Q: We have come across several challenges in determining the source of a SSA benefit related to a disability. Applicants prefer to use the SSA documentation to support their determination of both income and disability status to ease the burden of gathering documentation.
Not every benefit letter states whether the payments are due for disability or retirement. We have been told by several SSA representatives that the law states that if an applicant is less than age 62 and is receiving Medicare Part A, then benefits must be provided because of a disability. We understand that a disability determination from SSA matches the requirements set out by SCSEP as well. Can you clarify if the stated "SSA law" with age and Medicare provision is sufficient to document disability for source of income and status as the representative advises without it actually being stated on a form?