Receiving a letter from the Social Security Administration regarding awarding you Social Security disability benefits is perhaps the most exciting news after a long application process journey. However, this is not the end of the road. You will still encounter many questions, some regarding your disability benefit payments and whether you can qualify for other government benefits. The assistance and guidance of your Oklahoma disability attorney will still be needed to answer these questions.
Will I encounter any problems if the Social Security Administration overpays me?
If there are any changes in the amount you should receive or if the Social Security Administration simply failed to decrease your monthly checks, you need to notify them immediately. But even if you do not report the overpayment, the Social Security Administration will send you a Notice of Overpayment once it discovers you have received more than you should have in your monthly benefits. This Notice of Overpayment will provide you with information as to how much you were overpaid and that you must return the money in 30 days.
You will 3 options at this point: 1) ask for reconsideration; 2) ask for a waiver; or 3) ask for a repayment plan. You should consult with your Oklahoma disability attorney as to which option is most suitable in your particular situation. It is important to note that if you do not act quickly and simply choose to ignore this. Notice, the Social Security Administration will start deducting money from your future benefit payments.
When will my regular monthly benefits start?
Depending on the specific facts of your case, you will either start receiving your regular monthly benefits one month after you get your past-due check, or one month before. Either way, once your payments are on track, depending on what day of the month you were born, you will start receiving checks on the second, third, or fourth Wednesday of each month. Each month’s benefits are received the next month.
What other government programs will I be eligible for?
Individuals who qualify for Social Security disability benefits may also qualify for Medicare, which is the government’s health insurance program. However, in order to be eligible, you must receive at least 24 months of disability benefits first. If you fall within a lower income bracket, you may also be eligible for other government health insurance programs. To determine your eligibility, you can either check with your county welfare department, or contact your Oklahoma disability attorney.
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