Social Security

When Shantel turned eighteen she applied for her Social Security Disability benefits as she is entitled to receive due to her being totally blind. After going through mountains of paperwork where she had to supply all the official medical documentation to “prove” she really is blind (she had both eyes removed when she was two due to cancer) and months of waiting, Shantel was finally approved to begin receiving a small monthly social security check to help her with living expenses. But, that wasn’t the end of the ordeal. No, a few months after she started receiving her monthly checks, she received a letter from the Social Security Administration Office saying she needed to contact them immediately because they had received information indicating her condition had improved. We were shocked to say the least. How does one grow back eyes that had been removed? But, if you don’t do what they say, when they say it, they simply inform you that they are stopping your checks.

Shantel contacted the Social Security office and was told she would need to resubmit all her medical records again. That created a lot of work for me because I have all her original records from the time she had her eyes removed, when she was two, until she turned eighteen. So I then had to go and have copies made all over again. What a PAIN! But, I did it, and we got everything sent in on time, and her checks did continue to arrive. However, that still was not the end of the ordeal…, No, a few weeks later Shantel receives a letter saying she needed to send in proof of her banking accounts because they are seeing where she is transferring money every month from the bank account she told them about into another bank account number and they need to know why she is transferring money and they also need to know that she reported all bank accounts she has to them.

What the Social Security Administration failed to realize, and would have known immediately if they had bothered to even read the mountains of paperwork they forced us to complete when Shantel applied to receive her disability benefits, is that Shantel reported that she pays $400 per month for room and board which was a requirement in order for her to even receive benefits to begin with, and she has to prove she does pay this every month. So, to cut down on paper, and so she doesn’t have to go to the bank to get the money out every month to pay her room and board…she  simply transfers the $400 from her bank account into our bank account and it’s all done on-line. Shantel called to let her case worker know this, but that wasn’t good enough for them. No, we had to pull both Shantel’s bank records and our bank records and explain everything to them in writing. All we can hope for now, is that someone will actually read the letter and review the bank records we sent them…stay tuned.

What I can’t understand in all of this is, Shantel was told if she didn’t live at home she would receive more money every month, but it still wouldn’t be enough for her to live out on her own without our help. They told her since she lives with us she will receive a reduced payment but she has to pay for her own room and board… So I said to them “you mean if we put her out, or she was homeless, she would receive more money but still not enough to have her own place” Their answer to my question was YES! Am I missing something or does this make sense to anyone reading this? All I can say at this point is…who’s running this insane asylum?

I also have to ask why isn’t the Social Security Administration out capturing the people who are really trying to fraud them instead of constantly hounding Shantel, and people who are legitimate, who are just trying to do things the right way?

Next: I don’t want to do this anymore!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gotham Girl
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 14:29:39

    One word. Idiots. Soon my frister, soon! xoxoxo MORE!

    Reply

  2. Megs
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 15:00:43

    I totally understand. They have done the same thing to Elizabeth and the girls. Agree with Robin! Total Idiots!!!

    Reply

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