January 18, 2022

Social Security: Help Representative Beneficiaries Manage Your Social Security | Columnists

Some people who receive monthly Social Security or Supplemental Benefits may need help managing their money.

When we receive information indicating that you need assistance, we will work with you to find the most appropriate representative beneficiary to manage your benefits. A representative beneficiary receives your monthly benefit on your behalf and must use the money to pay for your current needs, including:

• Housing and utilities.

• Medical and dental costs.

• Rehabilitation costs (if you have a disability).

If you need help managing your benefits, tell a Social Security representative that there is someone you’d like to see as your representative beneficiary. Your representative beneficiary should be someone you trust and see often, and who clearly understands your needs.

Social services, nursing homes or other organizations are also qualified to be representative beneficiaries. Ask them to contact us.

You can write to us within 60 days of you being assigned a representative beneficiary if you do not agree that you need one or if you would like a different representative beneficiary.

We also offer an option called Advance Designation, which now allows you to designate someone as your representative beneficiary in the future. In the event that you are no longer able to make your own financial decisions, you and your family will have peace of mind knowing that someone you trust can be appointed to manage your benefits for you.

You can submit your predestination request when you apply for benefits or after you already receive benefits. You can do this through your personal My Social Security account at: www.ssa.gov/myaccount or by calling and speaking with a Social Security representative.

Daniel Damceski is the Staff Assistant/State Liaison for Central Ohio. You can write it c/o Social Security Administration, 200 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215 or by email at: [email protected]. Damceski writes a column published in The Circleville Herald. The views of this column can does not necessarily correspond to that of the newspaper.

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