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Immediate Payment: What SSI beneficiaries should know

Getting Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can be a lifesaver when you have no other income and cannot work because of a disability. While the benefit payments can be enough to cover your day-to-day expenses, you may suddenly need more funds during emergencies. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) can expedite these payments in specific scenarios.

What is an immediate payment?

If your SSI payment is delayed and you need urgent cash, you may apply for an immediate payment if you meet the following conditions:

  • Initially applying for SSI benefits
  • Already receiving SSI benefits
  • Due for an SSI payment, but did not receive any benefits due to a delay
  • In need of urgent financial support due to a safety or health risk

This option can only apply if you need money for food, clothing, medical care or housing, with a total amount not exceeding $999. SSA will also subtract this payment from the first regular payment due to you.

How is an immediate payment different from an EAP?

You may confuse immediate payments with emergency advance payments (EAPs), another expedited compensation option from the SSA. While the eligibility requirements are similar, the two options have a crucial difference.

Unlike an immediate payment, an EAP has no $999 limit. The SSA can give you as much as you need to get out of your emergency, with the maximum amount based on what the agency says you can get from SSI.

While these two options can be crucial during urgent situations, remember that you must repay these costs using your future SSI benefit payments until paid in full.

Apply for an immediate payment during emergencies

If you face a financial emergency, you can make ends meet by applying for an immediate payment. You can use these benefits for various necessities, including medical bills, during a health emergency.

Remember that the SSA will only approve your application during financial emergencies. Conduct thorough research on expedited payments to determine the scenarios when you can apply.