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Supplemental Security Income Archives

When SSI resources are counted, will burial funds be considered?

When seeking Supplemental Security Income (SSI), New Jersey residents will undoubtedly be aware of the limitations on resources they can have if they are going to be approved. This, combined with the basic requirements of being blind, disabled and 65 or older is key to a case. However, there are some resources that might fall into a gray area as to whether the person can keep them. For many resources, they must be sold. With a burial fund, that is not the case if the circumstances warrant its retention.

If one has excess resources, can they still get SSI benefits?

Not every case in which a person is seeking Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in New Jersey is easy to navigate. Everyone has a different situation and the circumstances can make it difficult and confusing as to whether they can get benefits under this program or not. The basic requirements are that SSI is for individuals over the age of 65, who are blind, disabled and meet the income and resource limits. For some, however, they might meet all the criteria except for having excess resources. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) understands this and can give a person conditional payments if they have excess resources.

Woman faces problems when her SSI benefits stop

When a person in New Jersey is suffering from a disability, blindness or is 65 or older and has limited income and limited resources, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is an option to help them. While the rules are clear as to how people can get SSI benefits, there are important requirements when applying for SSI benefits and when receiving SSI benefits so the person can retain them without interruption. For those whose application is denied or who were getting the benefits and find them stopped, it is important to know what steps to take to try and deal with the situation for a better outcome.

Exceptions for SSI benefits eligibility when institutionalized

New Jersey residents who are seeking or receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) should be aware of the rules that regulate who can receive the benefits. Since SSI-related benefits are for people who are blind, disabled or 65 and older, there are times that some who fit into these categories will need to be institutionalized. With SSI, it is imperative to know that the benefits will generally stop if the recipient is institutionalized. Being a resident in an institution that is considered "public" meaning that it is a state or federal facility with the person being there for a full calendar month will render them ineligible for SSI. However, there are exceptions that can allow the benefits to continue.

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.

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.

When can one get presumptive Supplemental Security Income?

Some New Jersey residents who are suffering from a specific disability and meet the criteria to get Supplemental Security Income can receive their benefits in a presumptive manner. The basic criteria for SSI is being 65 or older, blind or disabled. Presumptive disability or presumptive blindness payments may be awarded when a person's issues are so obvious that the Social Security Administration will make the payments prior to the case being examined and assessed to determine if the benefits are warranted. It is important to understand both the conditions under which it is possible to receive presumptive benefits and the fact that the benefits will not continue indefinitely.

When is a dedicated account needed with SSI benefits?

When a child in New Jersey meets the requirements to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), it is important to ensure that the SSI-related benefits provided for the child go toward the care of the child. One way this is done is through a dedicated account.