Filing The Claim with SSI Provider
You can an SSI claim at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/. You will need to fill out a benefit application, disability report and authorization to disclose information. There is a checklist to ensure you have and include all the information needed for the Social Security Administration process your application.
SSI claims can also be filed on medical decisions, otherwise known as an appeal. Go to https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/iAppeals/ap001.jsp to start the appeal process. You will need the Notice of Decision before filing your claim.
SSI or Social Security Income is not the same as Social Security. General federal revenue is used to fund the program as opposed to Social Security taxes. The program is designed to offer income support for people who have been deemed unable to work due to mental or physical disability.
About an SSI Plan
There is no cost for SSI coverage, but you will need to visit a doctor (likely on more than one occasion) to apply for and be granted income support or SSI. The cost of medical bills associated with your disability is not covered by SSI though health coverage may be available from the Medicaid or Medicare programs for qualified individuals.
SSI is a monetary support program that provides money for basic living expenses like home, clothing and food. The program is available in conjunction with other federal and state programs, including EBT benefits, Medicare and Medicaid. Recipients of SSI are allowed to work to earn income, in some cases, but income limitations exist so SSI recipients must report income to SSI and if that income is more than allowed SSI benefits will be reduced. The money delivered to SSI recipients can be used for any and all expenses. There is no system in place to track where the money is spent.
If you receive SSI benefits and you go back to work and earn more than the allowed amount your SSI benefits will stop. However, if you lose income later and you fall below the income ceiling you are instantly eligible for benefits without reapplying.
Where to Get a Quote: SSI Contact Info & Login
By phone (customer service): 1-800-772-1213
By phone (TTY): 1-800-325-0778
By email: http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/app/ask
Social Security AdministrationOffice of Public InquiriesWindsor Park Bldg6401 Security BlvdBaltimore, MD 21235
Official website: http://www.ssa.gov/ssi/
Check on your claim status: You can check the status of your SSI claim at https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/IAPS/applicationStatus. Enter your social security number and confirmation number to pull up your application.