Millions of Americans are impacted by a disability that impairs their ability to work, function as normal, or live the lifestyle that they desire. Thankfully, the Social Security Administration has put in place the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. This is reserved for those who are disabled and have limited income and resources.
Because SSI is based on personal financial limitations and disability rather than disability alone, a broad population qualifies.
- disabled children.
- the blind.
- disabled adults.
- and, disabled people aged 65 or older.
Disabilities Covered by Supplemental Security Income
Both children and adults may qualify for SSI. However, in order to qualify, a child or adult must have a disability that meets the criteria established by the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments.
- one of the conditions on the list.
- a disability that causes marked limitations.
- established by medical evidence.
- and, expected to last for at least one year or result in death.
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Determining Income Eligibility for SSI
SSI is reserved for those with limited income and resources. Some states regulate income limits differently than others. The value of the things that you own must be less than $2,000 if you are single, and less than $3,000 if you are married. The income limit is $721 per month for an individual and $1,082 for couples. Certain income and resources are not included in the calculations.
Furthermore, in the state of Pennsylvania, the state will add money to any federal benefits received. For children applying for SSI, their parents’ income and resources will be taken into consideration.
Additionally, if you are a student who received a scholarship, the scholarship may not count as resources. And, if you are a disabled or blind person who used income to commute to work or to receive work training, these wages will not be counted when determining income eligibility status.
Finally, in order to receive benefits, a person must be a citizen or national of the U.S. In some cases, a person can receive SSDI benefits and SSI benefits simultaneously.
How a Social Security Disability Lawyer in Pennsylvania Helps
If you are disabled or have a disabled child, SSI benefits can greatly affect your quality of life. ARM Lawyers knows how important your case is, and knows how impactful receiving benefits could be. As such, if your claim has been denied, we can help you appeal the decision and get you the SSI to which you’re entitled.
For more questions regarding your eligibility, the amount of benefits that may be paid to you, what documents you’ll need, and how you can appeal a decision made by the Social Security Administration, contact us today at 570-257-4509 (Stroudsburg), 484-765-8140 (Palmerton), or 610-849-2788 (Bethlehem) to get started.