Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

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Updated: 4/13/2007 3:35 pm
The Social Security Administration has a program that makes monthly payments to people in financial need who are disabled, blind, or sixty-five or older. Supplemental Security Income or SSI, is financed from general funds of the U.S. Treasury rather than from Social Security taxes. Medical requirements to receive SSI disability checks are the same as for Social Security. However, there are certain differences between the programs. For example, no work credits are needed for SSI, but there are limits on assets and income for people to be eligible for SSI. People who attempt to work while still disabled are allowed certain additional work-related deductions in determining entitlement to payments. Some disabled and blind SSI beneficiaries may also receive Social Security disability benefits. But the amount of their SSI checks will be lower in these cases. For more information about SSI talk with your local Social Security office or consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable in social security law.

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