SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income and helps those with low income and disabilities pay for basic day to day living expenses.
Over 8 million people get benefits from the program every year.
Many applicants are over 65, blind, or disabled.
Children who are blind or disabled can get benefits as well.
What you get depends on your monthly living expenses.
The application process can be daunting, so it’s important to keep these things in mind when applying
4 common mistakes made when applying for SSI benefits
Do not wait too long to apply.
If you think you qualify, then apply immediately.
Benefits aren’t paid for times that you would have qualified, so it’s important to not miss out.
The average wait time is 3-5 months for your application to be processed.
If you’re in an institution, submitting a prerelease will be the process moving faster.
The second mistake is not giving enough information when applying.
Be sure you have the following items to apply:
- Birth certificate
- Adult Disability Report
- Proof of citizenship
- W-2 forms
- Military discharge record
- Medical records
- Worker’s compensation papers
The third common mistake is failing to report a change.
You need to report changes in address, income, marital status, immigration, death and institutionalization.
Failing to report could end your benefits.
Finally, you want to appeal the decision if it’s denied.
Failing to appeal could make you miss out on something you may have been approved for with a second look.
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