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Does the SSA review my SSI benefits case after it's approved?

As this blog has previously discussed, disabled people who are unable to work may be eligible for two different types of federal benefits. These are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The major difference between the benefits is that SSDI is generally for people who are disabled after having worked and paid into the system through a social security tax. By contrast, SSI is for people who are disabled, blind or over 65 years old, have limited resources, and did not work long enough to be covered under the SSDI program. So, let's say a New Jersey resident falls into this category and has made an application for SSI benefits, and it has been approved. Will the SSI recipient ever have to deal with the Social Security Administration (SSA) regarding your benefits again?

Under this scenario, the answer is yes, the person will likely need to deal with the SSA again. According to their website, the SSA periodically will review an SSI benefits case. This may happen if a benefits recipient reports a change in circumstances, such as marriage, that may affect their eligibility or payment amount. However, the SSA will also review the case even if nothing has been reported as changed, every one to six years in most cases.

What do these reviews entail? The SSA conducts redeterminations by phone, by mail or in person. The Administration will send a letter that either asks for a form to be filled out and mailed back, informs the person of a time an SSA employee will call, or requests that the recipient go to a local office. SSA requires a response to this letter within 30 days, or else the person risks having their benefits discontinued. The SSA will be looking at the person's income, resources and living arrangements, and this may require providing the SSA with some documentation. These documents could include, but are not limited to, bank statements, tax returns, pay stubs, life insurance policies and receipts detailing household expenses. Anyone with questions about his or her eligibility for or redetermination of SSI, may want to consider speaking with an experienced disability attorney.

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