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Can applicants receive expedited payments for SSI?

When a person lives with a disability and cannot work, it is common to worry about facing a financial emergency. Though applying for Supplemental Security Income benefits can often help qualifying Minnesota residents make ends meet on a monthly basis, it can take months to gain an approval and longer to receive the first payment. As a result, many people wonder whether it is possible to receive expedited payments.

Fortunately, the option of expedited payments does exist, but as with other factors relating to SSI benefits, individuals must meet certain stipulations before receiving an early payment. When it comes to this option, the Social Security Administration may begin payments before a person receives a formal approval for SSI on the basis of presumptive disability or presumptive blindness, which essentially means that the SSA will make payments early on the presumption that the application has a significant likelihood of gaining approval.

Some medical conditions that commonly qualify applicants for early payments include:

  • Total blindness
  • Total deafness
  • Stroke
  • Down syndrome
  • Amputation of the leg at the hip
  • Symptomatic HIV
  • Spinal cord injury

These examples are only a few that could help Minnesota SSI applicants begin receiving payments early. In the event that the application is denied, the SSA will not make the applicant pay back already received payments. It is important to note that even expedited payments are based on countable income, so applicants may want to ensure that they have all of their necessary paperwork and evidentiary support in order when they apply.

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