What is SSI?
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides monthly cash payments to US citizens in need who are blind, disabled, or 65 and older. In addition, you must also have little or no income and limited resources, meaning that the value of your possessions must be less than $2,000 if you are single or less than $3,000 if you are married. However, it should be noted that the value of any home or vehicle you own does not count against the resource limit, nor does the value of certain other resources, such as burial plots.
In order to receive SSI, you must also apply for any other cash benefits you are eligible for and you must live in the United States or the Northern Mariana Islands. If you are not a US citizen but hold permanent resident status, you still may be eligible for SSI.
SSI benefits are delivered via a single payment at the beginning of the month that contains your federal SSI benefit. In the state of California, a supplement from the state government is also included.
What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?
How the SSI application process works
Unfortunately many SSI claims are unsuccessful initially, as navigating the complex application process is both tedious and daunting to anyone not familiar with the process. Without the expert guidance of an attorney, it’s easy for mistakes to creep in. However, with the support of a trusted legal advisor, you can still obtain your benefits by successfully appealing your case.
If your SSI application has been denied, LaPorte Law Firm stands ready to assist you throughout every step of the appeal process, which may include reconsideration, a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, an Appeals Council review, and federal court litigation.
Our experienced attorneys can help you with the SSI appeals process by:
Do I need a lawyer to appeal a denied claim for SSI?
Although not strictly required, navigating the appeal process with the help of an attorney familiar with the SSI application and appeal process will significantly improve your odds of winning your appeal.
Qualified SSI legal representation can help you with:
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Frequently Asked Questions
It is possible to qualify for SSI if you are a US citizen or lawful resident who is 65 or older, or blind or disabled, and have limited income and resources. However, the following exceptions should be noted:
- States that do not offer supplemental SSI payments are Arizona, Mississippi, North Dakota and West Virginia.
- Residents of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam are not eligible for SSI. For more information on this, read our article on the Supreme Court ruling.
- Although residents of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible for SSI, federal payments are not supplemented in the territory.
When filing for SSI, applicants are usually required to work with a Social Security representative, who will conduct an interview either in person or over the phone. However, in certain cases, SSI applicants can complete the application process online without having to be interviewed by a Social Security representative. This applies to applicants who are:
- Aged 16 to 65
- US citizens living in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands
- Single and have not been married before
- First-time SSI applicants
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