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What You Need to Know About Supplemental Security Income


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.

  1. Disabled people who do not qualify for SSD may qualify for SSI.
  2. SSI is funded by general taxes rather than SSD taxes, meaning that even non-workers can receive benefits.
  3. SSI was designed to provide financial relief to disabled, blind, or elderly individuals who have little to no income.
  4. SSI provides relief through cash payments.
  5. 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. The attorneys at are firm 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.

If you have questions about SSI and whether you qualify, contact Shook & Stone today by calling 702-570-0000.

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