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What must I report to the SSA regarding my SSI benefits?

Being approved for Supplemental Security Income can be a relief to New Jersey residents who are blind, disabled, 65 or older and meet the income and resource requirements. However, simply being approved does not mean that the recipient need not keep the Social Security Administration informed about various aspects of their life. Certain events must be reported to the SSA if they might have an impact on the SSI benefits. This is known as recipient reporting requirements.

The importance of reporting earned income with SSI benefits

When Supplemental Security Income is approved for a New Jersey resident, it does not mean that they are going to continue receiving the benefits indefinitely. There are various requirements that must be met to continue getting SSI benefits and, if they are not, the benefits will stop. Simply meeting the criteria to be approved by being 65 or older, blind or disabled, and falling within the limits for income and resources is only sufficient when applying. Knowing the various rules are key to maintaining the benefits. One issue that should be considered is for those who can work to report their earned income.

What should I know about blind work expenses with SSI benefits?

New Jersey residents who are dealing with blindness will not automatically be labeled as unable to work and need help with the most basic tasks. While blindness is a challenge, many people can function and be productive despite it. However, simply because a blind person can work does not mean they should not use the available benefits from the Supplemental Security Income program.

When denied Social Security, what are my reconsideration options?

For New Jersey residents who are seeking Social Security disability benefits and are denied, there are four levels of appeal that they can use to try and get an approval. While many might believe that the initial denial means they will not have a good chance of having the decision changed and get SSD benefits, it can be quite effective to be approved when appealing.

What is the Cost of Living Adjustment for SSI benefits in 2019?

For people in Hackensack and throughout New Jersey who are seeking or already receiving Supplemental Security Income, a common question they will have is what the total amount of SSI benefits will be. Meeting the requirements to be approved is just one factor in a case. After a person meets those requirements by being blind, disabled, 65 or older and having a sufficiently limited amount of income and resources, there are other considerations.

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