How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

SSI Benefits - who is Eligible and How do I apply for them?

SSI benefits are potentially payable to anyone who meets the social security administration definition of disability and both children and adults may be entitled to receive disability benefits under this program. However, before medical records are obtained and evaluated under the criteria of the program (as well as work history for adults and school records for children), eligibility for SSI begins with need.

Contrary to Social Security Disability, which is based strictly on the insured status of the working individual and the determination that they are, in fact, medically disabled, SSI does have non-medical criteria that must be met in order for a person to be entitled to monetary benefits. In fact, this criteria must be met before a claim can even be taken.

How do you apply for SSI benefits for yourself, or your child? All Social Security Disability programs require a disability interview. You must contact Social Security to schedule an appointment for a disability interview. Contacting your local Social Security office, or calling the toll free Social Security number can accomplish this.

For more information on how the disability process works, see:

1. What Happens in the processing of a disability claim after you file?
2. Filing a disability application and what happens during an interview.
3. What are the Assets that count for SSI Disability?

Once you have your disability interview appointment scheduled, you may be wondering what type of information Social Security will need to process your (or your child’s) application for SSI benefits. Since Supplemental Security Income is based upon need, you will need to bring in information about your income and resources. Currently, individuals applying for SSI disability are entitled to have countable assets totaling two thousand dollars, if single, and three thousand dollars for a couple.

What does Social Security view as a resource or asset? Social Security considers land or property other than the property you live on as a resource, insurance policies that have cash value, vehicles (cars, boats, etc), cash, stocks, bonds, and other sellable items as countable resources.

The SSI program also considers income such as veteran’s benefits, long term or short term disability benefits, and any type of wages payable to you or your spouse when determining your (or your child) eligibility for Supplemental Security income.

Keeping this in mind, what does Social Security require as a verification of income and resources? When you come to your interview, you will need to be able to provide information about your vehicles, bank accounts, investment information, life insurance policies, burial funds, and payroll information.

If you meet the income and resource qualifications of SSI, the claims representative will review your medical sources such as doctors, hospitals, and clinics where you have received treatment. Additionally, Social Security will need information about your work activity prior to becoming disabled to work, and your educational background. Once Social Security has gathered all of your medical information, your SSI claim will be sent to a state disability processing agency for a medical decision to be made.

Once a medical decision is made your SSI claim, it will be sent back to your local Social Security Office. If the medical decision was an allowance (an approval), you will be called in for an backend interview. This interview is used to determine your living arrangements and if you still meet the income and resource limits of the SSI disability program.

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

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Related pages:

SSI Disability - Filing for SSI Benefits
How much time does it take to get an SSI Decision?
What Benefits come with SSI Disability?
Is There A Maximum Dollar Amount For SSI Disability?
What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
What are the Assets that count for SSI Disability?
SSI Benefits - who is Eligible and How do I apply for them?
SSI Benefits - what do they include and how long does it take
What are the Application Requirements For SSI Disability?
The SSI Award Letter from Social Security
Social Security Disability Temporary Benefits and Closed Periods
If you apply for disability in Indiana
Will I qualify for disability Benefits in Indiana?
Getting a Disability Lawyer in Indiana

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.