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    This week my husband got a letter from SSA saying that his SSDI monthly amount has been increased by over $400 a month and a sizeable backpay check will be included! He is working part time and always stays under the SGA amount. This just seems too good to be true...

    A call was immediately made to Social Security to question them because the last thing we need is to do the dance of joy and go on a spending frenzy and then be told it was a mistake and please send back the money asap! The rep said yada yada yada its all good.
    I still don't believe it.

    My husband has been on SSDI for 40 years. He was injured young and never had a chance to accomplish a high paying/long term employment to earn this high of benefit. I talked to a benefit specialist at my local ILC and he said a benefit of $1200. (approx what my husband will now get) is usually for someone who had yearly earnings of $40,000. That is surely not his story.

    I feel like we need to protect ourselves, but what more can be done than calling and questioning like we already did? Maybe calling again and talking to another rep?

    I am hoping someone has had a situation like this or similar and can give me some advise, or tell me this is perfectly normal and it happens all the time!!!! LOL! I really want to go crazy and be happy and buy some stuff...a lot of stuff! This money would really help us financially, but if SSA has made an error, paying it back could be a real bitch of a hardship!

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    What is the monthly income limit you can make and still receive your SSDI...anyone know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quimby View Post
    This week my husband got a letter from SSA saying that his SSDI monthly amount has been increased by over $400 a month and a sizeable backpay check will be included! He is working part time and always stays under the SGA amount. This just seems too good to be true...

    A call was immediately made to Social Security to question them because the last thing we need is to do the dance of joy and go on a spending frenzy and then be told it was a mistake and please send back the money asap! The rep said yada yada yada its all good.
    I still don't believe it.

    My husband has been on SSDI for 40 years. He was injured young and never had a chance to accomplish a high paying/long term employment to earn this high of benefit. I talked to a benefit specialist at my local ILC and he said a benefit of $1200. (approx what my husband will now get) is usually for someone who had yearly earnings of $40,000. That is surely not his story.

    I feel like we need to protect ourselves, but what more can be done than calling and questioning like we already did? Maybe calling again and talking to another rep?

    I am hoping someone has had a situation like this or similar and can give me some advise, or tell me this is perfectly normal and it happens all the time!!!! LOL! I really want to go crazy and be happy and buy some stuff...a lot of stuff! This money would really help us financially, but if SSA has made an error, paying it back could be a real bitch of a hardship!
    Tell them you want it in writing. They will surely find you the most senior rep to talk to. Go in in person if you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by november View Post
    What is the monthly income limit you can make and still receive your SSDI...anyone know?
    For 2009 the amount is $980. and for 2010 the amount will be $1000.

    Thank you for your suggestion Skippy.

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    Definitely keep the letter. How long did he work without an increase? It could be due to the amount of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by addiesue View Post
    Definitely keep the letter. How long did he work without an increase? It could be due to the amount of time.
    This is what is so odd. He has only been working close to SGA for the last 1 1/2 years. To me, that is not long enough to warrant such a giant increase. Prior to that he worked sporadically and never making more that 300-400 a month. But you are right about him not getting any kind of increase based on earnings for a looooong time.

    We keep joking that my letter should be arriving any day announcing my juicy increase too! I have worked the last 10 years, with the last 5 or more, right below SGA. When do I get my increase?!!!! LOL!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quimby View Post
    For 2009 the amount is $980. and for 2010 the amount will be $1000.
    Thanx! You're a peach Quimby.
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    I hate social security and their stupidity. There is a "cap" that families in certain income brackets can draw. Maybe him working put him over this cap? I hear that he gets that much and think I worked so much and still do but me and my 2 kids don't even get that much all together bc of some stupid cap. The kids in some cases get half the parents amount, but not mine. I can't figure out their system and I can't understand why the sga is the same for people with kids and people without. Not ranting on you, just the system that keeps you trapped.

    I am right now helping someone who is facing overpayment even though she did everything right, sent everything in and she got the same letter you are talking about. We are increasing your benefits.... Her overpayment was way back in 2005-6 and they are just deciding to do something. Keep everything...
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