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SSI denials and answers

Many Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applicants are surprised when the get an SSI denial. What if you are very sick and cannot work but you are still denied? Are there things you can do to appeal the denial? This blog will address each of these questions.

What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

According to the SSA, SSI is a federal income supplement program which is funded by general tax revenues, not Social Security taxes, and is provided to the aged, blind or disabled who have little or no income and who are unable to work. Cash assistance is offered to help claimants meet their most basic needs of food, clothing and shelter.

Why would I get an SSI denial?

There are a variety of reasons why you can receive an SSI denial. One of the main reasons is the SSA has determined your income and resource level is too high to get benefits. If you are living with someone and they are providing food or shelter or if you are married and your spouse makes too much money each of these circumstances can affect your SSI eligibility.

What is income according to the SSA?

If your income is too high you will be deemed ineligible for SSI benefits. The SSA will review your earned income (wages, net earnings from self–employment, certain royalties and honoraria, and sheltered workshop payments), unearned income (Social Security benefits, pensions, State disability payments, unemployment benefits, interest income, and cash from friends and relatives), in-kind income (food or shelter that you get for free or less than its fair market value) and deemed Income (income of your spouse with whom you live, your parent(s) with whom you live, or your sponsor (if you are an alien) to determine if you qualify.

If your income is too high you will receive an SSI denial.

What are your resources?

Another common reason you may receive an SSI denial is because your resource level is too high. Resources are things you own such as cash, bank accounts, stocks, bonds, land, life insurance, cars, personal property and deemed resources.

If you have too many resources you will receive an SSI denial.

SSI denials for medical and nonmedical reasons

Assuming your income and resource levels meet the SSI requirements you can also be denied for other medical and nonmedical reasons. For instance, you can receive an SSI denial if the SSA determines your condition is not severe and will not last 12 continuous months, you are working too much and making too much money, or you can retrain for new work.

Hiring a Disability lawyer after an SSI denial

Whether or not you can appeal your SSI denial will depend on why you were denied. If your income and resource level is too high there is no reason to apply again or appeal an SSI denial until they are reduced below the allowable limit.

If you need help gathering more medical evidence, arguing your condition is severe or proving you do not have the capacity to retrain for new work a disability lawyer may be able to help you.
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