What To Do if You Receive a SSA NoticeBy Kenton Koszdin on September 5, 2018 | In Social Security Disability
Receiving a notice from the SSA can be stressful. There is usually a lot of information included in these notices and they can inform you of everything from a Medicare coverage decision to something you will have to take action on as soon as possible. It is important to know what a true SSA notice will look like and include, plus how you should handle it. Sometimes extra help from a disability lawyer can be beneficial.
How Do You Know an SSA Notice is Real?
Every notice from the SSA you receive will include several features that point to its authenticity, since there are several phishing scams focused on the Social Security Administration. The heading of the notice will tell you it is from the Social Security Administration as well as which department or program to which it refers. The notice will also tell you what it concerns. It could be a notice of your payments increasing or it could be requesting you send documents regarding a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) application. You will also find the address and phone number of the closest SSA office.
Why Would You Receive a Notice from the SSA?
There are many reasons why the SSA sends notifications. In fact, these notices are the primary way the Social Security Administration communicates with beneficiaries and applicants. Why else would you receive a notice?
- Medicare will start or will be stopped – if it is going to be stopped, you will be given a date on which it will end
- Details or a request of information regarding an SSI or SSDI application
- Your rights and responsibilities as an applicant or beneficiary of SSI, SSDI, or Medicare
What Should You Do When You’ve Received a Notice?
The first thing you should do is read the notice from beginning to end. This may be a simple update about your application or case. It may also be a request for information or action on your part. The first step is determining what you need to do, if anything, as there is usually a time limit. Be sure to also read through the information about the appeal process in the event you don’t agree with the decision or action.
If you have received a notice from the SSA and are confused about the decision, need help with actions required, or need to know your options, you may want to speak to a legal specialist at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office. He has been helping with disability cases in Van Nuys, CA and also serving the greater Los Angeles area. Call Kenton Koszdin today for a free case review.