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Supplemental Security Income Archives

Can my Supplemental Security Income be expedited?

Certain New Jersey residents who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income and meet all the necessary requirements may need to receive their benefits in an expedited manner. Many are unaware of how to go about getting expedited payments. There are four circumstances in which this can happen: if there is presumptive disability or presumptive blindness; for emergency advance payment; for immediate payment; and in expedited reinstatement.

Supplemental Security Income reviews

Getting Supplemental Security Income can be a moment of relief for New Jersey residents who are blind, disabled and 65 or older. These benefits serve an essential purpose for those who meet the criteria and need them to make ends meet, get the necessary treatment and more. It is critical to remember, however, that the Social Security Administration must ensure that everyone who is getting SSI benefits should be getting them and there are not new circumstances that would change their eligibility. With that will come periodic reviews. Understanding the review process, how often they take place, and what happens when they are done is key.

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.

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.

How being homeless can affect SSI benefits

It is an unfortunate reality that there are many homeless people in New Jersey. Some of them are ill, have various personal and professional issues or became homeless for a variety of unforeseen and understandable reasons. These individuals and their families might think there are few, if any, programs to help them. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) can provide Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to people who are homeless and meet the qualifications to get benefits.

What are issues that can hinder eligibility for SSI benefits?

When a New Jersey resident meets the basic requirements to get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) at 65 or older, disabled or blind, it does not automatically mean they will still be able to get SSI benefits. There are disqualifying issues that can hinder a person from getting SSI. It is important to know these, so the person can rectify that hindrance and then be eligible for benefits.

If I got SSI benefits as a child, what happens when I turn 18?

Supplemental Security Income is a program that provides benefits to people who are disabled, blind or 65 and older and meet certain requirements for income and resources. It is also available to children who meet the criteria to get benefits. What New Jersey residents who receive SSI benefits as children should be aware of is that there will be a redetermination when they turn 18. This does not automatically mean that the person cannot get SSI benefits any longer when turning 18.

What are the rules for reporting wages when I get SSI benefits?

New Jersians whose financial and disability circumstances meet the requirements to receive Supplemental Security Income should know that the Social Security Administration must receive information to ensure that the SSI benefits are warranted. That means it is necessary for a person getting SSI and SSI-related benefits must report their income to the SSA. This is important because SSI is based on need for those who are disabled, blind or 65 and older. It hinges on the income that the recipient has available. If that income surpasses a certain amount, they will no longer be able to get SSI.