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Understanding SSI benefits

When a person meets the requirements for Supplemental Security Income benefits in New Jersey, there are many different circumstances for each case. Some people are not capable of working, and their age, blindness or other disability combined with resource limitations were sufficient to be approved for SSI benefits. Others qualify because of their individual situation at the time, but their situation is not permanent. Knowing how SSI and Medicaid are intertwined is essential for all workers.

How does past work affect seeking Supplemental Security Income?

New Jersey residents who meet the requirements for resource limits, age and are blind or disabled can get Supplemental Security Income. These are the basic factors that must be in place for the case to move forward to the stage where the Social Security Administration will assess the case to determine if it should be approved or not. One factor that is essential is the applicant's vocational background. Knowing what is considered in this context is impactful for the claim.

How does divorce or separation effect my SSI benefits?

For New Jersey residents who are seeking or are already receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for being disabled, blind, 65 or older and with limited resources, getting and keeping their benefits goes beyond meeting the initial requirements. Since many people who are getting SSI benefits are married and a significant proportion of marriages end in divorce, it is important to know what information the Social Security Administration (SSA) must receive regarding separation or a divorce in the context of SSI.

Can failure to apply for other benefits affect SSI benefits?

There are many areas of applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) that might be confusing. New Jersey residents who are already blind, disabled, over 65 and meet the income and living requirements for SSI benefits could be denied SSI claims for reasons that they never considered. Often, this is a technical mistake that can be rectified and the SSI benefits will be approved on appeal. However, to fully grasp the nuance of applying for SSI benefits, it is wise to have legal assistance from the start.

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.

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.

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