Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program
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The federal government's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides monthly financial benefits for certain types of individuals who have extremely limited income and resources. Individuals who are eligible to apply for these benefits are based onthe U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)and includes individuals who are:
- Age 65 or older
The government has specific guidelines for who can be considered disabled or blind. There are also income and resource limitations that applicants must meet in order to be approved for the SSI program. In order to receive SSI benefits, individuals must either be U.S. citizens, or they must fall within certain "alien" categories.
Legal Assistance from Our Phoenix Social Security Disability Attorney
At Fendon Law Firm, P.C., we know that there are many people out there who legitimately need support from the U.S. government. Our Phoenix Social Security Disability lawyers, who handle both SSD and SSI claims, are available to help these individuals with their claims so they can receive the financial support they need to pay for their basic living expenses.
Was your SSI claim unfairly denied? If so, we can help you work toward correcting this issue. Learn more about SSI benefits by reading the information below.
Eligibility for SSI Benefits
Under SSA's standards, an adult is only considered to be disabled when he or she has a "medically determinable" impairment (physical or mental) that leads to the person being unable to earn a certain level of income (referred to as "substantial gainful activity"). The disability is required to last (or be expected to last) for at least one year, or it must be expected to result in the person's death. It is possible for applicants to obtain SSI benefits for learning disabilities and emotional problems. For a child, instead of measuring disabilities by the loss of substantial gainful activity, the disabilities are measured by the child's severe functional limitations.
In order for an applicant to be considered blind, he or she must have "statutory blindness." This means that the individual's central visual acuity in his or her better eye must be 20/200 or less, when the person is wearing corrective lenses; or the individual must have a visual field that does not extend beyond an angle of 20 degrees.
To be approved for SSI payments, applicants must have income that is below a certain level, and they must have resources that value no more than $2,000 for a child or individual, or no more than $3,000 for a couple. There are many different types of income and resources that are not counted in these totals. Income includes things like wages, free food and free shelter, and resources include things like cash, bank accounts and personal property.
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There are various factors that go into whether you have a strong SSI claim or a weak one. By working with a knowledgeable Phoenix Supplemental Security Income attorney who is familiar with the SSI claims process, you can greatly improve your chances of successfully receiving benefits. Do not hesitate to contact Fendon Law Firm, P.C. for help with your application. We can provide you with help each step of the way!