Supplemental Security Income Benefits
There are three different disability income programs administered by the Social Security Administration – Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Disabled Widow/Widower Benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Each provide income to disabled individuals, but they have distinct qualifications and separate funding sources.
What Are the Qualifications for Supplemental Security Income Benefits?
Like SSDI, one qualification for SSI is a medical disability that prevents you from performing work and thereby limiting your ability to support yourself with earned income. However, Supplemental Security Income does not base eligibility on an individual’s work history, like SSDI. Instead the program is based on financial need and is also available for anyone who is disabled, including children and individuals who are blind or over the age of 65.
Where Does Funding for SSI Come From?
Another difference between SSI and SSDI is where the funds originate to support the program. The SSI program is funded through general tax dollars, whereas the SSDI program is funded through payroll taxes paid to the Social Security Administration.
How Do I Apply for Supplemental Security Income Benefits?
Anyone can apply for SSI. Application can be made via a phone call or in person at a Social Security Administration office. If you need help filling out the application, the Social Security Administration can fill out the application for you, or you may have a representative help you with your claim. Southeast Disability Advocates has served as the representative for several individuals filing a claim for SSI. The decision on your claim will be mailed to you and your representative, if you have one.
Can I Appeal a Supplemental Security Income Benefits Denial?
If your application for Supplemental Security Income benefits is denied, you have the right to appeal that decision and ask for reconsideration. That request for reconsideration must be submitted in writing within 60 days of your denial. This is another area where Southeast Disability Advocates can assist you. As your designated representative, we can write the appeal and submit it as required.
We Can Help
The SSI program was established to help people who are in need. Don’t allow the complex nature of the program to keep you from receiving the benefits you so desperately need to survive. With our attorneys serving as your representatives, you will have the guidance of an experienced SSI attorney to simplify the process for you and strengthen your SSI case. Call us today for a free consultation on your SSI case.