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my husband received a letter from the judge in his ssi decision.

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my husband received a letter from the judge in his ssi decision. it said he was approved i have 2 questions and will pay you for both. 1. the letter say "the claimant's earnings record shows that the claimant has acquired sufficient quarters of coverage to remain insured through December 31 2012" does this mean he stops getting paid after that?. 2. now that we received this letter how long until we might receive the letter stating the monetary value and the actual check? thanks so much for you time

Actually from the statement you quoted it appears that your husband's favorable decision was for SSDI not SSI. SSDI is based on earnings and SSI is only financially needs driven. In other words, SSI is only for people who haven't worked, or don't have sufficient earnings in the applicable quarters. So, in the case of SSDI someone must qualify not only on the basis of disability but also sufficient earnings. There is a requirement under the law that a claimant’s earnings record must show that they have acquired sufficient quarters to remain insured through at least the claimant’s alleged date of onset of disability. So, in your husband's case, he has sufficient quarters to take him well beyond his onset of disability date. That is good, so there is no reason to be concerned with that statement.

As for his Awards Letter, ideally he should get it within about 12 weeks of the receipt of the favorable decision. However, sometimes it can be longer. When he does get it, there will be information about his monthly benefits and also his back pay coming to him to cover the time since he filed his application.
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