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SSA's Advance Notice of a Payee Selection

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

1612. SSA's Advance Notice of a Payee Selection

1612.1 How is notice made of a proposed decision?

When we decide to make representative payment and to name a payee, we send the beneficiary (or the individual acting on his or her behalf) an advance notice of our proposed actions. The notice tells the person why we are selecting a representative payee and who that payee will be.

1612.2 Can the beneficiary object to the proposed decisions?

Yes, the notice advises the beneficiary (or the individual acting on his or her behalf) that they have the right to protest our decision if he or she objects to either our decision to pay a representative payee or who we selected as payee.

1612.3 What happens if there is an objection?

If the beneficiary (or the individual acting on his or her behalf) objects to either proposed action, he or she may:

  1. Review the evidence; and

  2. Submit any additional evidence.

If there is an objection, we will review the proposed determination, consider any additional information received, and issue our determination. If the beneficiary (or the individual acting on his or her behalf) objects to either decision, he or she may appeal the decision.

1612.4 What happens if there is no objection?

If the beneficiary (or the individual acting on his or her behalf) does not object to the proposed actions, we issue the decision.

1612.5 Can objections be raised after the decision is made?

Yes. If the beneficiary (or the individual acting on his or her behalf) is dissatisfied, he or she has 60 days from the date of our decision to appeal the decision.

Last Revised: Aug. 2, 2007

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I recieved a letter out of the blue !!!!5 days before I got my retirement benifits ,that I will not be recieving my check this month ....and that based on their information they ss administration is withholding my check to possibly select a payee representative ????how can they do this ????what gives anyone the right to withhold my check without speaking to me directly???this is crazy!!!!the letter tells me to contact my social security office>>>I live paycheck to paycheck !!!! I have no car and am disabled my children take care of me ..and I CANT UNDERSTAND HOW THIS IS EVEN LEGAL I HAD TO BORROW MONEY JUST TO MAKE IT TO THE END OF THE MONTH IF I DONT PAY MY BILLS IN 4 DAYS I WILL BE OUT IN THE STREET AND SO WILL MY CAREGIVER HOW IS THIS EVEN LEGAL IN AMERICA????

The following outlines the representative payee program. If you don't agree that you need a payee, or if you want a different payee, you have 60 days to appeal that decision by sending a letter to the SSA.

http://www.ssa.gov/payee/bene.htm

If you want to appeal a Social Security decision, you can call the SSA's toll-free number 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or contact your local Social Security office.

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10041.html

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