SSI Marriage Penalty is a fact sheet that generally discusses Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in the context of marriage and focuses in particular on the effect of the “marriage penalty,” and how it affects the benefits of individuals with disabilities.
The Social Security Administration is the most reliable source of information about benefits. SSA’s website has many publications available and also has a FAQ section. Some examples of SSA publications are:
SSA’s Program Operations Manual System (POMS) is the primary source of information used by Social Security employees. While somewhat difficult to navigate and complex, the POMS direct how SSA makes decisions and may help provide answers or information necessary for self-advocacy.
The Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University has many resources from the general to very specific on benefits, work incentives, etc. Many of these publications have some information specific to New York, but the parts regarding general SSA may help answer questions or provide basic information to better form questions to local SSA or state agencies. For example, Ticket to Work and Disability Reviews is a brief report covering the Continuing Disability Review (CDR) process which individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), are required to get to determine the ongoing nature of the disability and eligibility for benefits.
Work Incentives under Social Security Programs is a report on how work incentives play a role in ensuring that individuals with disabilities have access to a full range of assistive technology devices and services. Please note that this document was created by an out-of-state legal services organization, which does not serve North Carolina.
Social Security and Representative Payees is a Q&A that provides information on what a representative payee is and when they are needed, as well as what their duties include. Please note that this document is by an out-of-state legal services organization, which does not serve North Carolina.
Right to Representation SSA is a brochure explaining your right to have someone represent you when interacting with the Social Security Administration. It includes how to go about seeking a representative, what they may and may not do, and what they may charge.
The Appeals Process SSA is a fact sheet focusing on the steps and process of appealing a decision handed down by the Social Security Administration. It includes how and when to appeal, how many levels of appeals exist, and requesting that benefits continue during the appeals process.
The SSA provides information on understanding overpayments.
Relevant Social Security Administration Links: