Social Security Administration Testing Representative Payee Pilot Program

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The Social Security Administration (SSA) launched a new pilot program in Maryland on October 2 designed to bring trusted assistance to beneficiaries who would otherwise have difficulty managing their Social Security benefits. The Maryland Representative Payee Pro Bono Pilot program allows any licensed Maryland representative in good standing to represent a Social Security beneficiary and collect their monthly payments on his or her behalf. In turn, the representatives assist the payees in utilizing their benefits to meet their basic needs.

According to the SSA, nearly 21 percent of Social Security benefit recipients require help managing their payments and do not have trusted friends or family members to help them do so. These beneficiaries also typically do not have the means to hire a representative or advisor alone, so the pro bono program is an attempt to bridge that gap through the generosity of willing representatives. If successful, the program will be considered for expansion in other states across the U.S.

Social Security benefits, especially Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are often a beneficiary’s only means of support after they can no longer work and earn a living. Mismanagement of these benefits can lead to homelessness and worsening of medical conditions if the beneficiary cannot manage his or her funds to provide for necessary medical care, life needs, and medications.

Representatives and legal professionals are an essential part of the Social Security disability system because they provide direct services and assistance to claimants and beneficiaries who run into problems obtaining or keeping their rightful benefits.

The representatives at Disability Help Group are dedicated to helping claimants and dependants obtain their benefits and secure their payments for the duration of their needs. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332 – and speak with a claims representative today to learn about the benefits you can obtain by working with a trusted Social Security disability company.