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The need to file for other benefits before filing for SSI

If a person suffers from a long-term or permanent injury or illness, it can make life very difficult and frustrating. These can have a major effect on one's daily routine and make simple daily tasks seem impossible. People in this situation may also have a very difficult time working or may not work at all. This means that they do not have any income or very limited income.

People in this situation can attempt to obtain social security disability benefits in order to meet their financial needs, but not everyone will qualify for it. However, the person may be able to receive supplemental security income (SSI). There are different requirements for people attempting to receive SSI, but it is suppose to be a last resort for the person.

That means that the person must demonstrate that they first filed for all benefits potentially available to them before filing for SSI. These benefits could be social security, pensions and other forms of benefits that require an application and conditions of eligibility, that are paid out in periodic payments and if received would reduce one's SSI benefits.

To help inform people of all of their options, the Social Security Administration will provide the person information on all potential benefits available to them as well as notify them that they must take the appropriate steps to apply for the benefits. Appropriate steps means applying for the benefit and providing all relevant information to determine one's eligibility and agreeing to receive the benefit if eligible.

Many people in New Jersey may be eligible to receive SSI benefits. However, the same person may be able to receive other benefits as well. This means that as part of one's application process for SSI, they must also apply for other available benefits to determine if they are eligible. Applying for SSI benefits is not a very easy process, but it can be a very valuable one. Understanding the process is very important to help ensure one receives the benefits they deserve.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Social Security Handbook ยง 2117" accessed on April 24, 2017

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