The Supplemental Security Income program helps the elderly, disabled or blind who have little or no income meet basic needs, such as shelter, food and utilities. The program provides a universal payment amount, but some states add additional funds to the monthly payment. Applicants must report income, resources, household composition and other details to qualify. The Social Security Administration can take several months to determine an applicant’s eligibility. As a result, the administration offers several methods to check on the status of an application.
Call or visit your local Social Security office (see Resources) to request information about your claim. Take your Social Security number, your application confirmation number and identification. Ask to speak with someone who can provide the status of your application.
Go to the Social Security Administration’s website, and open the “Application Status Information” page (see Resources). Enter your Social Security number and the confirmation number for your application. Click the “Next” button to process the request and view your current status. You must wait at least five days after filing your claim before using this system.
Call your state’s Disability Determination Services line to request information about your claim. The examiner can provide information about the processing status of your case. For example, the examiner can advise you about the status of medical records required for the claim.