You’ve been disabled for a length of time, and you have always been able to get by on the benefits. However, with rising costs, you’re worried you won’t have enough to cover your needs.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is one answer to your problem. It’s something that people can apply for with their disability benefits or seek out at a later time. It has the benefits to provide you with several hundred, or more, dollars per month to help support you.
What is Supplemental Security Income?
When you’re on benefits or need an income to support yourself due to age or disability, you may wish to obtain SSI. Supplemental Security Income is a benefit program that provides additional financial support to children, disabled adults and the elderly with limited financial means.
The Supplemental Security Income program has a few requirements you must meet before you can seek its benefits. To be able to qualify, you’ll need to:
- Be at least 65
- Have a disability or be blind
- Be a citizen of the United States, an alien meeting applicable requirements or be a national of the U.S.
- Live in the United States, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands or on a military base.
If you think that this is slightly complicated, you would not be the first person to believe so. Since it can be hard to tell who qualifies for this aid, benefits.gov provides a Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool. This tool can help you predetermine if you can qualify for SSI before you go to your attorney for help applying.