WHAT IS A REDETERMINATION?
We review your income, resources, and living arrangements to be sure you are still eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and are getting the correct payment.
If you are married or you are a disabled child under age 18 living with your parent(s), we also review the income, resources, and living arrangements of your spouse or parent(s).
|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 recipients once every 1 to 6 years.
When you report a change that affects eligibility or payment (for example, marriage), we may review your income, resources, and living arrangements.
HOW DO WE DO A REDETERMINATION?
There are three ways that we do a redetermination:
in person; or
For telephone and in-person interviews, we send a letter telling you that we will call you on a certain date and time, or ask 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 unable to keep 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 payments 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
pay stubs or income tax returns;
proof of other income you receive (pensions, annuities, unemployment compensation, worker's compensation, etc.);
savings account, checking account, or other bank statements;
life insurance policies;
Proof of other resources (savings bonds, vehicles, property, trusts, etc.); 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.|