This section explains when to reinstate Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits or take a new application to reestablish eligibility again after a suspension. It reflects the SSI suspension and reinstatement policy in SI 02301.201B.
Generally, SSI recipients 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. It also provides that "military-related" recipients 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" recipients are aged, blind or disabled spouses residing in the United States or blind or disabled children residing in the United States or overseas. Recipients affected by PL 109-163 may have more than 24 months to reinstate their SSI benefits if they meet one of the conditions shown below in SI 02301.205B.2.
A suspension is always effective the first day of a month for that entire month. EXCEPTION: Proration of payments may apply for a month following a month in payment status codes (PSC) N02, N03, N06, N07, N08, N13, N22 or N23. After the 12-month suspension period (or the 24-month suspension period) ends, a new application may be required to reestablish eligibility.
SI 00501.415 Blind or Disabled Children of Military Personnel Stationed Overseas - Overview
SI 01310.170 Deeming Concept - Absence From a Deeming Household Due to Military Service
SI 02005.008 Proration After Period of Ineligibility
SI 00601.010 Filing Applications