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SSI Benefits

SSI Benefits Information

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays monthly benefits to disabled adults and children who are unable to work and have limited resources and income. Income can be from part time work and other benefits received. SSI also pays benefits to adults 65 years and older who qualify based on financial limits. The calculations can be confusing when determining what SSI benefits you are eligible to receive.

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA),

The amount of SSI payments you can receive depends on your income, resources and where you live. The federal government pays a basic benefit and some states add money to that amount. Check with your local Social Security office for the SSI payment amount in your state. Generally, people who get SSI also can get Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other assistance. You do not have to have worked to get SSI payments. SSI payments are financed through general tax revenues, not through Social Security taxes.

Disability Action Advocates has been assisting disabled and retired Americans to understand, apply for and appeal denied SSD benefits for almost two decades. An educated lawyer or other professional from our office can help to answer your questions and we can effectively represent you in your case. We charge no fee unless we win your case for you. We have helped many thousands of individuals in these important matters and we welcome the opportunity to help you.

How do you receive benefits?

Once your claim has been approved, or you become eligible, SSI benefits are paid monthly. The amount you receive can vary depending on living arrangements and other money received on a non-recurring basis. For example, if you were to receive a benefit from some other form of insurance or assistance twice yearly, your monthly SSI benefits payment would be adjusted according to the amount you received. It is important to honestly report all other income received at any time in order to keep receiving these benefits.

SSI payments can increase annually as they are adjusted to reflect cost of living increases. You have the right to representation in the application process, appeals and hearings process and at any other phase. It is important to fully understand the process and we encourage you to read and understand the materials offered by the Social Security Administration regarding their various programs. When the federal programs do not provide adequate benefits for your unique situation, you may be able to supplement them with state run programs.