supplemental security income benefits

3 Factors Used In Determining Supplemental Security Income Benefits

by Staff | January 22nd, 2014

January 22, 2014

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans apply to receive Supplemental Security Income due to a lack of other resources. Large portions of these claims are denied though. This leaves many applicants wondering what the most common Supplemental Security Income Denial Factors are.

In order to receive these benefits, a claimant must first meet three standards. These include having limited amounts of:

  • Assets– A claimant can have no more than a total of $2,000 in resources. This includes cash, property, and vehicles.
  • Income– Recipients of supplemental income can make no more money than the allowable limit. Factors used to figure total income include earned income, unearned income, the amount of food or shelter that the claimant receives for free or discount, and a spouse’s income.
  • Living Arrangements– Factors such as if a residence is being rented or purchased, if a claimant is hospitalized, institutionalized, or are living in a long-term care facility will each be used to determine a claimants benefit total.

If the Social Security Administration decides to deny an individual’s claim based off these factors, the claimant has a right to appeal the decision.

The Supplemental Security Income Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of how complex the appeal process can be. That is why the firm urges anyone who has had a Supplemental Security Income claim denied to speak with a reputable attorney immediately.

Woman’s Supplemental Security Income Benefits Affected By Loss of Home

by Staff | November 27th, 2013

November 27, 2013

There are currently more than 4.7 million Americans who depend on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as their main resource for money. In order to receive these benefits though, individuals must meet certain income requirements. Acquiring more funds than the law limits will lead to a loss of benefits.

An article from ABC 6 News told of how one woman had been negatively affected by these rules after her home burned down. Reports indicated the woman had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease more than 15 years ago and was later awarded a meager benefits package from the Social Security Administration (SSA) due to her lack of income caused by the condition. When her house burned to the ground last February though, the woman was awarded a $47,000 settlement check from her homeowner’s insurance policy.

The woman was required to report her income and spending to the SSA, but was shocked to learn her payments were halted due to the check she received for her home. The SSA argued the money counted against the woman’s annual income, which is limited to $2,000 per month, and made her ineligible for benefits.

While the victim has been allowed to reapply for SSI, there is no knowing when a resolution in the matter will be reached.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize how complicated the process can be to receive benefits. That is why the firm is here to help anyone considering applying for such assistance.

Several States Developing Programs For Getting Kids Off Supplemental Security Income

by Staff | November 18th, 2013

November 18, 2013

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program designed to offer assistance to those who are unable to work due to a physical or mental condition and have limited income resources. The program has a history of failing to get young recipients back into the workforce though, which has prompted the government to offer several states millions of dollars to develop campaigns that are effective at placing SSI recipients back into the workforce.

According to an article published by Disability Scoop magazine, a total of 11 states will receive a portion of more than $200 million to be used as part of the Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) program. The money is to be used to help children in homes that receive SSI benefits graduate from high school, complete a secondary education or receive job training, and acquire employment.

States receiving the funds include:

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Wisconsin
  • Utah
  • South Dakota
  • North Dakota
  • Montana
  • Colorado
  • Arizona

The Social Security Administration, along with the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services, are providing funding for the project.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos, and Newlin applaud the government’s effort to assist those who are most in need and are hopeful the project is a success!

What Qualifies An Individual For Supplemental Security Income?

by Staff | June 28th, 2013

June 28, 2013

Millions of Americans each year are left unable to work due to a mental or physical condition. This often leaves them reliant on assistance programs, such as Social Security Disability, in order to make ends meet. For many, these funds aren’t enough to make ends meet.

The government has created a program that provides additional funding to these individuals, called Supplemental Security Income. Many citizens wonder though, “What are the qualifications for Supplemental Security Income Eligibility?”

The Social Security Administration explains that in order to qualify for such benefits, an individual must either be over the age of 65, blind, or disabled in some way. Furthermore, the individual must also be a citizen and have limited income and/or resources.

Those who are not citizens of the United States may still be able to qualify for benefits if they meet certain criteria of what is considered a “qualified alien”.

Those who are ineligible for these benefits include:

  • Fugitives of the law
  • Anyone in prison or jail
  • Anyone admitted to a public institution
  • Any recipient absent from the United States for a full calendar month or 30 consecutive days

The Supplemental Security Income Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize how complex the eligibility and application processes for benefits can be. The firm suggests discussing your case with an attorney if you are considering applying for benefits or have a claim that has been denied in the past.

Supplemental Security Income: What Is It and How To Get It

by Staff | June 17th, 2013

June 14, 2013

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.

Social Security Overpaid $6.5 Billion in 2009

by Staff | June 15th, 2011

On Tuesday a government investigator told Congress that the Social Security Administration made $8 billion in improper payments in 2009—overpaying $6.5 billion and underpaying $1.5 billion to benefit recipients. The Associated Press reports that the largest chunk of these benefits—$4 billion—went to Supplemental Security Income recipients.

The agency’s Inspector General Patrick P. O’Caroll Jr., told Congress that about 10 percent of the payments made through the SSI program were incorrect. He attributes this largely to people who didn’t report all of their assets. He found far fewer errors in pay-outs to retirees and the disabled. In fact, the agency reports a 99.5 percent accuracy rate on its retirement and disability payments in 2009.

“By any standard, the scope of these problems is considerable,” said Rep. Charles Boustany, who is chairman of the House Ways and Means Oversight subcommittee. “Regardless of whether a payment occurs because of simple error or outright fraud, improper payments harm Social Security programs in the long term, jeopardizing benefits for those who may need them in the future. They also cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year.”

At a joint hearing held yesterday by the two Ways and Means subcommittees, SSA Deputy Commissioner Carolyn Colvin said that the agency pays nearly 60 million Americans and that it’s committed to protecting program dollars.

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Do you think you were one of the millions of people who either received too many benefits or not enough?

If you need help with your Social Security Disability benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.