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Supplemental Security Income for Adults and Children

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) federal benefits program provides financial assistance to both disabled adults and children who do not qualify for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI); these individuals are generally those with few, if any, resources or financial support. The program also benefits Americans over the age of 65, whether disabled or not, who qualify under the financial limits determined by the program's guidelines. This program is not funded by payroll taxes but through general federal tax monies. It targets seniors, the blind, and the disabled, providing them with the necessary funds to meet basic living expenses and needs such as food, shelter, and clothing.

Under the definition of disabled according to the Social Security Administration, a person must have a physical or mental impairment (or combination thereof) that prevents them from working and that has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or is expected to result in death. Generally, in 2012, if the disabled individual earned $1010 gross income per month, he or she would not be eligible for SSI. Income totaling less than this amount may still generally allow one to qualify for SSI benefits.

Rules Governing SSI Benefits

Other criteria that determine eligibility and the amount of benefits one may be entitled to include having limited resources, such as less than $2,000 for an individual or less than $3,000 for a couple. Resources are defined as owning anything which could be sold or liquidated into accessible cash, such as real estate, stock portfolios, or other assets. Other considerations also affect how much one may receive in SSI benefits, including one's living arrangements and unearned income received such as alimony payments, retirement plans, or Social Security Disability benefits.

As these guidelines vary from year to year and state to state and from individual to individual, it is advised that you consult with me as Rochester Social Security Disability lawyer. I can thoroughly review your situation and, if you have a valid claim, can help you make a complete SSI application along with submission of all necessary medical records and other documentation to substantiate your claim. With 20 years of legal experience, I have a strong command of what is needed to maximize your chances for a successful case result.

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