TO : STATE AND AREA AGENCIES
ADMINISTERING PLANS UNDER TITLE III
OF THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT OF 1965,
SUBJECT : SOCIAL SECURITY NEW PAYMENT CYCLE
LEGAL AND RELATED : OLDER AMERICANS ACT, AS AMENDED
On December 4, 1995, the Commissioner of Social Security and
the Assistant Secretary for Aging signed a joint Memorandum of
Understanding to coordinate the delivery of services to older
people by our respective agencies and to increase public understanding
of the issues confronting federal programs for the elderly.
We are, therefore, very pleased to share some new information
with the Aging Network about a new initiative called "payment
cycling" which the Social Security Administration (SSA) will
be implementing effective May 1, 1997. This change applies only
to new Social Security beneficiaries who file applications for
benefits on or after May 1, 1997. It does not affect current SSA
beneficiaries or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.
Please see the attached materials for an explanation of how this
initiative will impact the delivery of Social Security benefits
to millions of older Americans and how this change will result
in better service to the public.
If you would like additional information, you may contact SSA's
External Affairs staff at (410) 965-4023.
Robyn I. Stone
Acting Assistant Secretary for Aging