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Your health problems have kept you out of work for a long time. You’re worried about paying all your bills and putting food on the table.
Your livelihood is at stake.
Supplemental Security Income – or SSI – could provide financial relief.
But it’s a big, complicated federal government program run by the Social Security Administration. Most people who apply get turned down on the first try.
You can easily feel intimidated taking on an SSI application or appeal.
The attorneys at Hunter & Everage will ease the way for you.
We deal with this system all the time and know how to make a successful case for benefits.
You pay no attorney’s fee until you win. And it costs nothing to talk to us about your
situation. We’ll evaluate your case for free.
What Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Provides for You
When you’re experiencing a long-term disability that’s keeping you out of the workplace and preventing you from earning an income, SSI provides monthly payments to help you afford essential living expenses.
From year to year, the Social Security Administration changes the maximum amount you can receive in SSI.
They set these monthly amounts for 2017:
- Individuals: $735
- Married couples: $1,103
In North Carolina and Virginia, you also might be able to get a supplement from the
state that increases your SSI benefits above these amounts.
If you have some income – but not too much to qualify in the first place – it can reduce
the amount you receive each month.
Can You Get Health Care with SSI Benefits?
If you qualify for SSI, you probably also qualify for Medicaid to cover your health care services.
That could help pay for your hospital stays, doctor visits, prescriptions and other health care costs.
First and foremost, you need health coverage so you can focus on taking care of yourself.
You also need it so you can show a record of receiving treatment for the health conditions that qualify you for SSI.
If you’re eligible for SSI, you also probably qualify for assistance paying for food.
Do You Qualify for SSI Benefits?
If you meet these conditions, you could qualify for SSI:
- You have a disability that keeps you from working.
- Your recent work history and income are limited.
- Your assets and resources – like property and savings – are limited.
If you’re over 65 and you meet the financial requirements, you could also qualify for SSI without a disability.
If you’re blind, you could qualify for benefits.
And if your family meets the income requirements, you could receive SSI benefits to help support a child with a disability.
Applying for SSI Benefits
When you apply for SSI benefits, you have to prove to Social Security that your medical conditions make it impossible to work and your financial resources are limited.
You may need to submit documents showing several aspects of your situation:
- Reports from your doctors about your medical impairments
- Dates when you received medical treatment
- Contact information for health care providers you have seen
- Prescriptions you are taking
- Your income
- Your savings
- Property you own
- Descriptions of past jobs
- Dates when you were employed
It’s important for your application to be complete and correct.
The attorneys at Hunter & Everage will make sure you have everything in order – and that you are treated with dignity and respect when you apply for SSI.
What if You Get Denied SSI Benefits?
It can be heartbreaking to get turned down for benefits you were counting on. But you’re not alone. Most people get denied when they first apply.
You can – and should – appeal the decision.
- First, you can ask Social Security to reconsider.
- Second, you can appeal your case to a Social Security administrative law judge.
- Third, if the judge turns you down, you can take your case to Social Security’s Appeals Council.
- Finally, you can file a lawsuit in federal court to fight for your benefits.
The process gets even more complicated when you’re appealing.
Social Security has its own separate legal system, courts and judges. It can make a big difference to have a lawyer experienced in this area.
Social Security’s own numbers have shown you have a better chance of winning benefits with professional representation.
How is SSI Different from SSDI?
It’s easy to mix up SSI and the other disability benefits program run by the Social Security Administration: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
They have some things in common: They’re both for people who cannot work because of their health; They’re both run by Social Security.
The main difference is in the financial requirements:
- For SSI, you must have limited recent work history and income.
- For SSDI, you have a significant record of recent work and income, but you can no longer work.
SSDI covers you if you have worked, earned enough and recently paid Social Security taxes from your paychecks.
SSI covers you when you don’t have a recent record of paying into the Social Security system.
With SSDI, the amount you receive depends on how much you recently earned. SSI sets a standard payment for everyone.
Special Care for Your Case
At Hunter & Everage, we know you’re going through a difficult time.
We know your SSI case could have a prolonged impact on your family.
Some law firms might treat you like a case file. We treat your case with special care.