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What is Supplemental Security Income?

Supplemental Security Income is a special program for disabled persons with limited income, which is managed by the Social Security Administration. SSI is available to people of limited financial means who are blind, disabled or 65 years of age or over. Children who are disabled or blind may also be able to qualify for SSI.

People who can qualify for SSI might also be able to receive benefits Social Security benefits at the same time. An application for SSI will also serve as an application to receive Social Security benefits. These programs have some differences that applicants need to be aware of.

For example, Social Security benefits can be received by both you and specific close relatives. However, in order for you and your relatives to qualify for Social Security benefits, you have to be "insured" -- i.e., you need to have worked for a sufficient period of time and paid a sufficient amount of Social Security taxes to receive these benefits. SSI benefits, on the other hand, do not require you to have worked and/or paid Social Security taxes in the past.

The SSI program is also different from Social Security because it receives funding from a different source. The U.S. Treasury pays for the SSI program from income it receives from income taxes, corporate taxes and other taxes. Meanwhile, the Social Security program gets its funding through taxes collected under the Self Employment Contributions Act or the Federal Insurance Contributions Act.

There are a lot more differences between SSI and regular Social Security disability benefits. Probably the most important thing to remember, though, is that people who are excluded from receiving Social Security disability, might be able to get benefits through SSI. A qualified Minneapolis disability benefits attorney will be able to evaluate the unique circumstances of your case and tell you what kind of benefits you will most likely be able to receive.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Overview," accessed Sep. 04, 2015

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