Supplemental Security Income Lawyers

Changes to Distribution of Supplemental Security Income in New York

by Staff | October 1st, 2014

Living on a budget is a reality for most Americans receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and recipients in New York may soon need to make some adjustments since changes have been made to when benefits are distributed in the state.

The Rome Sentinel explains New Yorkers receiving SSI benefits will now receive two separate payments each month, rather than one lump sum. One of the payments will come from the Social Security Administration. Then, later in the month, recipients will get another payment from New York’s SSI State Supplement Program.

Beneficiaries will still receive the same amount of income each month, and payments will be made using the same methods as before. The changes allow the state to save money by administering payments through their own system, rather than paying the Social Security Administration to distribute payments.

These changes could throw a wrench in your monthly budget if you’re a New Yorker who depends on SSI benefits to make ends meet. That’s why the team of Supplemental Security Income lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to offer you these tips to help ease the transition:

Track Your Expenses

Try holding on to receipts for several weeks to a month. Then, examine your expenses to determine where your money is going. Having this information can help you prioritize what expenses should be paid first.

Check For Supplemental Security Income Payments

Since you will now be receiving two separate payments, it may be more difficult to notice if a payment is late or missed. So, be sure to regularly check your mail or account on the day payments are made to ensure you receive your benefits.

Go Automatic

The SSA recently made a push to stop making paper payments, but some recipients have not made the transition to automatic payments. Doing so will save you a trip to the bank each month and can prevent the loss or theft of your monthly benefits.

We hope these tips help you to better manage your Supplemental Security Income payments.

Are Supplemental Security Income Laws Holding Americans Back?

by Staff | September 10th, 2014

Millions of Americans depend on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to make ends meet. But SSI laws and regulations that govern this program have not changed in decades, and there is strong argument the regulations force the program’s participants to live in poverty.

In qualify for SSI, applicants must not make more than $700 per month, which is well below the poverty line. Benefits recipients are also prohibited from accruing more than $2,000 in savings, preventing them from saving money for the future.

Luckily, there are those who are fighting to change these laws through the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. An article from Al Jazeera America explains this piece of legislation would allow SSI recipients to create tax-free savings accounts to help cover expenses such as purchasing a home, receiving a higher education, buying a car, or paying for medical expenses. The accounts would have a $100,000 limit, which would prevent most recipients from losing benefits.

The SSI Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of how difficult it can be to make ends meet on Social Security benefits. That’s why we are here to help you ensure you get the benefits you deserve. Call us at (800) 477-7315 to learn what we can do for you if you’re applying for benefits or have a claim that’s been denied in the past.

Can U.S. Immigrants Receive Supplemental Security Income?

by Staff | December 6th, 2013

December 6, 2013

The federal government offers assistance to citizens who are permanently disabled through programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, a common question is whether individuals living in the United States who are not citizens can receive the same benefits. The Supplemental Security Income Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that the answer to that question is yes, if they meet certain requirements.

The Social Security Administration states an alien may qualify for SSI if they fall under one of seven categories, as well as meet other conditions.

The categories of qualified aliens include those who were:

  • Lawfully Admitted for Permanent Residence (LAPR)
  • Granted conditional entry under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
  • Paroled into the United States under the INA for a period of at least one year
  • A refugee admitted into the United States under the INA
  • Granted asylum under the INA
  • Having their deportation held under the INA
  • A “Cuban or Haitian Entrant” under the Refugee Education Act of 1980

These individuals must also:

  • Have been living in the U.S. and receiving SSI on August 22, 1996
  • Have 40 qualifying quarters of work
  • Currently on active duty in the U.S. military
  • Have been lawfully residing in the U.S. prior to August 22, 1996, and are blind or disabled

The law firm’s attorneys recognize how complex the qualifications for Alien SSI Benefits can be. That’s why the firm suggests discussing your case with an attorney if you are considering applying for SSI benefits.