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Upcoming COLA will raise payments in SSI benefits

Oklahomans who are injured, ill or disabled and meet the necessary income thresholds can receive Supplemental Security Income through Social Security disability. SSI benefits are for people who have a limited income and are disabled, blind or over 65-years-old. Many people rely on SSI when they cannot work and are not able to support themselves. An issue that many face is that the SSI payments are not sufficient to cover their expenses.

What should I know about SSI benefits and prerelease procedures?

Oklahomans who are receiving Supplemental Security Income through the Social Security disability program might have medical issues that require inpatient treatment or some other form of institutionalization. A concern that frequently comes up is how they can get their SSI benefits quickly once they have been released. This is when it is important to understand the prerelease procedure.

What is monthly wage reporting when getting SSI benefits?

Oklahomans who have been approved for Supplemental Security Income already know that the benefits are based on financial need and are for people who have a disability, are 65 or older or are blind. The resources a person has available will largely dictate what they receive in SSI-related benefits. To ensure that recipients are getting what they are supposed to when they are supposed to get it, it is necessary to take part in monthly wage reporting. At the start of each month, the SSI recipient will report his or her wages to the Social Security Administration. This is a requirement under the law. The wages might or might not affect the amount the person gets. The SSA will factor in expenses that are paid so the person can work.

Can I get SSI benefits if I am not a U.S. citizen?

People in Oklahoma who are not U.S. citizens but are in the country legally should be aware that they can get Supplemental Security Income if they meet the requirements. Since SSI is for people who fall under certain income requirements, are blind or are 65 or older, these benefits can be beneficial. For noncitizens, it is vital to understand how to qualify.

Can expenses that allow me to work affect my SSI benefits?

Many Oklahomans who are seeking or already receiving Supplemental Security Income are physically able to work while getting benefits. However, their issues are such that they still have expenses to account for their impairment to work. Known as impairment related work expenses, generally, the Social Security Administration can deduct these costs when the determination is made as to how much SSI the recipient will get. This allows the SSA to not count all earnings and will not reduce the SSI by as much.

How can a windfall offset affect my SSI benefits?

Oklahomans who seek and receive Supplemental Security Income might not be aware of certain key rules and regulations related to the benefits, but they can certainly affect them. These rules might seem arcane, but can be problematic if the person does not know about them. One is the windfall offset. People who can receive SSI benefits and Social Security in the same month are not able to receive both in full for that month. This is referred to as windfall offset.

What should I know about SSI benefits when I turn 18?

Disabled individuals in Oklahoma who are receiving Supplemental Security Income through the Social Security disability program should be aware of the rules that go along with their benefits. This is particularly important to people who have received benefits while under the age of 18 and have issues that will continue and warrant benefits after they turn 18.

How Social Security Disability benefits can help you

For over 80 years, the Social Security program has helped millions of Americans through many stages of life. Today, among the many benefits that the Social Security Administration offers are multiple programs designed to help Americans in need. Their Social Security Disability benefits programs are designed to help Americans who are disabled and unable to work.

How does the Student Earned Income Exclusion affect SSI benefits?

Oklahomans who are receiving Social Security disability benefits through the Supplemental Security Income program, are under age 22 and regularly attend school need to be aware of the Student Earned Income Exclusion. This allows people who fall into this category to exclude income and still receive SSI benefits. Since SSI is based on need, this is important. The amount generally changes on an annual basis and, for 2017, the amount that can be excluded is $1,790 per month and can be as much as $7,200 per year.

Social Security disability for the blind or vision impaired

Blind Oklahomans or those who have low vision might not know that there are certain special rules that might let them receive benefits while they are unable to work. There are two programs under Social Security disability that allow those with vision issues to get benefits. They are the Supplemental Security Income program and the Social Security Disability Insurance program. The medical requirements for each are the same.

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