The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides social security benefits to adults and children with limited income and financial resources who are either over 65 years of age, disabled or blind. In order to be eligible for SSI benefits based on disability an individual must have a medically determinable mental or physical impairment that meets specific criteria.
Unlike SSDI disability benefits, SSI benefits are not based on an individuals payment into the Social Security system. In contrast, SSI benefits are paid out based need and are often combined with other federal assistance programs. Also unlike SSDI disability benefits, SSI benefits are not paid to dependents or other family members of the claimant.
The amount of benefits paid will depend on an individuals resources and the other individuals in his or her household. For the purposes of determining eligibility SSI the Social Security Administration looks at most forms of income. The calculation includes wages, Social Security benefits and pensions. For children, a portion of the parents’ income is used. For married persons, part of the spouses income will be included in the income calculation. The income calculation does not,however, include the following:
The first $20 a month of most income you receive;
The first $65 a month you earn from working and half the amount over $65;
Shelter you get from private nonprofit organizations; and
Most home energy assistance.
You can receive some income and still receive SSI benefits. The amount you can earn while continuing to receive SSI benefits changes over time and is dependent on where you live.
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Our mission is simple: we strive to get Social Security claimants the benefits that they are entitled to. Our team consists of attorneys with years of experience handling the intricacies of the Social Security Act, having handled successful Social Security claims under both Social Security Disability / Retirement Survivors Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Give us a call at 502-589-9353 to set up a free consultation to evaluate your case.
If you are interested in finding out if you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits, please call (502) 589-9353 or contact us to learn about how we can help you. Our disability lawyers proudly represent clients throughout Jefferson and surrounding counties. We are dedicated to providing cost-effective results for our clients. Your initial consultation is FREE.