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Social Security Benefits: Tips, Tricks, and What to Look out for

In 2017, Two Million people in the United States applied for disability benefits, but only 762,141 were approved. This means that 4 in 10 applicants who claimed they were too disabled to work, met the Social Security Administrations guidelines for approval.1  To be approved for benefits, you must meet certain criteria. You will be denied if you do not meet the basic non-medical requirements, your medical condition will not last long enough or isn't severe enough, you won't cooperate with the SSA, the SSA cannot get in contact with you, your disability is primarily due to drug or alcohol abuse, there's not enough medical evidence, you've been convicted of a crime, or you have committed fraud. All of these things will get your application denied immediately.

How Much Does SSI Pay?

While SSI is a federal program (administered by the Social Security Administration), and the federal government pays a standard base rate of $735 per month, most SSI recipients receive more or less than the federal benefit rate. For starters, the federal benefit rate for couples is of $1,103, which you'll get if you are married and your spouse is eligible for SSI benefits as well. In addition, the federal rate amount regularly changes with cost of living increases.

Social Security Disability Benefits for Columbus Members

Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are "insured," meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must first have worked in a job, or jobs, covered by Social Security. You then must have a condition that meets the Social Security definition of disability. To meet Social Security's definition of "disability," you must not be able to engage in any substantial gainful activity because of a medically-determinable physical or mental impairment(s); that is expected to result in death, or that has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.  Benefits usually continue until you are able to work again on a regular basis. If you are receiving Social Security Disability benefits when you reach full retirement age, your disability benefits automatically covert to retirement benefits, but the amount remains the same. 

Supplemental Security Income for Children with Disabilities

SSI makes monthly payments to people with low income and limited resources who are 65 or older, or blind or disabled. Your child younger than age 18 can qualify if he or she meets Social Security's definition of disability for children, and if his or her income and resources fall within the eligibility limits. 

What is Supplemental Security Income?

Supplemental Security Income, also known as SSI, is a federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues. The program is designed to aid aged, blind and disabled individuals, who have little or no income. SSI provides cash to meet basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. To receive SSI, you must live in the United States and must be a U.S. citizen or national. Whether you may receive SSI, also depends on your income and resources. 

What is Social Security Disability Insurance?

Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are "insured," meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must first have worked in a job, or jobs, covered by Social Security. You then must have a condition that meets the Social Security definition of disability. To meet Social Security's definition of "disability," you must not be able to engage in any substantial gainful activity because of a medically-determinable physical or mental impairment(s); that is expected to result in death, or that has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.  Benefits usually continue until you are able to work again on a regular basis. If you are receiving Social Security Disability benefits when you reach full retirement age, your disability benefits automatically covert to retirement benefits, but the amount remains the same. 

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