APPLYING FOR SSI IN MICHIGAN
YOU CAN GET A LAWYER TO TAKE CARE OF FILING YOUR APPLICATION
If medical problems have kept you from working for long periods, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits could help you pay for basic expenses — and get your life on more stable ground.
But applying is hard.
Most people get turned down the first time they apply.
That’s because the Social Security Administration — which runs SSI — has thousands of rules for disability benefits.
You have to provide records of your medical treatment. You might need to get on a computer and fill out a lot of questions online.
When your health already makes life tough, this is just more stress you don’t need.
But you can find someone who will help you from the very beginning of your application through the entire process of seeking benefits.
At Levine Benjamin, we start your case by filing your application for you.
And you don’t pay any fee unless you win benefits.
We help people from Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Dearborn and the entire state of Michigan.
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR SSI?
SSI has both health and financial requirements. You qualify for benefits if you:
- are age 65 or older;
- are blind; or
- have a disability that keeps you from working.
- have limited income
- have limited resources (such as savings and property)
- apply for any other cash benefits or payments for which you may be eligible, (for example pensions and Social Security retirement benefits)
- file an application
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SSI AND SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE?
A lot of people mix up SSI and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). They’re both run by Social Security. They’re both for people with medical conditions that keep them from working.
The difference is in how you qualify financially:
- SSDI is for people who have a long enough and recent enough history of work. And they’ve paid enough Social Security taxes out of their paychecks.
- SSI is for people who haven’t been able to work much, or in a long time. They don’t have a recent record of making substantial payments into the Social Security system. And their income and assets fall below certain amounts.
You can get help figuring out which program is right for you. And you don’t have to pay for advice on whether to apply for SSI.
At Levine Benjamin, we’ll evaluate your case for free.
CAN I GET HELP WITH MEDICAL COSTS WITH SSI?
Chances are, if you qualify for SSI, you also will qualify for Medicaid health care coverage.
This is important because it helps you afford medical treatment — so you can take care of yourself.
And you need a record of medical treatment to qualify for and maintain benefits.
If you qualify for SSI, you also might qualify for help paying for food.
CAN MY CHILD QUALIFY FOR SSI?
Children are not expected to have work backgrounds that qualify them for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
So if your child has medical conditions that make it impossible for him or her to function like other children the same age, your family could receive SSI benefits.
These benefits can be a great help in providing for a child with special needs.
In order to qualify, your family has to meet certain income requirements.
To determine if your family should apply for SSI for a child, contact Levine Benjamin now.
GET HELP STARTING YOUR APPLICATION NOW
At Levine Benjamin, we know health problems can touch any family.
We understand what you’re going through.
So we fight for families who need help with SSI benefits.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.