Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income is a program that provides monthly cash payments to the needy, disabled and other eligible persons who have limited income. However, determining eligibility is not always easy.
The Supplementary Security Income program is a federal program that gives monthly cash payments to people who meet certain eligibility criteria. Persons, who may be eligible for these payments, include the disabled, the blind and other people including children, who may have limited income as well as resources. Senior citizens, who are above the age of 65, are also included in this program. The cash payments are paid out in order to meet basic requirements like food, rent expenses and utilities.
Difference between Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Benefits
Supplemental Security Income differs from Social Security Disability Benefits in a number of ways. For instance, Supplemental Security Income benefits are not based on your previous work history.
Further, Social Security Disability Benefits are only available to those workers who were employed previously, and paid Social Security taxes. No such conditions are necessary to be eligible for Supplemental Security Income.
Supplementary Security Income benefits can also include access to Medicaid to cover the person’s medical expenses, including hospitalization costs, doctor fees, and even medications. These persons may also be eligible for food assistance in Pennsylvania through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Eligibility for Supplemental Security Income
In order to be eligible for supplementary security income, you must be.
- A resident of the United States – noncitizens can also apply based on certain conditions
- A senior citizen above the age of 65
- A person of limited income
In order to be eligible, you must also not have been residing outside the country for a full calendar month or for 30 consecutive days or more.
There are some things to keep in mind while determining your eligibility under Supplementary Security Income. It’s not just your own income that may be taken into account, but also your spouse’s income.
There are also a lot of misconceptions about Supplementary Security Income. Owning your own home or vehicle, may not disqualify you from Supplemental Security Income.
The Pennsylvania Supplementary Security Income lawyers at Solnick & Associates, LLC help persons apply for Supplementary Security Income benefits, and assist persons whose applications have been rejected in filing appeals to recover their rightful benefits.