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Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter



 
How does Social Security notify individuals that their claim has been approved for Social Security Disability? Social Security notifies all individuals who apply for disability benefits by mail. If your disability claim has been approved, you will receive an award letter and if your claim has been denied you will receive a denial letter.

What does kind of information is included in a Social Security award letter? A Social Security award letter will include the following information:


  • The date that you are entitled to begin receiving your disability benefits (in other words, how far back your disability status was established).


  • How much your monthly disability benefit amount will be.


  • When you should expect to receive your first disability payment.


  • How long does it take to receive an award letter?



    Just how long does it takes to receive a Social Security Disability or SSI award letter, depends upon the level at which your disability claim is approved. For instance, if you receive an approval for SSD or SSI at the initial claim (meaning the disability application level) or reconsideration appeal level, you may receive your disability award letter within three months.

    However, if you do not receive your disability approval until the disability hearing level, you will first receive a letter from the hearing office stating you have been approved. This letter is a Notice of Decision. However, your actual award letter or Notice of Award, that spells out how much money you will receive--and when--may take another six weeks or so to arrive.

    Why does the Social Security Disability award letter take so long to arrive when a disability case is at the hearing level? This is because the hearings offices send all of their allowances to regional payment centers to be processed. These payment processing centers have huge volumes of cases to process and are understaffed. This, of course, means that the time required for receiving an award letter will be longer.

    But in some instances, the system is fairly unpredictable. For example, it happens fairly regularly that a claimant who has been approved may even receive their first Social Security benefits before they have received their official Social Security award letter.








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    These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

    Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

    Permanent Social Security Disability

    What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

    Who is eligible for SSI disability?

    Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

    What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

    Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

    What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?