WHAT IS SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME?
If you cannot qualify for Social Security Disability (“SSDI”), chances are you might be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income, or “SSI.” SSI is a government program that pays monthly benefits to disabled adults and children or elderly people whose incomes and assets are limited or non-existent. SSI is managed by the Social Security Administration and funded with U.S. Treasury general funds, not the Social Security trust fund, and is a cooperative program between Social Security and the state government.
AM I ELIGIBLE TO RECIEVE SSI?
To be eligible for SSI, you must show the following:
1. You must be 65 years old or older, blind, or disabled. This program is also available to blind or disabled children.
2. You must be either a citizen of the United States or meet very narrow requirements based on your U.S. permanent residency, military service, or political asylum-seeker or refugee status.
3. Your monthly income must be low or non-existent. Only about half of your earned income will be taken into account, but this counted income cannot be higher than an amount set by the state in which you live – from $700 to $1,400 per month. Your spouse’s income will also be considered.
4. The property you own (minus certain items, such as a car and your home) must be worth less than $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a couple.
WHY CONSULT WITH US?
Whether you are in the initial application process, or have been denied and need to appeal the decision, our attorneys at Pasley, Nuce, Mallory & Davis, LLC, have extensive experience, knowledge, and training to handle your SSI claim. Contact us at any of our 4 office locations for a FREE case evaluation, and let our experience work for you.