What do I need to do to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

SSI is a Social Security program designed to help disabled children, adults and the aged (65 and older) who meet strict financial criteria.

For people ages 18 to 64, you can start the disability application process for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) online. However, don’t rush to start your application until you go through the checklist to ensure you have all the information needed to fill out the application. The application may take you between one to two hours to complete all the steps. You also have to complete each step before you move on to the next step. You can take a break after each step and don’t have to do it all in one sitting. You will be asked if you intend to file an application for SSI.  Be sure to click, “yes.”

For children under 18 years old, you can start the application process for child SSI benefits at the same link as above for those 18 to 64.  As the parent or legal custodian, you will sign the required documents for your child’s application.

There are four steps in the Online Disability Application Process for both children and adults:

  1. Provide Background Information,
  2. Provide Disability Information,
  3. Sign Medical Release, and
  4. Confirmation.

After you finish the steps above, Social Security should call you to complete the application.  But we recommend that you call them the day after you complete the report and make an appointment to complete the application. Together, you and a Social Security claims representative will review the information you provided online, discuss whether the income and resources of the household are within the allowed limits, and complete the SSI application process.

If applying online is not the best fit, you can start an application by phone by calling 1-800-772-1213 or your local social security office to make an appointment.

For people ages 65 and older, and in financial need, you cannot start an SSI application online.  You can start an application by phone by calling 1-800-772-1213 or your local social security office to make an appointment.

Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a difficult, emotionally draining, and complex process.  And remember, the month you file determines the month your payments begin, so don’t delay! If you believe you may be eligible for disability benefits, contact one of our Social Security disability lawyers who can review your case and determine whether you are likely to qualify for benefits.

At Roose & Ressler, we are here to help walk you through each step of the process so you’re clear and comfortable regarding any procedures or actions that would affect your case.

Contact Roose & Ressler today to set up a free consultation: https://www.rooselaw.com/contact/.

December 16, 2021 Thought Leadership Articles
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