I have been on SSDI since 2003. When I first applied, they determined that I needed a representative payee. Now it is 2015, and am 57 years old, I feel like I am able to handle my own money. Can I request to do that? I have looked up information and it says that if I do that, I could lose my benefits. I am now 57 and like I said on SSDI, I am afraid to lose my benefits. I really can use some advice on this, because I can handle my money. Please help.
You can request to be be paid directly. You might need your doctor to say you can handle your own money. If the inability to handle your own money was a material factor in determining your disability, it could also be factor when your case is up for review to determine if you're still disabled.
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Can you request to handle your own money? - Yes. You can always make such a request. You would need a letter from your doctor (psychiatrist) saying you can handle your own money.
Could you lose benefits if you do so? Possibly. There is not enough information here to answer. If you are disabled because of a back problem and had drug issues so a payee was mandating, then you likely wouldn't lose benefits. If you are disabled because of mental health reasons including dealing with money, then yes that could affect your benefits.
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Absolutely you can make such a request. Supporting documentation from your doctors would help.
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A rep payee was appointed because SSA felt there was a need for it. If you try to prove you are capable now of handling your own money, you run the risk of proving you are no longer disabled. You can change payees as well, the new payee must go to SSA and complete the necessary paperwork.
Yes. You can make request to be paid directly.
May need your doctor declaration supporting your request and stating you are capable of handling your money.
Note carefully -If inability to handle your money was a material factor in determining your disability, it may be factor when your case is up for review to determine if you're still disabled. Be prepared for this possible nuance.
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