Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
is a federal program administered by the Social Security Administration.
It provides cash benefits to aged, blind and disabled individuals
disabled children) who are not eligible for other
Social Security benefits or whose Social Security benefit falls
below a certain minimum level.
To be eligible for SSI on the basis of disability, an adult must meet the same requirements as someone applying for SSD. SSI maintains a separate set of rules for determining disability in the case of children.
To receive SSI, individuals must also meet certain income and resource requirements. These requirements are intended to ensure that benefits are paid only to individuals who, by virtue of limited income and resources, are deemed to be in need of federal cash assistance.
In New York, people who receive SSI are automatically eligible for health benefits under Medicaid.
Our office represents claimants for SSI, including disabled adults and children, on the same contingent fee basis as we represent claimants for SSD.