Applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is usually a task for a more mature set dealing with disabilities or simply the symptoms of aging. Specifically, SSI is open to those who have an income under the listed SSI level, are 65 years old or older, blind, or disabled. The application process for SSI can seem daunting for those who are unfamiliar with it, but it can surely be done. Applicants may have a fear that they will not be granted the benefits they need for failure of providing the correct information on their application. Assisting in putting those worries to bed, this SSI overview will help you get through the application process.
1. Gathering documentation
When it comes to applying for SSI, the best way to support a claim for your need of benefits is to back it up with as much documentation as you can find. The more paperwork you can provide, the better. From financial documentation to work history, it is important to show exactly what your assets are, your current income, and your experience in the workforce. Such documents may include bank statements, pay stubs, a list of previous jobs and job titles, and mortgage records.
2. Going to the doctor
Beyond detailing the specifics of your income, it is just as important to provide details on your medical condition. When offering recent documentation, candidates should supply records of medical treatment history that are no older than 60 days. If you have X-rays, letters from your doctors, a list of symptoms, or any other proof of medical testing that show you are being seen by a medical professional, be sure to include them in your application. Such documentation accurately illustrates your need for assistance.
3. Submitting your application and waiting for a decision
After gathering all the documentation needed, along with the records detailed above, be sure to attach to your application or bring proof of residency, age, and citizenship to your appointment with your local Social Security office. Such documents include your birth certificate, social security card, and more. Once you have submitted your application, you’ll receive notice of being declined or accepted for benefits soon afterwards. If you receive a decision that you do not agree with, you have the right to appeal it.
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