Calculating SSI payments.....

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by sdjones, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. sdjones

    sdjones New Member

    I have been approved for SSI and I was wondering how they calculate my monthly payments?

    Does anyone know what questions they ask or what will help the monthly amount increase?

    Thank You,
    Sandra
  2. gmom605

    gmom605 New Member

  3. susanmarie1

    susanmarie1 New Member

    I think every state has their own formula to calculate SSI.
    I was approved several years ago, and I am penalized over $220.00 for living in a small apartment owned by my mother. I live in Florida and as I remember the maximum was something like $565.00. Florida excludes the first $20.00, and the maximum is close to what I quoted above. In today's world that would provide us with a nice sized card board box, and maybe a bicycle. The legislation is changing in almost all states, as most states, Florida included, are trying to make cutbacks on SSI and Medicaid recipients.

    I don't mean this to be a gripe session, but it is so hard to have been a type A personality, and to be plagued with this disabling disease. SSI does provide Medicaid, however, as with any other form of insurance, there are not that many providers, and every specialist requires referrals. The doctors that participate in Medicaid are not exactly the 'cream of the crop', but it does cover medications on their formularies. I am allowed 4 brand named drugs each month (again that's on their RX formulary) and for the most part all generics are covered. That's extremely helpful, as we all know how much our RX bills add up.

    There is plenty of information on-line for your state, so if you are up to it, check it out to find out the guidelines for your state.
  4. susanmarie1

    susanmarie1 New Member

    Before I finished my response, I mistakenly hit enter.

    I also wanted to congratulate on winning! It isn't easy, and it took everything out of me, along with the help of my mother, to be approved the first time out. I presented Social Security with so many documents, that it was like giving them a phone book. Compiling all the information, doctors letters, lab reports, and all that is involved, seemed to take forever, but it was worth it in the long run. Things could be worse. We could be getting nothing. As mentioned, there is a big difference between SSDI and SSI. I was previously a work horse, in an executive position for many years, however I consistently tried to ignore my symptoms and work through everything which caused me hospitalization after hospitalization. I missed so much work in the previous 10 quarters, that I could not apply for SSDI, but I am grateful I was approved for the SSI.

    I think in almost every state you cannot have assets in excess of $2,000.00, however, I think that Florida just amended that they no longer include your vehicle.

    Again, Sandra, check out all information available on the internet for your state, and if necessary, you may seek advice of an attorney provided for people like us, with no resources.

    The best of luck to you!

    Sincerely,

    Susan
  5. sdjones

    sdjones New Member

    Yes, it's been a very long road dealing with Social Security

    (nearly 7 years), but, I'm sooo glad that it's finally over!

    I actually did mean SSI because my work credits ran out in

    July of 2003 and the ALJ wouldn't go back that far. I

    called Social Security the other day and they said that

    they would send me a letter and set up an appoitment for me

    to come in and that's when I would find out the monthly

    amount.

    I just want to say to all of you out there that

    haven't been approved yet. Please don't give up! There were

    times that I thought that I'd never be approved and maybe I

    should just forget about it; especially when I couldn't

    find a lawyer to take my case before a federal judge. I had

    to do that step myself or just drop the case. But, I said

    to myself, if you don't at least try you'll be wondering

    the rest of your life if you would've won or not.

    Now that I've come to the end of the road with Social

    Security I can't tell you how glad I am that I hung on and

    didn't let go!

    I would also like to tell anyone who reads this that my

    attorney was Alec Sohmer(do a websearch) and he represented

    me after my case was remanded back from federal court in

    January of 2005. He has a system that he uses for our kind

    of cases(CFS and FIBRO) and it worked a lot better than the

    other attorney that I had.

    So, good luck everyone and may God be with you all!

    Sincerely,
    Sandra