[Nfbmo] Blind Pension Changes

Dewey Bradley dewey.bradley at att.net
Sat Jun 12 14:43:53 UTC 2010

Do you know off hand if they will cut your check back if you get SSDI as 
I know each case is different, but I bet that they will cut back that amount 
so that you will still get the same.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Eugene Coulter" <escoulter at centurytel.net>
To: "NFB of Missouri Mailing List" <nfbmo at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Saturday, June 12, 2010 12:21 AM
Subject: [Nfbmo] Blind Pension Changes

> Hello everyone,
> First, beginning with July checks Blind Pension (BP) and Supplemental Aid 
> to the Blind (SAB) full grants will increase to $686.00 a month that is a 
> $35.00 increase.
> Also, FSD is in the process of adding BP/SAB to the automated FAMIS 
> system. Most areas of the state are already done. The computer now will 
> automatically initiate much of the correspondence  from FSD including 
> annual reviews.  This also means that if the forms are not returned 
> completed timely the computer will also automatically close your case.
> The system works as follows: Let us say your review is due in August
> The computer will mail a review form on July 5 with a deadline to complete 
> and return the form  August 1.
> If you return the form the worker will code it into the system and by the 
> end of August do the required  work to determine the eligibility.
> If the form is not received the computer will send an adverse action 
> notice on August 2 giving you ten more days, about the 13th, to get the 
> form in or your case will close.
> If you don't return the form by the 13th at 5:00 the case will close that 
> night and you will have to re-apply from the beginning.
> Also, after looking over the form the worker will  enter  required 
> information into the computer and if any additional  information is needed 
> the computer will send a request for information giving ten days to 
> provide  the required stuff and if you do not meet that deadline the 
> system will then send the ten day adverse action notice to close your 
> case.
> To avoid inadvertent case closings I recommend that recipients of BP/SAB 
> return the form as quickly as possible along with the usual pieces of 
> documentation you know the worker will need such as proof of income other 
> than SSDI/ssi, bank statements,life insurance information,etc.
> I hope this information is helpful
> Gene Coulter
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