Back to all Disability Topics | Print this page. Representative Payee Previous Topic: Post-Entitlement Issues Next Topic: Access to Medicaid Expenditure Records for Social Security's 1619(b) Individualized Threshold Development Representative Payee Representative Payee Entity selected by SSA to receive and manage SSA benefits on behalf of a beneficiary that is: under age 18, or legally incapacitated, or determined by SSA to be incapable of handling their money. Preference for family and friends, but may be an organization; Some authorized by SSA to charge a fee, lesser of 10% of the monthly benefit amount or $35. Must use benefits for “current maintenance” Food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and personal comfort items. Save any money left after meeting the beneficiary's current needs in an interest bearing account or savings bonds; Report any changes which could affect the beneficiary's eligibility for benefits or payment amount; Keep records of all payments received and how they are spent and/or saved; Provide benefit information to social service agencies or medical facilities that serve the beneficiary; Help the beneficiary get medical treatment when necessary; Notify SSA of any changes in your (the payee's) circumstances that would affect your performance or continuing as payee; Complete written reports accounting for the use of funds; and Return any payments to which the beneficiary is not entitled to SSA. Beneficiaries have 60 days to appeal the decision to appoint a rep payee or the appointment of a particular payee. If an individual wants a new payee, report problems to SSA or ask the person you want to fill out an application. Transparency is important. Beneficiaries or others can report problems: SSA will investigate all allegations of misuse.