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Social Security Administration website provides options

Not all applications for federal benefits are approved. In fact, our readers who are familiar with previous posts here probably know that the majority of applications for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income are initially rejected. The application process can be complicated, with many applicants needing to proceed through the appeals process that is in place when an application is rejected. That's why it is nice when the Social Security Administration actually makes things easier for those who do receive SSI benefits, as well as those who are in the middle of the application or appeals process.

As a recent article noted, North Carolina residents who receive SSI or SSD benefits, or applicants, can do quite a few things on the SSA's website. People are able to check the status of their application for benefits or the status of any appeal that has been filed. Some people may need to get a verification letter from the Social Security Administration regarding any benefits that are received. This verification letter can be requested on the SSA website. Visitors to the website can even get information about where any hearings in their case might occur.

As useful as it is for the SSA to provide information and options on the agency's website, more often than not it is the other way around, with applicants who need to provide more information to the Social Security Administration. In some cases, after an initial application for benefits has been submitted to the SSA, an SSA representative might contact the applicant and request more information. Our readers need to know what to expect when they go through the application process.

Information is crucial, and getting the right information can help North Carolina residents submit an application that includes everything it needs to include the first time it is submitted. A proper application can go a long way toward getting approved to receive Supplemental Security Income.

Source: redbluffdailynews.com, "Social Security: Access online resources when you travel," Justin McCuin, May 11, 2017

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