Joyce Jeter has lived her life with neurofibromatosis, a debilitating and
incurable medical condition that causes tumors to grow on her body. Not
only does the condition cause her to experience constant pain, it also
lead to the amputation of one of her legs after doctors discovered one
of her many tumors was cancerous. In order to make ends meet, Joyce relies on
Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Now, her monthly benefits checks might be going away in an unexpected
twist of fate after she received a generous gift from her community.
Joyce, who lives in Kansas City, Missouri, has always been a Kansas City
Royals fan but never had the money or opportunity to visit the local stadium
to see a baseball game in-person. After expressing her desire to finally
attend a game, other Royals fanatics created a
GoFundMe page to raise the money required for her to go. The page was a success,
brought in nearly $4,000, and ultimately allowed Joyce to go to the stadium.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) became aware of the charitable fund and soon sent letters to Joyce that
stated her benefits would be reduced or denied. The SSA must be informed
of all charitable campaigns that directly fund SSD beneficiaries, such as
GoFundMe pages. After being informed, the SSA will either approve of the amount
or, in the more likely scenario, will inform the beneficiary that an equal
amount will be removed from their SSD income until the difference is paid off.
Although Ms. Jeter has not stated that she will seek legal intervention
to protect her SSD benefits, it might be the only way for her to keep
them or prevent deduction. She has expressed concern that she will not
be able to feed herself in the meantime.
The ongoing story serves as a reminder to other SSD beneficiaries to always
do their best to follow SSA rules and regulations, but also to pursue
legal options after running into an issue. If you are facing complications
with the SSA and your own benefits, Disability Action Advocates can help.
888.421.8705 today to speak with our Las Vegas Social Security Disability attorney
and discuss your rights.