Problems with the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Appeals Process
The National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) is publishing a series of reports illuminating some of the flaws in the SSI appeals process for non-disability matters.
The most recent brief outlines the problems SSI recipients face when their benefits are wrongly withheld or reduced and they attempt to appeal without a proper way of representing their side of the case.
By law, SSI recipients who are receiving benefits for non-medical reasons must be notified if the Social Security Administration (SSA) intends to withhold or reduce their benefits. Beneficiaries are then legally entitled to appeal the SSA’s decision. However, according to the NSCLC, the SSA does not always adhere to required safeguards in cases of non-disability appeals. This can happen for a variety of reasons, from lost paperwork to delayed case reviews.
The NSCLC hopes its series of reports will shed light not on broad, general problem areas, but rather on the specific flaws inherent in the non-disability appeals process.