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Redeterminations for Social Security benefits

Social Security recipients in West Virginia may periodically see their accounts undergo redetermination. This process involves a reassessment of income, assets and living arrangements to determine that individuals still qualify for Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, and if the benefit amounts they are receiving are accurate. For SSI recipients who are married or are classified as a disabled child residing with parents, the earnings, living arrangements and possessions of spouses and parents are also reviewed.

Redeterminations typically take place just once for every one to six years. However, if recipients update their information that indicates their payments or eligibility may be affected, a review may occur.

Redeterminations take place in person, via mail or by telephone. Letters are sent to recipients who will be interviewed by telephone or in-person advising them that they will be contacted on a specific day and time or requesting that that they go to their local Social Security office.

During the interview, Social Security staff will complete the forms using the information provided by the interviewee. For individuals who have representative payees, the appointment letter for the redetermination will be mailed to the representative payee.

For recipients whose redetermination is completed via mail, they will receive a redetermination form to be completed, signed and returned. Individuals with representative payees must have them complete and sign the form on their behalf.

Recipients who receive an appointment letter have 30 days to respond, return a completed form or advise the Social Security office they are unable to make the appointment or require assistance to complete the from.

Senior or disabled individuals who receive SSI, or Supplemental Security Income, may require the assistance of an attorney to help resolve disputes regarding their benefits. The attorney may assist with applying for SSI benefits or with appealing denied SSI claims.