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Some SSI Recipients Lost Benefits Due To Stimulus Checks

SSI Benefits
SSI Benefits; Source- The Motley Fool

Millions of Americans received COVID-19 stimulus money, and the government informed those recipients that they were qualified for payments from Social Security as well as Supplemental Security Income. However, some beneficiaries among the Americans who are retired and disabled may have received more than they had anticipated in the form of lost payments.

SSI Benefits

SSI Benefits; Source- AARP

Suspension Of Benefits For SSI Recipients

Stimulus checks, valued up to $3,200 per person or $6,400 per married pair over three installments of payments, resulted in the suspension of benefits for some SSI recipients or the assessment of overpayments. Reportedly, overpayment notices have also been sent to Social Security beneficiaries. Benefits for adults and children who are blind or crippled, as well as senior people 65 years of age or older with little resources, are provided by SSI.

SSI Benefit Amount

Beneficiaries’ monthly payment amounts are determined by several factors, including their assets, living conditions, and income. Beneficiaries are required to report any modifications to their living arrangements or resources, together with their income and earnings, every month. The purpose of that monitoring is to confirm that recipients still meet the requirements set forth by SSI. Interestingly, that includes a cap on individual beneficiaries’ assets of $2,000 (or $3,000 for married individuals or families with two parents who have kids who are SSI recipients) or their total assets of any sort.

Because SSI recipients typically have low incomes and small resources, they most likely qualified for the whole stimulus package. However, those payments might have led to issues because of the low asset restrictions. Regardless of how long recipients kept onto the money, the SSA said in 2021 that the stimulus payments would not be taken into account for SSI eligibility or payments. The number of recipients who had their benefits suspended or reduced from March 2020 to July 2021, August 2021 along with December 2022, January 2023, and September 2023 is one of the details that the lawmakers are requesting more information from the SSA.

Stimulus Checks Caused Suspension Of SSI Benefits

The leaders also want to know what percentage of those people had their benefits restored without the need for an appeal hearing, how many had their benefits restored as a result of one, how many appeals were turned down, and how many appeals are still pending. Among other things, the senators want to know how many applicants have had their SSI payments denied because of stimulus checks. In general, it is advised to notify the SSA of any changes in income or assets as soon as possible when dealing with overpayment of Social Security benefits.

In particular, the disability community made a great effort to spread the word that SSI recipients’ assets and income should not be reduced by the stimulus payments. You ought to file an appeal if you obtain an overpayment notification from the SSA and you think it was caused by a COVID stimulus payout or another mistake on the part of the agency. The Social Security Administration (SSA) sent letters to advocates, delivered alerts to those who obtained or were qualified for SSI in 2020 and 2021, and posted information about the stimulus checks on websites, blogs, social media, and mails to SSI recipients with my Social Security accounts.

 

 

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