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Can children getting SSI benefits receive employment support?

While Supplemental Security Income can help New Jersey residents who meet the requirements to make ends meet and receive medical treatment, there are many people who get SSI-related benefits who either have the ability to work or would like to try to work. For young people, it is important to understand what options are available and how trying to work might impact their SSI benefits. Before moving forward with an attempt at work, knowing how the Social Security Administration handles these circumstances is imperative.

Will the windfall offset affect my SSI-related benefits?

New Jersey residents who are getting Supplemental Security Income should be cognizant of certain rules that are not well-known, but could affect their benefits. For example, if the person the person is found to be eligible to receive both Social Security and SSI in the same month, the Social Security Administration is prevented by law from paying the full amount of the benefits in that month. This is known as the "windfall offset." Understanding how this will impact the benefits is important.

How are medical opinions assessed when seeking SSD benefits?

For New Jersey residents who are injured or ill and are applying for Social Security disability benefits, one of the most important factors in an approval or a denial of the claim is the medical evidence presented to prove the medical condition is present. However, there is a difference between medical evidence and medical opinions. Medical evidence comes from laboratory tests and findings, medical indicators or both. Qualified medical professionals and testers can assess the medical evidence. Medical opinion is an assessment on the part of the medical professional that could vary from one medical professional to the other.

After an SSD benefits denial, how does the Appeals Council work?

For New Jersey residents who are injured, ill or suffering from a condition that makes it impossible for them to work, Social Security disability benefits can be integral to their life. It can provide them with financial resources needed to make ends meet until they are able to try and work again. Unfortunately, it is a harsh reality that some claimants are initially denied SSD benefits. This can be a troubling time for people who were counting on being approved for SSD benefits. There are, however, four levels of appeal to try and have the initial decision changed so there will be an approval.

Does marriage affect your Supplemental Security Income benefits?

When a New Jersey resident is blind, disabled or at least 65 years old and has limited income, it may be possible to pursue Supplemental Security Income. There are, however, important points to remember when applying for SSI benefits. Some could have an impact on eligibility and more. Knowing about these factors before applying for benefits or when facing a sticking point during the application process can give the person a chance to address the situation and possibly be approved for SSI. One issue is how being married can influence SSI.

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