You are struggling with health issues and are unable to pay your bills on time. Now, you’re not sure where to turn for assistance.
Thankfully, the government protects individuals who may need some extra help in light of their health issues. If you’re eligible, you could qualify for Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. Here’s some more information.
Eligibility for SSI
You could qualify for monthly SSI payments if you are:
- 65 or older
- Blind or disabled
- A U.S. or lawful citizen
In addition, you need to have a low income and a lack of financial resources. You can apply for SSI by visiting the Social Security Administration’s website and filling out all the paperwork. Keep in mind that if you need help with this complicated process, you can contact an SSI lawyer to help you. If you’ve been rejected, you can appeal a decision as well.
SSI Income Limits for 2021
In 2021, the countable income limit for SSI is $794 per month if you’re applying as an individual and $1,191 for a couple. This means that you cannot make more than these amounts each month in order to be eligible.
The SSA will not include all income as countable, however. Some exceptions are food stamps, loans you need to repay, tax refunds, public benefits that you are getting because you need them, and the first $20 of many different kinds of income that you receive each month.
Working With Schott Law
If you need help applying for SSDI or SSI, Schott Law is here for you. Maggie Schott is an SSDI & SSI lawyer serving Washington and Idaho. Contact us now at (509) 328-5789 to start your application.