Supplemental Security Income
Are you eligible for SSI?
Supplemental Security Income is a means-tested program which provides financial
assistance to certain categories of people who are in need of help in
covering their living expenses. To be eligible, you must either be older
than the age of 65 years old, blind (central visual acuity of 20/200 or
less even with a correcting lens), or disabled. The qualification for
a disability for SSI is the same as for
Social Security Disability Insurance, namely that you are either unable to work for at least a year or are
suffering from a terminal condition. In addition to these requirements,
you must have a limited income and limited financial resources.
Information About Supplemental Security Income
There are currently nearly 5.5 million people receiving SSI alone, in addition
to 2.8 million who receive both SSI and
SSD benefits. There were 68,725 recipients in Colorado in 2011. Of these, 25.2% are
over the age of 65, 15.8% are younger than 18 and 59% are between the
ages of 18 and 64. The average monthly payment is $516.40 nationwide and
$471.80 in Colorado. Total payments for 2011 exceeded $49 billion. Mental
disabilities are the most common condition among people receiving SSI
in Colorado, as 53.9% of beneficiaries younger than 65 years old have
an impairment of this type.
Maximizing Your Benefits
In many cases, it is possible for someone who is receiving Supplemental
Security Income to claim SSD benefits as well. If your SSD benefit amount
is above a certain level, it could actually make you ineligible for SSI,
but we can advise you of whether this would be true in your case. Another
aspect of the situation is that if you qualify for SSI, you should automatically
be eligible to receive
Medicaid to pay for your medical expenses.
Contact Clawson & Clawson, LLP now for a free consultation to learn about how we can help you with the
application process and to get started on your case.