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Explaining Supplemental Security Income

Adults and children who are disabled and have limited income resources can apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the Social Security Administration (SSA). These benefits can also be paid out to seniors over the age of 65 who meet the financial requirements even if they are not disabled. This program is funded by revenue from general taxes, not Social Security tax.

Depending on your age or situation you might be able to apply for these benefits online. To qualify for an online application, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 18-65
  • Have not received SSI benefits in the past
  • Have not applied for SSI benefits in the past
  • Have not been married
  • Are not blind
  • Reside in any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia or the Northern Mariana islands
  • Submitting an application for Social Security Disability insurance at the same time as SSI

When you are done submitting your application online, a representative from the SSA will contact you should the agency require any further information. If you do not meet the online application requirements, you can complete an application in person at a local SSA office. If you are denied in your attempt to acquire SSI, it’s best to file an appeal with the help of an attorney.

Living with a disability that prevents you from working, or limiting the amount of time you can work, is a challenging situation. With the help of the SSA, you can apply for and receive benefits if you have limited income. It’s best to understand the process and know your rights when applying for Supplemental Security Income in Indianapolis.

Source: Social Security Administration, “Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits,” accessed Nov. 03, 2017