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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.