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Thanks. Here is the appeals process for appeals with Social Security. I would advise you to make sure you timely appeal. You may want to try and obtain a lawyer to assist you in this matter. Often they will take this on a contingency where you pay him a portion of any benefits he wins for you. I would advise you to do this as soon as possible as these deadlines are strict and if you're late you're done for.
Appealing unfavorable decisions by the SSA involves a three-step appeal procedure, after which a dissatisfied applicant or benefits recipient may sue in federal court. Each step concludes with written notification of the outcome and includes a 60-day period during which a claimant may file for further review. Following are the three steps of the appeal process:
A claimant who is dissatisfied with the final appeal decision may bring suit in federal court within 60 days of the decision.
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This may help you in this area, the handbooks and other SSI information is on their web page here..
The best I could find was the manual here, it will take some reading but I'm pretty sure if you go thru the maunual you will find them. they are basically taking the rent and other expensese you pay and I'm asuming she lives with you and taking a percentage probably take the number of people in the household and divide it accordingly. I do not work for social security..
Here's the web page i am told they use to calculate this stuff...