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    HamptonOnRiver is offline Junior Member
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    Ssi reduced by receiving food stamps?

    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? NH

    I received a ltr yesterday that said my Ssi was being reduced from $674 to $492. I didn't know the SSA did that?

    It said my living arrangement was Category A for September 2011 on.

    THEN a few lines down it said:
    "Category Z for September 2011 on for New Hampshire"

    The entire ltr is below.
    Page 1
    We are writing to tell you about changes in your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment. The following chart shows the SSI money due you for the month we changed. As you can see from the chart, we are only changing your payment for October 2011. The rest of this letter will tell you more about this change.

    We explain how we figured the monthly payment on the worksheet(s) at the end of this letter. The explaination shows how your income, other than any SSI payments, affects your SSI payment. We include explainations only for months where payment amounts change.

    Your Payments Will Be Changed As Follows:
    From * * * * *Through * * * * Amount Due Each Month
    October 1, 2011 * Continuing * $491.80

    Information About Your SSI Payments
    Your regular monthly check of $491.80 will be sent to your bank or other financial institution about the first day of October 2011.

    Your Payment Is Based On These Facts
    The amount of SSI we pay depends on your living arrangements. Your living arrangements are where you live, with whom you live, and how your food and shelter expenses are paid. Based on the information we have, your Federal living arrangement is:
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    HamptonOnRiver is offline Junior Member
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    --Category A for September 2011 on
    Please see the enclosed "Fact Sheet on SSI Federal Living Arrangement Categories" for a description of this Federal living arrangement catefory and others.
    +You are living in the State of New Hampshire for September 2011 on.
    +The amount of money we pay you from the State of New Hampshire depends on the State's rules.
    ** You are not in the only living situation for which we male payments for the State of New Hampshire (a licensed adult care facility) for September 2011 on.*
    As a result, you are not due any State money for those months.
    +Based on the information we have, your State living arrangement is:
    -- Category Z for September 2011 on for New Hampshire
    Please see the enclosed "Fact Sheet on SSI Living Arrangement Categories For the State of New Hampshire" for a description of this State living arrangement category and others.
    +You had monthly income which must be considered in figuring your eligibility as follows:
    ** The food or shelter you got from someone. We value the food or shelter at $202.20 for August 2011.
    Information About Medicaid
    An agency of your State will advise you about the Medicaid program. If you have any questions about your eligibility for Medicaid or need immediate medical assistance, you should get in touch with the nearest State welfare office.
    You Can Review The Information in Your Case
    The decisions in this letter are based on the law and information in our records. You have a right to review and get copies of the information in our records that we used to make the decisions explained in this letter. You also have a right to review and copy the laqs, regulations, and policy statements used in deciding your case. To do so, please contact us. Our telephone number and address are shown under the heading "If You Have Questions".

    Things You Should Know
    This determination replaces all previous determinations for the above periods.
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    HamptonOnRiver is offline Junior Member
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    If You Disagree
    If you disagree wirh this decision, you have the right to appeal. A person who did not make the first decision will decide the appeal. We call this appeal a reconsideration. When you appeal, we review your entire case, even the parts with which you agree. We consider any new facts we have and then make a new decision. The new decision could be more favorable, less favorable, or the same as the one you already have.
    Time To File An Appeal
    +You have 60 days to file an appeal in writing.
    +The 60 days start the day after you receive this letter. We assume you received this letter 5 days after the date on the letter.
    +You must have a good reason for waiting more than 60 days to file an appeal.
    Appeal in 10 Days To Keep Receiving The Same Payment
    If we receive your written appeal within 10 days, your payment amount will not change until we decide your case.
    +The 10 days start the day after you receive this letter.
    +If you lose your appeal, you might have to pay back some or all of this money.
    However, even if you appeal within 10 days, we may reduce your payment in October 2011 if both of the following are true:
    +Our new decision is the same as the one you appealed, and
    +We send or give you a letter with our new decision in time to reduce the payment.
    How To Appeal
    You can file an appeal with any Social Security office. You must request the appeal in writing. Please use our "Request for Reconsideration" form, SSA-561-U2, which is available on our website at [url=http://www.socialsecurity.gov]The United States Social Security Administration[/url] on the Internet. You can also contact us by phone, by mail, or come into the office to obtain the form. If you need assistance, we can help you fill out the form.
    There are 3 types of appeals. In most cases, you can choose the one you want.
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    HamptonOnRiver is offline Junior Member
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    +Case Review: You will not meet....

    +Informal Conference: You will talk with the person who decides your case either in person or over the phobe. You can tell that person why you disagree with our decision. If you meet with us in person, it may help your case. You have a right to review the facts in your file. You can give us more facts to add to your file. You can have other people help explain your case. Then we will decide your case again.

    +Formal Conference: This is a meeting like an informal conference. The difference is we can require people to come to help prove you are right. We can require them to bring important papers about your case, even if *they do not want to help you. You can question these people at your meeting. Then we will decide your case again.
    If You Want Help With Your Appeal
    You can have a friend, representative, or someone else help you. Many representatives do not charge a fee unless you win your appeal. There are groups that can help you find a representative or give you free legal services if you qualify. Your local Social Security office has a list of groups that can help you with your appeal.
    If you get someone to help you, please let us know. If you hire someone, we must approve the fee before he or she can collect it.

    If You Have Questions
    For general information about SSI, please visit our website at [url=http://www.socialsecurity.gov]The United States Social Security Administration[/url] on the Internet. You will find the law and regulations about SSI eligibility and payments at [url=http://www.socialsecurity.gov/SSIrules/]Redirect[/url].

    For general questions about SSI or specific questions about your case, please call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213, or call your local Social Security office at xxx-xxx-xxxx. Our lines are busiest early in the week abd early in the month, so if your business can wait, it is best to call at other times. We can answer most questions over the phone. If you need assistance for any reason, you can also write or visit any Social Security office. The office that serves your area is located at:
    (local SSA office)
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    HamptonOnRiver is offline Junior Member
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    If you do call or visit an office, please have this letter with you. It will help us answer your questions. Also, if you plan to visit an office, you may call ahead to make an appointment. This will help us serve you more quickly when you arrive at the office.

    Susan Harding,
    Regional Commissioner

    Enclosure(s):
    Fact Sheet on SSI Federal Living Arrangement Categories
    Fact Sheet on SSI Living Arrangement Categories For the State of New Hampshire
    How We Figured Your Payment
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    HamptonOnRiver is offline Junior Member
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    Fact Sheet on SSI
    Federal Living Arrangement Categories

    Category * * *Definition
    A * * * Living in Own Household -- You fit in this category if you are eligible for SSI and you meet one of the following conditions:
    1.....
    2.....
    3. You are homeless or have no permanent living arrangement.
    4......
    5......
    6......
    7......
    In Category "A" The Maximum Federal SSI Money Is Used To Compute Your SSI payment.

    B**************. (not applicable)
    C************** Child Living in Parents' Household (not applicable)
    D************** (not applicable)
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    HamptonOnRiver is offline Junior Member
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    Fact Sheet on SSI
    Living Arrangement Categories
    For the State of New Hampshire

    Category * *Definition
    A * * *Living independently -- You fit in this category if you are eligible for SSI and you meet the definition for either Federal Living Arrangement Category A or C.
    *Category A is only applicable for months before January 2011.

    B * * Living in Someone Else's Home -- You fit in this category if you are eligible for SSI and you meet the definition for Federal Living Arrangement Category B.
    Category B is only applicable for months before January 2011.

    D * *(not applicable to me)
    E * *(not applicable to me)
    Y * *(not applicable to me)
    Z * * No State Supplement Payable -- The State of New Hampshire does not pay a supplement unless you are in a Licensed Adult Care Facility described in Category D above.
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    HamptonOnRiver is offline Junior Member
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    HOW WE FIGURED YOUR PAYMENT FOR October 2011 ON

    ** * * *Your Payment Amount

    The most SSI money the law allows us to pay * * $674.00
    Minus (-) "Total income we count" (see below) * * *-182.80
    ** * * * * * * * * * * * * =====
    Total Monthly SSI Payment for October 2011 on * * * *$491.80
    ------
    Your Income Other Than Your SSI
    Income you receive in August 2011 on affects your payment for October 2011 on
    Value of food or shelter * *$202.20
    By law we don't count $20.00 of above income * * *-$20.00
    ** * * * * * * * * * * * * * *=======
    Total income we count * * $182.80 * * * * *
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    cyjeff is offline Senior Member
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    Yeah... volunteers here aren't going to go through that much stuff.

    Take it to the office and have them explain it to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HamptonOnRiver View Post
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    HOW WE FIGURED YOUR PAYMENT FOR October 2011 ON

    ** * * *Your Payment Amount

    The most SSI money the law allows us to pay * * $674.00
    Minus (-) "Total income we count" (see below) * * *-182.80
    ** * * * * * * * * * * * * =====
    Total Monthly SSI Payment for October 2011 on * * * *$491.80
    ------
    Your Income Other Than Your SSI
    Income you receive in August 2011 on affects your payment for October 2011 on
    Value of food or shelter * *$202.20
    By law we don't count $20.00 of above income * * *-$20.00
    ** * * * * * * * * * * * * * *=======
    Total income we count * * $182.80 * * * * *


    So what is the $182.80 in other income????
    Last edited by Onderzoek; 09-17-2011 at 07:42 AM. Reason: spelling

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