What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
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What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
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How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
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Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
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Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
What are the Assets that count for SSI Disability?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
The SSI disability program is a need based disability program; therefore like other need based programs it has a resource limit. Resource, of course, meaning assets. Social Security considers a countable asset for SSI disability resource limit to be any of the following:
1. Cash, savings bonds, stocks, or bank accounts;
5. Life insurance policies with a cash value;
6. Personal property;
7. Any other asset that could be easily converted to cash for food or shelter.
The following are not counted toward the SSI resource limit:
1. The home you live in and the land it is on;
2. Your household goods and personal belongings (i.e. wedding or engagement ring);
3. Life insurance policies with a combined cash value of $1500.00 or less;
4. Grants, scholarships, fellowships, or gifts set aside for education are not counted for nine months after receiving them;
5. One vehicle, regardless of value, if you use it for transportation for you or family;
6. Burial spaces for you or your immediate family;
7. Burial funds set aside for you or your spouse in the amount of $1500.00 or less;
8. Retroactive Social Security disability or SSI disability benefits (including SSI installment payments) are excluded for nine months following their receipt.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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