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#1 of 11 Old 07-13-2007, 11:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We have a social security appointment coming up and I have a couple of questions for mamas who have btdt. What do I expect at the appointment? Is it long? I will have my two spectrum kiddos with me and appointments are usually a nightmare. : Also, I should be getting back payments from April when we applied...will I get that check on the day I go in for my appointment or how long does it take after the appointment to start getting checks?

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I'm at that point - I had a phone interview today. It took about an hour on the phone, and I think it could easily take longer. I'm pretty sure you won't get the check the day you go for your appointment. They wanted me to get a separate account to direct deposit the back payments to.
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They dont ask questions that you dont already know the answer to.. Just basically a lot of medical history. As the pp said you will not receive a check the day you go, however from the first day you applied until the end of that first month is considered a holding period. You do not receive a check from that.. but you will receive back payment from the end of that first month until you receive the first check.. It is easier to get a bank account to despoit the checks into, but the account has to be in the childs name. After you are approved you should receive the first check within 2 weeks. Some people even receive their first check and letter of approval on the same day.. With my first son I received my check one day and the letter saying he was approved the next.

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I had 2 appointments. The first I did via phone which covered her medical history. They sent me a bunch of medical release forms in the mail for me to sign and return so they could get her records to review. They began her temporary payments at the beginning of the following month. The first check included any back months beginning from the month I intiated contact. Those payments reflected only her disability and did not consider family need since dd was still in the NICU.

A few weeks later I had another appointment to assess my financial situation for benefits to be continued based on her disability + family need. At that appointment, I needed check stubs, records of child support payments, utility bills, rent receipts, ect.

I received her check about 2 weeks after that appt and like Khourtniey, got her approval letter the following day

If your child is not in the hospital (like NICU), I'd expect them to cover both medical history - so have the names and addresses of any specialists, therapists, pediatrician, ect ready- and assess need in the same visit. It seems like it would be a long appointment. I wish you luck and fairness from the US government
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We had the phone interview a couple of months ago. This appt. is now an in person appt. where we have to bring a bunch of things that I haven't already sent in. The paper said there was enough medical evidence so now we just have to have this appt.
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I didn't have to go to a mtg in person. They handled everything over the phone. They originally lost my application so I've been waiting over a year.
I just called them last week and found out that it's been approved...but I haven't received the form stating how much, etc. She did tell me over the phone but I won't believe it until I see it in writing.
I also have to open a bank account specifically for them to deposit the retro active payments into but can't do that until they mail me the appropriate forms.

So much paperwork!

All the questions they asked were very straight forward. It was mostly about finances; doctors/professionals consulted; etc.

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Okay, another question.......

I am confused about this $2,000 resource limit. So you can't save more than $2,000 for your child or as a family of the money that you receive, is that correct? Can you save more than $2,000 of your own money in a savings account in dh's name (if you are payee)? I'm so afraid that I am going to do something wrong and have to pay them!
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You can't have more than $2,000 in savings, no matter where it comes from.

We were able to keep the kids trust funds though, since they are custodial and we can't touch the money. We ended up gifting our savings to our kids since it was okay to have the trust funds but not our savings.

When things, like needing a new roof, came up not having savings was a huge issue though. The rules don't make much sense!
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No, that doesn't make sense! Like it says that you can use your money for a down payment on a car or a house...but you can't save it, so how can you do that? Unless you save in cash I guess. I don't know. :
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SSI is so confusing. I am currently going though a mess with them b/c a worker over paid me and now I have to pay it back and I no longer have it. I did the waiver thing and they still turned me down but I'm going in for an appt next week for an official decision.

I was owed a retro amount and when they paid it to me the guy overpaid me. I never knew how much I was supposed to get so I didn't know I was overpaid, otherwise I wouldn't have spent it (on bills/debt and necessities, I never splurge on stuff). Its over a thousand dollars!!

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I thought the $2,000 was you can't make more than that for a single parent but for a 2 parent family, its $3,000. One month we didn't get SSI b/c dh worked more at one of his jobs and we went over the $3000 limit.

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