As our previous post discussed, Supplemental Security Income is one type of benefit offered by the Social Security Administration. It is, of course, a little different from Social Security Disability Insurance - but how, exactly? In addition, how can children - such as those with long-term cancer - obtain coverage? There can be many questions not only about the program, but also about how to obtain benefits.
Luckily, the experienced attorneys here at The Lawrence Law Firm are able to answer these questions and guide you on the path to obtaining much needed financial assistance. Supplemental Security Income, like its counterpart, SSDI, is meant to provide financial assistance for those who cannot work anymore due to mental conditions or physical disabilities. One of the main differences, however, is eligibility - SSI may be obtained by people who have not had FICA taxes removed from work pay.
The Social Security Administration will consider a number of factors during an application for benefits, and those who live in households that bring in a certain amount of money won't qualify. However, if you do meet the income eligibility restrictions, the SSA will need proof of a disability condition that won't allow you to work. Depending on the condition, this may require some work to gather supporting documentation.
Perhaps one of the highlights of SSI is that children may be eligible for benefits. There are a number of conditions that can qualify, although "marked and extreme" limitations are necessary to secure financial assistance. Regardless of age, working with a firm experienced with the Social Security Disability can make a difference in regaining a financial foothold when dealing with a long-term disability.