What does SSI stand for? In every state in the union it is provided for by the federal government under the Social Security Act. The SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income. The purpose of the program is to provide income to people who do not have sufficient earnings credits to qualify for regular Social Security disability insurance benefits (SSDI). For millions of Americans this may be the difference between abject poverty and a comfortable subsistence. So, let us get to the root of the matter and find out who qualifies.
According to the Social Security Act, "disability" means the "inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by diagnosis of any medically recognized physician or mental impairment which can be expected to last for an extended period of not less than 12 months or result in death.” After meeting this medical standard, applicants for SSI must also prove that they meet certain financial limitations. For example, there is a limit of $2,000 on liquid assets, such as cash, money in the bank, CD’s, IRA’s and the like.
That is rather specific, isn’t it? To find out if you qualify for Supplemental Security Income you should seek the advice of an attorney. In the Seattle area Lyle M. Clark has been an SSI lawyer for more than three decades. He may have answers to your social security disability questions. Give him a call at (425) 452-3092 for a possible appointment at his Bellevue office.