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Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits
Social Security Disability Process & Timeline
SSD Benefits for Dependents
SSD When You Are 50 or Older
SSD Widows & Widowers Benefits
SSI Benefits for Children
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
The Appeals Process
The Disability Evaluation Process

Who Qualifies for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that is designed to provide financial support for individuals who are blind, disabled and of the age 65 or older, specifically when these individuals have little or no income and resources. Both adults and children can qualify for this federal program. SSI benefits, which are paid on a monthly basis, provide recipients with much needed support that allows them to pay for their basic needs, such as food, shelter and clothing. Unlike Social Security disability benefits, SSI is not paid out of recipients' payroll taxes, so these individuals are not required to have made a certain amount of tax contribution before becoming eligible for these benefits. The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has a number of different requirements that individuals must meet in order to become eligible for SSI benefits.

It is pretty clear how a person is classified as a qualified "aged" adult—they simply need to be age 65 or older. The requirements for being considered disabled or blind, however, are more complex. In order for a person to be considered "disabled" under the program, he or she must have a "medically determinable physical or mental impairment" that meets certain criteria, according to SSA's eligibility requirments. For an adult, the physical or mental impairment must have led to the person's inability to maintain substantial gainful activity (or substantial employment). Furthermore, the disability either must have lasted (or be expected to last) continuously for at least 12 months, or it must be expected to result in death. Certain emotional and learning problems can qualify as eligible disabilities. For children, instead of loss of substantial employment, the applicant must have functional limitations from his or her injury that are considered "marked and severe."

When it comes to determining eligibility for blind individuals, the SSI program considers a "blind" person to be someone whose vision is 20/200 or worse in his or her better eye when using correcting lenses; or someone who has a visual field limitation in his or her better eye, with a visual field of 20 degrees or less. Blindness defined in this way is referred to as "statutory blindness."

Finally, individuals cannot qualify for SSI benefits if they do not meet the income requirements (or the pre-designated income thresholds that are set for individuals and couples). Income that can be considered includes wages, pensions, Social Security benefits, food, shelter and more, though certain amounts and types of income can be excluded. Individuals might be able to qualify for SSI if their resources (or things that they own) have a value of no more than $2,000 for a single person or no more than $3,000 for a couple. Resources include things like cash, bank accounts, real estate, stocks, bonds and more. You might be able to avoid having certain property counted as part of your resources, such as your home or your car.

In addition to all of these requirements, SSI recipients must live in the United States, and they must not be out of the country for 30 or more consecutive days (or for a full calendar month or more). They must also be U.S. citizens or nationals, unless they fall into a certain non-citizen category that is qualified under the program.

Determining whether or not you are eligible for SSI can be very confusing. By working closely with a Loveland Social Security Disability lawyer, you receive step-by-step guidance through the SSI application process. Furthermore, if you feel that you were unfairly denied for benefits, your attorney can help you appeal that decision. At Busch Law Offices, we want to help you obtain the financial assistance you need when your disabilities have prevented you from supporting yourself and your family. Don't waste any time securing a strong legal representative—call us today!

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