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SUPPLEMENTAL SECURIY INCOME
We can assist you with claims related to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit, which provide income benefits to individuals who are aged, blind or disabled and who meet specific guidelines relating to income and resources.
The Supplemental Security Income Program differs from retirement, survivor and disability benefits in the many ways, as follows:
No Work Requirment. SSI do not have a work requirement, which is significantly different than retirement, survivor and
disability benefits. In fact, many recipients of the SSI have never worked or contributed to the Social Security System or any
private pension plan.
Demonstrated Need. SSI payments are made only after need is demonstrated based on objective tests to determine to whom
payment can be made based on specific guidelines relating to income and resources.
No Retroactive Benefits. Benefits are only payable from the month after the month of application and are not retoractice
for one year prior to the application date, as with other benefit programs.
Shorter Waiting Period. There is no five-month waiting period for eligibility after onset of disability as with other claims.
In fact, if an individual has concurrent eligibility for several programs, SSI is payable before the five-month period elapses for
Children. SSI benefits are available to disabled children under 18 years of age who meet the criteria, which is different
than other programs where a minor child is eligible for benefits without regard to disability only if he or she is the child of the
deceased worker or is dependent upon an eligible retired or disabled worker.
Continuing Disability Provision. Individuals who were determined to be totally and permanently disabled under an approved
state plan prior to January 1974 and who continue to meet that definition of disability are considered disabled for SSI benefits.
Rehabilitation and Other Service Requirements. SSI claimants can be required to accept vocational rehabilitation services,
and failure to do so can result in termination. In addition, an SSI claimant is required to take all appropriate steps to secure
other benefits that may be available to avoid suspension of benefits.
Citizenship. SSI benefits are not payable to most persons who are not citizens. In addition, except for children of
servicemen stationed outside of the United States, SSI recipients must physically reside in the United States in order to receive
Pre-Termination Hearing. SSI claimants are entitled an opportunity for a pre-termination hearing before benefits are suspended.
We can help you assess your eligibility and assist with application and/or resubmission of claims for Social Security Supplemental
Income benefits, where applicable.
Please feel free to call or e-mail us if we can be of assistance.
(773) 625-2220 FAX
(847) 426-2907 FAX