Notification of Benefit Changes
The Social Security Administration will contact you by mail to notify you of increases in your benefit amount caused by a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) or the crediting of additional earnings. For more information about COLAs and recalculations, see our articles “Will I Get Cost-of-living Increases in My Social Security Disability Check?” and “I Can’t Live on the Social Security Disability Benefit I Am Receiving. Is There a Way I Can Get More Money from Social Security?”
The Social Security Administration will also send you a letter and may call you when they need to verify that you are still disabled and eligible for disability benefits. For information about Continuing Disability Reviews, please see our article, “Will My Social Security Disability Claim Be Reviewed Again after I Am Approved for Benefits?”
On rare occasion, a representative of Social Security might visit you at your home, but it is a good idea to be alert to possible scams. If someone claiming to be a Social Security representative shows up at your door and displays a Social Security Administration identification badge (which is easy to counterfeit these days), it’s a good idea to verify that the person is really from the SSA. Similarly, If someone phones you and asks for your Social Security number, don’t reveal your entire SSN. Only verify the last four digits, and not even that if you feel uncomfortable, because the caller may not really be with the Social Security Administration. For security, call or visit your local Social Security office and ask if someone was actually sent to see you or called you.