Why Reporting SSI or SSDI Changes Is Your Responsibility?

Published on: May 19, 2016

Report Changes to the SSA ResponsibilityOne of the primary things to remember when you have been approved for disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), is that it is your responsibility to notify the Social Security Administration of any changes that may occur.

Notifying the SSA of any changes is important as these changes can affect your benefit amount, eligibility or even retirement benefits.

When Should You Notify The SSA Regarding Any Changes?

Ideally, you should try and aim to notify the Social Security Administration of any changes as soon as the change occurs; however, that isn’t always as easy as it sounds.

The Social Security Administration requires that you report any changes that occur within ten days after the end of the month in which it occurred to them.

What Changes Should You Notify the SSA About?

There are many factors that can alter your benefit amount. If the following events change, you should contact the SSA as soon as possible. Some qualified changing events include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Change of your address
  • Travel outside the U.S. for 30 consecutive days
  • Receive additional disability benefits
  • Receive services under the Ticket to Work program
  • Change of direct deposit accounts
  • Unable to manage benefits

How You Can Notify the SSA of Any Changes

If you are receiving any form of disability benefits and have recently had changes as outlined above, then you will need to contact the SSA promptly.

You can reach the SSA to notify them of those changes by any of the following three methods:

  • Phone
  • Mail, or
  • In person

Notifying the SSA of Changes

Even though you are suffering from a disabling condition, the Social Security Administration does delegate the responsibility of updating them on any changes regarding your condition to you.

These changes can impact your benefit amount, eligibility etc. If you don’t report these changes, you may miss out on added benefit amounts, or you could end up being overpaid which will result in you having to repay the SSA accordingly.

The types of changes you will need to notify the SSA about, within ten days after the end of the month that the change(s) occurred range from changing your mailing address to being unable to manage your direct deposit accounts.

The SSA has made notifying them of any changes fairly accessible to you via phone, email or in-person methods of contact.


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