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Have Questions on Supplemental Security Income? We Have the Answers

By Kenton Koszdin on May 16, 2018 | In Social Security Claims Process

Have Questions on Supplemental Security Income? We Have the Answers

Many people with disabilities are unaware that there is another federal program that can provide income to them, on condition that they meet certain requirements.

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a federal plan that is need-based. In other words, only those with very low income and few resources will qualify.

At our practice, we are often asked about SSI benefits. Here are some of the questions that we are most frequently asked:

  • What is the eligibility difference between SSI and Social Security Disability (SSDI)? To be eligible for SSI payments, an individual must have a very low income or be disabled, blind, over age 65 or a minor. SSDI eligibility is for those who are fully disabled and who have earned enough work credits to qualify.
  • What are the earnings and resource limits to qualify for SSI? An individual cannot earn more than $1,180 (in 2018) per month to be eligible for SSI. Also, a single person cannot have more than $2,000 in assets ($3,000 for a couple).
  • What types of resources are included in the resource limit? The Social Security Administration will consider bank accounts, vehicles, land, personal property, life insurance and burial plots when determining eligibility for SSI. The value of a home, however, is not counted.
  • How much are SSI payments? Unlike SSDI benefits which are based on earnings, SSI payments are the same for all who qualify: $750 per month for an individual and $1,125 for a couple.
  • Does the state of California supplement SSI payments? California’s State Supplemental Payment is $160.72 per month for an individual and $407.14 for a couple.
  • If I am working while receiving SSI, do I have to report my income to the Social Security Administration? You must do Monthly Wage Reporting at the beginning of each month. Your income may or may not affect your SSI benefits.

Learn more about the Supplemental Security Income program at this Social Security Administration website.

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If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, it’s important to get an attorney experienced in these types of cases involved immediately. Here at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys, CA, get help navigating the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family. Call 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home.

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