Supplemental Security Income Lawyers

Do You Qualify for SSI Benefits?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program to provide basic needs assistance for the blind, aged or disabled who have little or no income sources. Qualifying and filing for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be complicated, as there are income and asset thresholds involved, and other determining factors. Experienced SSI attorney Samuel E. Earley can explain more about the qualifications and help you with filing a claim.

How Are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Different?

Many people confuse Social Security (SS) with Supplemental Security Income (SSI) because the names and acronyms are very similar. Although Social Security and SSI are handled through the same government entity, they are different in significant ways.

However, many who may qualify for SSI may also be entitled to Social Security benefits. In fact, when you file for SSI, you are also automatically applying for Social Security benefits. Here are some fundamental ways Social Security and SSI are different:

  • Social Security benefits are “earned” in that you have paid into the program with your FICA taxes or self-employment taxes. You and certain members of your family are eligible for payments after attaining a certain age or other qualifying marks. SSI benefits are not based on your prior work history or any taxes you have previously paid.
  • Many states also provide medical assistance (Medicaid) that covers hospital care, physician care, prescription medications, and some other health needs to recipients of SSI. This is not automatically available to Social Security recipients.
  • Some states also provide a supplemental payment to recipients of SSI that meet certain qualifications. This is also not provided automatically to Social Security recipients.
  • Many states provide food assistance for certain recipients of SSI. Often, an application for SSI in that state automatically applies the recipient for food assistance. This is not automatically included in Social Security.

How Do I Qualify for SSI?

In order to qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), applicants must meet these minimum requirements:

  • You must be a United States citizen with proof of citizenship, a naturalized citizen, or a qualified alien.
  • You must reside in one of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • You cannot be absent from the United States for a full calendar month or 30 or more consecutive days.
  • You must be at least age 65, blind or disabled.
  • You must have income and assets below the established threshold levels.

Determining whether or not you exceed the threshold levels for SSI is an involved process with many factors. Not all your assets can be counted, and some guidance from our experienced SSI attorneys is usually necessary to determine your eligibility. There are also stipulations that apply to spouses and handicapped children.

Get Help from a Qualified SSI Attorney

SSI payments are intended to assist with basic needs expenses for those with limited other income or assets. You may be qualified for other programs if you meet the requirements for SSI. Our SSI attorneys can help you calculate the factors correctly and see if filing for SSI is in your best interests. We can also answer your questions about SSI eligibility and other available government programs. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation today.

Samuel E. Earley, Experienced Disability Lawyer

Experienced SSI attorney Sam Earley can help you navigate the often complex and confusing government explanations and paperwork required to determine your SSI eligibility. He and his team are dedicated to helping everyone get the benefits they are due. Many people struggle to live because of various circumstances beyond their control. Let disability attorney Sam Earley and his skilled team work for you!

Contact Our Supplemental Security Income Attorneys Today

Do you believe you could qualify for SSI? Call SSI Attorney Sam Earley at 770-881-7171 or complete our online contact form for a free consultation. You will enjoy personal service from a compassionate and talented attorney who cares about his clients.