Have You Been Appointed Representative Payee?
December 21, 2016
If you are caring for a loved one who receives Social Security and who cannot manage the Social Security benefits on her own, then you can ask the Social Security Administration to name you (or someone else) as your loved one’s “representative payee.”
This is not a difficult job, but there are some things you need to know. The Social Security Administration has developed a series of videos to help you understand your new job. You can find the videos here.
Senator Elizabeth Warren Files a Bill to Raise the SSI Resource Limit
March 27, 2014
Another reason to love Senator Warren. As you likely know, an SSI recipient can have only $2,000 in her bank account. It’s an absurdly small amount to keep on hand. It can barely cover any emergencies (like car repairs) and causes a lot of anxiety among SSI recipients and their families as they perform the endless balancing act of having enough money on hand to pay bills but not enough so as to send them over the $2,000 limit.
Senator Warren’s bill would also increase the amount of income that members could earn and additionally would eliminate the restrictions on families trying to assist the member with food and housing costs.
The asset and income rules are punishingly low for disabled individuals. Senator Warren is trying to change that.
For more details, see this story.
Department of Public Health Survey on Health Needs for People with Disabilities
May 20, 2013
This landed in my inbox. It took about 5 minutes to fill it out. Due date is May 31. Here are the details:
Help influence health care in Massachusetts! The Health and Disability Program, part of Office of Health Equity at the MA Department of Public Health (DPH) is conducting a health needs survey for people with disabilities in Massachusetts. The Office of Health Equity promotes the health and well being of minority populations, including people with disabilities throughout the Commonwealth. Results from the survey will be used to determine how best to address the current public health needs of the disability community. To that end, first, please take a few moments to complete the health needs survey yourself here.
DPH would like to get a broad range of respondents representing all the facets of the disability community, please forward the link to your friends and colleagues in the disability community and ask them to complete.
Who should complete this survey?
Residents of Massachusetts, over the age of 18 who have disabilities
Caregivers or guardians of adults or children with disabilities
Staff at community based organizations or state or local government offices that serve people with disabilities
Public health officials or professionals
Health and wellness promotion specialists
Health policy experts
We also invite participation by anyone else who has an interest in the health of people living with disabilities in Massachusetts. Please forward as soon as possible, as the survey link will only remain active until May 31, 2013. We look forward to hearing from you!
This is a voluntary and anonymous survey. The responses are compiled and we do not have knowledge of individual respondents.
More Fast Track Compassionate Care Allowances Added to Social Security Disability
December 19, 2012
If you are disabled according to Social Security Disability (SSDI) regulations, and if you have worked long enough to have contributed adequately to the Social Security system, then you are entited to SSDI, and after being on SSDI for two years, you are entitled to Medicare.
Getting qualified for SSDI can be a tough process, but SSDI does have a long list of conditions or illnesses considered to be so apparently disabling, that you don’t have to go through a lengthy process to prove you can’t work. If you have one of these conditions or illnesses, the folks at SSDI know you can’t work and they fast-track your approval.
SSDI has been hard at work lately expanding the list of fast-track disabilities. Just recently, they added thirty-five new conditions, bringing the total fast-track list to two hundred. The most recognizable names from the new additions are Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Adult Onset Huntington Disease.
Check out the full list here to see if you may be able to fast track your SSDI application.
Social Security Added 52 Conditions to the SSDI Compassionate Allowances (Fast Track) Program
August 10, 2012
If you have tried to apply for SSDI, or if you are contemplating applying and have spoken to others about it, then you know it can be a long haul. SSDI does have a fast-track application process for certain illnesses. As of this month, they just added 52 more conditions to that list, which will certainly make things easier for at least some people who already have enough to deal with.
Review the entire list of Compassionate Allowances here.
Stimulus Payments to SSI Recipients Do Not Count as Income
April 9, 2009
But they will count as assets – after nine months. If you receive SSI, then you know that you usually need to be concerned with two things: (1) receiving extra income in any given month, and (2) if that income is still in your name at the beginning of the next month, it’s now an asset.
You don’t need to worry about these factors with the $250 stimulus payment that should arrive between now and the end of April. It won’t be considered income, and it will not be considered an asset for another nine months. As long as you spend it in the next nine months, it will not cause you to be considered “over-assets.”
Beware Scammers Calling About Your Stimulus Payment
April 8, 2009
As you have probably heard by now, recipients under the various Social Security Programs (Retirement, Rail Road, SSI, SSDI), will receive one-time payments of $250. The Social Security Administration will send these payments to you in the same form that you receive your regular payment. For example, if your Social Security is direct deposited into your bank account, then the stimulus payment will be direct deposited, too.
Social Security will not be calling you or emailing you looking for personal information. If anyone does call or email you concerning the stimulus payment, they are scammers. Do not give them any personal information.
For more information on the stimulus payments, see Social Security’s pamphlet.