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Social Security 2022: disability benefits pay chart and payment schedule

The Social Security Administration (SSA) sent out letters last month outlining the COLA increase for 2022, but when are the payments scheduled?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) sent out letters last month outlining the COLA increase for 2022, but when are the payments scheduled?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees a number of programmes designed to provide additional financial support for close to 70 million Americans.

For Americans with disabilities, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) both play a vital role in providing financial support. 

The SSDI programme provides funds for disabled American and certain family members, provided that the subject of the claim paid sufficient Social Security taxes during their time in work. You can apply for the SSDI support online using the my Social Security portal, and will also be able to do so in-person when Social Security offices reopen nationally from 30 March.

When are Social Security disability payments sent out?

Every month the SSA must undertake the enormous administrative challenge of distributing tens of millions of payments to Americans, knowing that many households are wholly reliant on their Social Security funds to make ends meet.

Social Security benefits are staggered across the month to ease the workload for the SSA, with distribution of the monthly payments based on the recipient’s birth date.

Birth date 1st – 10th - Second Wednesday of the month

Birth date 11th – 20th - Third Wednesday of the month

Birth date 21st – 31th - Fourth Wednesday of the month

Payments for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are scheduled for the first day of the month, except when that falls on a Saturday, Sunday or national holiday. In these instances, the SSI payments will go out at the very end of the previous month.

In other news:

How can I find out more about my Social Security disability benefits payments?

Every year the SSA announces a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), an annual increase on the payments that is designed to reflect price rises over the past 12 months. 2021 saw soaring inflation rates in the United States and prices for many essentials like food and fuel rising accordingly.

A historic increase of 5.9% was announced for 2022, but what does this mean for your Social Security payments? During December the SSA sent out letters to all recipients of retirement, survivors, SSI and disability beneficiaries, explaining their boosted payments.

If you have not yet received, or have misplaced, your letter from the SSA you can request information regarding your payments online. Simply sign up for a my Social Security online account on the SSA website.

The online portal will allow you to view any mails sent by the SSA and contact the agency directly if you have any queries. For added peace of mind, you can also set up a text or email alert informing you of any new messages from the SSA in your account.