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Don’t be confused – you might qualify for SSI benefits

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When people hear that Social Security Disability benefits are available only to those who have worked and earned an income, they may believe they have no options for federal assistance in dire financial settings. But these very people may not be aware that there is another program that is run by the Social Security Administration – the Supplemental Security Income program.

Supplemental Security Income, also known as “SSI,” is a program that stands apart from Social Security Disability benefits. Unlike SSD benefits, those who receive SSI benefits aren’t require to prove that they have earned the requisite amount of “work credits.” Instead, SSI benefits are subject to an income and financial resources test.

SSI benefits are funded from the U.S. government’s general revenue fund, unlike SSD benefits, which are funded from taxes that are drawn from the paychecks of those in the workforce. SSI benefits are intended in part to help those who may have never had a chance to get into the workforce, such as those individuals who have been disabled since they were children.

At Bridgman Law Offices, we do our best to help our North Carolina clients understand which federal programs they may receive benefits from. The programs are often confused with each other, but they can have very different requirements. The application process can be highly detailed, so it is important to have the right information before submitting an initial application. For more information about how we might be able to help, please visit the Supplemental Security Income section of our law firm’s website.


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