Supplemental Security Income Eligibility

More Disabled Citizens Taking Advantage of Supplemental Security Income Than Ever Before

by Staff | June 4th, 2014

If you’re disabled and struggling to make ends meet, getting Supplemental Security Income may prove helpful with finances, and it’s a program more and more disabled workers are taking advantage of.

Statistics from the Social Security Administration show a steady increase in the rate at which Supplemental Security Income is being given. In 2005, payments were made to an estimated one out of every six disability beneficiaries and one out of seven disabled workers. By 2012, rates had swelled to include one out of every seven disability recipients and one of every eight disabled workers.

So what does it take to meet Supplemental Security Income eligibility requirements? Rules state a recipient must be either 65-years of age or older, blind, or considered disabled. The individual must also be a citizen and resident of the United States, meet limited income requirements, and have limited resources for income.

Lawmakers are considering changes to the requirements for limited resources though, as the current rules have proven to restrain recipients from being able to save enough money to cover expenses.

To be considered for Supplemental Security Income, one must simply complete an application; however, the processes of applying for benefits can quickly become overwhelming. That’s why it’s so important to have a knowledgeable Social Security Disability Attorney by your side through each step of the process.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our team of lawyers has helped numerous clients get the benefits they deserve and want to do the same for you. Just give us a call to discuss your needs today.

How Does Income Affect Supplemental Security Income Eligibility?

by Staff | December 9th, 2013

December 9, 2013

For those who have little to no resources for income and are 65 years old or younger, blind, or disabled, the federal government offers a program called Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as assistance. However, the Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain anyone wishing to receive these benefits must meet certain income criteria.

According to a release from the Social Security Administration (SSA), an individual wishing to receive SSI benefits may not have countable income resources exceeding $2,000, while a couple is only allowed to have $3,000 in resources. Those who have more assets than this amount may also receive benefits if they reach a special agreement with the SSA that says the recipient will sell off some of their resources.

Two types of property can be sold in order to reach required maximum income resource limits: real and personal property. Real property includes assets such as land or a house where an individual lives. Personal property is considered any item of value that is non-excluded, including secondary vehicles.

The SSA will award benefits under certain conditions for up to nine months while an individual liquidates real property, while only three months of benefits will be awarded if personal property is being sold.

Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin’s team of attorneys recognizes how complex the regulations overseeing Supplemental Security Income Eligibility can be. That is why the firm suggests anyone considering applying for such benefits first discuss their case with a reputable attorney.

Supplemental Security Income Can Offer The Disabled Another Income Resource

by Staff | July 26th, 2013

July 26, 2013

For many who are unable to work due to a long-lasting mental or physical condition, benefits from the federal government, such as Social Security Disability, may be their only source of income. These funds are not always enough to make ends meet though, leaving a large portion of recipients looking for other income resources.

This is where Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can come into play. SSI is different from Social Security Disability in the sense that it is strictly based off of need and not work history. This leaves many citizens wondering what the qualifications for such benefits are.

The Social Security Administration, who oversees the distribution of SSI funds, explains that citizens who are over the age of 65-years-old, are blind, or who are disabled may be eligible for SSI benefits. These individuals must also have limited sources of income or resources for income. They must also hold United States citizenship or be in a certain category of legal alien.

Those who are interested in applying for such benefits can either fill out the necessary paperwork at a local Social Security Administration office or go online and complete the application.

The Supplemental Security Income Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of just how life-changing receiving SSI benefits can be for some and are here to answer any questions an individual considering applying for such benefits may have.

What Are The Qualifications For Supplemental Security Income Eligibility?

by Staff | July 15th, 2013

July 15, 2013

Many disabled Americans struggle to make ends meet. While many are able to receive Social Security Disability, the Social Security Administration denies more than 70 percent of initial claims. Even still, many who are lucky enough to have their disability claim approved still do not pull in enough benefits to cover everyday living expenses.

This is where Supplemental Security Income can come into play, but many question what the standards for Supplemental Security Income Eligibility may be.

First, it is important to examine exactly what Supplemental Security Income is. The benefit is provided to those who are 65-years-of-age or older, who are blind, or who are disabled. Furthermore, an individual must have limited sources of income and income resources.

An individual may not have income resources totaling more than $2,000, while a couple may only have resources of no more than $3,000. Personal items, such as homes, cars, clothing, and furniture are not used to figure a claimant’s resources.

A person may still qualify for SSI if they own a piece of valuable property they are trying to sell as well.

Once approved, these benefits will continue to be paid to a claimant until their living situation changes.

The Supplemental Security Income Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize the intricacies of the laws overseeing Supplemental Security Income claims and may be able to help if you are considering applying for such benefits or have a claim that was denied in the past.

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.