New POMS Transmittal Issued Regarding SI 01140.200 Checking and Savings Accounts

On February 26, 2016, SSA implemented the policy “authorization to access financial information for Title II and Title XVI defeats the purpose waiver determinations” via the emergency message (EM) 16011 SEN. The EM provides instructions on how to use the Access to Financial Institutions (AFI) process for waiver purposes. A new transmittal clarifies how to treat account balance information received as part of a “defeat the purpose waiver determination” for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility purposes.

Summary of Changes–SI 01140.200 Checking and Savings Accounts

  • Added instructions on how to treat financial institutions (FI) responses associated with waiver requests.
  • Subsection C.1.c – Added new subsection “c” to provide procedure on FI responses for waiver requests.   

Access the transmittal and POMS here. 
Related: Recent Changes to SSA POMS   


David Wingate is an elder law attorney at the Elder Law Office of David Wingate, LLC. The elder law office services clients with powers of attorneys, living wills, Wills, Trusts, Medicaid and asset protection. The Elder Law office has locations in Frederick and Montgomery Counties, Maryland.

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