Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Archives

Supplemental Security Income went up in 2019, but not by much

It is true the amount of money paid out through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) went up for 2019, helping to make up for inflation and related issues, but it did not rise by all that much. It is important for those considering the benefits to know exactly what they may be able to get.

Schizophrenia and your young adult child: Know your options

Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder that drastically affects the victims' perceptions of the world around them and their ability to interact with others. It is usually disabling and it often strikes when victims are quite young, so it's important for parents and caregivers to know the options they have.

How much does Supplemental Security Income really pay?

If you qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your first question is probably simple: How much money am I actually going to receive? What does this qualification mean for you from a financial standpoint? Just how much of an impact is it going to have on your life?

Appealing Supplemental Security Income benefits that were denied

Filing for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is a challenging process for many, especially those who have never had to file in the past. It's important that you complete the application correctly the first time, with all of the required information, or you risk having it denied. If your application for benefits is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision within 60 days of receiving the denial notice.

What do you do if your Supplemental Security Income is denied?

If you receive a denial letter in regard to your application to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), it may make you worry that you'll be unable to get what you need. Fortunately, there are options to have an appeal.

Compassionate Allowances

For certain aggressive illnesses or severe injuries, applicants maybe be able to receive benefits in an expedited fashion. The Social Security Administration has a list of conditions for which one may be able to receive a "Compassionate Allowance". The Compassionate Allowance initiative is intended to help the Social Security Administration reduce the waiting time to reach a disability determination for individuals with the most serious disabilities. Certain illnesses on the Compassionate Allowance List are regarded as so serious that a simple diagnosis of the condition from a doctor automatically qualifies an applicant for benefits. The complete list of Compassionate Allowance conditions is available on the Social Security Administration's website. There are 200 plus conditions that may entitle you to a compassionate allowance. Applications with proper documentation can be processed and awarded within a month. Moreover, Social Security will consider how long the successful applicant has been disabled and will pay benefits retroactively for the months between when the disability began and when the application was approved, in addition to providing monthly funds going forward.

Paid Parental Leave

On August 2, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) proposed the "Economic Security for New Parents Act," a bill which would amend Title II of the Social Security Act to provide paid parental leave benefits to parents following the birth or adoption of a child. The attempt to address relief for new parents is long overdue, as the United States is one of the only countries (alongside Swaziland, Australia, and Papua New Guinea) which does not provide paid parental leave. At present, those unable to work due to pregnancy or childbirth may take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, but many find these safeguards insufficient.

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