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Supplemental Security Income


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program funded by general tax revenues, not Social Security taxes, which is designed to supplement the income of aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income. It also provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

The amount of the benefits depends on beneficiary's income and whether the person lives alone, with others, in the household of another, or in a residential care facility. It also enables beneficiaries to be eligible for food stamps and in some cases an application for SSI benefits also serves as an application for food assistance.

SSI benefits are however not based on your prior work or a family member's prior work. Its benefits are based on need rather than the amount paid into the program or the number of quarters worked. SSI benefits are paid to eligible people only, not to family members or survivors. Children are required to have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which results in marked and severe functional limitations.

Our experienced SSI attorneys can help you apply for SSI benefits and claims and determine qualification to this federal social security program. With more than 15 years of experience in representing claimants and handling SSI claims, you can be assured of effective and reliable representation in your claim.

SSI benefits

Social Security supplemental security income is not time-limited and this benefit offers greater stability to disabled individuals and those who cannot fulfill work requirements under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). To qualify for SSI programs, SSA takes into consideration the income and resources of individuals and families to establish the amount of aid provided to beneficiaries. To qualify for SSI, your monthly income must not exceed the federal benefit rate (FBR), which is set by law.

Under the Social Security Act, the federal government also provides financial grants to states that operate programs offering maternal and child health care, services to disabled children, child welfare services, and social services such as daycare for children of working mothers. If your income and resources are too high, you will be turned down for benefits no matter how severe your medical disorders and also if you have not paid enough in Social Security taxes to qualify for SSDI. The government has relied on SSI to give a safety net for the working and retired poor, that is, people who have worked, but earned minimal wages or did not work long enough to become eligible for the Social Security Old Age or Disability.

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