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Key points about resources and self-support with SSI benefits

Supplemental Security Income is needed by many New Jersey residents who are blind, disabled and over 65 and do not earn enough to support themselves. The program is beneficial for people who meet the requirements to be approved. For many, however, there are concerns about resources and how that will affect their SSI benefits. Provided their resources are do not surpass a certain amount, they are eligible for SSI-related benefits. However, some SSI recipients also want to try and support themselves. This is also important when benefits are calculated as certain equipment and goods might be needed to do so.

What does ERISA do to protect me if I am disabled?

With jobs and benefits in flux with the changing landscape in New Jersey and across the nation, being protected for the future is one of the biggest concerns that people will have. The potential for suffering an injury that leaves a worker disabled and unable to work is always a lingering worry. Knowing how the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 - also called ERISA - protects workers in these circumstances can alleviate many of those concerns. However, it is not unusual for problems to arise and legal help will be necessary. Having a grasp on ERISA when there is a dispute is key.

Can you get other state or federal help if you get SSI benefits?

New Jersey residents who meet the basic requirements to get Supplemental Security Income receive a significant boost to their prospects as they seek to improve their health and get back on the right track to a rewarding and productive life. However, for some people, SSI-related benefits are not sufficient to make ends meet and get the medical care they need. That is when they might wonder if they can apply for and get benefits from other government and state programs.

When might a consultative exam be needed for SSD benefits?

When disabled and seeking Social Security Disability benefits, New Jersey residents might become discouraged when their claim is not immediately approved by the Social Security Administration. They might even be confronted with a denied Social Security Disability claim. However, this is not the end of the case. The SSA might simply need more medical evidence as to the limitations the person suffers from due to the illness, injury or condition.

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