Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

A Second Source of Disability Benefits

If you are unable to work because you have a disability, you may be eligible for federal disability benefits even if you do not meet all the criteria for Social Security Disability (SSD). People who have not earned enough work credits to be eligible for SSD may still be able to receive financial support through Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

At the Rochester, NY Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, we are ready to explain SSI and help people though the application and appeals processes. To learn how we can help you, call 877.236.7366 or contact us online.

Supplemental Security Income vs. Social Security Disability

SSI is a disability benefit available through the Social Security Administration. The eligibility criteria and application process are similar to SSD, but there are some important differences:

  • You must have limited assets to qualify for SSI. Generally, your assets must be under $2,000 for an individual and $3,000 for a couple, but not all assets count toward this limit. Your home does not count, for example. SSD does not have these limits.
  • You do not have to pay Social Security taxes to qualify for SSI. To be eligible for SSD, applicants must have worked and paid taxes long enough.

Even if you are eligible for SSD based on your work history, you may still qualify for SSI payments. In some cases, people who have qualified for SSD benefits may be eligible for SSI if their monthly SSD payments are low enough.

SSI Definition of Disability

For adults, the disability criteria for SSI are the same as for Social Security Disability. This means that applicants for SSI must show that they have a medical condition that prevents them from doing any kind of work and is expected to last for at least a year or to be fatal. The application and appeals processes are very similar to SSD.

Disabled children have different eligibility criteria for SSI than adults.

Whether you are eligible for SSI or SSD, our law firm can help you with initial applications, administrative hearings and federal court appeals. To learn about how our experienced disability lawyers can help you, call 877.236.7366 or contact us online us for a free consultation.