How to Immediately and Accurately Tell If You’re Eligible for SSI

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Common Questions Asked About SSDI & SSI

You may be eligible for SSI. However, it can be a complicated process. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a disability program designed for those with a disability that prevents them from gainful activity. For instance, to be eligible, there are some minor requirements that you need to meet.

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Medically Qualifications to Determine If Your Eligible for SSI

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the agency that will determine if you’re eligible for SSI disability benefits. However an evaluator will use the Disability Evaluation Under Social Security, commonly known as the Blue Book, to determine whether your condition falls within their guidelines.

The Blue Book is a comprehensive listing of impairments, but consists of two main parts:

  • First, Part A includes all impairments for adults.  
  • Second, Part B is exclusive to childhood conditions.

The Blue Book features 14 different sections that focus on different medical conditions, all organized by disease type or conditions that impact specific systems of the body.

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Once an application is received, the SSA evaluator will use the Blue Book to determine whether your condition falls within their guidelines. However, if it does, then you would be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. If your condition doesn’t fall exactly within the guidelines you may be eligible to receive a medical-vocational allowance. 

Financial Limits of Supplemental Security Income Benefits

Since the Social Security Income program is meant for the most financially needy, you will need to be earning less than $750 per month to qualify. However, married household income needs to be less than $1,100 per month. If you are both disabled and can demonstrate your financial need, you may qualify for Social Security Income.

Fortunately, the SSA may not count a large portion of your income towards your limit. The full list of exclusions is too long to include, but examples are:

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Another factor for SSI qualification in Youngstown, Zanesville, and other municipalities in Ohio involves countable assets, which are anything of value that you own except for your home and one vehicle. However, you cannot own more than $2,000 worth of total countable assets.

Your countable assets include such things as money in savings and checking accounts, retirement accounts, cash value in life insurance policies, additional vehicles, and virtually anything else of significant value.

When Should I Apply for Social Security Income Benefits?

Generally speaking, the best time to file for Social Security Income is as soon as you realize you may have a disability. For instance, you should apply if you have a disability that is expected to lead to your death, especially if it is expected to be terminal within the next year.

Children with certain disabilities may also qualify for Social Security Income benefits. If you suspect your child may qualify for SSI, check with the Social Security Administration concerning the current list of accepted conditions. The list of accepted conditions does change periodically, but once a child is medically qualified for SSI, he or she will continue to collect even if his condition is taken off the list of accepted disabilities.

How Do I Apply for Supplemental Security Income Benefits?

There are three ways to file an application for Supplemental Security Income benefits in Youngstown, Zanesville, and other parts of Ohio:

1. First, you can log on to the SSA website and file your application electronically

2. Second, you can file your application by mail or you can file in person at your local SSA office

3. Third, you can print an application from the SSA website or you can pick one up at the local SSA office. 

Some applicants choose to work with a Social Security disability attorney that specializes in these claims. While there is no guarantee that hiring a lawyer will automatically make you eligible for SSI, having an advocate to help you navigate the process can be helpful. However, an attorney not only understands the claim process but he or she will be able to ensure that your claim is as complete as possible.

Evidence to Support Your Supplemental Security Income Claim

Your Supplemental Security Income application should include all evidence of your medical condition dating back to the initial diagnosis. Examples include:

  • First, names and contact information of all medical personnel who have participated in your care.
  • Second, a medical report from your physician outlining the diagnosis.
  • Third, all blood and lab tests.
  • Fourth, diagnostic imaging results, including x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs.
  • Fifth, medications prescribed.

You should also include details about your treatment plan and whether your condition is showing any signs of improvement, or if you’re suffering from any side effects as a result of the treatment. You will be asked to sign a release form to provide your consent for the SSA to contact your doctors if they need more information.

Many claims are denied because the applicant is unable to provide enough supporting information of a condition. However you can use the Blue Book as a guide to determine what information the SSA will look at to evaluate your claim, and use that as a checklist to make sure you have all of the information they need.

Get Help Finding Out If Your Eligible for SSI

If your initial Supplemental Security Income claim is denied, you should consider having a disability lawyer represent you. Disability advocates deal with the SSA on a regular basis and represent your best chance of having your disability claim approved during the appeals process.

While you certainly may represent yourself, a professional disability advocate can help the process go much smoother and the representation won’t cost you anything unless you are approved for disability benefits.


Quick Answers

Who is Qualified for SSI?

The Blue Book is a comprehensive listing of impairments, but consists of two main parts:
– Part A includes all impairments for adults
– Part B is exclusive to childhood conditions

The Blue Book features 14 different sections that focus on different medical conditions, all organized by disease type or conditions that impact specific systems of the body.

When Should I Apply?

The best time to file for Social Security Income is as soon as you realize you may have a disability.

How Do I Apply?

1. You can log on to the SSA website and file your application electronically
2. You can file your application by mail or you can file in person at your local SSA office
3. You can print an application from the SSA website or you can pick one up at the local SSA office. 


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