There’s no question about it – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are extremely complex. Not only are there many different stipulations as to who qualifies for them, but the actual application process is headache-inducing, to say the least. In fact, it is not uncommon for people to have their application rejected because of a tiny, tiny error, such as a misspelling or the failure to check a certain box. Because of the complicated nature of these benefits, it is important that you take your time with the process and make sure you have all your ducks in a row before hitting ‘submit’. Furthermore, it is a good idea to do a little bit of research and educate yourself on the ins and outs of SSI benefits before moving forward. It is important to take time to understand who is eligible, what the various types of benefits are, and what is needed in order to develop a disability case.
Today we will go over some of the basics about SSI benefits in the hopes that you will have a better idea of whether or not you are eligible. When applicable, these benefits can be a huge help to individuals and families throughout the United States. Unfortunately, many people do not fully understand their rights when it comes to disability benefits, which means they oftentimes miss out and do not receive the benefits they are able to.
What is the SSI Program?
Before we get into the details, let’s go over what, exactly, SSI benefits are. As mentioned above, SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income. This is a program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who are either unable to work because of their condition or have limited income and resources and are in need of financial assistance.
Who is Eligible for SSI Benefits?
In order to receive SSI benefits an individual must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- 65 years or younger
- Blind or disabled
- Has a limited income as well as limited resources
- Is a U.S. citizen or in one of the applicable categories of aliens
- Applies for other benefits or payments
- Such as pensions or Social Security benefits
- Has given the Social Security Administration (SSA) permission to contact any financial institution
Keep in mind that there are various, specific definitions for “disabled” when it comes to both children and adults. In order to ensure your condition makes you eligible for SSI benefits, it may be in your best interest to discuss your case with a SSI benefits attorney.
Tips for Applying for SSI Benefits
We cannot reiterate how complicated the SSI benefits application process is. In order to ensure your application does not get rejected, please make sure you meet the eligibility requirements and have an experienced SSI benefits lawyer help you with the application. In doing so, you will be reducing the risk of rejection. We also encourage you to make sure that you have a long enough work history and the required limited income and assets in order to be approved for SSI benefits.
To learn more about SSI benefits in Oklahoma, please contact Atkins & Markoff today. Our knowledgeable SSI benefits attorneys are here to walk you through the application process and ensure no rock is left uncovered.