Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides benefits to those who qualify. Like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), there are specific requirements set forth by the Social Security Administration (SSA) each applicant must meet in order to be approved. The application for SSI is divided into two sections: one for assets and income, and one for disabilities.
SSI vs SSDI
One of the biggest differences between the two programs is that SSI applicants must fall within certain financial and medical parameters without regard to work history. Multiple factors are figured in, including living arrangements and other household income. Claims are often rejected because applicants misunderstand the requirements and do not fall within the required threshold.
Antonowicz Group is here to help SSI applicants understand the requirements, the documentation needed, and the process from beginning to end.
SSI benefits are available to individuals who meet the basic eligibility requirements and can also prove their financial need and inability to work. While there are several specific requirements based on age and disability, the initial criteria for adults include the following:
- Age 65 or older, are blind, or have a disability
- Limited income
- Limited resources
From there, it can be confusing because there may be exceptions for particular cases. Children under the age of 18 have a completely different set of guidelines. For these reasons, we recommend you consult with a disability attorney to increase your chance of approval for SSI benefits.
Applying for SSI
When you complete the application for SSI benefits, you will be required to provide documentation that may include any of the following:
- Proof of birth (original)
- Proof of citizenship or lawful alien status
- U.S. military papers
- W-2 forms or tax returns
- Adult Disability Report
- Medical records
- Financial statements
You may be asked to share other documentation depending on various circumstances. To learn more about the application process, please call Antonowicz Group for a free consultation.
Rome, NY SSI Attorney
The Antonowicz Group has been helping individuals obtain disability benefits for over 40 years. Our law firm is proud of the caring, personal service we provide our clients, and our dedication to each and every case.
Applying for SSI or SSDI benefits can be harrowing, and with only 30% of claims being approved each year, it behooves applicants to seek legal advice from an experienced SSI attorney. You don’t have to go through this alone, so call us to schedule your free case evaluation today.