On this blog, we frequently write about Social Security disability in many of aspects, including the application process, qualifying impairments, and appeals. What we don’t write about very much is the fact that there is another disability benefits program administered by the Social Security Administration. This program goes by the name Supplemental Security Income.
Supplemental Security Income is a program which pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and financial resources. Benefits can also be available to those who are 65 and older who are without disabilities and who meet the financial qualifications. Individuals who meet the financial qualifications of the program may be able to qualify for both Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income.
The Supplemental Security Income program is different from the Social Security Disability program in that it is funded by general tax revenues rather than Social Security taxes. At the federal level, there is a maximum monthly benefit available to qualifying applicants, though states may supplement that amount with additional monies. The specific amount available to any given applicant depends on various factors, including their age, living arrangements, income and so on. The amount of money an individual qualifies for can be reduced by other income, such as Social Security benefits, and it is good to keep this in mind.
Those who feel they may qualify for the program and need the money should not hesitate to either contact the Social Security Administration or an experienced disability attorney with any questions. Working with an attorney throughout the application process is a good idea and can come in handy when an appeal becomes necessary.
Source: Farm Forum, “Supplemental Security Income explained,” May 23, 2014.Social Security Administration, “Supplemental Security Income (SSI) In California,” Accessed May 28, 2014.