To qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) you need to be age 65 or older, blind, or disabled. This program is designed for people who don’t have sufficient work credits to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and who have limited resources.
Limited resources is defined by the Social Security Administration for individuals as total assets valued at no more than $2,000 and for married couples as total assets valued at no more than $3,000. Assets considered are your bank accounts, investments, property, etc. The assets not considered are things like your home, the property your home sits on, household furniture, wedding rings, and one car.
Before submitting an application for SSI benefits, you will want to review your assets to make sure that they are not valued in excess of the asset cap for your category.
These are the threshold qualifications that have to be satisfied before an application can be filed. After the threshold qualifications are satisfied, the 5 Step Sequential Evaluation becomes the ultimate test that must be satisfied in order to be awarded benefits in the claims process.
If you have more questions or are interested in filing a Supplemental Security Income claim now, call the attorneys at the Summit Disability Law Group. Our qualified, local Utah Social Security Disability lawyers can answer your questions, walk you through the process, and explain the things to watch out for so your case is not automatically denied.
Call us today at (801) 845-0056 to set up a free consultation.