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Social Security Disability Evaluation

Supplemental Security Income

Are you over the age of 65? Do you have a disability but do not qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you may still be eligible to receive assistance from the Social Security Administration. SSDI benefits are reserved for those who are considered “insured”, meaning they paid enough Social Security taxes while in the workforce. If you do not qualify for SSDI because you are not considered “insured”, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). We can help you determine if you qualify and help you get approved!

What Is Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is an assistance program that provides recipients with monthly income to help cover their basic living expenses. This program is provided to anyone over the age of 65, or those who did not meet eligibility requirements for SSDI.  Eligibility for SSI benefits may also provide eligibility for Medicare or food assistance programs. This “needs” based program is reserved for those with very limited income and resources. The eligibility requirements for SSI are strict and applicants must meet the criteria outlined by the federal government.

Supplemental Security Income is payable through the general tax revenue, not the income tax revenue stream, which allows for those that are disabled but not considered “insured” to qualify. SSI payments are based on the Federal Supplemental Security Income payments, which change each year. The 2011 SSI payments are $674 for an individual and $1011 for an individual who also has an eligible spouse.

Getting Started

If you are considering filing for Supplemental Security Income assistance, contact one of our attorneys to review your options. The attorneys at the Lee Law Firm can also help if you already have applied, but were denied. Don’t feel hopeless if you were denied! The majority of applicants are denied the first time, and many more have been denied multiple times. It is not uncommon to apply multiple times, or require the expertise of a professional in order to obtain benefits.

The application process for SSI and SSDI can be very time consuming and require a lot of documentation. We can help make the application process much easier. Your best chance of being accepted into a benefits program begins by filling out our no risk evaluation form. One of our experienced attorneys will provide you with the services you need to fit your unique situation.