What You Need to Know About Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues, not Social Security taxes. Its purpose is to guarantee a minimum monthly income to people who are age 65 or older, blind, or disabled and have limited income and resources. The program was created in 1974 and helps to ensure that individuals with disabilities are able to meet their basic needs for food , clothing, and shelter.
The first thing you need to know is that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is not the same as Social Security disability (SSD) insurance. While both are government aid programs through the U.S. Social Security Administration, they both perform different functions. Below are the basic facts you should know about SSI.
- Disabled people who do not qualify for SSD may qualify for SSI.
- SSI is funded by general taxes rather than SSD taxes, meaning that even non-workers can receive benefits.
- SSI was designed to provide financial relief to disabled, blind, or elderly individuals who have little to no income.
- SSI provides relief through cash payments.
- SSI can help disabled children by providing money to parents who do not have enough income to take care of them.
Applying for SSI
Before you apply for SSI benefits, you must find out if you qualify. Basic qualifications include being either 65 years or older, blind, or disabled (with a qualifying disability). To qualify for SSI, you must also show proof of limited income, no income, limited resources, and citizenship/legal residence.
Once you have determined that you qualify for SSI benefits, the application process begins. You must fill out an application and submit it to the Social Security Administration. The application process typically takes several weeks and can be done online or in-person at a local SSA office.
Make sure to provide all of the necessary information on your application, such as your medical condition records and proof of income, as this will help ensure that your application is processed quickly.
Once your application is approved, you will begin to receive monthly benefits from the Social Security Administration. The amount of money you receive is based on a number of factors, including your income and resources.
Our attorneys at Shook & Stone are available to take your calls and answer your questions about eligibility for government programs like SSD and SSI.
How do I know if I qualify as disabled?
In terms of SSI benefits, “disabled” means that you are injured to the point that you cannot earn an income or participate in any “substantial gainful activity,” it can mean that you have sustained an injury/illness that will likely result in death, or it can mean your injury is likely to continue for 12 months or longer.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is an important program that provides financial assistance to disabled people who do not qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. If you think you may be eligible for SSI, take the time to learn more about the program and the application process.
If you have questions about SSI and whether you qualify, contact Shook & Stone at 702-570-0000, we have some of the best Nevada social security disability lawyers and offer free consultations – You pay nothing, unless we win.