Understanding Supplemental Security Income Expedited Payments -- 2019 Edition

EXPEDITED PAYMENTS


We can start payments more quickly than usual in four different types of situations:

    small blue ballpresumptive disability (PD) or presumptive blindness (PB) payment;

    small blue ballemergency advance payment;

    small blue ballimmediate payment; and

    small blue ballexpedited reinstatement cases.

PRESUMPTIVE DISABILITY OR BLINDNESS PAYMENTS

If your claim is for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for disability or blindness, we may make presumptive disability (PD) or presumptive blindness (PB) payments for up to 6 months while you are waiting for the Disability Determination Services (DDS) to make a final decision. Our decision to grant PD or PB payments is based on the severity of your condition, the evidence available at the time, and the high likelihood that your claim will be ultimately approved, and is not based on your financial need.

NOTEWe will base the amount of these payments on your countable income. See our chapter on SSI INCOME for an explanation of countable income.

You may be eligible to receive SSI benefits right away on the basis of a PD or PB determination if you have one or more of the following medical conditions:

If we are not able to make a PD or PB determination, sometimes the DDS will make a PD or PB determination based on one of the medical conditions listed above, or on the basis of another severe condition, if a final approval seems likely.

WHAT HAPPENS TO PRESUMPTIVE DISABILITY OR BLINDNESS PAYMENTS IF WE LATER DENY YOUR SSI?

We do not ask you to repay these PD or PB payments, even if you are later found not to be disabled or blind. However, if you received an overpayment for other reasons, (for example, excess income, SGA, or resources), we may ask you to repay some of the PD or PB payments.

EMERGENCY ADVANCE PAYMENT 

We may be able to make an emergency advance payment to new applicants, who face a financial emergency and who are due SSI benefits that are delayed or not received. We can only pay one such advance payment. The maximum emergency advance payment you may receive is the smallest of:

WHO CAN RECEIVE AN EMERGENCY ADVANCE PAYMENT?

HOW DO WE RECOVER AN EMERGENCY ADVANCE PAYMENT?

We will subtract the emergency advance payment from the payments already due you and pay you the difference. If you are not due past payments, we will subtract the emergency advance payment from your current monthly benefits in up to 6 monthly installments.

IMMEDIATE PAYMENT

We may be able to make an immediate payment to new applicants and those already receiving SSI whose benefits are delayed or not received and who face a financial emergency. The immediate payment cannot be higher than $999.00.

WHO CAN RECEIVE AN IMMEDIATE PAYMENT?

HOW DO WE RECOVER AN IMMEDIATE PAYMENT?

We will subtract the immediate payment from the first regular payment due to you.

NOTE:The decision to issue an immediate payment is up to us. You do not have formal appeal rights if we decide you are not eligible for any of these payments.

EXPEDITED REINSTATEMENT (EXR)

If your benefits ended because you worked and had earnings, you can request to have your benefits started again without having to complete a new application. We call this process "expedited reinstatement".

You can request that your benefits start again if you:

In order to reinstate your benefits under this provision we need updated medical information for the DDS to make their determination. A Social Secuirty representative will assist you with all the necessary forms.  If we approve your request for expedited reinstatement of your SSI benefits, your provisional (temporary) benefits will begin the month after your request. You may be eligible for Medicaid coverage.

We can give you provisional benefits for up to 6 months while we determine whether you can get benefits again. These benefits include Federal payments and Medicaid coverage.

If we decide that you cannot get benefits again, we usually will not ask you to repay the provisional benefits.


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