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When Los Angeles residents are suffering from a disabling injury or illness, they have options and rights. There are specific government programs that are designed to assist those with certain disabilities, and, in some cases, individuals could qualify for more than one program. Even if you are receiving SSD benefits, it is also possible to apply for Supplemental Security Income.

Is SSI a Social Security benefit?

Previous posts here have detailed the differences between Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income. But, confusion may still linger. After all, if Supplemental Security Income is a program managed by the Social Security Administration, doesn't that make SSI a form of Social Security benefit?

A closer look at the eligibility details for SSI-related benefits

By now most of our readers probably know that Supplemental Security Income is different from Social Security Disability benefits. SSI benefits can be awarded to those who qualify, regardless of their work history. SSD benefits, on the other hand, are reserved for those who have the requisite amount of work credits on their record, as well as a qualifying disability. Although knowing the difference between these two federal benefits is important, it is a good idea to take a closer look at some of the eligibility details for Supplemental Security Income in particular.

Adjusting the amount of Supplemental Security Income payments

Los Angeles residents who depend on Supplemental Security Income are living on tight budgets. After all, to qualify for SSI benefits to begin with Los Angeles residents must have severely limited financial resources. These individuals and families depend on their SSI-benefits check each month, and they likely look closely at any potential adjustments that might be made to those benefits.

Children who suffer from cancer may be eligible for SSI benefits

All types of cancer are pervasive in America. Many of our Los Angeles readers probably know a friend or relative who has battled some form of cancer, be it skin cancer, lung cancer or a blood and bone cancer, like leukemia. The people who find themselves in the unfortunate position of trying to treat cancer face the challenge bravely. But, the challenge can be even more overwhelming when the person who is suffering from cancer is a child.

Your child may qualify for Supplemental Security Income

There are millions of families throughout America who are raising a child who suffers from a disability. These are some of the most caring individuals our readers could ever come across, as every day they are putting in the time and love to help raise their disabled children so that they can get the most out of life. Unfortunately, raising a disabled child can also be an expensive endeavor - one for which the federal government may be able to provide some financial assistance.

Determining eligibility for Supplemental Security Income

Social Security Disability benefits, while not as widely understood as Social Security retirement benefits, are still fairly familiar to most Los Angeles residents. Our readers know from previous posts here that there are a number of requirements that applicants have to meet in order to qualify for SSD benefits. The same is true for a lesser-known program that is run by the Social Security Administration - Supplemental Security Income, or SSI.

How are disability benefits different from SSI benefits?

Many of our Los Angeles readers have probably seen previous posts here that describe how a person who suffers from a disability may be eligible for Social Security Disability insurance benefits, but may also be eligible for Supplemental Security Income. The two programs sound similar, but are actually quite different. The reason they are oftentimes confused for one another is that both programs are administered by the Social Security Administration.

The crucial interplay between income and SSI benefits

Many of our Los Angeles readers may know that not all disabled individuals in America will qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. SSD benefits are reserved for those individuals who have the requisite number of work credits, so disabled children, for instance, may not qualify. But, the good news is that the families who are raising a child with a disability are not without hope. They may be eligible to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI.)

Defining "disability" when a California child is applying for SSI

By now, many of our Californian readers probably know the definition of "disability" used by the Social Security Administration to determine whether a person qualifies to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. And, many Los Angeles residents probably know that, for children, SSD benefits are not an option. But, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) might be. Nonetheless, what many people may not know is that the definition of "disability" when it comes to children applying for SSI benefits is slightly different than the definition applied to SSD applicants.

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