Margaret finally admitted that she needed financial assistance. She applied for several benefit programs, then ran across some information about “SSI.” As she had never heard of it before, she decided to check out some FAQs about SSI to see if she might qualify for benefits.
What is SSI?
The letters “SSI” stand for Supplemental Security Income. SSI is managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA), which also manages Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). If this confuses you, don’t feel bad. Government programs can be confusing.
What kind of benefits are available?
SSI benefits may be paid to children with disabilities and children of SSI beneficiaries. Benefits are intended to help beneficiaries meet basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter.
SSI also provides work incentives to help beneficiaries get back to work.
The Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) program helps SSI beneficiaries save income and resources without affecting your SSI eligibility.
Another program – Ticket to Work – also focuses on helping beneficiaries become more independent. In many cases, people receiving SSI benefits use Ticket to Work to train for new jobs.
Who is eligible for SSI?
Not everyone qualifies for SSI benefits. However, unlike SSDI, work history usually does not affect eligibility for SSI.
SSI is a cash financial benefit provided to people who have limited income, limited resources, and who are blind, disabled, or over age 65. Once approved, the beneficiary receives monthly benefit payments.
Where do I apply?
To receive benefits, you must submit an application and any supporting documents the SSA requires.
While it is possible to file online, you have to meet a long list of criteria.
You can visit the Social Security Administration’s SSI website for more information or visit a local Social Security office.
If you need answers to more FAQs about SSI, give us a call.
You may be worried that you cannot afford a disability attorney. However, federal law limits attorney’s fees for Social Security Disability claims. Federal law also requires that your attorney take your case under a contingency agreement, which means your attorney cannot charge you unless you receive SSI benefits.
At The Law Offices of Martin Taller, your case receives the attention and care of experienced Social Security Disability attorneys. For your free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. We are located in Anaheim, but we assist clients throughout Southern California.