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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.

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.

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.

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.

SSI benefits and impairment related work expenses - key points

Not everyone in New Jersey who is receiving Supplemental Security Income is completely unable to work. However, since SSI benefits are based on need, they could have various concerns about finances with trying to get back on the job. For these individuals, understanding how the Social Security Administration will assist them with impairment related work expenses (IRWE) is a foundational aspect they must understand before even making the attempt to get back on the job. As with any aspect of SSI, it is always a good decision to have legal help.

Recipients of SSI benefits who turn 18 can get continued payments

When a person under 18 in New Jersey is getting Supplemental Security Income, it is a common concern as to whether they will continue to meet the criteria to get SSI when they turn 18. When the person turns 18, there will be a redetermination as to whether the person meets the requirements to get SSI benefits as an adult. For those who do not meet these requirements, there is recourse to try and restart the benefits. It is possible to appeal the decision to stop benefits just as this alternative is in place for anyone whose benefits are denied or stopped. One option if the benefits are stopped is to get continued payments for a specific time-period. Understanding when this is possible is integral to the case.

What should I know about income and SSI benefits?

Supplemental Security Income is a vital avenue for people in New Jersey and across the nation who are disabled, 65 and older or blind and meet the necessary income and resource requirements to be approved. However, there are important points that go along with applying for SSI benefits. One of the basics is understanding how income factors in.

Why you need experienced legal help when seeking SSI benefits

New Jersey residents who are blind, disabled, 65 or older and meet the basic requirements to get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) do not always get approved for the benefits. Frequently, this is because they have made some type of mistake when applying, did not have legal help to deal with the process or hired the wrong attorney. Believing that one attorney and law firm is just as competent as another is a costly mistake that can deprive an otherwise deserving applicant of the SSI-related benefits they so badly need. Knowing why to get legal assistance with their SSI case is crucial to the entire process.

What if I get an overpayment of my SSI benefits?

Since Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a need-based program for people who are 65 or older, blind and/or disabled, New Jersey recipients should be keenly aware of the rules for the program. A violation of these rules could lead to the SSI-related benefits being stopped. One common problem that can negatively affect SSI benefits is if there is an overpayment. Understanding what constitutes an overpayment and how to address it is key.

Can receiving help after a disaster effect SSI benefits?

New Jersey residents who are disabled, blind, over the age of 65 and meet the other requirements to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will certainly understand that life presents its challenges on a regular basis. When the issues that resulted in the need for SSI-related benefits are compounded by a disaster -- be it natural or personal -- it is important to understand how receiving assistance from others might affect the SSI and how the person's income and resources are gauged. After a disaster, there are certain facts that the person should know so it will not hinder their SSI benefits.