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SSI redetermination explained

SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income and supports millions of Americans experiencing financial hardship.

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The benefits help children and adults who are disabled or over the age of 65.

In order to receive these benefits, you need to be in need of financial assistance.

This means in order to keep getting the benefits, you have to keep proving you need them.

This is called redetermination.


SSI: Social Security & SSI payment schedule

What is redetermination for SSI?

The Social Security Administration will conduct a redetermination process ever one to six years.

This is complete one of three ways

  • by phone
  • by mail
  • in person


Social Security: Payment dates for SSI, SSDI, Social Security

If you’re doing the process by phone, you’ll receive a letter from the SSA with details about when to expect the call.

You’ll be notified by mail that the SSA wants you to appear at your local Social Security office for an in person meeting for that type of redetermination.

You have 30 days to respond, and if you don’t you may lose your SSI.

To determine eligibility, the SSA looks at your income, resources, and living arrangements.

From there, they determine whether you’re getting adequate support.

The SSA will review everyone in your household.


Who qualifies to apply for disability benefits?

What happens to my SSI benefits after a redetermination?

If there are no changes, your benefits will not change.

Depending on what may have changed, that will determine how your benefit changes.

You’ll see an increase if your circumstances worsened.

You’ll see a decrease if you saw an improvement.

If you were getting more than you should have been, the SSA may seek out repayment.

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