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Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a government program set up to pay monthly benefits to you if you have limited income and resources and you’re disabled, blind or older than 65. If you have a child with disabilities they may also qualify for SSI.

Unlike the benefits from Social Security Disability, SSI benefits don’t involve your work history. The money for SSI benefits comes from general tax revenues – not Social Security taxes.

If you qualify for SSI, you will most likely also qualify for Medicaid and food assistance, too. Medicaid can help you pay for medical bills including hospital stays, doctors’ bills, prescriptions and any medical tests.

At Levine Benjamin, our SSI attorneys can help you with your application for SSI or help with your appeal if you were denied SSI benefits. Our disability attorneys can also help you with Social Security Disability benefits.

Am I Eligible for SSI?

If you are:

  • age 65 or older;
  • blind; or
  • disabled.

And you:

  • have limited income
  • have limited resources
  • apply for any other cash benefits or payments for which you may be eligible, (for example, pensions, Social Security benefits)
  • file an application

Additionally, your children with disabilities may qualify if diagnosed with a physical or mental condition that is expected to last for at least one full year or result in death.

If you think you may be eligible for SSI or Social Security Disability benefits, call Levine Benjamin now.

The Difference Between SSI and Social Security Disability (SSD)

If you haven’t paid enough money into the Social Security system to qualify for benefits, you may still qualify for SSI. The government will review your household income and decide whether or not you qualify and what benefits are available to you.

SSD is available to you if you have a medical condition (physical or mental) and are unable to work. You may qualify for SSD if you have worked for a long period of time and have paid enough Social Security taxes.

At Levine Benjamin, our disability attorneys can help you apply for SSI and/or SSD benefits. If you were denied, we can help you appeal. Call us now or fill out our contact form for a free consultation of your disability claim.