WHAT IS A REDETERMINATION?
|We also do a disability redetermination using the adult disability rules when a child attains age 18. See our chapter on CONTINUING DISABILITY REVIEWS.|
WHEN DO WE CONDUCT A REDETERMINATION?
We redetermine eligibility and benefit amounts of most beneficiaries once every 1 to 6 years.
HOW DO WE DO A REDETERMINATION?
There are three ways that we do a redetermination:
by telephone interview;
in person; or
For telephone and in person interviews, we send a letter telling you that we will be calling you on a certain date and time, or asking you to come into the local Social Security office for a redetermination. Our staff will fill out the forms during the interview based on information you give them. If you have a representative payee, we will send the appointment letter to your representative payee.
If you are not able to make the scheduled appointment call us. We will make a new appointment that is more convenient for you.
If we do your redetermination by mail, we will send you a redetermination form for you to complete, sign and return.
If you have a representative payee, he or she must complete and sign the redetermination form for you.
If you need help completing a redetermination form you receive in the mail, call us or visit your local Social Security office. Our staff will help you fill it out.
RESPONDING TO THE APPOINTMENT LETTER OR THE REQUEST TO COMPLETE FORMS
You have 30 days to:
respond to the appointment letter;
complete and return the form; or
tell us that you cannot keep the appointment or are having trouble filling out the form.
|It is to your advantage to respond to our requests as soon as possible.|
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THE APPOINTMENT LETTER OR COMPLETE AND RETURN THE FORM?
If you do not respond, you may:
have your checks stopped;
be overpaid; or
If you lose SSI eligibility, you may lose Medicaid eligibility based on getting SSI benefits.
DOCUMENTS YOU MAY NEED FOR REDETERMINATION
savings account, checking account, or other bank statements;
pay stubs or income tax returns;
proof of other income you receive (pensions, annuities, unemployment compensation, worker's compensation, etc.);
life insurance policies;
burial contracts; and
household receipts and bills to show your monthly expenses (lease, utilities, etc.).
|We may not need all of these documents. If a document is necessary, we will tell you what you need and help you get it.|