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Will my living arrangements affect my SSI benefits?

If a North Carolina resident meets the financial requirements for the need-based program of Supplemental Security Income under the Social Security disability program, there are certain factors that must be known with the benefits. One is living arrangements. If a person lives in his or own residence and pays for food and shelter, it is possible to get the maximum amount available in SSI benefits. This is true whether the person owns or rents. If the person lives in someone else's home but pays for food and shelter, it is also possible to get maximum SSI. For someone who lives in someone else's home but does not pay for food and shelter or pays partially for food and shelter, the SSI might be reduced by as much as one-third.

What are work incentives when receiving SSD benefits?

North Carolina residents often receive Social Security Disability benefits because of an injury, condition or illness that leaves them with an inability to work. However, there are some people who receive disability who would like to try and get back to work. There is a concern that working will mean their benefits will stop and they will no longer have their disability payments if they find their issues prevent them from working. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration offers work incentives.

Understanding the eligibility requirements for SSI benefits

For people in North Carolina who are suffering from an illness, condition or injury and meet the necessary financial requirements, Supplemental Security Income through the Social Security disability program is available. However, it is vital that those who are seeking benefits understand those requirements and know whether they meet them. There are several factors that go into determining whether a person can get SSI benefits.

What if I need a special examination for my SSD benefits claim?

For North Carolina residents who apply for Social Security disability, it might be necessary for there to be more information before a decision can be made. This is when a special medical examination or tests will be required to come to a decision. The Disability Determination Services (DDS) reviews the claims for the Social Security Administration. The SSA will pay for this. In addition, if there are travel expenses, the SSA will pay for that as well. The results can be sent to the primary care doctor if it is a different doctor who conducts the exam.

Is your child eligible for SSI benefits?

For many people with disabilities, financial security is a complex issue as these individuals are often unable to hold gainful employment. It can be just as difficult for the North Carolina families caring for children with special needs as well. If you are providing for a child with special needs, your household could be eligible for benefits through Supplemental Security Income.

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