Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Transition - Filing for SSI Part 2

Why can't things be easy....
Make sure you keep copies of everything....
Have personal information handy.....
Get a cup of coffee....

I had my next phone call with someone from the local Social Security Administration the other day to hopefully finish the SSI (Supplemental Security Income) filing. (See first SSI writing under the 'Transition' tab) Our original call was supposed to be on the day we had our blizzard (our office was closed) - I was able to get through to a regional office and a very nice woman gave me another appointment. When I had set the first appointment, the person I spoke to said she had my old information in the system but needed to send me paperwork to fill out and Will to sign (even if it was just an 'X') so they could get medical information from Will's doctors and needed a copy of his bank statement with copies of any receipts of money spent. I sent it back right away so they could have it in time for the call.

The call comes pretty much on time!! The woman starts talking and going over information that was originally there -- I told her that was all done online and the last woman said she saw it. This one tells me the information is only held for 6 months so there is no way it was there and we have to do it all over again!! OKAY!!! Also, I tell her about the paperwork and financials that are there. She can't find it - OKAY....... But finally decides it was probably in a folder for the original day of the call. YEA!!! There is was.

So we go over the banking information and income. Then on to the medical - doctor names and phone numbers, hospital stays, medicines. At least when I filed online last year, I printed out a copy of what I filed. So we were able to go through things fairly quickly. I needed to give some of my and my husband's personal information - social security number, birthdate, since we are guardians.

When all was said and done, the call lasted about 45 minutes. The woman said she would send me a copy of what we had done over the phone (she did - it arrived within a couple of days). She also mentioned it could take between 4-6 months before we had an answer - whether he was approved or not.

So now we wait. Just be ready for an extended process. You can also go to a SSA office - don't know if that would take the same amount of time or less. Maybe call an office first and ask which is better for you.

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