This section explains when to reinstate SSI benefits or take a new application to
reestablish eligibility again after a suspension. It reflects the SSI suspension and
reinstatement policy in SI
SSI recipients generally have 12 consecutive months after the effective date of a
suspension to have benefits reinstated without filing an application.
Section 689 of Public Law 109-163 effective January 6, 2006, provides that blind and
disabled children of military personnel stationed overseas have 24 months (instead
of the 12 month suspension period) to have payments reinstated after a suspension.
(See SI 00501.415.) It also provides that military-related individuals who become SSI ineligible as
a result of their spouse or parent(s) being called to active military duty (including
the Reserve or National Guard) have 24 consecutive months after the suspension (instead
of the 12 month suspension period) to have benefits reinstated without having to file
a new application. Military-related individuals are aged, blind or disabled spouses
residing in the United States or blind or disabled children residing in the United
States or overseas. These individuals affected by PL 109-163 may have more than 24
months if SI 02301.205B.2. applies.
NOTE: SI 01310.170 explains how deeming applies when the deemor is absent from the household due to
A suspension is always effective the first day of a month for that entire month. After
the 12 month suspension period (or the 24 month suspension period) ends, a new application
may be required to reestablish eligibility.
NOTE: SI 02301.201B.1. explains how to count the first month in the suspension period. Also, references
in this section to the 24 month suspension period apply only to individuals affected
by PL 109-163.