If you are disabled and need benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides disability income in the form of Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and in some instances pays above and beyond this benefit for those in need. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a financial needs based program, providing payment to people who fall under a certain income level. If your current benefits are not meeting your needs financially, it is a good idea to consider applying for SSI to help bridge the gap and give you the money you need to make ends meet.
SSI benefits are given to people with an extreme financial need. In order to qualify you will have to prove that:
• Your income does not meet the minimum level. This includes not only the money you earn, but all of your benefits taken together, any help you get from friends or relatives, any retirement accounts you have, and your assets on hand.
• You have a condition that prevents you from working.
You must also live in the United States, which does not necessarily mean you have to be a citizen to get SSI benefits. You will also be required to apply for other benefits offered by the SSA, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The process is complicated and it is best to have a trained professional by your side as you complete the forms and make the request. One benefit of having help is that you will be guided as to how to apply and will have a professional looking over the application before it is submitted. This can cut down on mistakes that may cost you the benefits you seek, and will also give you a better chance if you have to make an appeal. If you are denied benefits but had help making the application, your representative will know your case details inside and out and will be in a good position to explain your needs on appeal.
If you have questions about SSI payments, call an experienced attorney for help. Contact us online today for more information. We can also be reached at 855-727-6353.