Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal earnings supplement program funded by basic tax incomes.

Both adults and children can be eligible for this federal program if they meet the definition of disabled and have limited income and resources. It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled individuals with little or no income. It offers cash to satisfy essential requirements for food, clothes, and shelter.

Child Definition

Under Social Security definition, a child is counted handicapped if the child’s physical or psychological problems(s) is so extreme that it leads to significant and severe functional limitations. The disability(s) must last or be expected to last for at least 12 months or lead to the child’s death.

To qualify you likewise must have little or no income and few resources. This suggests that the worth of the things you own must be less than $2,000 if you are single or less than $3,000 if you are married. This doesn’t include the value of your house if you live in it. Usually, the cost of your automobile is not included also. And the value of other specific resources, such as a burial plot, might not count either. To receive SSI, you likewise need to apply for any other cash benefits you may be eligible for. You must live in the United States or the Northern Mariana Islands to be eligible for SSI. If you are not a U.S. person but are lawfully residing in the United States, you still can be eligible for SSI. For more details, request Supplemental Security Income (SSI) For Noncitizens (Publication No. 05-11051). The New York State includes money to the federal payment. To determine how much to supplement your SSI payments the New York State may also consider the county or borough where you reside. Furthermore, to determine how much to supplement your SSI payments the New York State may also consider the county or borough where you live in congregate care, also known as group house or adult foster care. The single amount you get at the beginning of every month consists of both the federal SSI payment and your supplement from New York.

There is no online SSI Application.


Contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) by phone: 1-800-772-1213 Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-7:00 PM.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can call SSA at TTY 1-800-325-0778.

SSI amounts for 2020.

The maximum amounts per month or 2020 are $ 783 for a qualified individual, $1,175 for a qualified person with an eligible spouse, and $392 for an essential person.

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If you receive SSI, you can get medical help (Medicaid) by default. You will get a separate letter of approval and Medicaid ID card from the NYS. If you have any questions in regards to the Medicaid, call your local department of social services.

If you receive SSI, you can be eligible to get help through SNAP, formerly referred to as food stamps. SNAP can assist you in buying more food without spending more money. Nevertheless, Social Security does not decide if you eligible for SNAP. If you live in a home where everyone is using or receiving SSI, you can apply for SNAP at a Social Security office. If not, you need to apply at your local department of social services.

Keep in mind.

* Supplemental Security Income benefits are paid from general U.S. Treasury funds, not from Social Security taxes. To qualify for it you need not have worked a specific amount, or paid FICA taxes.

* 46 states and the District of Columbia have SSI payments. The following states don’t have it: Arizona, Mississippi, North Dakota, and West Virginia. States that offer additional payments might have their own guidelines relating to income and eligibility.

* SSI is not available to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam residents. Citizens of the Northern Mariana Islands can receive SSI, however, the territory does not supplement federal payments.

Can I get SSI and SSDI at the same time?

In some scenarios, you can receive both Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) advantages at the same time. This is usually described as “concurrent benefits». To be eligible for concurrent benefits, you must be approved for SSDI, however, get low payments through the program on a monthly basis.

Numerous aspects trigger a low monthly SSDI benefit:

* You have worked little or not at all in the last ten years.

* You had minimal work history at the time you became disabled.

* You became disabled at a young age before getting a considerable work history.

* You made relatively low earnings throughout your work history.

All of these factors can influence the number of SSDI benefits because payments are based on minimum health eligibility requirements, and having sufficient “work credits” developed throughout your employment history.

SSI program is based on income and financial needs. All income from “countable sources” are reviewed to determine whether you qualify for the SSI program.

Countable income consists of earned income and some types of “unearned earnings». SSDI payments are considered to be “unearned income». Simply put, any income you make can not go beyond set minimums under the SSI program.

Usually SSI unearned earnings limitations are set at $710 per month, however, in some states this limit is higher.

Eligibility for the SSI program is relatively complex. Both earned and unearned income is considered when determining financial need, so, are other funds or assets.

As there is a monthly income limit to be eligible for SSI, there is a limit for total available assets. Asset limitations are set at $2,000 for a single person, and $3,000 for married couples.

Even if your income and assets exceed to qualify for SSI benefits, you may still eligible for SSDI. Also, even if you don’t have the work history/credits to receive SSDI, you still can get SSI. However, if you meet the financial and medical requirements, there are cases when you can qualify to receive both SSI and SSDI at the same time.

It’s necessary to keep in mind that coverage for either SSI or SSDI is not guaranteed under Medicare and Medicaid. It’s important to have consultation with Social Security for more information about eligibility.

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