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Focusing on Supplemental Security Income benefits in the new year

Every year when the calendar turns over to January millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives or the lives of others. Some people resolve to stop smoking or to exercise more, while others resolve to stick to a budget and get their finances in order. The Social Security Administration, it seems, has made a resolution as well - to get out the word on how Supplemental Security Income can help families throughout the country.

As a government agency, the SSA carries out part of the duty of caring for the most vulnerable citizens in our country. Disabled children, in particular, can benefit from SSI benefits. The difference between SSI benefits and Social Security Disability benefits is that SSI benefits are available to people who have not built up the requisite work credits - children definitely fall within this category.

However, there are other requirements to meet as well. Similar to SSD benefits, an applicant for SSI benefits must have an impairment that is expected to last at least 12 months. If the condition is not that severe, the child probably will not qualify for SSI benefits. There are income requirements as well. An applicant for SSI benefits cannot be employed and earning more than $1,090 per month. If an applicant is earning more than that income threshold, that person will probably be denied for SSI benefits.

The Social Security Administration appears to be intent on educating the public on how various programs can help American families. For Los Angeles families who care for a disabled child, applying for Supplement Security Income benefits may be an option.

Source: saratogian.com, "Social Security benefits children year-round," Randy Rivet, Jan. 3, 2015

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