When To Apply For An Increase On Your Social Security Benefits or Supplemental Security Income

It is the goal of Social Security services to meet the ongoing changes needed by Americans. With that said, it’s not unusual for the circumstances of a current beneficiary to change as they get older and life goes on.

If you or someone in your family currently receives Social Security or Supplemental Security Income, specific life changes could allow you to qualify for an increase in federal benefits.

The easiest way to determine whether or not you may be eligible for an increase in benefits is by visiting the Social Security website and using the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST).

Here are some of reasons you could qualify for an increase now:

  • You are receiving Social Security Benefits or Supplemental Security Income and have served in the military in the past
  • Your spouse or ex-spouse has died
  • You are receiving Medicare benefits based on your work that includes at lest 10 years of earnings where you paid Social Security taxes
  • Your adult child who was helping to support you dies
  • You are receiving benefits solely on your spouse’s work
  • You are receiving benefits based on your parent’s work
  • You are currently not married but formerly married for 10 years or more
  • Your child is entitled to Social Security benefits based on your spouse’s work
  • Your income has declined or you have experienced a loss of financial resources

If any of the above applies to you, make sure to reach out to your local Social Security office or legal representative to see what you are entitled to receive immediately. They will be able to help you get the benefits you deserve.

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3 Responses
  1. Linda Baggett

    I’m trying to get my retirement which is approved Now !!! My understanding is it will start in June or July . Since January till now I’ve only made year to date3,599.20 !!! It was estimated I would be making 1,141.70 a month . I’m only working 24 hrs a week at 12.50 a hr . I have COPD And lost my health insurance but got Medicaid but won’t pay for Copd medicine!!! Mainly I’m behind on bills because I only bring home 248.00 a week!!!! I need help !!!

  2. Joe Gomez

    I have spoken to someone in your office once or twice and was referred to Social security office. I’ve read testimonials on your site that said you helped them get more income.
    You can’t seem to help me, so i would like for you to stop sending messages about what you can do for me, thank you Joe Gomez!

  3. Linda Baggett

    I got a letter from you yesterday!!! FIRST I ONLY WORK 24 hrs. A week , I make 300.00 after taxes I bring home 238.00 bucks so even before taxes I only make 1,200.00 a month !!! Last year I only made 23,675.00 not 27,500.00 that was estimated when I filled!!! Since January I’m part time lost my insurance but did get Medicaid, Thank God !!! But I’m in debt because for 7 months last year I was paying my Brother’s bills and mine and when pay dropped I STARTED GETTING BEHIND AND I have a lot of unsecured debt!!! Can not get a loan because of that!!! To pay everything off and and have I bill and not do much stress and anxiety!!! Every time I apply for Food stamps, instead of an answer!!! I start getting insurance calls all day LONG !!! I don’t need insurance I have Medicaid!!! I’ve started getting my retirement checks and working 24 hrs a week and I have COPD BUT NO ONE WILL HELP ME !!! Sorry for boring you but want to get records straight year to date ladies week my earnings is 3,599.20 !!! Have not got this weeks check is now being mailed !!!! I’m a PRIVATE DUTY CNA TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES!!! Been with same company for 16 years, To me it’s not a job it’s my purpose from God !!! Again Thank You !!!God Bless You and Yours and Stay SAFE !!!! Linda Baggy !!!! 🙏🙏🧎‍♀️🧎‍♀️🧎‍♀️🧎‍♀️🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🙏🙏🧎‍♀️🧎‍♀️😷😎

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