The application process to receive social security benefits through the Social Security Office Washington DC can be a lengthy one and the waiting period to receive benefits can become financially strenuous for people who do not have another source of income. The entire decision process can become overwhelming so before eligibility is determined; there is some important payment information every SSI/SSDI recipient should know.
By law, you cannot begin receiving disability benefits unless you’ve been disabled for five months or more so in most cases payments begin after the sixth month of being disabled. Once the Social Security Administration has notified you that you are eligible to receive SSI/SSDI benefits, you will be advised in writing what your approximate start date will be and how much you can expect to receive each month.
You may be eligible to receive back payments for the months you didn’t collect benefits while awaiting a decision. If anyone else in your family is eligible to receive benefits, a separate notice will be sent to each individual along with an informational booklet.
When Payments Begin
SSI benefits recipients can expect to receive their payment from the Social Security Office Washington DC on the first day of each month. If the first day of the month lands on a weekend day or on a holiday, your benefits payments will arrive one business day before.
Very few people receive payments by mail because the Social Security Administration encourages benefits recipients to receive their monthly payments via direct deposit to your bank account or through the Direct Express card program. However, if you do still receive payments by mail, keep in mind that there may be delays in the mail. If you haven’t received your payment by the fourth day of the month, you should call the agency to inquire about your payment.
How Long You Can Expect to Receive Payments
If your medical condition hasn’t improved and you are still unable to work, benefits will continue, but that doesn’t mean that you will receive benefits indefinitely. There have been medical advances and rehabilitation techniques that help improve certain medical conditions so the SSA will check in periodically to check on possible improvements to your disability.
Combined SSI and SSDI Payments
If you are among the benefits recipients that receive both SSI and SSDI payments, you can expect to receive your payment on the third day of each month unless it lands on a weekend or holiday in which case you can expect it to arrive one business day before then. If you started receiving benefits after 1997, certain exceptions allow you to have your payment date changed.