Supplemental Security Income (SSI)-Disability
SSI is a federal program administered by the Social Security Administration that provides monthly cash payments to people in need. SSA carefully reviews an individual’s income and resources before evaluating their disabling condition. SSI can be paid to blind or disabled people prior to age 65. When SSI is awarded Medicaid/MediCal health benefits may also be provided.
To qualify a disabled adult (age 18-64) must have little or no income and few resources. This means that the value of the things owned must be less than 2,000 for a single person or less than 3,000 if the applicant is married. The value of the applicant’s home does not count. Usually, the value of the applicant’s primary vehicle does not count. And the value of certain other resources, such as a burial plot, may not count either.
To get SSI, the applicant must apply for any other cash benefits available.
Adult applicants must live in the United States or the Northern Mariana Islands to get SSI. In certain cases a resident, who is not a U.S. citizen, may be able to get SSI. For more information, go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/11051.html or ask for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) For Noncitizens (Publication No. 05-11051).