may have been planned and then a decision was made that it wasn’t needed. There is enough time for your child’s first benefits to be received in October. Based on an August application, he will also be paid for September. Although the September “back pay” may be paid separately from the October benefit.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Rhonda Deluca

    My back pay went into an account linked to prepaid debit. They rejected it because it was to big on Aug 11. I’ve been told 10 days, 15, 18, 30 it’s something different each time. I already got the direct express card but still no payment. Do you have any idea what I should do? It was showing the payment on social security site but it’s gone now.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Rhonda,

      Start by calling Social Security at 800-772-1213 to ask whether the disappearance of the payment means that it has actually been sent rather than scheduled. If you can’t get a clear answer, try visiting your local office.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Evelyn

    Dear Kay, Can you tell me if looking on the SS website will tell you if your back pay has been issued? Thanking you in advance.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Evelyn,

      If you applied online or set up a My Social Security account, the date the back pay was authorized will show as a “one-time” payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • amber m

        Hi I was due my second installment back pay for September and they released it today when can I expect money to be in my bank account. Do I count the weekend?

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Amber,

          It can take two or three weekday, non-holiday overnight computer runs for the money to appear in your bank account.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Karen

        So on my SSI Sign in Account it shows my back pay amount and Sept 27,2016 as a date. How long does it take to be put in my account ? Or do they send it In a check ? I have automatic deposit .

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Karen,

          Allow about five business days. With direct deposit set up, the back pay should go to the bank; however, keep an eye on both your bank account and your mailbox.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Shasha

      Sorry, I didn’t know how to start a new thread. I was approved for Ssi in August 2016. My payments will be going back as far as 2013. I did receive public assistance from 2013- 2016 with my daughter on my budget. I wanted to know will public assistance take back monies I received only or the monies my daughter & I received??

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Shasha,

        I would think that if the assistance was based on the number of people that only what you received for yourself would be repaid; however, I am unable to answer your question with any reliability. I suggest that you ask the public assistance office and/or look at your application for assistance if you have it. The application may say.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • shasha

          I will contact them. Thank you so much

          • Kay Derochie

            You are welcome, Shasha.

  • Ted

    Hi Kay,
    I became disabled in July 2011 and won a fully favorable decision April 2016. I have received 3 monthly payments, but no back pay yet. I didn’t file for SSI, State disability, etc. No law suits, no back taxes owed. My lawyer has not been paid yet either.

    I contacted my congressman a month ago per your suggestion to others. My question is, how long is it currently taking to release back pay for a simple case, but large amount?

    Seems to me they should have a check list of everything your case needs to be signed off on line where you can check your own status and expected time frames. Would probably save the SSA a lot of money rather than have to field so many calls asking for the status.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Ted,

      The delay is due to backlogs in the payment center compounded by a back payment covering five years being quite large and requiring more than one review and sign-off. You have probably done everything you can at this point in terms of follow-ups and it could be another month or two.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Michelle L Dangar

        Hi, my son was approved for ssi after being denied twice, and was disabled from birth. His onset date is 2-25-2006. Is there a average some is willing to give me on how much back pay that will be and will i get that since its a fully favorable decision. Thanks

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Michelle,

          Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will begin the month after the month you applied for your son, unless you applied on the first of the month in which case benefits would begin with the month of application. The amount of back pay cannot be estimated because SSI benefits are calculated each month and the amount paid for the month depends on income and assets he and you (and his father if his father is in the household) for that month.

          I can tell you that if your son is eligible for more than six months of benefits at a rate equal to the maximum monthly benefit, the money will be paid into a dedicated account with restrictions on how you can spend the money. You can read about dedicated accounts at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Janet

    I received my benefits letter dated Aug 13, 2016. On one page it says that I have approx. 68k back pay from Nov 2012-Jul 2016 minus 6k owed to counsel. On another page it says my back pay is zero. I called the national call center. The woman was very rude. She said that it was because at some time I had workers comp. I had workers comp in 2010-2011 and a settlement lump sum for 9k in the summer of 2012. I can see where the lump sum could be offset, but how can temp wc pay from 2010 thru before Nov 2012 be counted? Like I said the woman was very rude. She said it didn’t matter and that I can expect to wait up to 3 years for any back pay. This seems out of line. Will it really take that long or was she just trying to harass me?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Janet,

      You are correct that the workers comp paid prior to November 2012 would not affect benefits and that the $9,000 would be prorated, but I doubt that the proration would cause full offset for almost four years.

      Two possibilities exist–either your benefits have been calculated and fully offset or the zero benefits payable is a placeholder until the actual offset calculation has been completed. The representatives remark about how long it takes to get back pay (not that long, but maybe six months with workers comp involved) may be an indicator of the former. However, because it is difficult even for the local offices to get information from the payment center, to be safe, I suggest that you treat the letter as a final calculation and appeal the calculation of the workers compensation offset based on the 2010 and 2011 benefits not overlapping with Social Security entitlement and on the fact that $9,000 workers comp couldn’t fully offset four years of SSD benefits. Resubmit the same documents, plus a letter from the workers comp payer that those were the only benefits paid. File the appeal at the local office, keep a copy of everything, and request a copy of the appeal form (SSA-561) after it has been date stamped as received.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Christopher Taylor

    Hi I have been waiting for two years for my ssi. I want to see if you can tell me how much am I look to get in backpay.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Christopher,

      Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) has been paid in amounts from $1 to $733 a month in 2015 and 2016. Social Security Disability (SSD aka SSDI) benefit amounts are individual based on your earnings history before becoming disabled. If you have an old earnings statement that gives a disability estimate, you can use that for a rough idea. If you are approved for both SSD and SSI, the back pay will be coordinated and SSD back pay will be reduced by SSI back benefits paid for the same months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Elisabeth

    Hi Kay,
    My husband had his ALJ hearing in June and almost immediately received a fully favorable decision letter dated June 13th with an onset date is 7/2013. We were asked for some verification documents for our children and provided them right away in July. The local office said they were sending everything to the payment processing center and payments would probably start within 2 weeks. That was almost 8 weeks ago. At 61 days he called the national phone number and an inquiry was sent to the processing center, but he was told it could take 30 days for a response. He has called every week since then. Is there anything we can do to get it processed? It has already been noted that there is a dire need.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Elisabeth,

      At this point you have done everything that you can and calling will probably not speed anything up. Payments seem to be running sixty days or more from the date that all documents are submitted and that would be some time in September.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Julie V.

    Hello, My 30 year old son has been recieving SSDI benefits since 2006 due to mental illness. He had a Continuing Disability Review in Jan. 2016. We were notified March 16, 2016 that he recieved an unfavorable decision and was considered no longer disabled with the last benefit payment being June 3, 2016 for the month of May 2016. We filed an appeal for reconsideration of the ccessation of his benefits. He subsequently recieved a notice (form: SSA-L1013) that on June 24, 2016 a decision was made on his apoeal in his favor that he continues to be disabled. We have not recieved any other notices (i.e. Award Letter) regarding back pay (for June and July) so far. I have called the local as well as the 800 number. Every operator I have spoken with tells me the same exact thing, “I’ll forward it, if it isn’t in his account in one week give us a call”. He still has an active direct deposit account. In this instance, is there a time frame he should expect the back pay as well as monthly benefit to resume? The SSA seems to be at a loss for any info on this. Thank you for your time!

    • Julie V.

      I would just like to add that we did not use the services of an attorney so funds are not owed from his back pay.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Julie,

      Your son’s benefits should have been resumed by now. If your son is able to go to the local office or you are if you are his payee, I suggest going to the office and asking for a manager-to-manager call to the payment center to get benefits started again.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • DevinG

        I received a ssi check for 1600 on the 1st but didn’t no it was in my mailbox thus my key was broken. after calling the SSA they explained that I should wait a few more days and if I did not recieve it I should call back. I opened the box and the check was thier but I waited till the 10th to cash it and I just received another check for the same amount. But it was dated for the 16th. I didn’t ask for a duplicate and this is my first month for benefits. It’s 1600 because it’s including the three month backpay. Do you think it’s a SSA mistake?

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Devin,

          I think the second check could be a mistake. I suggest that you call Social Security at 800-772-1213 to see whether a replacement check was issued. If it was, write void on the second check and return it to Social Security, preferably by going to the office and getting a receipt for it. If you are told that both checks are due, ask them to tell you for what period each was being paid. They should be able to tell you the months for which they were issued and, of course, they should be different months. (Social Security is paid in the month following the month for which it was paid.)

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Christina Lang

            Hi Kay,
            My name Is Christina Lang and filed for disabilty in mar of 2013 and in 2/2016 went to my 2nd hearing and was approved right away!! I was 1st told by the judge I would get my back pay in 60 days. In may recieved my first monthly payment. I call 2× a month on the status of my back pay they tell me it takes 4 to 6 mo to recieve and they do a background check to see if I owe anything to the federal government. Which I dont!! I had no lawyer or SSI and still I cant get any answer? Please help !!
            Thank you
            Christina Lang

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Christina,

              The payment centers are understaffed and the backlogs are big. In addition, three years of benefits may add up to a large amount that will require more than one review and sign-off. That said, if you have not received the back pay within thee months of receiving your first monthly benefit, you might try contacting your congressperson’s office to see if they will follow up for you.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

    • Nicole Simon

      661 Westover Hills Boulevard Apt. # L

      Dear Julie,
      I know exactly what you and your son is going through because I’m going through the same situation right now with them. I have been going downtown office every other day and also every week and talk to a manager and they tell me that they had to manually put it in and I even asked is there a telephone number that I could call still I’m getting the run around. I have been without my SSDI benefits since April 3, 2016 and now here it is almost September 3, 2016 and I have lost my apartment and everything else that I had and now I’m living on the streets and a shelter I have bad health problems. So now I don’t know what to do, can anybody please help me?

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Nicole,

        Contact your congressperson and explain the situation. Ask whether they will contact the local office to see what can be done.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Candy

          Hi Kay I signed my daughter up for ssi may 3 2016 she was approved august 23 2016. I never got a letter it anything. On reason I knew she was approved is because I called. I was scheduled an appointment on august 30 to bring in pay stubs and direct deposit information. Only thing I was missing was two or three pay stubs from my previous job but took all the rest from my current job and previous job. My question is do you know how long will it be before I recieve my daughter first ssi payment and her back pay. I was told Tuesday she will get the full amount and also by me not having the few pay stubs I’m missing can it delay the process. Also do the person handling my case put her into payment status or no. Thank u. Sorry for posting here don’t know how to start a thread. Also I used NetSpend as my direct deposit info

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Candy,

            I suggest that you get duplicate pay stubs or a statement from your payroll office to document the missing pay periods. The claims representative you spoke to will be processing the information you brought will in and will be authorizing payment.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  • Wes Keigley

    I filed for disability back in Sept. ’09, fast forward to March 2016 I finally won a fully favorable decision, got my first monthly check in July, and I still have not received my back pay, called them and was told they had to pay my lawyer first, told them he had already received his payment, was then told they needed to make sure I didn’t owe any federal or state agency, told them I already received a letter telling me they were taking what I owed to Friend of the Court out, was then told they had to make sure I didn’t qualify or owe for SSI, I informed them that I waived my SSI claim in order to speed up the back pay process, I was told it could take up to 30 days after my first monthly check, its past 30 days. I called my lawyer, he was told that they require 3 signatures for a lump sum that big and it could take up to 30 days. How does it take 30 days to get 3 people to sign their names on a piece of paper? All in all I’ve been fighting and waiting years for disability and finally get it just to have to wait longer and get the run around. Any advice?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Wes,

      The typical time for getting back pay after monthly benefits start is from one to three months. Large lump sums require a review by each authorizer–it is not just signing–and tend to run to the longer time frame. If you do not have your back pay within sixty days, you can ask the local office to send a memo to the payment center requesting payment, though it may not speed things up. If you haven’t received the back pay within three months of monthly benefits starting, you might consider contacting your congressperson’s office to ask whether they will follow up to the payment center for you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • IAN

    Hello ,

    Thank you for your time. I was approved may 8th fully favorable at the hearing level. We will be coming up on 4 months now and ss keeps telling me that everything is at the payment processing center. I have not received an award letter or anything. They just tell me to call back every week but its always the same thing. I have no workman’s comp or anything like that no ssi. Just ssdi. So nothing should be holding it up. No monthly or backpay has been seen or heard of. I went to the office and updated my info the week after I was approved as well. Is this normal?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Ian,

      Getting your benefits started is taking longer than average. Ask the local office, not the call center to double check the your record does not show a pending SSI claim. If it does ask them to remove that information from the record while you wait. If it does not and you do not receive benefits by the end of September, I suggest contacting your congressperson’s office to ask them to follow up with the payment center.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Ian

        Thank you very much for the response. Will do.

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Ian.

  • Michelle

    My husband got his fully favorable decision dated May 13, with an onset date of Feb 28, 2013. We waited the 60 days to hear something, and not one word. He had called them once to verify the bank account info was correct. On day 61 he called SS to see what was going on. He was informed that they had it showing he was denied. He had to bring his letter to the local SS office to prove he had a fully favorable decision. They told him it would take 3 weeks to expedite it. 4 weeks later, we finally got his award letter online. It states he’ll get back pay from Dec 2014. Shouldn’t he get back pay from Jul 28, 2013? Why would he not get that whole time, minus 5 months, like other people get? Are they just giving him a lump sum, then later he’ll get more? We’re so frustrated with them already because of their huge mess up…we just don’t know if they’ve messed it up again.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Michelle,

      The five-month unpaid waiting period is five full-calendar months beginning the month after the month of established disability. Benefits begin to accrue the later of the sixth month (August 2014) or twelve months before the date of application. So, if your husband did not apply until December 2015, his benefits starting December 2014 would be correct.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Michael hellman

      It’s been almost 90 days since I received my decision letter which stated fully favorable.
      I been to my local office. I have not received anything such as my award letter, 1st month check and back pay. I feel like I am getting g the run around. Kay can you tell me what you think th hold up is? No workers comp is involved.
      I will be receiving SSDI.
      THANK YOU KAY.

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Michael,

        Getting payment started is often running two months or more. You can ask the local office to send a memorandum to the payment center as a follow up, but it is unlikely to move things more rapidly. If you haven’t received any payment by the time four months has passed from the date you received the hearing decision letter, you might consider contacting your congressperson’s office to see whether they will follow up for you.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Mitchell E. Gentry Jr

    Hello Kay,
    I received my Awards letter for SSDI. My disability onset date was August 2012, Which makes my entitlement date Feb 2013. However on the last page where the money breakdowns are there is nothing listed for back pay. It says “Why we cannot pay past benefits” but nothing listed even tho the Awards letter says benefits are due for Feb 2012 through July 2016. should i be worried or so you think someone might have just forgot to fill out that section?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Mitchell,

      It does seem that your award letter is faulty. I suggest that you take it to a local office for an explanation and to find out what was left out. Also, in what you wrote, you said the letter said “benefits due for Feb. 2012. . .” or did you mean Feb. 2013? If the letter said 2012, that would appear to be a second error. As an aside, but an important one, your benefits would begin to accrue February 2013 only if you filed your application February 2014 or earlier because retroactive pay is limited to twelve months before the month of application.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Karey

    I don’t have a question, but wanted to share my story with all the readers.

    I received a fully favorable decision on December 4, 2014. I was owed back pay (and received a letter from SSA stating this) in the $29K range. My attorney was paid in April 2015. Guess who still hasn’t received their back pay? I had to engage my congressman and discovered my case has now been elevated to critical case/ congressional case. After 20 months from approval I MIGHT be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

    It could always be worse…

    • Karey

      Forgot to mention…no workers comp, ssi, or the such.

  • Kris

    Hi, Kay
    Long story short, I was approved for disability back pay/short term in March of 2015 (lump sum). A specific amount was set aside to pay two reps. The 1st I dismissed due to not working on my case, he was awarded a little over $450(per SSA) and the one who saw it through to the end was awarded almost $6000. SSA still owes me the difference of $3000. I have called and spoken with four different people at SSA since March and received empty time limit promise after promise. I still have not seen my money. What can I do??
    Thank you in advance

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Kris,

      Ask your local office to double check that your record does not show an open Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim by mistake. If so, that could be the hold up. If there is no SSI error and you have not received the benefits by the end of August, you might try contacting your congressperson’s office to see if they will follow up with the payment center for you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • shawn

    i became disabled in February and applied in February I was approved in Aug 4th 2016 will i get back pay for the 6 months it took to get approved and will my children’s benefits come separately and when should i expect to hear about there amounts.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Shawn,

      Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are not paid for the first five full-calendar months of disability, so your SSD benefits will begin to accrue August 2016. Your children will be paid for the same months. Usually the children’s benefits are paid separately. It can take two months or more after medical approval to receive benefits. If you were also approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), SSI will begin to accrue March 2016 and will be authorized by the local office before the payment center pays your SSD. SSI will be reduced or terminated when SSD starts.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • crystal

        So you are saying I can get a ssi check then after 5 months I can get a ssdi check? I was already approved for ssi but I know ssdi would be more money.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Crystal,

          If your income and assets are low enough for Supplemental Security income (SSI) and you have sufficient work credits for Social Security Disability (SSD) and you are medically approved for both SSI and SSD, you will receive SSI first. If you continue to meet the SSI criteria, your SSI will continue until the later of when your SSD is first paid or your sixth full calendar month of disability. Your SSD back pay, if any, will be reduced by the amount of SSI your received for any months that SSI and SSD eligibility overlapped.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Ron

    Hello,

    I received my Award Letter 6/2016 which states my monthly compensation is $2409 but payments are being withheld due to a $8202 workers comp payment. My question is my onset date is Nov 2014 and benefits starting May 2015. SSA was waiting on written confirmation on the WC and has received it 2 weeks ago. I’d like to know if my monthly payment will change or will they just deduct it from the WC and issue payment once that is zero’d out. I assume they start SSD payments once the WC $8202 is paid off which could take 3.5 months. When I call both my local office and the central office I get so many different answers many times conflicting. No one can tell me anything. I’d like to know how long it will be before my payments start and how long for the back payments. How long should I give the payment center to work on it?

    Thanks,
    Ron

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Ron,

      Assuming that the $8,202 is the last workers compensation payment you will receive, you will be paid full Social Security benefits once the proration of the $8,202 has run out. The proration will likely start the month you were paid the lump sum. If you received weekly workers comp before the lump sum, your back pay will also be reduced for the weekly payments. I would expect that it will take two to three months before you benefits are calculated and paid. Often the first monthly payment is released before the back pay.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Linda

    I was told in April 2016 that I would receive my back pay the first or second week of May. I have yet to receive it. Can you give me the number to the payment center so I can approximate a date?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Linda,

      Social Security’s payment centers are not set up for inquiries from the general public. You can ask your local office to follow up for you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Lynda C

      Sorry for posting on here but I didn’t know where to post. We received a call from the local SSA office on the 28th of July and were told we were approved and that we would receive our back pay in 10 days. We were given an exact amount and an appointment for the 10th of Aug for the kids claims…

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Lynda,

        If you have a question, please post it and I will attempt to answer.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Shalarria davis

          hi Kay my son got approved for his ssi April 21 in received is benefits August 1st he is approved for back pay from Nov 2015 though July 2016 but haven’t got it yet when I call they said he will get it on the 21st of this month but checking the calendar it’s on a Sunday so when I called back they said it will be at the end of September how long do it take for it to come

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Sharlarria,

            You have posted your question under a Social Security article, but you reference the first monthly benefit being paid on the first so I am uncertain whether your son was approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If the benefit is SSD, it is likely to be a couple months after the first monthly payment before the back pay is released. If the benefit is SSI, it shouldn’t take longer than a month unless your local office is terribly backed up.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • Lynda C

          My question was in regards to whether the 10 days was accurate but it has been over a month and nothing. This is new to us and I took his word for it and saw it as a blessing. My daughter’s high school cheer payment was due and we weren’t going to afford giving it but when he called I was so happy and gave it thinking he was being truthful with me. Now our light is set to be disconnected today and we have 5 children in the house. We live on a very strict budget with no wiggle room… Why would the local offices tell people “10 days no more than two weeks keep checking your accounts” if they have seen the payment centers take months. People who get approved are obviously in dire need by the time they get approved. Now my children won’t have electricity because the local case worker led us to believe that we would be fine in 10 days

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Lynda,

            I am unable to answer your question, but I do suggest that you call the electric company and make arrangements to make payments to cover the month you are not able to pay the bill. Explain that you have five children in the household that need electricity. If you have been making your payments up until now, you should be able to negotiate something.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  • Jakie

    Dear Kay,

    I am thoroughly upset that I have NOT received any sort answer whether it is a “I dont know or I believe it is” and no sort of straight forward answer from any of my 2 questions that were deleted. Please stop deleting my questions and just answer me one simple easy question. When should I expect a dependents back pay? That means how many days, weeks, months, years, Ect. I would just like some help if that is even possible.

    Thanks

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jakie,

      Comments are not posted until they are read and answered. Sometimes posts are answered very quickly and other times there is a delay, but with a few exceptions they are posted and answered in the order visitors to the site posted them. Your question and answer were posted earlier today.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Jackie

    Hello

    I just wanted to ask you a very simple question.After my approval for Social Security Disability in early January of 2016, my 3 kids are dependents and I was told that they would be given a lump sum soon. I handed in their information (routing numbers, SS numbers, Ect) for the process on June 8th, 2016. Just want know how long should a process take before they are given the lump sum check, or at least some sort of estimation as to when because I don’t know when expect this to happen.
    Hope that is enough info to help you.

    Thank you!

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jackie,

      Expect two to three months. Sometimes the monthly benefits start before the back pay is released. If your children have not started to receive benefits by September 15, ask the local office to follow up to the payment center.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Jenny Gremillion

        Hello I was approved for ssd and online it sais my back pay check was sent on the 8th of August how long will it take to arrive and will it come in regular mail or will I have to sign for it thanks

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Jenny,

          Typically allow five days for delivery of mail. You will not have to sign for the check.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

        • Evelyn

          Hi Jenny Gremillion, I was wondering what website did you go to to find out the date you SSD back pay check was mailed. My attorney was already paid on 8/9/16. Thanking you in advance. God Bless

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Evelyn,

            You can go to http://www.ssa.gov and set up a My Social Security account. Once the account is set up, you can check on payment dates.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  • Jakie

    Hello

    I’ve been looking around to find out the estimation as to when my kids (dependents)will be receiving the lump sum the Social security office told me. I was approved for Social security disability back in early January 2016 ,l and gave in the kids information, bank account routing numbers,SS numbers and so forth on June 8th, 2016 to the social security office. All of my kids are over 18 years old right now and were approved to receive a lump sum. However the person in social security office told me that my 3 kids will be getting the lump sum soon which comes to my question as to when. I am still married and I just want to know the estimation as to when they would be getting the so called lump sum check.
    Hopefully this is enough information help answer my question.

    Thank you !

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jakie,

      If the children have not received benefits by August 8, ask the local office to follow-up to the payment center.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Denis Leary

      Hi I was injured in a motor vehicle Accident back in December I did everything I had to do therapy and I finished that the begging of this month will I ever Receive Backpay or a lump sum for the wait

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Denis,

        If you have been and will be disabled less than twelve months, you will not be eligible for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income disability benefits. If you have recovered, you need to report your recovery to Social Security. If I misunderstood your situation, let me know.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Sheri

    So, i have read many comments about people not receiving their back pay as expected and how it can take several months. My question is… My Award letter gave a date to expect my back pay, that was 2 weeks ago, I’ve been worried my back pay was stolen from mail or why not showing in my bank account as i gave all my direct deposit info. I’ve been worried sick that somehow my back pay ended up in the wrong hands.Wasn’t sure how that 1st check would arrive.
    So, even if the Award letter gives a date to expect the back pay payment, I still may wait several months?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Sheri,

      Despite the letter, the payment may not have been authorized. I suggest that if you have an online account, you check to see if there is a payment amount and date. If you do not, you can call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 to learn whether a payment has been issued and whether it was sent as a check or direct deposit. If it was issued more than a week ago, wait a day or two and then report non-receipt if you haven’t received it.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Mary Johnson

        I was told on Friday that my back pay was approve for 2199 she told me 10 to 15 days in I will get a check in the mail.is it true that my check could take only a week to come?

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Mary,

          The representative has estimated how long it will take to complete the work on the claim and to deliver funds. If nothing interferes with the work getting done, the time frame should be accurate. However, note that usually the monthly payment starts before the back pay installment, so the ten to fifteen days may refer to the first monthly check.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Rhonda morris

      Dear kay
      My back pay has been in the prosessing center sunce may 3 different mgr request have been sent an still no date on when i will get it or how much an my local office has no answers what fo i do

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Rhonda,

        It is not uncommon for Social Security Disability back pay to pend for two months. If you don’t receive it by the end of July, you could contact your congressperson’s office and request that they follow up for you.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Crystal

      My sons award letter gave me a date of July 13th the monies will arrive. I called the main SS office and was told US Treasury released funds 7/5/16. I still haven’t received his monies.

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Crystal,

        If the benefits are not received by Monday, the 18th, I suggest that you file a report of non-receipt.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Crystal

          Thank you Kay,
          It turns out the usps returned the check to the treasury. I’ve since been to the local SS office twice now and they have said they will override the system and expect the monies in 3-5 days. I still have yet to receive anything.

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Crystal,

            Hopefully, the funds have arrived in the time frame you were quoted.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

      • Renee Metcalf

        I was approved to receive SSDI funds on May 25, 2015. – I got first monthly disability payment on Sept. 3, 2015. – There was a mistake made by Social Security.- They started benefits via 2013, instead of 2010. – I was told on March 27, 2016 that my minor children would get their retro monies…. They have just received their last monies, I think. But, when will I receive mine? It’s been 0h, 15 months. . . I have physical challenges, no transportation. This lack of BACKPAY is causing a major hardship. – What can I do to request a manager – manager meeting; I can’t get to social security office? – Must I contact my congressional representative? What about writing to my judge who overturned my appeal?
        Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
        Thank you for your time.
        R.M

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Renee,

          Without the ability to get into the office, contacting your congressional representative is probably your best choice in that you have been waiting for your back pay for nearly a year since your monthly benefits started.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • angela mckaskle

      Hi Kay,
      I could not find how to post separately. My husband was approved in May, and should receive his first monthly payment in a few weeks. The children have already gotten their back pay, but they cannot give us an answer on his. Does it usually come close after his first payment? How should I follow up on it? He is a disabled vet and we have been waiting a long time to pay bills, etc. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you,
      Angela

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Angela,

        Back pay for the disabled worker often seems to take a couple months after benefits have started. He can follow up by asking the local office to send an inquiry to the payment center, although the request may not speed anything up. If it is is not paid with three months of monthly benefits starting, he could consider contacting his congressperson’s office to see if they will check on it for him.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Jennifer

      Sorry for posting my question here, didn’t know how to begin a new question.

      I am hoping to receive some insight and guidance. My fiance was found fully favorable after a court date back in Jan. of this year. We received the awards letter the beginning of Feb. We have to go through the process of setting up a rep. payee. — He was award back pay back to the beginning of Jan. 2014. While we were at the main local office here in Boston, after being set around in loops for a month at another local office, the manager of this office, told us she was in charge of his case now and would be keeping an eye on it.. we actually applied at this point in time for benefits for our daughter under my fiance.The manager told us, in May (because she finally got in touch with us for an appointment after noone knew what we were talking about at the other office, in regards to a rep. payee.), to give her until the end of the month and he will receive all payment due. Well we received a payment, but it was the full back pay for our daughter.. which I was under the impression that would come second to my fiance’s. Okay no problem, the month was not over. At this point we have already gotten two monthly payments for him. March in April and April in May. When May came and gone we waited a couple more weeks.. we know the processes is not perfect and we must wait our turn. When the middle of June came we decided to call our local office for an update, maybe there was something we did not complete or needed to be updated. The women said everything looked great and we could expect a payment in 7-14 business days (She sent request to the payment center while I was on the phone and they responded with 7-14)!! Yayy! Well— not so much, 7-14 business days came and went and we waited another couple days, because the women that told us this said to call back if it was not deposited. We called back to our local office, only to be told — you have to wait, it takes 60 days, it takes two payment cycles, it takes two months from the awarded judgement. If the person had looked at the file— it has been nearly 6-7 months. We have done everything they have asked. Now, we had a lawyer through the whole process, they have tried to put in request and by law can only call every 30 days– their hands are tied and they agree this is taking wayyyy to long! We decided to get in touch with a congress person a few weeks ago… they have still not been able to get social security to call them back with a date. I don’t know where else to turn. Like everyone else, we too have bills and responsibilities that are wayy past due. We have been patient and kind, but it is not helping. Any advice you can offer, we will take! Thank you kindly!

      Best regards,
      Jen

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Jen,

        It sounds as if you have done everything you can do; all you can do at this point is wait.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Jennifer

          Dear Kay,

          That is what we were assuming. Thank you for getting back to us!

          Best Regards,
          Jen

          • Kay Derochie

            You are welcome, Jennifer.

  • Edward Davis

    I received a fully favorable decision in February 25 2016. I received an award letter at the end of March. I am owed around 35,000 in backpay. I called in May and was told it would take around 4 – 6 weeks after my first check. I got that check May 18. I called today it’s been 6 weeks. I was told SSA sent it to processing center in May. I was told it would be another 8 to 10 weeks from today. I did not apply for SSI I have no back taxes or student loans. The SSA representative said she sent a message to the processing center to expedite the processing. I am in the same situation as most is here all savings gone any help I was receiving was cut off once I got the first check. I am in serious trouble financially and seems I have fell into some kind of black hole. Is this a common thing or is this really going to take another 2 months. If anybody can tell me what I have to do because I’m going to be moving into my mothers. FYI it took 2 years and a month to get a hearing.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Edward,

      You have taken the action you can for now in that the local office has sent a follow-up to the payment center. Often back pay takes two months after the first payment is received, but usually not as long as you are being told. If you have not received the back pay with three months of the first monthly payment, you might consider calling your congressperson’s office to see if they will follow up on it for you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Dorothy

    Hello there I was approved for SSI back on April 29, 2016. I have started getting my monthly benefits which started in June. I even have Direct Deposit all set up as well. My case has been moving rather quickly which I’m surprised since others I’ve known had to wait years before they were approved. I was curious about the back pay though my lawyer hasn’t been paid yet and I already received a letter telling me how much of the back pay I would receive a year’s worth and how much my lawyer would receive as well. I still owe out of poket expenses which I can’t pay yet I don’t receive enough monthly for that. I was just curious as to how much I have to wait is all.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Dorothy,

      You posted under a Social Security article, but you reference SSI, which is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If you were approved for SSI, the benefits are authorized locally and you should get the first installment of your back pay within a month. If you were approved for Social Security Disability (SSD), back pay often pends two months after the first monthly benefits start.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Mrs.Carlette

      I was full favor disability on 12/29/2015 I start receiving my first payment in February 2016 I’ve been receiving 5 payments already how long does it take for me to receive my back pay

      • Mrs.Carlette

        I see you say contact the Congress man and I did on 7-15-16 how long do it takes to get a response from them

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Mrs. Carlette,

          I’m unable to answer your question. I suggest you call the congressperson’s office and ask whether the inquiry has been made on your behalf and what the office was told by Social Security.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Mrs. Carlette,

        You will be eligible for back Social Security Disability (SSD/SSDI) if you became disabled prior to July 1, 2015. If that is the case, you should have received the money by now. I suggest that you call Social Security Disability at 1-800-772-1213 and ask for your established date of disability. If it is June 1, 2015 or earlier, request that a request to pay be sent to the payment center. Then, if you do not receive the benefits within thirty days, contact your congressperson’s office to see whether they will follow up for you.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Lisa

    Hi Kay

    I haven’t been able to pay my installment agreement with the IRS during the time I was waiting for my hearing and now I still can’t, waiting for my monthly benefit and retro. Can the IRS garnish my monthly benefit or retro payment?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Lisa,

      Yes, the IRS can garnish up to 15% of your Social Security benefits to collect back taxes. If garnishment is intended, you will receive a notice with thirty days to respond.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • anonymous

    Hi Kay,

    Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer my questions. I just received my award letter yesterday and It was signed last week on the 15th. Is this actually a award letter & what night the next paper I get be called? Or maybe the next on is the award letter? I was partially found favorable. My date was back to May. I’m receiving SSD and was wondering what would be my first payment month. They went back to my 50th BD and that’s the beginning of May. With the 5 month wait, does that mean I get a payment for Nov 1st? Or as I’ve heard they pay a month behind. Also, when should I receive a monthly check? My attorney told me to ask SS questions and SS told me to just wait for the next letter. One more thing. Sorry. Does my attorney only get 25% through the day of the judge signing this approval?
    Thank you!

    • anonymous

      I was awarded back to May 2015.

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Anonymous,

        Please refer to my response to your previous post.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Anonymous,

      If you were approved May 1, then May through September are the five waiting-period months and benefits would begin to accrue in October to be paid in November. If the onset date was established any other day in may, benefits would be begin to accrue in November to be paid in December. SSD is paid on a Wednesday. Which Wednesday–first, second, third or fourth–of the month depends on your day of birth. Back benefits for a hearing approval ends with the month before the month of the judge’s approval letter unless the case was remanded for a second hearing.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Cynthia

        My daughter has a back pay due to her for about 3000 it is the second half of her back pay given I. June of 2014 we are still waiting 2 years later I call and they don’t call back I go down there and they said it would be released in 2 days it hA now been 2 weeks and I just called the main ssi office and it has not been released and there is nothing pending. How do I make them release this money?

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Cynthia,

          I suggest calling your congressperson’s office to ask whether they will follow up on the release of your daughter’s back benefits.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • anonymous

      Hi, Thank you for your response. I was wanting to ask another question please. I have a my SSA account and it finally says I’m receiving. I do not have direct deposit and it says one time payment of 7-8-16, it also shows the amount. . Does that mean they have made out a check and sent it to me? Or does it just mean it will be drawn up soon? I have not received a monthly payment yet.
      Thank you for your time!

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Anonymous,

        July 8 is the date the payment was authorized. it can take a couple bank runs to load it to a DirectExpress card if you have one or to mail out the check. If you haven’t received anything by the 20th, report non-receipt.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Perry

    Hi Kay,
    I Live In Maine.
    After being denied SSD twice since 2012, I hired a lawyer. I went in front of the Judge in February 2015… April 2015 received Denial Letter. Filed an appeal On April 22 , 2016.
    I got a letter of Partial Approval and given 30 days to Appeal it. I did not appeal.
    On May 26 , 2016, My Partial Favor was Approved due to Error in Law.. 202.04.. due to my ” Advanced Age’ and they will only go back as far as, October 28 , 2014 as onset of my disability.
    I am now waiting for my Award Letter. i understand They take 5 months away from that time of onset.. So I am receiving back pay for only 19 months.. They will NOT pay my lawyer because she had nothing to do with Their decision. That’s where I stand as of.. Today, June 13 , 2016…..
    Questions…… When should I get my award letter?? and Start receiving payments, and How do I pay my Lawyer??? Will it take long to get my back pay??
    Thank You For Your Time And Knowledge……

    • Perry

      * I mean i only get 14 months back pay..

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Perry,

      It typically takes sixty to ninety days after you get the letter for benefits to start. The award letter can come before benefits begin, but not always. Once you get your back pay, you can write a check to your lawyer and pay him or her directly. Fees should be described in your contract with the attorney; usually they are the lessor of 25% of back pay and $6,000. I suggest that you let the attorney know you will pay directly so that the attorney does not confuse things by appealing to SSA for payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Perry

        Hi Kay and Thank You… I did sign a fee agreement with her so I guess i can just pay her… I called the Lawyers Rep and told her about this… She didn’t file an appeal on her payment… Then my Local SS office called to go over information and she said a couple of weeks to get the ball rolling… so i guess I’m on the right path…. Thanx again… You Rock … Patty

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Perry.

  • Julia

    I have been receiving SSDI since April 1, 2016. I received my award letter March 17, 2016 and my attorney was paid on March 17, 2016. It is now June 10th, I received SSDI for the months of April, May and June.

    As of this writing, I have not received my retroactive pay. Every time I contact the SSA office or visit my local office presenting a dire need, I am told to wait 30-45 days. My last telephone call, I was told every time I call I get put to the back of the bundle for processing. I was finally told my retroactive payment is in a pending status now. It has just been sitting and the payment center had not released payment. Does it really take 3 months to receive retroactive payment from two years?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Julia,

      I doubt that your claim goes to the bottom of the stack when you inquire. Back pay often takes a couple months after monthly benefits start and sometimes more. If you make a written statement of dire need–such as needing the back pay to keep from being evicted or having a foreclosure or to pay a large surgical or other medical co-pay or to move out of a dangerous living situation, that statement should be sent to the payment center. The claim would, though, still wait in line its turn behind other dire need claims. All that said, if you have not received payment within four months of receiving your first payment, you might go to the office and request a manager-to-manager call to the payment center for a status. If that is not successful, at four months, you might consider asking your congressperson’s office to follow up to the payment center.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • dale r miller

        Kay i have been told by my local social security office reps the same thing Julia was told ,that if i continued to call and ask about my lump sum that i would be put to the back of the pile, i will be talking to my congressman about this unprofessional woman from my local office this week!

  • LaToya Crowder

    Dear Kay
    My son was approved for SSI benefits back in January I received his first monthly check in April but I have yet to receive his back pay I set up the dedicated account back in March my local office sent me out the dedicated account form to fill out back in April and I sent it in and I haven’t heard anything from them how long is it going to take me to receive the back pay

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear LaToya,

      If you haven’t received the back benefits paid into the Dedicated Account by the end of June, follow up. Also be sure to read up on the limited range of things you can pay for with the Dedicated Account funds. Information is available at https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • LaToya

        Thanks Kay for replying now they say the first installment is dated for the 2nd of July so when do you think it will be deposited in the dedicated account cause it wasn’t in there today

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear LaToya,

          The date may be the issuance date with one or more overnight bank computer runs for the money to reach the account. The 2nd was a Saturday and the next business day with a computer run would be the 5th so I wouldn’t look for it before the 6th.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • LaToya

            Thanks Kay

            • Kay Derochie

              You are welcome, LaToya.

  • Rebecca

    I received an award letter for one full year of back pay back in January 2015, I received my first disability check in February 2016, it is now June 1, 2016 and I have not received any back pay. I called today to see what on earth is taking so long. The Social Security disability agent said he sees no reason why I have not been paid and sent a letter to the Department of the treasury for the immediate release of my back payments. He said it should take two weeks to get a response once he sends this letter today. He said generally after you receive your first disability check that they should close out the account in 30 to 45 days. if there is a problem generally there is a note or a letter in your file which explains a delay. I was wondering if the letter in two weeks might tell me when I might get the distribution of my back pay and how much it will be. Why does the checks come from the Department of the Treasury? boy if you owe them money the access you penalties and interest payments. Can I hope to see a check soon? also if it is a full year of backpay will they send a paper check or direct deposit that into my account? Kay and information would be helpful
    Rebecca

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Rebecca,

      The notification from the local office goes to the Social Security payment center to release funds. When the payment center completes the authorization to release, it then notifies the Treasury Department, which makes all payments because they have the money, not SSA. If you haven’t received the money within three weeks, try following up again. It will be paid to your bank account if the monthly benefits are going to the bank account.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • My name is tykeeya I was just approved for ssdi my first check will be July 2016 but I’m waiting on back pay they told me my claim is in the processing center it is June 6 2016 and my kids were put on my benefit I recieved paper checks for them today it was they’re back pay so how long will it take to get my back pay now

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Tykeeya,

          Usually the worker’s back pay is released before the children’s, but you are the second person this week to report the children’s back pay being released first. If you have not received it in a month, ask your local office to send an inquiry to the payment center.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Missy

            Hi Kay,
            My child is the one who receives the ssi. We have received three payments but still no backpay. I called and spoke with representatives who informed me that the case worker never mailed us out a SSA-552 form. We received it two days later and mailed it back same day along with bank information. I would like to know what is the time frame of waiting? Will they send anything in the mail?

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Missy,

              It will depend on how soon the information on the form is processed. It could take from a week to a few weeks depending on how busy the office is. If you haven’t received payment within three weeks, you might try following up to be sure the form was received and associated with your child’s claim.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

      • Donna

        My husband got his award letter on May 13th 2016 from the judge. We are so far behind on bills due to his hospitalization. How much longer will it be for us to recieve his SSDI back pay? He has already received his first SSD check. My check just don’t pay all the bills and we have 3 yrs worth and it has ruined our credit 🙁

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Donna,

          Your husband should receive his back pay within one to two months after the first monthly check. If he does not receive it, he can ask the local office to check on its status at the payment center.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Ellen,

      If you are unable to work and earn $1,130 per month, I recommend that you file a claim and get a formal decision. To be eligible you have to be unable to perform work for which you have skills or that can be learned on the job. You can read how this is determined in first article under the “Claims Process” tab at the top of this web page.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Ashley Murray

      Hello, I received full favor on my disability case in April 2016 with backpack from January of 2014. I haven’t received a payment yet and when I called they confirmed by account and routing number and said my claim was already processed and I would receive a letter in their mail of when and how much. I’ve already received a letter in May saying my lawyer was paid, when should I expect mine to start? When does back pay usually arrive?

      Thanks!

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Ashley,

        Release of Social Security monthly benefits and back pay varies quite a bit, sometimes up to two months after release of attorney fees.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Jeanne

    I got a fully favorable decision on disability last year. I got my “1st” award letter stating what I will get and when I will start getting it. No back pay was on it. I got my first disability check in January 2016. I inquired constantly about my back pay and was even told 2 weeks ago that social security didn’t owe me a thing when I went up to the social security office. This is the end of May and just received a “2nd” award letter with back pay included. After I set up a “representative”, when can I expect payment of the back pay?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jeanne,

      If you have gotten an award letter with itemized back payment, I would expect you to receive payment within a month of a representative payee application being filed. However, I am surprised that you were paid a monthly check and then told you need a representative payee for payment of the back pay and future monthly payments.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Nisha

        Hi KAY i received my first back pay in December when shall I receive the last of my back pay!!

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Nisha,

          The next SSI back pay installment up to $2,199 should be paid in June. If more than that is due to you, the last payment will be received in December 2016.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Mary

            Hi Kay my son who is 5 was approved for Ssi because of a few disabilities on Jan 6,2016. He has his own separate bank account and everything. I received a call today for his caseworker and she says she will not be giving us no back here’s a list of the thing she said.

            1. She says he has too have two bank accounts one for regular payments and one for backpay is this correct?

            2. She says that when we get that opened we still will not receive no backpay, because only way they will release anything is for medical bills. The catch to that when he was found disabled they put him on medicaid. So there is NEVER a bill. So it the money just going to sit even he need others things?

            3. She says we can’t not use the backpay for nothing. We can’t get his shoes, clothes, and other little medical things he need. We have to call and ask her and then she will decide rather to release something to us or not.

            4. She herself sent me a book with the papers she sent and the Book says I can use it in anyway that benefits him like buying shoes, clothes, a house, and a car now she saying that’s no so but its in writing in a book she gave me!

            What is the best route to take? It have been problems since day one with her and supervisor does nothing. Who can I go to about both?

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Mary,

              Some confusion exists. Back pay over a certain dollar amount has to go to a Dedicated Account, which has restricted use such as for medical treatment or education or job training when he is older and a few other disability-related uses. You can read about allowable uses at https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/spotlights/spot-dedicated-accounts.htm. You might be able to use it for transportation to get him to medical appointments. Regular monthly benefits can be used for housing, food, clothing, recreation, school supplies, or any other of your son’s needs.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

    • Robin

      Hi Kay
      I could use some advise. I have stage 4 metastatic breast cancer of the bone. I applied for SSD only and was approved April 17 2016 for back pay and monthly benefits since my SSA determined I was disabled as of March 2013. I received my first monthly stipend May 2016.

      I have called SSA twice to see if someone could tell me when i could expect my backpay esp considering my prognosis and still no backpay. Here is my question because I got my SSD expedited due to Compassionate Allowance will the SSA also expedite my backpay? And in my case do you know how long i might wait?

      They sent me a “ticket to work” but no one knows when my money is coming i have been told its coming – well so are hurricanes and floods lol I would like to take my daughter on a trip prior to my health tanking.

      Thank you for your help!

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Robin,

        Ask the local office to send a message to the payment center that your claim was expedited as a compassionate allowance and ask them to request that the back pay be processed accordingly. If you do not receive the funds within a month after that, see if your congressperson will follow up for you.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Robin

          Thank you Kay for your help, I will do as you have suggested.

          Many many Thanks!
          Robin

          • Kay Derochie

            You are welcome, Robin.

          • Dear kay
            Do social security still issue paper check or they automatically send a direct express card thanks for any info that you can provide

            Angel

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Angel,

              Social Security will send a paper check for a limited period of time; then you will be asked to either open a bank account or set up a DirectExpress card. Alternatively, you can provide bank account information or request payment to a DirectExpress card from the beginning.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • Rene Gothard

    Hi Kay,

    January 2016 I was sent an award letter saying I won my disability case. I quickly went to my local Social Security office that month and gave them everything they asked for including the bank’s routing number and bank account number for direct deposit of my monthly payments and my back pay. I started receiving my monthly payments immediately. However, it’s now May 29, 2016 and I’ve not received my back pay. Going to my local office was no help. They just looked me up on their computer and said I was in the system and my back pay was “being processed”. They give me the same answer every time and I’ve been going to them every month to check but they tell me at the local office that they have no further information, not even an estimated date when I might receive my back pay. Do you or anyone reading my posted comment here knows who I can contact to follow up on this that will actually be able to tell me something like a date when I can expect my back pay or someone who can help me expedite this situation?

    Thank you,

    Rene’

    • Rene Gothard

      Oh and I forgot to say it’s my SSDI back pay that I’m waiting on which is not processed at my local Social Security office but in some processing center out of state (I’m in Northern California).

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Rene,

      The local office has no control over the payment center work loads. However, if you do not have the back pay within a month you can either ask to speak to the supervisor in the local office and ask for a manager-to-manager call to the payment centeror ask your congressperson’s office to follow up to the payment center for you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Sharon

    Hi Kay – my son turns 18 on May 31st. He is receiving auxiliary benefits because his Dad is deceased. He graduates on May 26th. I received the notice in March about his benefits ending on the month prior to his birthday. I received benefits for April in May. I realized that Social Security is paid a month behind. My question is will he receive a payment in June for May because he was still in school in May or was the check received in May for April the last payment he will receive? I didn’t complete the paperwork because he is going into the military but he is still in school until the end of May and his birthday is not until the last day in May? Will he receive a check in June for May in his name?

    Thanks as always for your help?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Sharon,

      Typically when eligibility ends benefits in the middle of a month (even the last day), the month is not paid. The rationale is that full benefits are paid for the full month at the beginning of entitlement to retirement and when a dependent child is born even if the birthdays are in the middle of the month.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Nicole

      I was approved fully favorbale decision on April 25th I contacted the payment center my self to see what the status was on 5/12/16
      I was told to call back the following week for an update I called back the person they assigned my case was out sick and he insured me that It would be handled I got an call back on 5/16 asking me for my banking information and other questions from the processing center. I got my award notice on 5/23/16 My lawyer was paid that same day. when can I expect my back pay ? my lawyer has been paid I don’t owe back taxes or workers comp or anything.

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Nicole,

        The wait time for back pay can be as much as two months, but given how relatively quickly your processing of your claim has occurred thus far, you may receive it within a month though typically monthly benefits start first.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Sharon

      Dear Kay
      I’m sorry to come in on a reply but didn’t see where to go I applied for disability back in May 2015 got approved oct. 2015 I said I became disabled in December. 19 2014 just got my first check May 2016 I called social security on Friday and asked them if I would be getting any back pay and they told me no is that right everyone I’ve talked to said I would could u please help me out on this I’ve looked at other people’s questions and none of them were told what I was told thank you Sharon

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Sharon,

        Please see my reply of yesterday to your first post, which you posted under the article “If I Am Approved How
        Much Social Security Disability Back Pay Will I get?” under the After Approval tab at the the top of this webpage.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Kathy

    Hello Kay,

    After an accident on Apr 29th, 2015, I filed for SSD, was denied with the reason that even though they found I was disabled, they didn’t feel the condition would last a year. The notice was dated Nov of 2015.

    I appealed the decision and was just approved for SSD, but was told I wouldn’t receive any back pay because they felt my disability began in Feb of this yr instead of Apr of 2015 when my accident was and to use Social Security’s own words from my deial notice in Nov of 2015, they already considered me disabled. They said I had to wait 5 months and then I would receive my monthly payments in Sept.

    My question is if I appeal the back pay decision, will that delay my monthly payments starting in Sept?

    Thank you

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Kathy,

      Appealing the disability onset date should not delay benefits from starting, but it does reopen the question of whether you are disabled. There is an outside chance of a determination that says you never became disabled. That would result in an overpayment of all benefits paid to you. That said, the fact that you were previously determined disabled in November 2015 and the letter says you became disabled in April 2015, I’d say you have a good chance of being successful with the appeal. I suggest requesting a copy of your claim file so you can see the evidence in file and form your appeal directly at the reasons for denial in addition to submitting a copy of the prior determination.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Cheetah Girl

      I was fully favorable January 31st 2016. I’ve called Social Security and they tell me. that they got my processing papers on March 31st. And I haven’t heard anything haven’t got any papers or anything what should I do and what’s going on ???everytime I call Social Security they tell me 30 days and 60 days.

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Cheetah Girl,

        If you did not also have a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim, which would slow things up, I suggest going to your local office if you can and asking to a manager-to-manager call placed to the payment center to try to get your benefits started.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Carl

    Ms. Kay. It has been nine weeks since award letter for ssdi was received. I called the local field office and the young man i spoke with told me the payment center was waiting on information from the field office. The young man assured me he was giving the payment center what they needed to release payment. (a denied ssi application). I have first hand knowledge that in the gooberment the left hand has no idea what the right hand is doing. Thus no date on when the payment center will respond. Being someone that answers these questions daily, I assume you have an average (ball park figure) on the response time. What say you?. Many Thanks.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Carl,

      It may be one or two more months after the payment center receives the information about the denied SSI claim before you get payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Hey kay i just got approve am waiting on my award letter i applied in jan 2016 am waiting on award letter and back pay but i have a serious queation i owe students loans and IRS will they take my back pay or in monthly pAyments

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Joyce,

          The IRS can withhold 20% of your past and ongoing benefits for the IRS lien. Student loans in default can also result in garnishment. If these debts are to be collected, you will get a notice first that givea you thirty days to respond.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Duntaveous

    Hello Kay!
    I have a question about my disability payment.. Since my ssdi was stopped in February. I requested for expedited payment while they working on my disability case.. And they told me I have filled out all the papers to get payment begined.. I was told I will recieved temporary 6 months payment start in April.. Since I haven’t got my payment for months since February. I was told that at processing payment center taking forever and not even make it faster to release money to me.. How come this happening while it take forever to get the money to paid to me??

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Duntaveous,

      In addition to sorting payment actions by category, they are also handled in the order received; so your payment reinstatement is waiting its turn for processing.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • leola

        Hi Kay I get my first ssdi check n august 2016 when will i get my back pay? Was told I became disabled n January 2016

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Leola,

          You are not eligible for back pay because the first five calendar months of disability (February through June) are a benefit waiting period for which no benefits are paid. The benefit you receive in August is for July. Your August benefit will be paid in September and so on.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • leola

            Hi Kay i was told to expect a back payment by October 60 days after first disability payment which i got n August can u tell me y i was told this?

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Leola,

              A couple months is the usual time it has been taking for Social Security back pay to be released after the first monthly benefit has been paid. I do not know why back pay is not released at the same time monthly benefits are started.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • Cheryl Hollowell

    I started receiving my disability in October 2015. At that time I went to the Social Security office and was told that I would get a large amount of back pay. I call once a month, It has been 7 months now and I still have not received it. I keep being told that it is at the payment center and they are working on it. I did not have a lawyer and I did not receive any work comp. What could they be working on so long and why is there no one that can tell me anything?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Cheryl,

      I suggest that you contact your congressperson’s office to see whether they will make a follow-up inquiry for you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Anna

        Hi Kay, my husband had to stop working in Dec. 2013, applied for SSI/SSDI on 05-30-14. right away denied for SSI. Had hearing in Dec. 2015 with judge who fully approved SSDI and backpay. He received first payment for Jan. 2016 in Feb. 2016. Now 3 monthly payments later still no backpay. Isn’t there ANYONE in the govt. that we may talk to about what the hold up is? No SSI, no work comp., just SSDI, what he paid into working all those years prior.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Anna,

          Have your husband check with the local SSA office to be sure that they have communicated to the SSDI payment center that the SSI claim was denied. If they have already done so, you can ask them to send a request for payment even though it probably won’t speed anything up. If your husband has not received the back pay by the end of June, he can consider contacting his congressperson’s office to see if they will do a follow-up inquiry.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Gernando4

        Dear Kay

        Question Monday is memorial day
        Does that mean we get paid today?

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Gernando,

          June 1 are both weekdays and neither is a holiday, so the usual pay dates will apply for SSI and for first-week-of-the-month Social Security payments.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Kassandra

      My four year old was approved for Ssi disability on 2/26/16 and we received our first payment on 4/29/16 for May. But we still have not heard anything about her backpay? How long before I hear something?

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Kassandra,

        If you have not received the back pay by the end of May, follow up with your local SSA office.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Kassandra

          Dear Kay,
          My child was approved for Ssi disability she is a kid. Here is my story I filed in July 2015 and in November they sent her to their own doctors. We wait until February. They send an approval letter ” first try” with the amount she will be getting in backpay. We have already received our first check and she gets one in a few days, but still no word on backpay. So I call her office and no answers and no call back. Call again and she is there and has the rep tell people she is not talking to anyone this week. Which is fine but this every other week thing. It’s been a whole year and no one will tell me anything. I think a year is way to long for a person who was approved the first try. What do I do? Who can I call? please help!

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Kassandra,

            Your daughter was approved in February, seven months, which is a long time but not a year. Your daughter’s first installment of back pay should be paid within a month of the first monthly benefit being paid. If she does not receive by about June 10, I suggest that you go to the Social Security office if possible and ask to speak to a supervisor about release of the funds.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Kassandra

            Hi Kay just a follow up question and info. Question can I request a different caseworkers?

            Just a little curious what I should do I Finally got to speak to someone who would look into the case and not just transfer me to her answer machine. “She was not in AGAIN”. The worker look into and says she sorry and she doesn’t understand but unfortunately the case worker haven’t done absolutely nothing. So again I get transferred to talk to the answer machine again. We to this day have never seen her.

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Kassandra,

              You cannot request a different representative, but you can ask to speak to a supervisor and report that you were told the representative has not worked on your case. You can ask the supervisor if he or she can do anything about that. If your claim is waiting its turn, the request will not help; but if it missed its turn, asking could speed things up.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • James

    I was awarded A large sum after being approved for SSDI back on march 16th when do you think I will receive this award it goes back to 2012 many bills to pay

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear James,

      If you received a letter stating the amount and do not have the funds by the end of May, ask your local office to send an inquiry to the payment center to be sure processing is on track. If you only got the medical approval in March, then allow to the end of June before follow up.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • James

        Went to court January 12th received fully favorable decision from Judge February 16th.then received awards letter from social security March 21st to April and finally received my first monthly payment April 27th

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear James,

          Thanks for the update for letting people know that sometimes payment after approval moves quickly.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Logane Sanders

        Hello Kay,
        I was approved for both SSD and SSI on 3-4-16. I received SSi payment for one month and then it was discontinued, reason being I would get too much SSD. I received SSI back pay in full and then received SSD award letter stating my backpay amount with SSD. I received my 1st monthly payment from SSD may 3rd. How long until I receive my back pay from SSD?
        I forgot to mention my attorney fee has been paid by Social Security.
        Thank you for any response.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Logane,

          It can take from one to three months for the back pay to be issues.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Tiana

    Hello I was wondering I went into the social security office yesterday to give information because I was approved now I’m getting a back pay of 2,199 now I have direct deposit and my worker said that I should have it in 48 hours. Doesthat sound right or did I not here her right?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Tiana,

      If the worker was caught up on work and was going to process your claim the same day you were in the office, you could receive payment that fast.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Steven

        Kay, got approved my first time out. Application 01-2016. Approval 05/03/2016.
        Have been out of work for two years two months as of 03/2014. Been disabled a year beforehand. How is back pay determined? Lady at disability determination put a comment in my file that I will be homeless as of 06/15/2016. Should I provide a letter from my apartment manager that I will be evicted on 06/15/2016? Any suggestions?
        Thanks, Steven

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Steven,

          If you were determined to have been disabled since you stopped work, Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits will begin to accrue September 2014. Even with an eviction notice, it could take a couple months to get payments started and longer to get the back pay.

          If you were also approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the SSI payment began to accrue February 2016. There’s the potential of being paid SSI faster, possibly before June 15 because SSI payments are calculated and payment is authorized in the local office. I suggest that you contact your local office to find out if you have an SSI claim and if you do whether anything is needed from you before payment can be authorized.

          A copy of the eviction letter might help speed up the SSI. However, if you have not been given a written eviction notice, depending on the law in your state or county, your landlord may not be able to evict you. I suggest that you find out what your rights are from your state or county agency that governs tenant-landlord relations.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • isabella

    Hello Kay, I will attempt to narrow my information toward my main question. At this moment all is being processed and up to date with my receiving my first SSDI payment for May 25. I filed for divorce December 2014. Disabled since June 2013. Two minor children living with me. Fully-favorable judgement. Unable to work. Age 48. Back pay quite substantial, but not yet received. My soon to be ex-husband is demanding a portion of back-pay once I receive it. He is working – $100K/yr. While married for 17 years, I worked 10 of those years (if this means anything). Is he in fact ‘entitled’ to any portion of back-pay? He does not want to give me any spousal support, yet wants to take monies I earned vs. acknowledging substantial matters my children and I need to address financially. I have an attorney involved with divorce. Any and all guidance you may provide I would be most grateful of. Kind regards, Isabella

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Isabella,

      Your husband has no statutory right (no right established by Social Security law) to your Social Security back pay. I suggest that you discuss the matter with your divorce attorney how the benefits once received relate to the divorce settlement.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • isabella

        I am extremely grateful for your prompt and positive reply (on my behalf). Thank you again.

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Isabella.

          • Jeannie

            I found out on April 28th 2016 I got approved for SSDI and that they were finalize everything and I should get a call this week. I had a stroke on Jan 14, 2015. I applied on July 31st 2015 for social security. My question is when will I get my backpay and how much should it be? Also I have 2 children 5 and 10 month old…will I get a benefit for them also??? and would I receive backpay for them too?

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Jeannie,

              Your back pay will begin to accrue July 2015. The amount of your benefit is based on your earnings record. If your work history is sufficient, your children will also be eligible for benefits. You can set up a My Social Security account at http://www.ssa.gov and request an earnings statement (not a benefit statement). The earnings statement will give a rough
              estimate for disability benefits and a Family Maximum Benefit (FMB). If the FMB is more than your benefit, your children will receive benefits.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • nikki

    I just received an fully favorable decision ssi and ssdi my on set date is july 2013 will I get both ssi and SSdi and will my kids also get a check? and how soon can I expect to receive any funds? and what date will by pack pay go back to will i get back pay for both? ssi and ssdi its so confusion to me

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Nikki,

      Your approval means that you are eligible for both benefits, either SSI changing to SSDI or for both ongoing if your SSDI is low enough. Your children will receive Social Security dependent benefits if you worked and earned enough for you to be insured for dependent benefits. SSDI Benefits will begin to accrue January 2014 if you filed your claim January 2015 or earlier. SSI benefits will begin to accrue the month after you filed your initial application.

      Your local office will contact you to update your financial information and will then pay your monthly SSI and issue installment payments for your back SSI benefits. After SSI has been paid, your SSDI will be paid. The SSDI back pay will be reduced by SSI benefits already paid for the same months. The children’s benefits, if any, will be processed after your SSDI benefit has been calculated and set up for payment. The entire process through getting your SSDI and children’s back pay is likely to take three or five months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • catherine

    I have an Offer In Compromise pending with IRS. I am due back pay for SSDI. Will the IRS take all of my back pay?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Catherine,

      Only a portion of Social Security can be garnished for back Federal taxes. I do not know whether the IRS will forgo garnishment because of the compromise settlement that was offered or not. The IRS may be able to tell you.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • catherine

        Thanks so much for your reply. I am due about a year’s pay in back pay ssdi. Will they take 50% or less? I have called the IRS and have left messages no response.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Catherine,

          Fifteen percent of your benefits (back pay and ongoing) can be withheld for your tax debt.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Merlene Amoss

    I get my first SSD payment scheduled for May 25,2016. According to my approval letter the onset date was Aug.25, 2015 which should be back pay. When will I get this backpay? I’m so confused right now. Our bills are so over due right now.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Merlene,

      The first five full calendar months of disability are unpaid; therefore, you are due back pay for February and March. Your May 25 payment is for April. If you have not received the back pay by the end of June, you might try following up but usually follow up doesn’t speed anything up.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Brenden

        I have a question. I filed for disability on June 10 2014 with onset date of February 1 2013 .I was denied but was fully favorable(for Ssdi and SSI) at the hearing.I was told I was approved back to June 2014 .Am I also due retroactive benifits back till February 2013??Also I checked the SSA website today and it’s saying payment date of June 1 2016 but only 488.67.I thought that your payment would be at least 733?Can you give me some insight on this??

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Brenden,

          From the information you provided, it is not clear to me what your established disability date is as determined by the judge. Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits begin to accrue the later of twelve months before the month of your initial application or the sixth calendar month after your established date of disability. SSI benefits begin to accrue the month after application, so July 2014. SSI is paid first with monthly benefits usually starting before back pay. SSDI is paid after SSI, and SSDI back pay is reduced by the amount SSI already paid for the same months.

          The maximum SSI of $733 is payable to individuals with no income who are not receiving free housing and/or food. $488.67 is the rate for individuals receiving free housing and/or food. When you get your SSI back pay, you will probably be able to pay for your own housing and food costs even if you cannot with $488 a month income. When you start to pay either fair market value (FMV) or your share of shelter and shared food, you can report it and your benefit will be increased.

          Your share when you live with others is the total shelter expenses (and food expenses if food is shared) for the whole household divided by the number of people in the household. Shelter expenses are rent or mortgage, property tax, and if required by the lender property insurance, power, heat, water/sewer, and garbage. Alternatively you can be a renter renting a room and paying fair market value and buying your own food (with or without food stamps) or be a boarder paying fair market value for room and board. The last choice, room and board, is harder to prove when living with a family member.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • IB

    Hi Kay,

    I was approved for SSDI April 25, 2016. I was told my file is at the processing center. I have not received a letter yet but I’m curious about something. I applied for disability July 2014. When they denied me because of lack of medical evidence I never appealed. I wasn’t seeing a doctor because I didn’t have insurance so I said what’s the point. When I received healthcare in August of 2014. August 2015 I applied for disability and was approved as stated above on the initial application. The local office said they would not use my 2013 date because I did not go through the appeal process. But I read somewhere that an application can be reopened within 2-4 years. Which is correct? I am asking what my onset date will be.

    • IB

      Sorry i meant i applied july 2013

      • Chris

        I received a letter dated Feb 05 2016 with the back payment amount. It is now May 4 and I still have not received it, how long will I have to wait? Thank you.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Chris,

          You should have received payment by now. I suggest that you ask your local office to send an inquiry to the payment center for a status report.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear IB,

      It is very rare that an un-appealed prior denial is reopened and when it happens it is almost always at the hearing level of appeal on the later claim. Your SSDI benefits will begin the later of August 2014 (twelve months before the date of your more recent application) or the sixth calendar month following your date of disability as established by SSA.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Standard Name

    I had my hearing on October 16, went there, it was cancelled, had the new hearing October 28, 2015. I received a partially favorable decision mid February 2016, onset date of August 30, 2013.

    I received approval for SSI and SSDI, SSDI is 538/mth, SSI at 214/mth.

    I got my first monthly checks in March 2015, and a partial backpay of 2199 in February.

    I have not received backpay for the SSDI yet. The 2199 barely helped because of the amount of debt I was in due to having no income for years.

    I am being threatened to have my Social Security garnished for student loans I am contesting (fraud and disability discharge).

    The Office stated they cannot relinquish my SSI backpay under dire needs until the SSDI backpay is calculated.

    I was told originally that my SSDI would start March 3rd, and I’d have the SSDI backpay within 4-6 weeks. Now I am being told my attorney was paid out of my SSI and SSDI backpay already, and that I may have my SSDI backpay 4-6 weeks from April 8th.

    My local office can not give me my SSI in a lump sum out for dire needs until Baltimore finishes processing my SSDI.

    I have about 10 letters “missing” from Baltimore, and the last letter I received from Baltimore was received a month after the letter was dated. The local office won’t print out the letters I haven’t received because it’s too much paper, and I keep being told my SSDI backpay is coming later and later, and I can’t get my SSI backpay in a lump sum until the SSDI backpay is processed.

    Also, I have told SSA multiple times I need to be told AHEAD of time when the backpay is issued because of the daily deposit limit I have on my bank account. The amount of SSDI backpay I am owed exceeds my daily deposit limit, so if the deposit is issued without my knowledge, it will be rejected and I’ll have to wait 7-10 days longer.

    I was told my SSDI backpay would be in by now several times, and I keep being told it’ll be a few more weeks. I am facing shut off notices, threats of garnishments, repossession notices, and I keep being told there’s nothing SSA can do about ANYTHING until the SSDI backpay is relinquished to me. If I do not get 24 hour notification of the deposit, my bank will reject it and I’ll have to wait for them to issue a paper check in 7-10 days.

    I have a bunch of missing letters, I’m receiving letters 3-4 weeks after they’re dated, and nobody will tell me anything other than my attorney has been paid.

    What can I do to get my backpay issued? I budgeted everything in accordance to when I was told I’d receive the money, and I may end up living in a weekly motel with nothing.

    Any advice?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Standard Name,

      It is unlikely that you are going to get a notification twenty-four hours in advance of payment. Usually the letters come after payment. I suggest that you talk with your bank and explain that you have a large direct deposit coming in from Social Security and request that they change or remove the deposit limit.

      It is not unusual for a couple of months to pass after SSI is paid before Social Security starts, so there may be nothing you can do to get the SSDI speeded up. I suggest that you talk to your creditors. Tell them you have been approved and provide copies of the approval letters you do have and that you waiting for the payment. Pledge to call them weekly till you receive the money and can pay on bill.

      If you are no longer eligible for SSI because the partially favorable decision said you are no longer disabled, the full lump sum SSI should be payable now.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Robby

    Hi Kay, I received a partially favorable decision at the hearing (March 3, 2016) for SSDI and SSI for a closed-period of disability totaling just over a year. I received the notice of award for SSDI on April 12, 2016 for a monthly benefit of about $900 a month for 10 months. I also received my award letter from SSI on April 13, 2016 for amounts totaling about $640 per month for 8 months. In the SSDI letter, it states that they are withholding social security benefits because they may have to reduce it depending on SSI. In the SSI letter it says the ever popular, “we will be in touch with you about your back payments.” I hope this is all clear. My question is this. Since my case is a closed period case from three years ago, will I be getting lump sums for everything after offsets are figured out? I simply have no idea when to expect anything at all. Thanks for any insight!

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Robby,

      The SSI claim will be paid first and should be paid in a single lump sum payment because you do not have ongoing eligibility. Your SSDI claim will also be paid in one lump sum and will be reduced by SSI already paid for any months you are eligible for both benefits.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Robby

        Thanks very much for your response. Hope some of it happens soon.

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Robby.

  • John

    I am a combat vet. I applied for SSDI in April of 2015 after I received 100% P&T from the VA. My claim should have been fast tracked but it wasn’t. I wasn’t approved til MARCH 2016 with an onset date for OCT 2014. That was the date the VA found me disable. I’m due my first monthly payment next month. There is a mention that my back pay was being withheld due to SSI offset. I was denied SSI back in OCT 15. I called the main SSA office and was told my back pay is at the payment center in Baltimore. My question is like everyone else question when can I expect to receive my back pay? What is the hold up since my SSI was already denied? Should I have not received an expedited process including payment since I should have fall under the critical condition process similar to dire need? Thank you in advance!

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear John,

      Although it was proposed, the regulation was never passed to fast-track Social Security claims for people with 100% VA ratings. If you have checked with the local office to be sure that the payment center knows the SSI was denied, you can expect monthly payments to begin in about a month. Back pay can take a couple months longer. If you are in dire need, which would be in danger of becoming homeless or being unable to get life-saving medical care, you can submit a statement of dire need and it might speed up payment of your benefits a little.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • John

        Thank you for taking the time to respond to my questions. So the Wounded Warrior or the 100% P&T for Veterans was never passed? It doesn’t fall under the critical case? I’m confused now. Well I received a letter from the payment center but it wasn’t what I was expecting. It was a ticket to work letter. What is that all about? Is this letter automatically sent out to everyone? Thank god for the VA i’m have been getting help there. But the bills that have piled up are not going away and it takes all of my VA benefit to pay. So the back pay will be most helpful to pay off my debt. Well I’ll wait another two weeks. If I don’t receive my back pay by then, do you think I should contact my senator? Will they be able to speed up my back pay? TIA

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear John,

          The Ticket to Work is a sign that they are getting close to completing work on calculating benefits and getting payment out. It is not atypical for it to take two months or more to get payment started after a medical approval. Because you currently have income, you are probably not in the dire-need category, so I’d wait till mid-June before following up.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • R

    Hi,

    I was approved for SSDI in November 2013 (disability date April 2013), and given SSI backpay for July through September, after which SS Disability kicked in.

    My question is how can I get retroactive and “prior months” Medicaid to cover my hospital bills and therapy from April to September? By the time I got my disability decision, I was no longer eligible for SSI payments or Medicaid. But it’s my understanding that in Georgia, Medicaid is approved automatically for SSI recipients.

    The Medicaid process in Georgia is frustrating. I called Dept of Human Services and they told me to call DFACS. The DFACS number only has an outgoing message with no option to leave one, let alone speak to a human. The actual DFACS office is some computers, copiers, and a receptionist. You can’t speak to a caseworker.

    Here’s the long story:
    I was first denied Medicaid in May 2013 while I was still in the hospital. The workers there handled the application and filing for me. I appealed and got a hearing only 8 months later for Medicaid in Feb 2014. The person at the hearing (from Henry County DFACS) said I was eligible for retroactive Medicaid, but the case was closed so I had to start a new application, instructing me to specify “prior months Medicaid” on the application.

    I applied for Medicaid again but there was no option for “prior months” on the application.

    After applying, I received a letter requesting supporting documents from Clayton County DFACS, after which I apoeared in person to deliver all the docs at DFACS in Henry County (I live in Clayton County but adult medicaid is processed by Henry co.).

    I then had a phone interview with a man from Dept of Human Services and mentioned retroactive Medicaid specifically. He looked at my application and supporting documents and said everything looked good except I needed to fax my pay stub info for the months leading up to my disability. He sent me a letter (from Walker County DFACS) requesting the documents. I faxed them immediately. A couple weeks later, I received a denial letter from Clayton County DFACS, saying I didn’t give them the docs they requested.

    I gave up trying after that.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear R.,

      In some circumstances SSI eligibility will give you Medicaid coverage retroactively. I don’t know whether it would go back only to July the first month of SSI eligibility. Given the background you laid out, you might try to get help from the Georgia Insurance Commissioner’s office or try to locate some time of omnibudsman or local public benefits advocate to help you. If all that fails and some of the bills are with hospitals, talk to the billing department to find out whether you can apply to have some or part of the bills waived. Most hospitals receive federal funds and if they do they have to provide some pro bono care.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • ty

        Kay, my son who is 4 was approved for SSI for disabled children. His monthly payments began April 1 2016 and he was also rewarded backpay for which I had to open a dedicated account for. Do you have any idea how long after receiving monthly payments will he get his backpay? Everything was approved including the account which I opened in his ssn and name.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Ty,

          Your son’s back pay went into the restricted-use retirement account. No other back pay is payable.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • ty

            Kay,
            Thanks for getting back with me but I was told his back pay was going into an account that I opened in his and I name with his ssn.., the case worker informed me on the amount and I was told that no other income would go into this account only come out when necessary but keep all receipts when in use. I have been checking on the account and nothing has post yet? Im not sure if you understood my question but im not understanding your answer

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Ty,

              I was unable to find my response. I did find your first post in which you asked how long it would take to get the back benefits. You should receive them within a month of getting the first monthly SSI payment. You can read about allowed use of Dedicated Accounts at https://secure.ssa.gov/apps10/poms.nsf/lnx/0200602140.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

        • Tracey

          I have a daughter that also started getting a check April 1. Opened dedicated account for back pay as instructed. I have not gotten back pay yet. Have you received yours yet? I have called ss office 4 times and left messages. No return call. I sent dedicated acct info in when they originally requested. 2 weeks after I got a letter requesting the info as if I had never sent in. I sent again. I can not get anyone to call me or tell me what is going on.

      • Kentucky wildcats

        Kay, I have a question. I was approved for my ssdi starts May 3rd 2016. I was wondering why I get my check on 3rd not complain but it ssdi for my work history no one else. Mine should have been 2nd Wednesday of the month. I do get medical from state right now is that why? My on set date was march 14 2014 the day I filed.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Kentucky Wildcats,

          Usually people paid SSDI on the third of the month are also eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) on the first of the month so that all the income arrives at about the same time.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Kentucky wildcats

            No, I receive 1022 a month from ssdi so I know I won’t get ssi. Someone said it might be because I get such a small amount that I still qualify for my state medical.

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Kentucky Wildcats,

              I don’t think medical insurance entitlement would affect your payment date. I don’t know why the payment date is different from what it would normally be.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

      • Letitia Similton

        Sorry to ask questions on someone else’s post but I didn’t see where to start a new thread. I asked for a redetermination of my disability in March, I was told that my case was sent to the payment center on April 6th. My question now is how long before my benefits are reinstated?

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Letitia,

          It could it a couple months before benefits start.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Shay

        Hi Kay, ok so I received my ssdi back pay statement all calculated but then they said there’s a offset because I was approved for ssi too. So I went to my local SSA office and answered all kinds of questions and they said now I’m going to be getting the ssi back pay for the 5 months. Did I just set my ssdi back pay back longer? Did I do the right thing because now I’m hearing which they didn’t tell me it gets deducted from my ssdi back pay. I receive my 1st ssdi monthly this Wensday. Do you know how long after I will get the ssdi back pay and ssi back pay.?? I feel like I should have just waived the ssi back pay 🙁

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Shay,

          Your SSDI back pay will be reduced for SSI back pay only for the months in which the two overlap. You do not provide any dates and you say the SSI back pay is for only five months, which causes me to wonder whether it is being paid for your first five months of disability, which is not covered by Social Security.

          Although being eligible for SSI can cause somewhat slower payment of your Social Security back pay, receiving part of the back pay as SSI can be beneficial because SSI is not taxable and if your Social Security and other non-SSI income in a year is high enough, part of the Social Security is taxable.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Shay

            Thank you so much you’ve explained just what I needed. And the ssi date is the 5 months missing from ssdi that is not paid for that’s it. Wensday April 20, 2016 I get my 1st ssdi monthly. And Friday April 15, 2016 is when I went to sign off on the offset at SSA for the ssi 5 month eligibility. But in all I got my fully favorable statement February 6, 2016 so I’ve been waiting along time. 1 more thing do you think n e of my back pays from ssi or ssdi should be soon? Because the lady at the SSA said it would of been deposited that day April 16, 2016 but I had no bank account so she said the check will be sent. So maybe this week ya think?

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Shay,

              Based on what you were told, I would say that the SSI will come within a week. The Social Security back pay can take a month or longer after you get your first monthly back pay.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

      • Sue B

        I received a fully favorable decision with onset date on Jan.2010.. My question is I got ssi and SSdi, just received my first 2199 back pay installment..Months are Jan 14- Dec 15, Jan-16 – April 16.will ssdi have to pay 21000 back to ssi

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Sue,

          Your Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay will be reduced by the amount of SSI back pay that you are due, whether already paid or not, for any past months in which SSI and SSDI ovelap.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Sue B

            I’m sorry to come off slow, but I don’t understand when you say months they overlap..if my ssi backpay is 21000, ssdi will have to pay that amount back? When should I start ssdi monthly and get my backpay?

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Sue,

              Each of the benefits (SSDI and SSI) will be paid for specific months. If any of those months are the same (i.e., the benefits overlap), your SSDI for that month will be reduced by the SSI paid for that month.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

    • Jay

      Hi Kay,

      I have a few questions for you. Sorry for the simplicity of them and thank you in advance for your assistance.

      1. I immediately enlisted the help of a lawyer from the get go and she applied for me back in August of 2014, with my onset of disability beginning in September of 2013. Does this mean when approved, I’d get back pay minus the five months they withhold and the lawyer fees?

      2. I am eligible for $598 a month. My lawyer also put my dependents down I think that applies me for dependent benefits if I’m not wrong.. If this is correct, will I get back pay for my SSDI plus the dependent benefits or do I have to go through another process to get the dependent pay as well? I have a 14 year old and four year old would they be eligible for that dependent pay and do I get so much for both or just one?

      Thank you!

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Jay,

        Your benefits will begin to accrue March 2014 if September 2013 is the established date of disability. Your attorney’s fees will be withheld from the back pay. With a fairly low primary insurance amount (PIA) of $598, your Family Maximum Benefit (FMB) may be the same $598. If that is the case, no dependent benefits will be payable. If the children are eligible, you need to apply to be payee for your children if they live with you. If not, the adult with whom they live should file a payee application. Also, you may be asked to provide their birth certificates.

  • E

    Hi I was approved my ssd starting march 1 2016 . I was also to receive ssi until they started my ssd in march…well march came and went , I still haven’t received my ssd .. I am still getting the ssi . which ive told them to stop, but they haven’t and wont. ive called them and now I don’t know what to do.. how do I get them to stop the ssi and give me my ssd which now they owe me a little bit since they didn’t start it as they stated. ive called all kinds of attorneys but no one can help

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear E.,

      If you stop your SSI before the SSDI is processed and started, you will be left without income and it will not speed up the receipt of the SSDI. The SSI will automatically be stopped when the SSDI starts (or reduced depending on the amount of SSDI you are eligible for.

      If your first month of SSDI entitlement is March and it is paid on time, the benefit will be paid in April. The exact date in April depends on the day of your birth. See the chart below.

      Born on the 1st to 10th = second Wednesday of the month
      Born on the 11th to 20th = third Wednesday of the month
      Born on the 21st to 31st = fourth Wednesday of the month
      Both SS and SSI = SS is paid on the 3rd of the month

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Sandy

        Hi Kay. Sorry to reply to another post but didn’t see where to start new question thread. My question is: are ssdi payment made a month behind? I’ve been on disability for 16 years. My youngest daughter is 18 this month on 24th. She graduates 5/24/16. I filled out the forms so she would receive child benefits until she graduates. Every thing I read says payment received this month-April 2016 are for March 2016. But they mailed her dependent check and I will get mine deposited tomorrow. But if payments are a month behind and April pmt is for March then why would they send her a check when she was still 17 in March? I read the letter and it said ” your benefits will end with the payment for the month before the month in which you attain age 18. You attain age 18 the day before your 18th birthday (hers is April 24th) this is important if your birthday is on 1st day of month. Example: if 18th birthday is June 1st then you attain that age on May 31st. If u are neither a full time student nor disabled in May benefits would not be payable for May. The last benefit check to which you would be entitled would be the one received in May, which represents your payment for April ” SO Thos leads me to believe that payments received in April are for March and she was 17 in March. She graduates May 24 2016. So I would think she would receive payment in May for April and another in June for May since she was full time student. But like I said they mailed a check received today (even tho I gave them copies of her checking acct with her name for direct deposit) and my payment should be in my acct tomorrow. So is April’s payment for April or March? And if it’s March then why would she receive check since her birthday is April 24th so they consider her 18 as of April 23rd? Thank you

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Sandy,

          Social Security benefits are paid the month after the month for which they are due. They probably sent her her payment directly in April because she was going to be eighteen by the time it was paid and they have her set up to get paid for April because she is still in school. Note that benefits terminate the last day of the month before a termination event occurs. Your daughter’s last payment will be for April, paid in May. No benefits are payable for May because she will not not eligible the entire month.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • nancy willie

        A backpay amount was released on Wednesday to my bank account and here it is Saturday and no money yet? How long does it take for a direct deposit to go through and hit my account. I also have my large ssdi back pay scheduled for direct deposit Monday. I am very aggravated

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Nancy,

          Electronic payments take a few overnight bank runs to reach your account so the timing you describe is normal operating times.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Don

    Dear Kay,

    I received my ( Notice of Reward) From the SSA.
    In the letter it lists my back pay, the amount and that the fee will be removed to pay my attorney.

    In the payment summary it lists the back pay as 0.00.

    Does this mean it’s coming separately?

    I have not received any information on
    wether I will receive the SSI or any letter about SSI. I did call the local SS office about a month ago they said a letter about a phone interview pertaining to SSI would arrive.

    My main question is in regard to my SSDI back pay.

    Does that notice usually arrive separately?

    Thank you,
    Don

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Don,

      The attorney is usually paid first before you, but usually the letter will say how much the total back pay is. Your letter may not because SSI is paid first and Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay is paid second. The SSDI back pay will be reduced by SSI back pay for the same period. You should have been contacted for the financial update interview by now. I suggest that you go to your local Social Security office if it is not too far away and request an interview or at least an interview date. (If you get to the office a few minutes before opening, you will not have to wait as long to be seen.)

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Eva

        Dear Kay,

        Sorry to go through someone else reply to ask my question. I also like Don received my letter of award. On April 10th I was told from ssa that my back pay is with the processing center. Need my back pay over do all bills past due balances, was wondering in my first ssdi payment is second wed of month of April. How long on my back pay? Friend told me take my bills to local Ss office for faster payment. Please help. Thank you very much.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Eva,

          Usually Social Security Disability back pay takes one to three months after the monthly benefits start. If you are in danger of being homeless or in urgent need of medical care, you can submit a dire need statement that the local office will submit to the payment center, but it may not speed things up much.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Eva

            Hi Kay,

            Thank you so much for replying to my question about back pay. Maybe in future to help others, I did go to my local Ss office with my behind bills and now they have me done with payment center for dyer need of back pay for over do bills an will receive back pay in my account 3-5 days. So ty for help. Hope my situation and how I handle it helps others. Though its been 4 days an no back pay yet I’m hopeful that it will be to me asap.

            Tyvm
            Eva

          • Patty

            Y’all I got a check in the mail Monday. A nice one.
            Had no idea that I had even been approved. Have not recieved a letter or anything.
            Contacted my lawyer today. She got her fees from my case today.

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Patty,

              You should receive a letter within a week or ten days. If you do not, contact your local office because the award letter is an important document.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

    • Robin Lawrence

      I am sorry to post this on someone else question but I didn’t see where to ask the question. I became disabled on 7/3/2013 My attorney filed for SSDI for me 8/2013 after being denied I went to court and was awarded SSDI on 11/2015 I recieved my first monthly payment on 1/10/2016 and have recieved them on that day each month since direct deposit. I was told in a letter I would recieve 24,500 in back pay. It is now 4/8/2016 and I have not recieved that yet. After several phone calls to my local SS office as well as the main SS office. I am told there is nothing holding up my payment it just takes awhile. Shouldn’t I recieved this payment by now ???

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Robin,

        Release of back pay usually take a long time–the higher the amount, often the longer. If you do not have payment by the end of the middle of May, you might contact your congressperson’s office to ask them to make an inquiry.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Merlene Amoss

    I just received my approval letter today for disability, They state they ruled I became disabled Aug. 20, 2015, but I didn’t file until Dec 14, 2015, now will this be considered back pay, so confused right now. My first check is to be paid May 25,2016.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Merlene,

      Social Security Disability benefits begin the later of twelve months before the month of application or the sixth full calendar month after disability began. This means your entitlement begins February 2016. The monthly benefit to be paid on May 25 is for the month of April. That means that you will receive back pay for February and March.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Trey W.

    My wife became disabled June of 2011 but we didn’t file for SSDI until Aug 2014. We did put on her application the June 2011 on set. I was wondering if the back pay would be calculated from June 2011 or from Aug 2014? Thank you for your time. We had our hearing last week so now waiting on the judge’s ruling.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Trey,

      If your wife is approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI) with a 2011 disability onset date, her benefits will begin to accrue August 2013, twelve months before her application.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Alex

        Hello Kay, I can’t seem to figure out how to leave you message so I am replying to you on someone else’s question. Hope that is okay. I have been approved for SSI and have been receiving monthly payments for 3 months now. I have heard nothing about my back pay and wonder if you know how long it takes to get my first installment on my back pay?
        Thanks

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Alex,

          You should have received your first installment by now. I suggest that you follow up your local office letting them know it has been three months since you got your first check.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

        • Angela

          My son got his first benefit today. But the letter I have say he is do a back pay of 1500 in addition to a back pay of 5000 so which one will he get on the dirwect express card.

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Angela,

            I can’t say for sure, but I expect he would receive both on the card, but not at the same time.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

    • Lauren

      Sorry to start a post on someones theard. But I need help. If I was denied SSI because I have too many resources how long before my ssdi starts ? My EOD is Oct 2013. My approval date was March 4, 2016. Im broke why does this take so long. Do i need to look for work so i dont lose anything ? Because this process is stressful on a person with a heart condition.

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Lauren,

        You need to use your excess resources to support yourself until your countable resources are down below $2,000 ($3,000 if you are married and living with your spouse.) If you are below the resource limit before twelve months have elapsed after your SSI application, you will not have to file a new application. If you were also approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI), it will be paid because your assets do not affect SSDI benefits.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Dawud

      Sorry I pushed reply to ask a question. I first applied for ssdi in 2007 and was denied 3 times then around 2013 I hired a lawyer and got denied again. I went before the judge may of 2015 and was awarded a fully favorable decision with an onset date of 01-01-2008. All claims where for the same disability but my lawyer presented a new disability with the ones that I already applied for. Now SSA tells me that I applied in 2013 but I never gave up the fight on the first denied application. So do I receive backpay from my onset date, my 1st applied date, or 2013 when I hired a lawyer? Please help.

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Dawud,

        It sounds as if you exhausted all your appeal on the 2007 claim and started over with a new claim in 2013. If that is the case, your Social Security benefits are limited to twelve months before the 2013 application and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, if any, begin the month after the 2013 application.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Jimi

    High Kay; On March 15,2016 I went in front of an administrative judge and he approved my SS and SSDI. I got my letter stating I would start receiving my monthly payments the 3rd week of April. They went back to September 2014. How long will I have to wait for my back pay. Thank You

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jimi,

      From what you wrote, I can’t tell for sure all the kinds of benefits you were approved for. If you were approved only for Social Security Disability (SSDI), you can expect it to take one to two months for your back pay to arrive.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Debra Smallridge

        Kay, sorry bad no clue how to put up my own question.
        They put me in for SSDI,SSI and Widow and recieved a call I was eleigable. My lump some of the SSDI came in Feb. Did receive my SSDI check and SSI check in March. But was told the SSI would drop off to widows only, which it has.I opted out on past medicare payment.
        The my ssi screen shows my first checks and ssdi lump sum. When i call them tell me it is at a payment center still being worked on. This last monday, I called in and the guy said was I told it was on hold or did anyone advise them to release it? No, then told me a request was made to release and if he called to get a time frame on the back pay..I would go to the bottom.
        No mater whom you talk to there is a different answer to your question. 6 weeks from the last letter…on and on. How can we get a round about time frame when I will see my backpay

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Debra,

          What you are describing is different from what usually happens. Usually SSI back pay is paid before SSDI monthly benefits and before SSDI back pay. The local office authorizes SSI and the payment center authorizes Social Security disability and widow’s benefits including back pay. Frequently, it takes a couple months for SSDI back pay to be released after the monthly benefits start. The fact that you have both SSDI and widow’s will probably make the processing take a bit longer. The local office calling has little effect on how fast you will get the money because your claim has to wait its turn.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • TWill

      Hello Kay
      My husband’s SSDI benefits were reinstated after losing benefits after he started working. He stopped working in Nov 2014. Benefits were reinstated in Jan 2015. He received provisional benefits for 6 months from Jan 2015 to June 2015. He started receiving regular benefits in September 2015. Our 3 daughters benefits were stopped in 2014. We reapplied for benefits for them since October 2015 plus and extra child a son we had in January 2014. So we have 4 children total. As of this month March 2016 we have not recieved benefits for the 4 children. The 3 daughters had an over payment we filled out forms to have the repayment agreement with SSDI. When we call we are told our case is in the payment center. I called a week ago and was told our file was flagged priority handling what does that mean? How much longer will we have to wait for them to process the benefits for the 4 children under their fathers SSDI case? I was told someone would call me to update me and we have not heard from anyone. Thank you.

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear TWill,

        I would say that the children’s benefit reinstatement has been flagged because of how long you have been waiting for the benefits. That should help in getting the benefits started, but I can’t give you a time estimate. I would expect that the remaining overpayment balance will be withheld from the back pay due the three daughters.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Jodie

    I received a call from my worker today telling me my SSDI had been approved. I have been on SSI since 2014. I had to go through a Redetermination which I believe started in March 2015. Will I receive any back pay for the difference of SSI and SSDI and for how many months?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jodie,

      If your Social Security is more than your SSI, you will be paid the difference between the two benefits for months that your entitlement to the two benefits overlaps. If the Social Security is less than the SSI, there will be no back pay and your ongoing SSI benefits will be reduced by an amount equal to $20 less than your Social Security, assuming you have no other income. If you have other income, the full Social Security will count to reduce your SSI.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Catherine

        Husband was approved in december 2015. March 24th his information updated on the ss website (says when he will get his payments every month) also says something about a one time payment (I’m assuming that is backpay) has March 24th date next to it. When should we expect to receive money(backpay or monthly payments) we have direct deposit set up already (so will any money automatically go to the bank or would we receive a paper check for the backpay) thanks for any help you can give!!!

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Catherine,

          All payments should go to the bank account. The back pay should be in the account by the end of March. The point in the month that monthly benefits are paid depends on the recipients day of birth. Please see the chart below.

          Born on the 1st to 10th = second Wednesday of the month
          Born on the 11th to 20th = third Wednesday of the month
          Born on the 21st to 31st = fourth Wednesday of the month

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Jamie

      I just got approved for ssdi Feb.22, 2016..I currently have a Treasury offset due to student loans that went into default as I was unable to work..how much can they take out of my back pay at one time?.. I have been unable to work the last 3 yrs and a single mom of 3 kids…I owe my parents so much money for taking care of us all and I’m just trying to get a roundabout figure in how much my back pay will actually be

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Jamie,

        If you are permanently disabled, you may be able to get your student loans forgiven. If you have a severe condition that is expected to be life long, contact your student loan lender to find out how to apply for forgiveness of the loans. In the meantime, the general rule is that no more than 15% of your income can be garnished for student loan collection; however, the formula to determine the amount is not that simple. You will receive a notice that tells you how much will be withheld.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Mr. S

    I’ve paid my disabled brothers bills on a loan for the past 3 years totaling over $35,000.00 while he waited for his SSI and SSDI claim. He was recently approved with a combined total of $41,000.00. I understand there will be deductions but now the brother is being elusive not to pay me back anything or communicate to honor his promissory note. I provided a notarized letter as the judge requested for his case to be submitted to these entities. Do I have any recourse with SSI or SSDI to recover any money as his attorney and the county in which he lives will. I’m trying to move quickly as I now have found out through his phone records, in which I pay, multiple calls to car dealerships, text telling friends he’s going to treat them and his interest through realtors to buy a house.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Mr. S.,

      As far as I know you have no recourse to get the monies directly from Social Security. However, if you submitted documentation of a bonafide loan to your brother and that helped him get the highest SSI benefit amount, his not paying you back might impact how much he is actually eligible for in SSI. If you were directly paying your brother’s rent and shelter utilities (not phone or cable) and/or food or lending him cash and he doesn’t repay you, he will be eligible for less SSI back pay, which will mean that he will be eligible for more Social Security back pay. Social Security above $24,000 is partially taxable so he iy could result in some of its being taxable so he would get less than he thinks free and clear to use. Bottom line is that you probably need legal advice.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Jason

    This might be a new thread question but I can not find the answer anywhere. I have been on SSI for 34 months. I recently had an appointment at SS and was told they missed a year in my earnings and I am approved for SSDI. Because of the amount I no longer will receive SSI just SSDI. Because I am switching from SSI to SSDI will I receive back pay from SSDI?

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jason,

      You should receive up to twelve months of back pay from the date the SSDI claim is filed. The back pay will be the difference between the SSDI rate and the SSI rate paid for the same months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • JMark

    Kay,

    I have never experienced a process that has taken over six years, and the ordeal isn’t over. First, I want to thank you for all of your comments over the past year. They have been really helpful.

    I do not have SSI. I received a portion of my backpay at the end of January 2016. The payment center “conveniently forgot” to pay one entire year of backpay. This is based on the proposal SSA mailed me a few months earlier. Called the local office four weeks ago. The supervisor saw this, and he has requested that the funds be released. Still waiting and getting tired. Contacted my Congressman about the issue on Monday. I understand that his office is capable of getting the payout done very quickly–I hope.

    Now, a word about SS attorneys. I had a very bad experience with mine. I actually had to file a Bar complaint against him, for he failed in his duties to properly represent me (His biggest failing was that I had to write my own appeal to the Appeals Council. He bungled the ALJ hearing by not providing the one piece of evidence I needed to get a favorable ruling). The Bar investigated and is filing charges against him. I sent an appeal to the Appeals Council requesting that the statutory payment of $6,000.00 not be paid to the attorney. The Appeals Council was made aware of the charges. SSA paid him anyway. They never ruled on my appeal–TWICE. The supervisor is looking into that. I was advised to hire a legal malpractice attorney to try to recover the $6,000.00. Isn’t this unreal? If I can get the rest of my backpay (about $18K), I will be thrilled. The $6K? Uncertain. Anyway, folks, don’t give up! That is my point! Thanks, Kay

    PS–I have my Part A Medicare and Part B starts this July (Lord knows why since Part A is retroactive to July 2011)

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear J Mark,

      Your Part B and Part A Medicare should start at the same time. The only reason I can think of that the Part B is starting later is that you may have declined to have retroactive Part B premiums withheld from your back pay. (Potentially it could have started with your twenty-fifth month of eligibility.) When that is the case, Part B does not start until the July following the date that your said you wanted ongoing Medicare. You do not mention Part D for prescription medication. If you have not reviewed that coverage and made a decision regarding it, I suggest that you do.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • J Mark

        Hi Kay,
        I did pick up Part D at the beginning of the year. Part D was actually more critical that Part B, for I have a very expensive medication that I take.

  • rosco kidd

    I do not have any income. As I have been evicted I need My money now.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Rosco,

      You can contact your local Social Security office and file a statement of dire need, which may somewhat decrease processing time. If you have an application for SSI as well as Social Security and you have been medically approved, you might be able to get an emergency advance payment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Imperfect

        Dear Kay,
        My apologies for posting on someone else’s thread.
        I was approved for SSI (488.00)on 039\2016 on 03/10/2016 I received lump sum payment (2199.00). They say I will receive my 1st SSI payment on April 1, 2016. I got sick 10/06/2016 and applied on 11/06/2015 I was also approved for SSD for 806.00 which will start on May 18, 2016 will I be getting back pay for SSDI as well or is the lump sum payment I already received for my SSDI?

        Thank-you

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Imperfect,

          You are not eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay because SSDI is not paid for the first five full-calendar months of disability, which for you is November 2015 through March 2016. Your first SSDI benefit will be paid for April in the month of May. SSI should be paid for April and then end unless you are in a state that has an SSI state supplement high enough to allow SSI to be paid with SSDI above $753.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Imperfect

            Thank-You so much for your timely response this was very helpful for me. God Bless You!

            • Kay Derochie

              You are welcome.

          • Keshia

            Hey Kay…I’m confused with this back pay part. I started get SSSI in august of last yr. OK Ssi said I was owed back pay from them too. But I don’t get Ssi… Long story short… Ssi took my back from my ssdi saying that they over paid me by 11,000 dollars….I’m not understanding this because they haven’t paid me 11,ooo dollar’s. Can they do that? I really needed that money. Any help or advice will be great fully appreciated. Thanks

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Keshia,

              What you are describing to me doesn’t sound like an overpayment, but rather an offset. Social Security Disability (SSDI) back pay is offset (reduced) by Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay including SSI back pay that is scheduled to be paid out in three installments six months apart. (It may also be reduced by the amount of the award that is used to pay an attorney; I’m not sure.) If you have dire need for funds and you have additional SSI back-pay installments due, you can request early release based on dire need. Be prepared to state the specific needs and an estimate of how much they come to.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • Ashes

    What all do I need to ask for more backpay? I don’t really understand that part at all.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Ashes,

      Please see my previous response. As I understand your previous posts, right now you need to wait for the back pay to be processed. It is not a matter of asking for more at the present time. Once the SSI stops you can ask for release of the portion of your SSI back pay that was not paid in the first installment.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Hi kay
    …i was approved on January 29th 2016 at my hearing I’m just wondering if I will have my benefits on March 1st 2016 and how long after that will I get my back pay I applied on September 1st 2014

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Joshua,

      You might have received a written decision by March 1, but it is extremely unlikely you have received payment. That typically takes one to two months for SSI and two months or more for Social Security after getting a written decision

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Ala M

    I am disabled and collecting disability benefits from California state since April 2015 under STD program. I applied for LTD disability benefit from SSDI program in Oct. 2015.

    In the application, I have indicated that I have stopped working in April 2015 due to my medical condition, and that my work activities were made changes in Feb. 2015.

    In a contact with Social Security Administration office, I have been told that I would have an answer in March 2016, and that my application may be approved.

    So how they determine what month my benefit will start after 5 months of waiting period?

    What month (Mach or Feb) is considered as the first effective month?

    After receive Social Security Pay Back Check, Do I have to reimburse CA state for STD benefits that I have got for the same months where the LTD benefits paid?

    Thanks,
    Al

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Ala,

      If you were still earning $1,090 in February and March 2015, your disability onset will be April and benefits will begin to accrue October 2015. Check with California’s department that administers the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program to find out whether reimbursement is required for months in which SDI overlaps with Social Security Disability (SSDI).

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Danielle

        Dear Kay,
        My husband received an approval letter for SSDI and SSI 3 weeks ago. He will be eligible for Medicaid for the time that Disability waits to give you a payment for the first five months. After that, his Disability payment will make him ineligible for SSI. He owes a hospital a large payment for an accident that caused his Disability. The Hospital had actually placed a lean on him because they knew that he might get a settlement from his accident. He did receive the settlement and most of the settlement went to the hospital and then they told us that they would write off the rest of it, but that if he ever became eligible for SSI that they would go back and seek payment from Medicaid to take care of the rest of it. I was wondering if you knew if they could still go back and take money from his backpack. They did tell us that if Medicaid paid the hospital bill and we received a large settlement, that we would have to pay them back. That was before we got the settlement from the accident though. I’m concerned that we might have to pay Medicaid back or they might try and seek payment from his backpay. I did speak with our local Social Security office representative and she said that they won’t take it out of his backpay but she’s not certain if they could later on though. Also, my husband received a letter from the ALJ stating that he was disabled 3 weeks ago, so when should we receive an award letter?

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Danielle,

          Your husband’s Social Security Disability (SSDI) and SSI cannot be garnished for hospital bills. I think there is a limit to how far back before SSI payment is authorized that Medicaid will pay unpaid bills. If Medicaid does pay the remainder above what the settlement paid, I don’t think that you will owe Medicaid anything because the settlement and Medicaid will not be paying the same part of the bill twice.

          Your husband should get a letter from the local office within about two weeks to provide a financial update so that the SSI benefits can be calculated. SSI monthly benefits will be paid first, followed by SSI back pay, SSDI monthly benefits, and SSDI back pay in that order. It can take a month or two or sometimes more to get the SSDI started after the SSI has been paid. The SSDI back pay will be reduced by the amount of SSI back benefits paid for the same months.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Crissie

            Hello,
            first I would like to apologize because I was not able to find a location to start a new thread, so I had to comment on this one…

            My mom told me in Sept 2015 that she had a lawyer who went to court for her and was able to prove that she was owed back SSDI due to some reason or another (sorry, I have am not familiar with the terminology…)
            She had already received one large back payment from SSDI a few years ago and was collecting her monthly amounts from there forward and then fast forward to September and it was determined that she was owed more back pay.
            One month later in Oct. 2015 she suddenly died. I had called her lawyer to inform him and he told me that I was now eligible to that payment. He had me fill out some paperwork and about a month ago I got a letter saying that they were fully favorable (again) in her judgement and that I would be receiving payment. I called her lawyer and the office told me that we were all done since it was awarded to me.
            I’m trying to figure out: am I supposed to contact Social Security and give them my account information for a direct deposit or to just touch base with them in general? Or do I just sit back and wait for a check? Is there a rough guess on how long it will take for payment to come through from here on out?

            I hate to sound like I’m super concerned about this money that wasn’t mine in the first place – but realistically, I kind of am. When my mom died it was unexpected and also not planned for. I had to have her cremated and haven’t been able to pay off the funeral home. I feel terrible because her ashes and personal belongings have been there for 4 months now and I’m hoping that this money will be enough to pay them off and finally put my mother to rest.
            Thank you!!

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Crissie,

              You need to go to Social Security and inquire about the status of the paperwork the attorney helped with. It sounds as if it might have been an application for underpayment. Ask whether they need a birth certificate to prove relationship or any other documenttion. Also, as you suggested, give them your bank account information. That will guard against loss of a check. You might also ask for the local office to follow up to the payment center since it has been four months. Enough time has past that it should have been paid by now.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • heather brown

    hi kay. i was approved oct 2015.with a disability date of dec 2013. received my kids back pay from my ssd at the end of dec 2016 and my first monthly check jan 2016. i sill have not received m back pay for myself . i have called and they have put messages through to the back pay people. i am so stressed something is wrong. i do not or have never received workers comp or ssi. i just do not understand

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Heather,

      It can take a couple of months or more to get back pay after getting the initial monthly payment. If you have been told that is has not yet been issued then you can be assured it is not lost in the mail and it is just a matter of waiting. You might ask the local office to double check that they let the payment center know that no SSI was involved.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Catherine

        I hope u see this!!! My husband got sick in June of 2015. Had quadruple bypass at the end of June and a defibrillator put in in october. Filed for disability at end of June when we were told how bad his heart was (was at 25% before surgeries then went down to 17% after) well, about 2 weeks ago we got a call to get info on his children (we have 2 together but he has 4 other children-3 of which r under 18) so they could set up their benifits. The lady said he was found disabled in mid december. So how long should it take for him to start receiving his first payment/backpay (backpay will be from December to now I think) thanks for any help!!!

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Catherine,

          I would expect your husband to receive the first monthly benefit within a month to six weeks, followed by the children’s benefits and the back pay he and they have coming beginning with December.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Cindy

        Miss Kay,
        Can IRS take my disability lump sum if I am in Non Collectible status and a lien has been placed? IRS di take our 2016 refund but still waiting for my Lump sum.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Cindy,

          Yes, the IRS can take part of your Social Security back pay and ongoing benefits to collect back taxes. You will receive a letter before the garnishment for the tax lien begins. Read it carefully because you may have a basis to have the garnishment levied in a lower amount.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • michael

        I need help my mother was in the nursing home I’ll bring her up here from Georgia to to live with me I transfer everything from Georgia to Ohio they say they put the money in her account October 12th but we didn’t receive anything she has passed away now how do I go about getting her backpack

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Michael,

          File an application for underpayment to be paid. If your mother had no qualifying spouse at the time of her death, your application would be in behalf of all her children. You may need the death certificate and all the children’s birth certificates, addresses, and phone numbers.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Julie

        Hi Kay,
        I was awarded in October 2015. I started receiving monthly payments at the end of December 2015 for January 2016. I’m owed almost four years and not approved for ssi. I’m getting ssd along with Medicare a, b, d. My question is, who can I contact regarding back pay. I get the runaround every time I call and my congressperson was very unhelpful. I do have a state disability offset for a year, but they have had that info for six months. I’m homeless now and they did put in a dire need request, however, it is going on six months. Even my attorney doesn’t understand the issues. Is there someone else I can call or do you have any advice? Thank you.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Julie,

          It seems that you have done all you can to follow up in that you have had your local office send a dire-need request to the payment center.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • I was told they stop giving out back pay since Oct 2015 and they only go back ,10 years I don’t know who telling the truth or not

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Mone,

        Individuals have been receiving back pay, so it would appear the first thing you mention is incorrect. Back pay is limited to the later of twelve months before the month of the initial application that was approved or the sixth full calendar month after the beginning of your disability as established by Social Security.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Walter M.

    On Feb. 22 I have my hearing. Question on back pay though what is this about workmans comp being and back pay? I was never informed how this works within the procedures either from when applied and from my attorney.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Walter,

      The amount you can receive for the same period from workers compensation and Social Security Disability is limited to 80% of your current average earnings as determined by Social Security. This includes lump sum workers compensation settlements, which are prorated out over time. The proration amount per month is determined by calculation factors in your workers comp claim. The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses different formulas to calculate average current earnings. The formula used depends on your specific circumstances. If you are approved, you can contact SSA for information about how your average current earnings were calculated.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Amber

      Hello Kay…I applied for benefits on April 21 2015 I had my hearing with an ALJ JUNE 2 2016 and was approved August 1 2016 fully favorable decision with onset date January 15 2015. I called July 20 2016 and spoke to a representative to put my checking account direct deposit info on file but was told yesterday I need to go into the local office and give them my DD info So I went to local office today August 17 2016 they said they have to put my direct deposit info on file when I have my telephone appointment September 20 2016 for my children to be added with auxiliary benefits and I dont understand any of this. I was also told my file is with the payment center but nothing has been done yet and they mentioned something about Title 2 I also requsest dire need because of utility disconnect notices and they told me they would put the request in..my question is how does dire need work do they mail a check or will it come ups since they didn’t take my direct deposit info and the check they will it be for the bill amount or will it be all of my back pay amount based on my dates I listed will I get backpay and how long does it take to process a dire need request and the worker at the local office also said that I’m getting ssdi but not sure yet if getting ssi…Kay I’m so confused with all this and I know I have alot of questions and I thank you in advance for helping me

      • Amber

        The customer service representative told me if they expedite my dire need claim it would be a check sent to me is that mailed or FED EX? I don’t understand why the local office wants to wait to put my direct deposit info until my appointment on September20 2016 can I contact the payment center directly and give them my information? Thank you so much for your help Kay!

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Amber,

          Please see my response to your first post. The payment center is not set up for phone calls from private individuals. If you have the patience to do so, you can go back to Social Security and say that you want the direct deposit information to be posted on your Social Security claim record rather than waiting for a month until you have the SSI interview.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Amber

        I’m sorry to keep posting but I meant to say I know I’m approved for SSDI when I asked the rep at the local office about getting SSI too he said they won’t know if I’m getting SSI until after the payment center processes everything I dont understand this either I don’t think I applied for SSI only SSDI So do they automatically give it to you if your eligible? Thank you

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Amber,

          Please see my prior two responses. This last post from you really leads me to think the person you spoke lacked training. It is true that ongoing eligibility for SSI either stops or continues in a reduced amount after SSD is paid and becomes countable income for SSI. However, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility or ineligibility is determined before the payment center processes the Social Security claim. If SSI is payable, it is paid and then Social Security Disability (SSD) is paid. The Social Security back pay is reduced by the amount of SSI back benefits paid for the same period. Ongoing eligibility for SSI either stops or continues in a reduced amount after SSD is paid and becomes countable income for SSI.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Amber,

        I don’t know why the Social Security office didn’t take your direct deposit information when you were in the office and post it to your record for the payment center’s use.

        Based on what you are telling me, I think that the September 20 appointment may be to determine whether you are financially eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If your hearing approval letter mentions both Title II (Social Security) and Title XVI (SSI), the that is probably what the September appointment is for.

        A request for expedited processing due to dire need means that your claim may be processed before other non-dire-need claims that were sent to the payment center before yours, but I cannot give you an estimate as to the time it will take. Any paper check will be sent via regular mail.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Amber

          Thank you so much for your help Kay! You are a great help!!!

          • Kay Derochie

            You are welcome, Amber.

  • Tammy Patten

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Tammy,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Toni King

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

        Thanks
        Toni

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Toni,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • KRISTINA POLLARD

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Kristina,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • KRISTINA POLLARD

            Thank you. I actually just called today and found out my letter was sent Friday and was told I will be very happy. How long till I get my first check and back pay? Since I had my children already on, will they provide the back pay for them?

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Kristina,

              If your earnings record was sufficient to provide dependent benefits, the children will be paid for the same months you are. It can take a month or two to get benefits started. Usually monthly benefits will start first, followed by back pay, and your benefits will start before your children’s.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

      • Ni ni

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Ni Ni,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Ann

        I have no clue on how to post anywhere but someone’s comments. Kay, I was approved for my ssd last week. I have a 11 year old child that draw ssi d/t a learning disabilities will him and my husband both be able to get back pay even though my minor child was already on ssi?

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Ann,

          If your child’s back benefits were for disability and not for being a dependent child, the back pay would definitely be reduced for the SSI he received for the same period. I am not certain that retroactive offset applies when the Social Security benefits are not disability benefits. Once your child has been paid, please let me know whether there was an offset. Ongoing, your son’s monthly SSI will be reduced for the Social Security.

          If your husband’s work earnings are not too high, your husband can receive benefits for having a child of yours under age sixteen in his care. He can receive back pay for the months your child was entitled, even if your child’s back pay is entirely offset (withheld) for SSI in those months

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Charmaine

        Hello Ms.Kay
        I come to this site often, but I have not a clue how to write a post beside clicking on reply,so please forgive me for the way I went about this. My question is I got approved for my disability back and the Cember 2015 and I received my first check and February 2016 but it’s for is my payback I am getting the runaround every time I called I even call the number I guess to the payment center and the gentleman told me to call back within two weeks when I called back and he would not answer his phone I leave voicemails he will not return my calls so I’m wondering when should I be receiving my backpay because everyone because every one that I went to court which has already received their backpay and ones that went after me that I spoke with him already receive your backpay and I have yet to receive anything so what is my next day off please help .

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Charmaine,

          You can expect your back pay to be paid within one to two months of receiving your first monthly benefit.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Judi

            I have read all these and i was finally approval on DEc 3, 2015 i recieved my first check on Feb 24, 2016 And i was wondering how long will it take to get my pay back check. it is as of March 8 in the payment center. Remind you i have apply on Feb 29, 2012 this is FOUR years of being put on the back burnner. You would think that the SSD would make sure it paid ASAP!

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Judi,

              Release of your back pay will be processed routinely by the payment center in the order it was received because there are many other people who are owed a few years of back pay. Only dire-need cases (homeless or in danger of becoming homeless) are handled faster and even those take a substantial length of time because there are backlogs in all categories of claims. You can expect it to take one to three months.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

          • Rhonnie

            Hi Kay. I was approved for ssdi by a judge. I recieve my first payment Jan 10 2016. I have yet to receive my backpay or even a letter telling me when I can expect it. Do you have any idea when I will receive it?

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Rhonnie,

              If you have not received the back pay by the end April 10, ask your local office to check to be sure there is nothing that the local office needs to do, such as post on your record that SSI is not involved, and ask them follow-up with the payment center.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

    • Robin

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

      Thanks

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Robin,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Debra

      This is where I am at with my SSI SSDI and Widow. I received my own SSI and back pay. Now I am waiting for the remainder of my back pay on my widows.
      Calling gives me nothing but it is still being worked on..one says 60 days another say six weeks and that will be the 26th. Confusing to me

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Debra,

        The local Social Security office has no control over how long it takes for the payment center to complete work on a claim. The representative listens to how long you have been waiting and tries to give you an estimate based on their past experience. Hence the discrepancies.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Rita

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Rita,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Bill

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Bill,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Tanjella

        I’M sorry for joining a reply but did’Nt know how to ask Kay a question? My husband got approve Jan 28 2016 got decision letter 3 days later, got letter for ssi which he declined per attorney got letter stating he declined it. Went to site and it said he will receive his first check March 16, 2016 got award letter February 26 spoke went to social security office February 29 they said its process that lawyer be paid this week and that he didn’t have no hospital bills so he dosnt have to start Medicare in 2014 when he became eligible. So the question is when will he receive back payment? She told him its experdicted

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Tanjella,

          Your husband’s back benefits will be paid after the monthly benefits start, possibly one to two months later.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • John Asaro

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

    • John Asaro

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

      • Laura knight

        I was wondering if i would be able to ask for more of my back pay released so i could move back home to Texas now that.ive won my case

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Laura,

          If you were approved for Social Security Disability, you will receive all the back pay at once. If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you can request release of more than the initial installment. I don’t know whether you will be successful. I suggest that you state the reason why the move is urgent (closer to family for help, etc.). Also, present an estimate of your moving costs including transport and move in costs in Texas.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear John,

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

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

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • john asaro

        Thanks Kay

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, John.

    • Tyisha

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Tyisha,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Tyisha

          Thank you Kay

          • Tyisha

            Hello Kay,

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

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Tyisha,

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

              Sincerely,
              Kay

          • Kay Derochie

            You are welcome, Tyisha.

  • JMark

    This process never ends. To summarize:

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

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear J.,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Jenny

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jenny,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Jessica Macey

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jessica,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Michelle

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Michelle,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Hailey

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Haily,

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

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Sick of waiting

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Sick of Waiting,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • J Mark

        Hi Kay,

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear J.,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • amy

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Amy,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • ray

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Ray,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • Jennifer Childers

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Jennifer,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Dedra Bodden

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Dedra,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Kristine

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Kristine,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • D D

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

      Thank You

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear D.D.,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Ashley

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Ashley,

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

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Ashley

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

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Ashley.

        • Antonio

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

      • Angela Washington

        Sorry M’s Kay didn’t know how to log on ..Got fully favorable 5-16 received on back pay for SSI 2199/in June and733 for July.My SSA started August received a letter from SSI n longer eligible due to SSA.Will I receive the rest of my back pay or do I still have to wait until every six months.How long do the windfall offset takes to get my SSA back pay? Thanks

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Angela,

          Now that you are no longer eligible for SSI, you can request that the remaining back pay be released now. The Social Security Disability (SSD) back pay reduced by the windfall offset is usually released one or two months after the monthly SSD starts.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Christina

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Christina,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Marlene

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Marlene,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Marlene

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

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Marlene.

      • salina

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Salina,

          I suggest contacting your congress person’s office and asking them to follow up on your back payment.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • salina

            I sent an email yesterday. Thank you.

            • Kay Derochie

              You are welcome, Salina.

  • Sherrie Bates

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Sherrie,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Tracy newton

      Hello I wad reading your comment and was wondering what number u call to the payment center to check on your check
      Thank you

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Tracy,

        Dear Tracy,

        The payment center is not set up to take calls from the public. A congressperson’s office can call directly and I have known attorneys to be successful in getting through to the person authorizing a specific claim but it is rare. The procedure that Social Security has set up for follow up is for you to request that the local office send a status request. They can send one every thirty days. However, the situation is that in general follow up doesn’t speed anything up because the workloads are heavy. If you have been waiting over four months for the first payment to start or over four months for the back pay after the first monthly payment, it could be appropriate to ask your congress person to follow up.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • elaine

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Elaine,

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

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Lucy

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

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Lucy,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • scullen111

        Had same issue back in 2000

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

        Amazingly I received my back benefits shortly thereafter.

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

        Point is… Grease the wheels of government….

        Hopefully this will help

      • Lucy

        Thanks Kay, I turned 55 on Oct 1 so that has to be exactly it. Not sure why my attorney did not know that. Thanks so much for your response. Piece of mind since I did not appeal as it would have been a waste of time so glad I made that decision to keep my stress level down. And I did finally get my back pay so all is settled now. Thanks again.

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Lucy.

    • Kimberly

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Kimberly,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Beth

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Beth,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • JIMMY ROTEN III

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jimmy,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • brittney

        Ok thanks kay i had got my 2nd back pay in june or july so i should get nother one in january???

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Brittney,

          Yes, it should come in the sixth month after the last one you received.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Dose it come on the same day you got your first one even though itsn6 months apart

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Patty,

              The second installment payment can come on any day of the month.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

          • brittney

            Ok So will that be on january 13th ???_ how long it takes to come

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Brittney,

              It could come anytime during the month. If it doesn’t, follow up with your local office.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • Patricia A Kelleher

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Patricia,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Dedra Bodden

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Debra,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Casandra a fisher

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Casandra,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Melissa

        Hi ,

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

        Thanks Mel

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Melissa,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • John

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

    Thanks for your reply
    JD

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear John,

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

      Sincerely
      Kay

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Viola,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • heather brown

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Heather,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • Cindy

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Cindy,

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

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Nikki

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Nikki,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Nikki

        SSI only.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Nikki,

          Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay in excess of $2,199 is paid in up to three installments six months apart. I would expect you to receive the first installment in January.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Nikki

            Thank you very much.

            • Kay Derochie

              You are welcome, Nikki.

          • brittney

            I have a ? Do they give u the monthly check first than the back pay money in january ?_ i gotback pay moneyin january july so do i receive on in january??

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Brittney,

              The last installment of back pay will be paid separately from the monthly SSI benefit so it is likely to be paid after the first of the month.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

          • Nikki

            Hello, I still haven’t received any kind of back pay at all, no letter about it or anything. Any advice?

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Nikki,

              Your last post was not totally clear. I think you were saying that the DDS did not have the 2011 claim but were working on the current claim. If that is the case, it can take from two to five months for the claim to be reviewed and a decision made. If you meant that the DDS had the 2011 claim in their system but not your current claim, you need to contact your local office and tell them that DDS doesn’t have the claim and ask them to double check that it is not still in the local office and do whatever else is needed to locate the claim and get it to DDS.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

    • Zahida

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Zahida,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Ashley C

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Ashley,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Jay

    Hello Kay,

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

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jay,

      Please see my reply to your first post.

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Jason

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Jason,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Belle

    Hi Kay:

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

    Sincerely,

    Belle

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Belle,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Belle

        Thanks Kay For Reply:

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Belle,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Victoria

    Hey!

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

    Thanks.

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Victoria,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Heather

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Heather,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Michelle

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Michelle,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Jay

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Jay,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Jay

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

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Jay,

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

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • Happy5717

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Happy,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Valerie

    Dear Kay,

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Valerie,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • anonymous

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

        • anonymous

          I meant to say I called her this morning.

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Anonymous,

          Monthly benefits are typically paid first, so I don’t anticipate that you will receive back payment in December.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • David

            Dear Kay,
            I live in New York and was in an alcohol treatment center and they were getting $970.00 a month for 13 months, Department of Social Services was paying for it.
            I applied for SSI on 5/6/14 and on 6/12/16 the judge said I won a favorable decision. The question is will the Department of Social Services keep all my back pay?

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear David,

              I don’t know whether the state of New York recoups money paid for medical care as they do for cash assistance. I suggest that you check with the Dept. of Social Services.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

      • Valerie C

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Valerie,

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

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

      • Mike H

        Hi Kay,

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

        Mike

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Mike,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Kulp

            Kay,

            When will SSI release the backpay if my ssdi starts next month?

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Kulp,

              Your SSI back pay should be released before Social Security monthly payments start.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • Melissa Pritchett

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Melissa,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • J Mark

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear J.,

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

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • J Mark

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear J,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • J Mark

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

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Mark,

              I think you have it covered.

              Sincerely,
              Kay

      • Jasmine

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

        Sincerely,
        Jasmine

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Jasmine,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Jasmine

            Okay. Thank you

            • Kay Derochie

              You are welcome, Jasmine.

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

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Barbara,

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

            Sincerely,
            Kay

  • Angela

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Angela,

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

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • edith

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Edith,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Brandy Boutte

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Brandy,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • KHolliday

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

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear K.,

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

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • JULIE

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Julie,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Michael Millevolte

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

    • Michael Millevolte

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Michael,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Michael Millevolte

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

        • Kay Derochie

          You are welcome, Michael.

  • Jark Mann

    Hello

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

    Thank you!

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jark,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Kit

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Kit,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Jimmy Scott

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jimmy,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • michele gould

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Michele,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • michele gould

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

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Michele,

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

              Sincerely,
              Kay

          • Shamika

            Hello

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

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Shamika,

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

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • Melissa

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Melissa,

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

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • fonda

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Fonda,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

    • april

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear April,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Chris

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Chris,

        The next payment will be in six months.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Nicole

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

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Nicole,

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

            Sincerely,
            Kay

    • Brian

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Brian,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • steven

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Steven,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • allison

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Allison,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Thaddeus Powell

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

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Thaddeus,

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

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

            Sincerely,
            Kay

    • Albert parr

      Hi all,

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

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

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

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

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

      The judge ruled fully favorable.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • James m

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear James,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

  • Russ Boyles

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Russ,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Russ Boyles

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Russ,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • misty

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

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Misty,

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

              Sincerely,
              Kay

    • Marcella moore

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Marcella,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

    • Carline

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Carline,

        At this point, all you can do is wait.

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • Randi Wilson

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

          • Kay Derochie

            Dear Randi,

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

            Sincerely,
            Kay

          • Randi Wilson

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

            Any thoughts?

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Randi,

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

              Sincerely,
              Kay

  • Tricia

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Tricia,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Kelly

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Kelly,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • Cat Stewart

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Cat,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • angela

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Angela,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • angela

            I didn’t qualify for ssi

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Angela,

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

              Sincerely,
              Kay

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Michelle,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Robin barnes

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Robin,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Jeff

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jeff,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

    • dave james

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Dave,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

      • J.rodriguez

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

      • Suzette walker

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Suzette,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Suzette walker

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

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Suzette,

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

              Sincerely,
              Kay

          • Suzette walker

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

  • Robert Wilkinson

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Robert,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Charlene

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

        Charlene

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Charlene,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Stephanie

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

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Stephanie,

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

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

              Sincerely,
              Kay

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Bill,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • janey

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

    Thank you

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Janey,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • samd619

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Sam,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Pamela Guillory

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

            • Kay Derochie

              Dear Pamela,

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

              Sincerely, Kay

  • Mike

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Mike,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • henrietta goodson

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Henrietta,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • henrietta goodson

            tyu kate u are a lot of help

            • Kay Derochie

              You are welcome, Henrietta.

    • Jennifer

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

      • Kay Derochie

        Dear Jennifer,

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

        Sincerely,
        Kay

        • dave james

          Thank You Kay I should have read this before I posted. I hope my comes in time too

          • Kay Derochie

            You are welcome, Dave.

  • Rick

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Rick,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • daivd

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear David,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • John Hebert

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear John,

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

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Deirdra Pallone

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Deirdra,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Jhemill Gordon

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

    Thanks in advance!!!

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jhemill,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Aby Torres

    The decision was made on April 9, 2015.

  • Aby Torres

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Aby,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Sharese

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Sharese,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • luis

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Luis,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Barb

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Barb,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Nicole

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Nicole,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

          • Nicole

            Ok, thank you so much.

            • Kay Derochie

              You are welcome, Nicole.

  • Sue

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Sue,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Susan

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

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Susan,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Vicky

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Vicky,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • D Schrader

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

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

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

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Dave,

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

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • Cory

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

        • Kay Derochie

          Dear Cory,

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

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  • roger

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

    • Kay Derochie

      You are welcome, Roger.

  • veronica bolyard

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Veronica,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Brenda

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Brenda,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Pedro Labarta

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Pedro,

      Sixty to ninety days is true and it can be longer.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Elissa Ray

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Elisa,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Rita Dahnert

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Rita,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • roger

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Roger,

      With any luck you will have a decision within a month, but no guarantees.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Maria G.

    hi there

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Maria,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • roger

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Roger,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Frustrated

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Frustrated,

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

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

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Felisha

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Felisha,

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

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

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

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • JDD

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear JDD,

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

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Dan S.

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Dan,

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

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • Pamela

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Pamela,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Roger,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Roger,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • arnold carpenter

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Arnold,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  • thanks kay

    • Kay Derochie

      You are welcome, Roger.

  • why don’t you answer me

  • Alicia Carter

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Alicia,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jeffry,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay

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

    • Kay Derochie

      Dear Jeffry,

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

      Sincerely,
      Kay