Security Administration Quality Review
Identifies Eligibility for Social Security Disability Benefits
As a result
of an internal Social Security Administration (SSA) quality review,
approximately 130,000 low-income Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
disability beneficiaries nationwide may now be eligible to receive
Social Security disability insurance payments because they have
earned sufficient work credits to qualify for the disability insurance
program. In addition to being eligible for higher ongoing monthly
payments - $20 or less on average - they will also be eligible for
retroactive payments averaging over $2000 per individual.
percent of the current 45.5 million Social Security and 6.6 million
SSI beneficiaries receive a monthly payment that represents the
precise amount they are due.
are proud that our internal quality review system worked and, as
a result of our efforts, some of our low-income disabled beneficiaries
will be eligible for additional dollars," said Larry G. Massanari,
Acting Commissioner of Social Security. "This benefit increase
will improve the lives of people with disabilities."
Administration employees in local offices across the country will
contact those individuals affected by the review and provide assistance
to them in applying for the higher benefits; no one need contact
SSA. Most of those affected are individuals who have gained the
necessary work credits to be eligible for Social Security disability
insurance since they began receiving their SSI benefits.
SSA identified the cases through its ongoing quality review process
and is distributing a list to the offices servicing these customers.
Each case will be screened for eligibility. For those who are eligible
for Social Security disability benefits an application will be secured
and the necessary action taken to start payment of Social Security
benefits. Because of the complexity of these cases and, in many
instances the need to obtain medical evidence and make new disability
determinations, it may take a year or more to process some of the
It is anticipated
that retroactive benefits amounting to an average payment of $20
or less per month will be due in the majority of cases. The period
involved could range from a few months to several years. There will
be instances where the Social Security disability benefits will
cause the SSI benefits to terminate. Because SSI benefits require
recipients to apply for any and all benefits for which they might
be eligible, Social Security benefits must be elected if eligibility
SSI benefits to 5.3 million disabled individuals.
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