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May 2018 Archives

What is the link between Medicaid and SSI benefits?

When it comes to Supplemental Security Income, New Jersey residents who meet the basic requirements of being approved will often still have questions about what benefits are available in addition to SSI. Medicaid is one such benefit. Understanding how a person qualifies to get Medicaid along with SSI is important if the person needs both.

Can you get Social Security disability benefits for depression?

For many Americans, being depressed is much more than just feeling sad. It can make you feel worthless, unloved, and unable to perform daily functions. If you suffer from severe depression, know that you are not alone. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 16.1 million adults suffer from Major Depressive Disorder each year in the U.S.

What are the SSI requirements for addicts?

For people in New Jersey who are addicted to drugs or alcohol and have medical issues that render them unable to work because of them, it is possible to get Supplemental Security Income provided they meet the basic requirements of being disabled, blind or 65 or older. However, with these addictions, there are other rules for SSI that the person must follow when it comes to treatment. Failure to do so can lead to losing SSI eligibility. It is important to understand and adhere to these requirements to continue getting SSI-related benefits.

Facts about monthly resource determinations for SSI benefits

When a New Jersey resident is applying for or getting Supplemental Security Income (SSI), there are the basic requirements of being 65 or older, disabled or blind. However, since SSI benefits are also based on financial need, the person cannot have resources whose value goes beyond certain levels. Since certain resources can change in value frequently, the Social Security Administration has rules in place to account for potential fluctuations in the value of those resources. This is known as the First-of-the-Month Rule for Making Resource Determinations (FOM). Understanding this is important with SSI benefits.

Medical tests for SSI benefits sometimes require travel

Since Supplemental Security Income is for people who meet the income limitations, as well as being blind, disabled or 65 or older, there are times when finances are a problem, even when applying for SSI-related benefits. New Jersey residents who fall into this category might not know what to do if they are asked to travel for medical exams or tests before they can be approved for benefits. For those who face this situation, the Social Security Administration might be able to pay for the travel costs.

Legal help in getting Social Security Disability at every step

No one in New Jersey plans to be in a position where Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are needed, but when it happens, it is imperative to take the necessary steps to ensure that the applicant has the best chance at being approved. There are various aspects to getting SSD benefits, and it is wise to understand them from the start. Part of that is having the right legal representative to walk the person through the process and help at every step.