Eligibility For SSI

May 19, 2011 No Comments by

Eligibility for SSI is based upon two things. First, you have to be of limited means — and this means both low income and low resources (although one car and a house you’re living in don’t count) — and you have to be aged, blind or disabled. Aged means 65 or older. You can still see a bit and be counted as blind under Social Security rules. As a rule of thumb, if you are no longer able to drive and no longer able to read without special help that goes beyond glasses, you may qualify as blind under Social Security rules.

In general, eligibility for SSI is somewhat cut and dried except for disability claims. That’s a big “except for.” There are many contested SSI disability claims. That’s where a law firm like ours comes in. We regularly represent SSI disability claimants.

There’s one thing you need to do for sure to get eligibility for SSI. You need to file a claim with Social Security. That’s not too hard to do but people still wait and wait to file a claim, often waiting until they’re homeless. Don’t make that mistake! It can take many months to prove eligibility for SSI to Social Security’s satisfaction. Get going as soon as possible. If you need help, call us. That’s what we do.

Eligibility for SSI includes eligibility for Medicaid. If you can get on SSI disability, you get a regular monthly check and Medicaid to pay your medical bills. Add in Food Stamps and you’ve got enough to survive on. Not enough to be partying but enough to keep a roof over your head, food to eat, clothes to wear and medical care.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.