“Hi, my name is Andrew Kinney. I’m an attorney at Hoglund Law offices. I practice Social Security Disability Law. Today I wanted to talk about auxiliary benefits. Auxiliary Benefits means, benefits that your dependents get if you’re on disability insurance.
Many of our clients work hard for a long time and then their unable to work. If we can prove that they are unable to work, they get back pay and ongoing benefits through the disability insurance program. An individual getting disability insurance gets a set amount based on the work history and the cost of living adjustments annually.
Now there’s another kind of benefit if an individual like that, one of our clients, has one or more dependent children, and that would be children living in their household, and under 18 is a general rule. If they have one or more children in that status they can get an extra amount sent to them on behalf of the children each month, and also for the timeframe of back pay. Those are the auxiliary benefits. Auxiliary benefits are a formula based on the amount an individual gets for disability insurance and there are no auxiliary benefits supplemental security income. SSI or supplemental security income is purely a need based program. So if you’re getting disability insurance and you have one or more children under 18 at home, you can plan to get more per month. Social Security can lay out how much to expect and your attorney will know at the hearing level, generally, what you might get in addition to your primary insurance amount, what you get per month.
Now, Social Security evaluates disability insurance based on your own benefits. They’ll go through not only the favored decision but they’ll also have what’s called an award letter. That will follow that up and explain what your benefits will be. If you have dependent children, you will get eventually a call from Social Security after they have figured out your insurance amount and at that point they’ll process the fact that you have one or more children at home, and verify where they live. If someone is approved for disability insurance benefits they get their decision that’s favorable, they get their award letter that describes their back pay, at that point, within a short period of time social security should contact them because they might have more children with them. They’ll verify the children are with them and not with perhaps an ex-spouse, and if the children are with them let’s say it’s$100 a month that’s added to the base amount that you get. There will be a $25 check for each of the children. The children essentially share a flat auxiliary benefit amount, and that can be complicated. If one of these four children were living with the mother for example there would be $75 for the three children at your household but there would be one $25 check sent to the other household where the other child is with the mother.
So, you can see that Social Security has some following up to do once you’re approved for benefits. Don’t assume that Social Security knows that you have children. When you apply you state the children that you have, their social security numbers and where they’re living but occasionally we see that that’s missed. Take it upon yourself with a favorable decision, once you get your award letter, to call social security or go to a local office and mention that you would like to begin the auxiliary benefits process.
If you have more questions about the auxiliary benefits process, or about social security disability benefits in general, please feel free to call us anytime at 1-800-850-7867. You can also go to our website at www.HoglundLaw.com We try to make sure that we have as much information as possible to help you.”