Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs based program of the government administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Unlike SSDI, it does not matter whether you have paid into the system to qualify. You must have limited income and resources and meet strict financial requirements in order to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits. Additionally, you may be eligible for SSI only if you are 65 years old or older, blind, or disabled.
Supplemental Social Security Income Details
SSA determines whether you qualify for SSI disability benefits based on the same four criteria as SSDI (unless you are a child): age, education, medical condition, and prior work experience. If you meet all four criteria, you will then be found to be medically disabled. If you meet the financial criteria as well, then SSA will award you Supplemental Security Income benefits. The maximum allowance from SSI depends on the Federal benefit rate. For 2011, the maximum for an individual is $674 and $1,011 for a couple. People who qualify for SSI are often eligible for Medicaid as well.
Social Security Defenders Can Help You Receive Supplemental Security Income
Dealing with the government can be a real challenge, especially when trying to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits. The guidelines can be confusing and their forms are incomplete and misleading. Even if you can accurately and timely complete their requests, the Administration routinely loses or misplaces documents, leaving most SSI claimants’ records incomplete. With incomplete records it is little surprise that SSA denies nearly 70% of claimants’ off of their initial application for disability benefits.
We practice disability law because we enjoy helping people. At Social Security Defenders LLC, we have years of experience dealing with the government and making sure that SSI Disability records are received and accurately reflect your medical condition. Our SSI disability attorneys get paid nothing unless we get you the benefits you deserve. We can help even if you have been denied and need assistance during the appeal process. Contact us today. Or, listen to what our former clients have to say about us.