What is SSI?

Supplemental Security Income

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a federally funded assistance program provided for individuals who are aged, disabled, or blind and have limited income. For purposes of receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) a disability is defined as a mental or physical health limitation that is so severe that an individual is unable to perform "substantial gainful activity". In addition, the disability is so severe that it is expected to last for at least 12 months continuously or result in death.

In addition to being aged, disabled, or blind and having a limited income, individuals must be a United States citizen of one of the fifty states, a national or meet the requirements of certain categories of an alien. The individual also may not be absent from the United States for more then thirty consecutive days.

In general, the Supplemental Security Income program will provide supplemental monthly payments to individuals for food, shelter and clothing. Unlike the Social Security Disability Insurance the Supplemental Security Income program does not require an individual to have earned a certain number of work credits to qualify. The Supplemental Security Income program is also unlike Social Security which provides retirement benefits for individuals who have worked and paid social security taxes. Most people who are over the age of 65 can receive Social Security benefits with out having to meet income or health requirements.

The medical disability requirements and the process for receiving benefits are similar for both the Social Security Disability Insurance program and the Supplemental Security Income program. The application process will require that information regarding your medical health, work and education is provided in order to determine which program will best meet your needs.

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Federal Court Review

If a claimant\'s SSDI or SSI application is denied at the application level, appealed then denied at all levels of the SSA appeals process or the Appeals Council decides not to review the case the applicant has the legal right to file a civil suit in federal district court where the applicant resides or where they have their principal place of business.

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Latest Disability Question

How can I check my work credits for SSD?
When trying to understand your Social Security Disability credits, there are a few necessary steps you will need to take to secure your SSDI and what to expect in the process of checking your work credits.

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