There are currently more than 57 million American who receive some sort of Social Security Benefit. For many of those individuals though, especially the disabled, those benefits may not be enough money to make ends meet.
In order to battle this problem and help those who are in need get the assistance they require, the federal government created a program called Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The program provides monetary support for basic living necessities to the elderly, blind, and disabled.
Many people are curious as to how to determine if they are eligible for such benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool on their webpage. It can be used to determine if an individual may qualify for such benefits by the applicant providing answers to a set of questions.
Several factors may play a part in a claimant’s eligibility though. Some of those factors may include an individual’s assets, income, or amount of money they have saved.
If a person believes they may be able to receive SSI benefits, they should then begin the application process immediately.
The Supplemental Security Income Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out the process for having a claim approved can be quite complex. The firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney if you are considering applying for SSI benefits or have had a claim denied in the past.