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Approved for SSI Disability, but I have not received back benefits yet

Hi, I recently was approved for need-based SSI disability. However, I was under the impression that I would receive back benefits from the date I was considered disabled. Nothing has happened regarding this, however, and I was wondering if they did away with back payments?

Thank you in advance,

Both SSI and SSD are handled by the Social Security Administration. And, in the most important respects, such as determining one's medical eligibility, the programs are identical. However, there are non-medical differences between the programs and this is one of them. For SSD, the payment of back benefits goes back to what is known as an EOD, or established onset of disability (there is also a 5 month waiting period but we won't get into that here). This is essentialy the date a person is considered disabled according to their medical evidence.

The established onset of disability date can be determined to be a date after the claim is filed, or, in a fully favorable claim, it can go back to the date of application (or, possibly, the first date of application if there are multiple claims). The EOD can even be set 12 months retroactive to the date of filing.

However, that is for a title II SSD, or Social Security Disability, claim. SSI, in this regard, is very different. Benefits cannot be paid back to any point preceding the actual date of application.

To recap, Social Security uses the date an SSI disability claim was filed rather than the date a person became disabled as the determining factor for any back payment of benefits (for more information: Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it).

Have you begun to receive your regular SSI disability benefits? If not, they may still be working on your claim. If you were represented, you can have your attorney or non-attorney representative check on this for you.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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What is Social Security Disability Back Pay?
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
If I Am Determined Disabled, How Far Back Will Social Security Pay Benefits?
Does Social Security Hold Back The First five Months Of Back Pay?
Social Security Disability SSI - Retroactive Benefits Vs Back Pay Benefits
Do you always get disability back payments from social security?
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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

What is qualifying for disability based on?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What are the SSI disability qualifications for Adults and Children?
How Likely are You to Win Your Disability Case?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
Working while getting Disability - Is it Possible?
What is Social Security Back Pay?
What is the maximum back pay you can get for Social Security disability?