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Differences between SSI and SSDI for Chattanooga residents

There are several government-run income assistance programs that help those who are injured or ill. These programs aim to supplement income to those who are unable to earn it themselves. This is often due to a debilitating injury or illness that can take so much from a person and their family. Oftentimes, the financial impact is felt the hardest for all involved.

Which stages of seeking SSI benefits can one seek assistance?

There are many Chattanooga residents who are in a tough place financially. Difficult financial situations can manifest from many different scenarios, but when it is due to an inability to earn income, this can be particularly difficult. If a person is ill, injured or otherwise unable to make a living for themselves or their family, it can present a number of challenges. However, for those suffering financial hardship due to an inability to earn, there are other options.

Do I need to report my income when I get SSI benefits?

Tennesseans who receive Supplemental Security Income may know that the program is designed for those who are aged, blind or disabled and in financial need. Since the program is based on how much money the recipient has available, there are certain requirements when it comes to reporting wages. Failing to adhere to these requirements could result in the loss of benefits under this Social Security disability program.

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

People who reside in Tennessee, are not citizens of the United States and have either a low income and few resources, are 65 or older, are blind or are disabled might want to seek benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. In general, those who fall into certain categories designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can apply for and receive SSI. They are the following: those who been a legal resident in the U.S. on August 22, 1996 and blind or disabled; those who already had been getting SSI on the above date and were lawful U.S. residents; and those who were legally admitted to be permanent residents under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and have accrued 40 credits of work in the U.S. For the last category, a parent or spouse having worked might count.

What is sequential evaluation for SSI-related benefits?

Supplemental Security Income benefits are part of the Social Security Disability program for those whose income falls under certain levels and are blind, aged or disabled. Tennesseans who believe that they meet the requirements to receive SSI-related benefits must understand certain aspects of the decision-making process. Included is the sequential evaluation for those who are 18 or older. The Social Security Administration will ask: whether the individual is working; if the impairment is severe; if the impairment meets the Listing of Impairments; if the individual can do work he or she did in the past; and if the person can do any other work.

Do living arrangements affect SSI-related benefits?

Supplemental Security Income is a Social Security disability program option for those who meet the criteria with their illness or condition as well as their financial situation. Tennesseans applying for SSI benefits need to know that it is based on need. There are different aspects of determining "need" that must be understood, including the applicant's living arrangements. Knowing the requirements and limits related to living arrangements for SSI-related benefits is key when considering applying for them.

What are income and resource limits for SSI benefits?

Tennessee residents who fall under a certain level for income and resources and are blind or disabled might be able to obtain Supplemental Security Income. This is part of the Social Security disability program provided by the government. The Social Security Administration oversees it, and there are certain criteria that must be met before an applicant can be approved for SSI. Knowing the rules for income and resources is thus key before applying for SSI.

Low COLA adjustment announced for recipients of SSI benefits

Many Tennessee residents receive Social Security disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income benefits. Whether due to a disability that began later in life or one they have dealt with since birth, these benefits can provide a crucial lifeline for many Americans.

How should I prepare to apply for SSI benefits for a child?

Tennessee children may qualify for Supplemental Security Income benefits. In order to receive benefits, a child must have a disability, whether mental or physical, that seriously limits his or her abilities, and such condition must either be expected to last or have already lasted for one year, or be expected to result in death.

What is Section 301 and how is it related to SSI benefits?

For those in Tennessee who are receiving Supplemental Security Income before turning 18, it must first be understood that the benefits can stop when they turn 18. This can be worrisome for many. The Social Security Administration will determine whether or not the underlying condition is sufficient under the adult rules to continue benefits, but it is possible that it will not. However, there is a way for the Social Security disability payments under SSI to continue through vocational rehabilitation (VR) or a similar-type program. This is known as Section 301.

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