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Questions about SSI back pay vs Social Security Disability Back Pay

Potentially, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) back pay may be paid back to the date of filing, i.e. the date that you filed an application for SSI benefits.

For Social Security Disability, benefits may be paid back to the date of your application, but may potentially be paid 12 months retroactive to this date, as well, assuming that your medical records allow for a disability onset date this far back.

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1. How Far Back Will Social Security Pay Benefits?
2. What is the maximum back pay you can get for Social Security disability?
3. How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
4. What is Social Security Disability Back Pay?

With both programs, if an individual is approved for disability and has filed prior applications for disability benefits, the possibility may exist that those applications may be reopened, thus allowing for the payment of even more back pay. However, as with a claimant's onset date, this will depend on the strength of the medical evidence.

However, it should be said that, in the case of SSI, even if your case rates a medical allowance (meaning that you have satisfied the medical disability criteria), the non-medical criteria for the SSI program may prevent you from being paid a disability benefit. Non-medical criteria, of course, has to do with income and resources (assets).

How is the determination made regarding non-medical criteria in SSI cases? Once your SSI disability claim has been allowed, a Social Security representative (not a claimant's representative, such as a lawyer, but, rather a Claims Reps at a social security office) will contact you to ascertain your income and resources. You will be paid for any months that your income and resources are below the SSI income and resource levels.

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How to check the status of my Social Security disability claim
To qualify for disability, what to prove
Preparation to win a disability hearing
Social Security Disability lawyers FAQ
How Much Income Can you Earn If you draw Social Security Disability?
What does Social Security Disability SSI pay, how much?
Social Security Disability Maximum back pay
Social Security Disability Claims and Medical Exams
What is qualifying for disability benefits based on?
Partial Social Security Disability SSI benefits
Filing for disability and financial help
Getting approved after a Social Security Disability Psychological exam
How long does it take to receive disability benefits after you are approved?
Does Social Security Disability Come With Medicaid Benefits?
Applying for Disability or SSI - How long does it take
Can you work if you get Social Security Disability?
Am I eligible to receive disability benefits?
What medical disabilities, conditions qualify for Disability Benefits?
How to get disability for degenerative disc disease
What mental problems qualify for disability?
Conditions that get approved for disability