Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Community Legal Services provides assistance and representation to eligible clients with cessations, reductions and over-payments of SSI benefits. Each case should be analyzed on an individual basis and persons are encouraged to speak with an experienced advocate in order to assess a case. Contact our Helpline to see if you qualify.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal income supplement program designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people (children or adults), who have little or no income. It provides cash to meet basic needs for food and shelter. The program has income and asset limits which change yearly. In 2013 you could receive up to $710 for an individual or $1,066 for a couple. The asset limitation is $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a couple.
An individual receiving SSI qualifies automatically for Medicaid benefits. If your income changes for better or worse, you must notify the Social Security Administration (SSA) within 10 days of the change. This will prevent you from incurring any overpayment notices in the future. You must retain proof of your notification to SSA.
Your Right to Appeal an unfavorable decision
If the Social Security Administration denies, reduces, or ends your benefits you may appeal the decision. Generally, you have 60 days from the date of the notice to appeal.
If you are already receiving benefits, you may request for continued benefits until you receive a face to face hearing. However, you must ask within 10 days of the unfavorable decision.
You should always keep copies of any documents you file with the Social Security Administration and get the names of any Social Security representatives you speak with concerning your case.
Benefits stopped or denied due to an arrest warrant?
You may be eligible for back pay due to the settlement in a legal proceeding referred to as the Martinez case. Find out more information on how this settlement may affect you.