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Can SSI benefits be suspended?

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2019 | Supplemental Security Income

Being approved for Supplemental Security Income can be the equivalent of a sigh of relief for New Jersey residents. If they meet the income and resource limitation requirements, are blind, disabled and 65 or older, they are likely eligible for SSI. Even with that, there are often factors that prevent them from getting benefits. Being approved can take all the worries and fears out of the equation. That, however, does not mean the SSI benefits will continue indefinitely.

There are reasons for the benefits to be stopped. For some, the discontinuation of benefits is problematic, but it is only a suspension. Understanding the general rules for a suspension and how it differs from a termination is important if there is a mistake or other issue. A person can have benefits suspended when the requirements to be eligible are no longer in place.

The suspension will be done in cases in which there is no cause for termination. The suspension means that the person is not eligible for SSI in the moment, but the benefits will start again when the person again meets the requirements to get SSI. As with the initial application, this includes showing that the person is blind, disabled or has reached the necessary age. This is not applicable if the person files a new application for SSI. When the person requests reinstatement, that person must provide evidence that shows the benefits should restart. Once the proof is provided and the benefits are reinstated, the payments will begin again.

A common concern for people who have been approved for SSI-related benefits is the continuing disability reviews and the possibility that the benefits will stop. A suspension is not a termination and that is a key distinction that should ease the minds of many who are dealing with this issue. Still, when the benefits stop for a short-term or the stoppage is permanent, it is imperative to understand what steps can be taken to restart the Supplemental Security Income.

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