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Adult requirements to receive Supplemental Security Income

There are several programs set up by both the federal and state government but one that can help adults who are disabled is called Supplemental Security Income, also known as SSI. It isn't available for everybody, but for those that qualify it can be a welcomed financial relief. There are several requirements that adults must meet in order to qualify to receive SSI.

The first is that the adult U.S. citizen and must be aged 65 years or older. This SSI benefits candidate must be blind or disabled. Also, a person's income and resources must be limited to a point in which monetary assistance is necessary, as determine by the Social Security Administration. It's also important that a person fill out the application to begin seeking the SSI benefits one needs.

Keep in mind, there are a few other requirements and technicalities that a person must meet in order to be considered for SSI benefits. Also, the term disabled is very specific in its definition, a disability must meet the requirement according to the SSA. Personal property and other sources of income can also be calculated in determining if one is a candidate to receive SSI. Filling out the paperwork and bringing proof of a person's current disability status is crucial to receiving positive news when filing for SSI.

It can be quite easy to misinterpret the instructions on the application for SSI. It isn't always as straightforward as it seems so the process deserves one's utmost attention. The income one can be supplemented as a SSI recipient can be life-changing in the best possible way. For those who believe they could be eligible, it is worth looking into.

Source: ssi.gov, "Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability requirements," Accessed July 10, 2017

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