Reading directly from the SS website is the best, most accurate way of getting info, and that's how I clarified a few things - even things I was told on the phone or got in the mail. I'm a little confused as to why you are waiting so long for anything because didn't you apply awhile ago? I would have thought you passed the 5 month wait period.
One way to get some info. about
your first check could be to just call your caseworker and ask her to check on their computer, and if you've not received a notice to ask one be sent to you.
I just found out last night (while exploring the SSD website once I was logged in - and you have to get a notice from them about
that so you can register your own password) is that I can request a notice be sent to me about
being approved for SSD, and even decide some of what I want in that notice - to use for other purposes (like if it's going to be sent as proof of disability to people you don't want to know certain details). I didn't go through the section yet in detail because I'm not sure what I want/need yet, but it's interesting to know that's there. It takes awhile for them to send you the notice as you request it, though, so it's not something you can get last minute (I don't think!).
I definitely agree with straydog about
Medicare stuff. No telling how it's going to change every year, and like she said some of it may get decided rather easily for you by looking at your doctors and what they accept, etc.
One other thing I think I forgot to tell you (maybe I did, mind's not sure so I'll repeat it! LOL) that when I requested a copy of my IME's from my LOCAL SS office, the woman put in a request for a CD to be sent to me with that info. Well, that CD contains ALL the medical information I submitted to them, all they collected, the caseworker's notes, and the IME reports all nice and neat in one place! And free! So you may want to request that (I was there in person, so it made it easy to sign releases, etc.) if you're interested.
And the date you receive your check is tied to your birthdate month and year, like regular Social Security - at least for most people. I believe it comes on the Wed. after the date of that month that's the same as your birthday day. Except mine changed to earlier in the month because I initially got SSI, so I guess they get you your money earlier if they know your resources are nil. I think. I don't know - that one came as a surprise, just like the first check and back pay did!
p.s. Just realized I should have put this on your other thread! Oh, a mind is a terrible thing to waste!
Post Edited (PAlady) : 12/7/2010 2:05:35 PM (GMT-7)