Supplemental Security Income is an important benefit to be familiar with that those who need it most may not always understand. It is an important alternative to Social Security disability benefits for people who may not qualify for Social Security disability benefits but are badly in need of those benefits to meet their daily needs.
For adults and children who suffer from a disabling medical condition but lack the work history necessary to qualify for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, Supplemental Security Income is an option to consider. Unlike Social Security disability benefits, work history is not required to qualify for Supplemental Security Income. SSD benefits are available to disabled individuals who have worked and paid into the system for a certain period of time.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is for disabled individuals of limited income and resources and because of this, disabled applicants for SSI benefits should understand how the Social Security Administration evaluates this requirement. In addition, applicants must suffer from a disabling medical condition that prevents them from working. SSI benefits may also be available to elderly individuals, the blind and children in certain circumstances so it is important to understand how to qualify for SSI benefits.
Whatever situation the disabled individual finds themselves in, they should be familiar with the different options that are out there, what options are available to them and how those benefits may help them. Additionally, they should always be familiar with how to apply for the benefits they need and the process necessary to obtain those benefits.