Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a disability program administered by the Social Security Administration. Oklahoma residents who limited financial support or income may qualify for income from this program, if they are disabled, blind or over the age of 65 and meet several other important criteria. This post will briefly discuss the qualifications a person must meet to receive SSI, but readers are reminded that this post is not legal advice.
As stated, a person must be either disabled per the Social Security Administration's definition of the term, blind or at least 65-years-old to receive SSI. Additionally, their income and financial resources must be sufficiently limited to avail them to this financial benefits program. In addition, qualified individuals must be United States citizens, nationals or qualified aliens, must reside in the United States or United States territory and must not be confined in a government-run hospital.
Even if a person meets these and other qualifications, they must prove that they are eligible by submitting an application for SSI benefits. These applications can be denied, if they are insufficient and can cause otherwise qualifying individuals to experience delays in receiving SSI as they wait for their applications to be reviewed.
For some, SSI benefits are the difference that allows them to keep living in their homes, to have the money to put food on their tables, and to enjoy some sense of financial comfort in their lives. Readers who believe that they may qualify for this important form of Social Security benefits are encouraged to discuss their qualifications with attorneys who represent disability benefits clients.