Up to $841 in social security benefits is expected to be distributed to eight million Americans today. Disabled children and adults, as well as seniors over the age of 65, are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
On the first of each month, recipients of SSI benefits receive their checks. Only if the first of the month falls on a weekend or national holiday would that be an exception. A rise in benefits is expected in 2022, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA).
In the year 2021, the maximum SSI payment was $794. This year, the maximum amount is $841. This sum can rise to $1,261 for married couples receiving social security benefits.
Because of this, SSI payments may be delayed. This could occur for a variety of reasons, including problems with the agency or the beneficiary. SSA checks can be delayed, for example, if the recipient hasn’t updated the SSA on their most recent information. There may be a delay if the office that processes your payments has slowed down.
Whatever the case may be, don’t freak out if you don’t receive your payment on the scheduled delivery date. Make sure your check hasn’t been delayed by waiting at least three mailing days.
There are several ways to contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) if you haven’t received your check by then. You can call the SSA at 1–800–772–1213 or visit a local SSA office to get help. In the event that the above options don’t suit your needs, you can always write a letter.
Social Security Payments Have Been Increasing, Here’s How You Can Get More
If you live in a state that supplements federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you may be eligible for additional benefits. In New York City, for example, individuals can receive an additional $87 per month. It rises to $104 for a couple.
A monthly increase of up to $120 is available to Alabaman couples. If your state supplements SSI payments, the amount you can receive varies from state to state.
Applicants must have their Social Security number, their pay stubs, and other financial documents on hand to claim this additional money. Beneficiaries can expect their additional payments to be sent to them electronically once the SSA has received all of their data.
In addition, the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) has raised all social security benefits this year. There was a 5.9 percent increase in social security payments last month because of the cost of living adjustment.
The average amount paid has increased from $1,565 to $1,657 on an annual basis. The biggest COLA increase in forty years has some people worried that it won’t be enough to keep up with rising prices. Inflation and consumer prices are at their highest levels ever.
Even though the COLA increase is large, one Social Security analyst thinks there may be problems down the road. Consequently, retirees and those who rely on social security payments should be especially vigilant about their finances.