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Primer: a look at the Supplemental Security Income program

The Social Security Administration administers a number of programs that help with the basic living needs of elderly, disabled and other Americans, with eligibility requirements being varied.

Many of our readers in Wisconsin and elsewhere know a bit or even a great deal about Social Security Disability, a worker-funded program pursuant to which applicants are made eligible through financial contributions over the course of their working lives. Our firm provides comprehensive assistance to SSD claimants at all stages, from initial application to appeals and beyond.

A program that is perhaps not as well known to many Americans is the Supplemental Security Income program, widely known by the acronym SSI. This program helps many people that do not qualify for SSD owing to lack of a sufficient work history and corresponding payroll contributions into that program.

It also merits noting that some persons who qualify to receive SSI benefits are also eligible for assistance under other government programs, as well. A proven SSD/SSI attorney commands a comprehensive knowledge of such programs and can work on behalf of a claimant to explore all options.

In fact, close and continuing input from an experienced disability attorney can help a person who is looking into government programs ensure that no stone is left unturned. For example, an attorney can help make important threshold determinations, such as the eligibility requirements for particular programs. The SSI program, for example, provides benefits to persons 65 or older whose income is beneath a stated threshold, as well as to persons who are blind or have disabilities. Adults and children can qualify for the program.

Although eligibility amounts under the SSI program are uniformly similar across the country, state-added benefits can result in some variances. A Wisconsin disability attorney can discuss SSI eligibility, income levels and related considerations with a claimant and also provide relevant information on other government programs.

Source: (official Social Security website), "Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits," undated

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