Interim assistance reimbursement is a payment SSA makes to reimburse a State that
has provided interim assistance (IA) in cash or through vendor payments to an individual
for meeting basic needs.
To participate in the IAR program a State must have an IAR agreement with SSA and
a written authorization from the individual allowing SSA to reimburse the State from
the individual’s SSI retroactive payment.
SSA can reimburse a State only for months for which the individual receives both an SSI dollar amount and an interim assistance payment.
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