Why Did I Get Two Social Security Checks This Month?

Stay informed about the Supplemental Security Income program and why you might receive two checks in one month.
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March 6, 2023
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Do you or your care recipient rely on monthly social security checks? Have you had some months where you wondered where did my social security check go? And what happens when you receive multiple checks in a month? Knowing the status of your social security check is integral to paying all necessities like medical bills, groceries, and rent. So what happens when you receive too many checks?

Who gets social security checks?

To be eligible for Social Security benefits, seniors must have earned at least 40 credits through work and paid into the Social Security system. Generally, this means that individuals working for ten years or more are eligible to receive social security benefits once they reach retirement age. Individuals over age 62 or who have a disability that affects their ability to gain meaningful work may qualify for social security checks.

The average benefit for individuals will be $1827 monthly. Each state differs, and other factors like work history and age may affect the amount seniors receive. The maximum social security benefit for 2023 is $3627 per month. Benefits can offset the costs of paid family caregivers, doctor's visits, rent, and more.

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Receiving more than one monthly check for seniors on a fixed income may need clarification. Additionally, budgeting when checks come on different days can take time and effort. What happens when you receive multiple checks in a month? Is it a mistake? Did you receive a check early? There are a few reasons why seniors receive numerous payments in a month. Most of the time, seniors receive multiple checks because they qualify for various programs:

Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides financial assistance to low-income individuals aged 65 or older, blind or disabled. General taxes and Social Security trust funds fund the program, and SSI can help elderly Americans pay for necessities like medical bills, mortgages, caregivers, and transportation.

Social Security Disability Insurance

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a government program that benefits disabled workers and their families. It is funded by Social Security payroll taxes and is administered by the Social Security Administration. SSDI benefits replace income lost due to disability, allowing employees to continue working despite disabilities or illnesses that prevent them from earning an adequate income.

Social Security Retirement Benefit

Social Security retirement benefits are a monthly payment that eligible retirees and their families can receive based on their work history. The benefit varies depending on the retiree's age, earnings history, and other factors.

When seniors qualify for multiple programs, they may receive more than one check monthly.

Why did I receive two social security checks?

If you qualify for more than one of the above programs, you may receive more than one social security check monthly. What are the most common reasons for receiving multiple checks?

SSDI and SSI Payments are received monthly

Some seniors may receive both their SSD and SSI checks in a month. Those who paid into the social security system by working for a decade or more are eligible to receive SSD. Some individuals also receive SSI, a needs-based income for low-income individuals with a disability. If someone qualifies for both programs, they may receive two monthly checks.

Typically, seniors should receive their SSD payment on the 3rd of the month. SSI payments come on the first day of the month. The days may change for federal holidays or weekends. The check should be issued before the payment is delayed due to a holiday or weekend.

However, if a recipient's eligibility for SSI is based on their disability, the Social Security Administration may require them to undergo a continuing disability review (CDR) periodically. The CDR process involves evaluating the recipient's medical condition to determine if they still meet the disability criteria for SSI. If the CDR review is scheduled to occur during a weekend or holiday, the recipient may experience a delay in receiving their benefits.

SSD and Owed Benefits

In some cases, seniors may have back benefit payments. In these cases, they will receive their SSD and the owed benefits in the same month. The back benefits are sent separately from the regular SSD check.

Social Security Retirement Benefits and SSI

Seniors receive their social security retirement payments monthly based on their birthdate. The SSI and the Social Security Retirement benefits are issued on separate days. If a senior gets both, they will receive two checks.

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If you are a senior, then it is likely that you have recently received two checks from Social Security. Because seniors qualify for multiple programs based on age, disability, and work history, they often accept monthly payments from various programs. Additionally, some states will send out stimulus checks, or social security will send delayed owed benefits.

As a senior, you may have several options for managing your Social Security benefits. Knowing each option's details can help you get the most out of your retirement income. Contact the Social Security Administration with any questions. You have a few options to get in touch with SSA representatives. Call the toll-free number, visit a local office, or submit an electronic inquiry online. Managing your benefits will help you manage your life.

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