The SSI Appeal Process

The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) makes determinations concerning eligibility for SSI or SSDI, or which affect the amount of the monthly check.  When an applicant for or a recipient of Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) is dissatisfied with such a determination by the SSA, he or she has the right to have the decision reviewed. This begins what is known as the “administrative review process,” or “appeals process.” {20 C.F.R. § 416.1407.} The POMS also provides an overview of the appeals process. {SI 04005.010.}

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The ABLE Act in a Nutshell: Shelter Assets Like a Special Needs Trust.

The ABLE Act provides accounts that shelter assets from Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) and Medicaid in a manner similar to special needs trust. 


The Able Act, HR 5771, was passed on December 19, 2014, enacting the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (the “ABLE Act“). The ABLE Act authorizes the establishment of accounts, similar to 529 education plans for persons with disabilities. While 529 education plans provide for distributions relating to a student’s educational needs, distributions from an ABLE account are for the purpose of meeting an individuals disability expenses.

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