Philadelphia, PA asked in Social Security for Pennsylvania

Q: I won SSI case from 3/21 to 6/22 I won after reconsideration but won’t get any back pay. Found disabled 6/22. Why don’t

Get any back pay but the 3 months

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Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
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  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Raleigh, NC

A: You haven’t provided all of the dates but most likely this has to do with your application date. SSI benefits are paid starting the later of the first calendar month after the application was filed or the date SSA finds that you became disabled (usually called an onset date).

So if you were found to be disabled as of March 2021 but you application was filed in August 2021, your benefits would start in September 2021.

Do you also have a claim for SSDI that was approved? If so the payment amount of that benefit may mean that you only get a few months of SSI during the SSDI waiting period and then your SSDI benefits will start.

If you don’t have an attorney to look at the documents and explain your backpay you can call your local Social Security office and they can explain it. The explanation of how the back benefits are calculated is also on the notice you telling you how much your payment will be.

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