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.
For starters, those who may qualify for SSI benefits must be either blind, disabled or over the age of 65. Next, the applicant must also have extremely limited financial resources, such as limited income and a lack of financially valuable assets. These are the two most important factors in determining eligibility for Supplement Security Income.
Next, the applicant must be a United States citizen, although in some limited cases non-citizens may be eligible as well. But, it is not enough for a person to be a citizen - the applicant must also live in the United States. Lastly, the applicant must not be confined in prison, or even in a hospital - if the government is footing the bill. And, applicants must grant the Social Security Administration permission to investigate their financial resources with any institutions or banks that are relevant.
There are many small details when it comes to applying for Supplemental Security Income. Los Angeles residents who think they are eligible may want to make sure that they have all of the right information about the application process.
Source: ssa.gov, "SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI) ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS," Accessed Jan. 16, 2017