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The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to adults and children who are blind or disabled, are over 65 and in many instances have never worked and will never be capable of working.  Whether you qualify for SSI depends on:
  • Are you disabled as defined by Social Security
  • Do you have limited income and resources
  • Have you ever worked, or are you currently capable of working
  • Whether or not you are eligible for Social Security Disability Income because you have a sufficient work history
The SSI program makes payments to those age 65 or older, blind, or disabled persons (including children) who have limited income and resources.  

If your income is very low or negligible, then the Social Security Administration will look at your assets or resources.  As a general rule, you may qualify for Supplemental  Security Income if your resources are under $2,000 or less ($3,000.00 for a couple).  The Social Security Administration does not count all of your assets when deciding if you qualify.  As an example, they do not count in the value of your home, your car, a burial plot for yourself, and certain other assets.

If you receive SSI you may still be able to receive help from other public assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  We used to refer to this program as Food Stamps.  The SNAP benefits are not counted against your allowable income.

If you are eligible for SSI, you are probably going to receive Medicaid to help you with your medical expenses.  You may also be qualified for Medicare and/or the Extra Help Program to assist you in paying for medical co-payments and prescriptions.

Discover the benefits and protections you are entitled to under the law. Knowledge is power.

Why choose Banik & Renner?

  • Individualized service with no assembly line representation
  • The lawyer you meet with is the lawyer who represents you
  • We are local attorneys who have practiced in the community since graduation from Notre Dame Law School three decades ago
  • We attend seminars and remain current in our areas of practice
  • We ask questions and we really listen to your answers to help you
  • We will not “hard sell” you on our representation
  • We explain your options in words you can understand or keep trying until you do

What do I need to do before meeting with an Attorney?

  • Gather all paperwork in your possession from the Social Security Administration and bring it with you to your appointment
  • Write down the names and addresses of all of the doctors, therapists, hospitals visited or other medical services and providers you have seen in the last 5 years
  • Write down the names and addresses of all of your places of employment you have worked in the last 5 years (if any) including your job title and duties

How do I contact Banik & Renner?

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SSI Frequently Asked Questions

Would I be eligible for SSI if it has been several years since I last worked?
You may be eligible for SSI since you have had no income from which to calculate Social Security Disability benefits.

If I am approved, how long does it take to receive benefits?
Unlike SSD there is no waiting period and your benefits typically start within 30 days.

Our 17 year old son has never worked and likely never will due to his severe autism.
We have never applied for any benefits for him, is it too late?   No, you should apply immediately.  If his medical records support the likelihood that he will never work he may be eligible to receive SSI benefits.

If the person applying for benefits has no work history, how is the monthly benefit calculated?
There is a maximum monthly benefit calculated each year.

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