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SSA covers travel-related expenses for Michigan SSI recipients

Applying for Supplemental Security Income benefits can be an arduous process. A Michigan resident will have to document his or her disability and need for benefits. Persons who need SSI benefits already have significant financial limitations and the requirements imposed by the SSA to apply for benefits can place an additional burden on an applicant. Fortunately, however, the SSA does offer assistance to applicants in the form of reimbursement for travel expenses related to required medical tests.

Upon application for SSI benefits, the SSA may require a Michigan resident to obtain certain medical tests. An applicant's arrangements can be made for required medical tests or exams through Michigan's State Disability Determination Service, and the DDS may pay any related travel costs to or from the appointments.

In order to have travel costs paid by the DDS, an applicant should be on the lookout for a letter from the DDS, which will notify a Michigander about what he or she should do following the medical tests to have his or her travel costs paid. Following a medical procedure, a person needs to document his or her travel costs via a required form. It may be necessary to provide transportation receipts.

Some Michigan residents may be relieved to learn that if they need travel money to pay for transportation prior to a test, they may request a travel advance from the DDS. If the DDS provides more money than necessary, a person will have to return the surplus funds.

The travel assistance that the SSA provides to disabled individuals can be a major help for those seeking SSI-related benefits. If you have questions regarding available travel benefits or other SSI benefits, you may wish to consult with an attorney for guidance.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Spotlight On Payment For Travel To Medical Exams or Tests - 2016 Edition," accessed May 6, 2016

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