What Is Supplemental Security Income?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is compensation in the form of cash benefits to senior citizens who are 65 or older, to those who are blind or have another disability and who do not have much property or income from another source. SSI is similar to SSD in that the standard to receive the benefits are the same. However, financial requirements must also be met to get SSI. SSI kicks in for the disabled when they do not qualify for SSD or the amount of SSD they will receive puts them below the financial standard. The basic SSI amount is the same nationwide. However, many states add money to the basic benefit. Call Disability Experts of Florida or fill out the form to the right to find out more about your potential benefits. We are here to help.

We will prepare your applications for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Benefits

  • We will expeditiously file your applications for disability benefits
  • We will contact your doctors about your medical evidence
  • We will prepare appeals and related forms
  • We will thoroughly review your Social Security file
  • We will have a personal conference with you prior to your hearing to review your case and prepare you for your testimony before the judge.
  • We will represent your interests before the Administrative Law Judge
  • We will prepare memorandums in support of your claim for benefits.
  • We will request a decision without the need for a hearing where possible.
  • We will be available to discuss your case and answer your questions.

And remember, SSI is like SSD, children can also qualify if they are blind or otherwise disabled.

Rules For Getting Supplemental Security Income

According to the SSA, income is money you receive such as wages, Social Security benefits and pensions. Income also includes such things as food and shelter. The amount of income you can receive each month and still get SSI depends partly on where you live. Call Disability Experts of Florida today, we will explain how SSI works and thoroughly go over your case to see if you qualify!

SSI Facts – Supplemental Security Income 

Social Security does not count all of your income when they decide whether you qualify for SSI. For example, they do not count:

  • The first $20 a month of most income you receive;
  • The first $65 a month you earn from working and half the amount over $65;
  • Food stamps;
  • Shelter you get from private nonprofit organizations
  • Most home energy assistance.

Social Security does not count everything you own in deciding whether you have too many resources to qualify for SSI. For example, they do not count:

  • The home you live in and the land it is on;
  • The cash surrender value of life insurance policies with a face value of $1,500 or less;
  • One vehicle
  • Burial plots for you and members of your immediate family
  • Up to $1,500 in burial funds for you and up to $1,500 in burial funds for your spouse.

Call Disability Experts of Florida today and let us handle your case for you. Dealing with the government can be taxing. Let us carry that burden for you.