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Supplemental Security Income benefits application process

It can be difficult to meet you basic needs when you are suffering from a disability. Whether you are currently receiving benefits from a government program such as Social Security Disability or not, it is still possible to meet the requirements for additional benefits from another government program. Supplemental Security Income or SSI is designed to assist those eligible for the program to receive additional funds to help cover the costs associated with medical care and the cost of living.

The SSI application process can be complex for some, and for those that are blind or are suffering a serious disability, it can be challenging to initiate the process and complete it on their own. Thus, it is important to understand what the entire process consists of and what options and rights are afforded to applicants.

If you believe you meet the requirements for SSI benefits and qualify, then it is imperative that you initiate the application process as soon as possible. This is because benefits cannot be paid to an applicant any earlier than the date of application. Therefore, putting it off only means that benefits will start later if he or she is approved.

It is free to apply for SSI benefits, and applicants have the right to receive help from the Social Security Administration. The SSA can help an applicant with their form, filling in an application with the information provided to them. In addition, the SSA can help you collect the documents you need to prove that you meet the SSI eligibility requirements.

For those applying for SSI because they are blind or disabled, if you do not have the current medical information needed, the SSA will pay to have the medical exams or tests required to prove eligibility. In addition, we will also set up your appointments for you.

Every applicant has certain rights. These include the right to representation, the right to a notice, the right to examine your file and the right to appeal a denied claim. No matter what stage of the process you are in, it is important to understand what you can do to protect your rights and meet your needs and best interests. A legal professional experienced in Social Security Disability law could help an applicant navigate the process, helping them better protect their rights.

Source: Ssa.gov, "Understanding Supplemental Security Income SSI Application Process And Applicants' Rights," accessed March 11, 2017

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