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People getting SSD and SSI benefits will receive more in 2020

Oklahomans who are either getting Social Security disability or Supplemental Security Income will receive a certain amount in benefits every month. Regardless of whether they are getting SSD or SSI, they should be cognizant of periodic increases in the amount they get. This frequently depends on various factors including the cost of living. It was recently announced by the Social Security Administration that people getting these benefits will receive an increase in 2020. For those already getting these benefits or seeking them, this can be an important piece of news.

What if I have too many resources for SSI benefits?

Oklahomans who meet the basic requirements to be approved for Supplemental Security Income might find themselves unable to get the benefits for other reasons. Simply being blind, disabled, 65 or older is not enough to be approved when applying for SSI benefits. The Social Security Administration must also assess the person's resources. If there are excess resources, this can prevent a person from getting benefits when they would otherwise have been approved. To address this and other SSI-related issues, it can often help to have experienced legal advice.

Does getting a loan impact my SSI benefits?

When Oklahomans apply for Supplemental Security Income, they will undoubtedly understand there are certain rules to being approved and retaining benefits. In addition to needing to meet the income and resource requirements, the person must also be disabled, blind or 65 and older. Circumstances can also have an impact on the SSI benefits the person gets per month. If, for example, the SSI recipient takes out a loan, this can alter the amount they are getting in SSI benefits. Understanding how this works is an important facet of the entire process.

People getting SSI benefits can also open ABLE accounts

When Oklahomans are disabled, blind and over age 65, they can get Supplemental Security Income if they meet the other fundamental requirements. For those who are struggling financially and have met these basic criteria, it can be a relief to be approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Frequently, they will not consider other benefits available to them. This is a mistake that can keep them from saving money in accounts that will not affect their resource requirements and other needs to get SSI.

Does a change in income impact my SSI benefits?

Apart from the disabling issues an Oklahoman is suffering from, Supplemental Security Income is largely based on how much the applicant earns. If the income and resources are deemed to be below a certain level, the SSI benefits can be provided. Income can change the amount a person gets for their SSI benefits. Understanding the requirements for reporting a change in income for the individual or a member of the household is a fundamental part of an SSI case.

How does blindness impact my work expenses for SSI benefits?

One of the criteria for which Oklahomans can get Supplemental Security Income is if they are blind. This, along with being disabled, 65 and older and meeting the income and resource requirements is an important factor in seeking and maintaining benefits. For those who are getting SSI benefits, there are many factors they should remember as it will have an impact on the amount they get in SSI. For example, work expenses are critical when calculating SSI.

What are the reconsideration options for denied SSI claims?

It can be a source of significant worry when an Oklahoman who believes he or she meets the basic requirements to get Supplemental Security Income is denied benefits. For those who are blind, disabled, 65 and older, and have limited income and resources, SSI-related benefits can be a critical part of living day-to-day and getting necessary medical care.

How can marriage impact SSI-related benefits?

When disabled individuals in Oklahoma meet the basic requirements to receive Supplemental Security Income of disability, blindness, being 65 or older and having limited income and resources, it can be a concern as to when the situation might change to render them ineligible for SSI. Such a case can come about when the person gets married. The SSI benefits can be impacted by marriage and the spouse's income and resources. It is important to understand the rules related to marriage and SSI to address potential problems.

What role does work history play in receiving SSI benefits?

Supplemental Security Income is a benefits program offered and administered by the Social Security Administration. It is distinct from Social Security Disability Insurance, although both are offered to individuals who suffer from disabilities. Oklahoma residents who receive no or little income may qualify for SSI because it does not require them to have worked or paid into the benefits' program.

How is blindness defined for SSI benefits?

The ability to see without corrective lenses is a blessing for Oklahoma residents who can live their lives with clear vision. However, many men, women and children struggle with limited or low vision and need contacts, glasses and even surgeries to improve the way that they view the world. Others who have significant impairments to their visual fields may not ever be able to gain full vision with corrective and surgical methods.

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