Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes):
- It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and
- It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
Disability Planner: Social Security Protection is the disability planner that will help you find out:
- How you can qualify and apply for benefits,
- Claims for disability benefits take more time to process than other types of Social Security claims — from 3 to 5 months.
- You can help shorten the process by having certain information and documents with you when you apply, and by helping us get any other medical evidence you need to show that you are disabled.
- Here is the kind of information you should have:
Information About You
- Your Social Security number and proof of your age;
- Names, addresses and phone numbers of doctors, caseworkers, hospitals, and clinics that took care of you and the dates of your visits;
- Names and dosages of all the medications you are taking;
- Medical records from your doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics and caseworkers, that you already have in your possession;
- Laboratory and test results;
- A summary of where you worked and the kind of work you did; and
- Your most recent W-2 form or, if you were self-employed, a copy of your federal tax return.
Important: The documents you may need to show must be original documents or copies certified by the issuing office. You can mail or bring them to Social Security. We will make photocopies and return your original documents.
- What happens if your application is approved,
- Who can receive benefits on your earnings record,
- What you need to know about receiving disability benefits, and
- When Medicare coverage starts for Social Security disability beneficiaries.