Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can make a huge difference in your life when health problems make it impossible for you to work, your work history is limited and your financial resources aren’t enough.
What is SSI?
It’s a disability benefits program run by the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSI benefits provide monthly checks and access to Medicaid health care coverage.
SSI allows you to worry less about paying for food, housing and other basic needs.
Children under age 18 who have disabilities also can qualify for benefits from SSI.
At Levine Benjamin Law Firm, our disability attorneys can help you with your SSI application. Or we can help with your appeal if you were turned down.
Levine Benjamin has helped more than 50,000 people win disability income in Detroit, Toledo, Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids and all across Michigan.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.
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The Detroit SSI lawyers at Levine Benjamin can help you understand if you qualify for Supplemental Security Income.
What You Need to Apply for SSI
These are the basic qualifications you must meet to get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits:
- You can’t work due to a disability.
- Your disability will last at least a year.
- have limited income
- have limited resources
- file an SSI application
- apply for any other cash benefits or payments you may be eligible to receive (for example, pensions or Social Security retirement benefits)
If you are 65 or over and you have a disability, you also may qualify for SSI disability benefits. And you can get SSI benefits if you are blind.
If your child had physical or mental conditions that prevent them from functioning like their peers and they are under age 18, you also could secure SSI benefits for that child.
Unlike other Social Security Disability benefits, SSI doesn’t involve your past job record. So children, naturally, are not expected to have work histories.
Your child’s condition must be likely to last at least a year. And your household must meet the income requirements.
If you apply for disability for your child, it could be a huge help with therapy, medical equipment, tutoring or other expenses of raising a child with special needs.
Any SSI application requires you to fill out forms and provide medical records confirming that you have serious impairments. But you don’t have to do that alone. Levine Benjamin can help.
The lawyers at Levine Benjamin can help you choose the right benefits program.
SSI vs. SSDI
Maybe you’ve also heard of another Social Security Disability benefits program called Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
SSI is different from SSDI in the way your work history is considered.
SSDI is based in part on your recent jobs and your inability to continue working in those jobs because of your medical conditions. So when you apply for disability for SSDI, you’ll also include records of your work.
The money for Social Security Disability Insurance comes out of people’s paychecks, so only those who have worked enough and paid significantly into the system can qualify.
Your past jobs don’t matter to SSI. Supplemental Security Income is there to help you when you don’t have a lot of recent work history to report. It’s dedicated to people whose incomes and resources are low.
The money for SSI benefits comes from general taxes—not Social Security taxes.
So if you haven’t paid enough into the Social Security system to qualify for SSDI, you may still qualify for SSI.
The Social Security Administration will review your household income and decide whether you qualify.
All disability benefits have this in common: SSI and SSDI are both for people with physical or mental health conditions leaving them unable to work.
At Levine Benjamin Law Firm, our disability attorneys can help you determine how to apply for disability in a way that best fits your situation.
We can help with both SSI and SSDI benefits. Unlike many firms, we’ll help from the very beginning, helping you file your initial SSI application for you.
If you were denied, we’ll help you appeal.
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