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SSD benefits and a plan to achieve self-support (PASS)

When a person in North Carolina suffers an injury or illness and receives Social Security disability benefits as a result, he or she might want to eventually try to get back to work or start a business. A concern that these individuals often have, however, is how to do it and if it affects their benefits. This is what the plan to achieve self-support (PASS) is for. PASS allows the person to use the income or other items to further their attempts at work. Examples include money for school or specific training for a job. The job is meant to let the person earn a sufficient income to cease needing SSD benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Do trusts affect my SSI benefits?

Individuals in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina can seek Supplemental Security Income if they meet the various financial and personal requirements. These include having resources under a certain level, as well as being blind, disabled or over the age of 65. Some people have various financial situations that might call their eligibility into question. One is if they have a trust. The Social Security Administration addresses how having a trust might affect a person's ability to be approved when applying for SSI benefits.

Can I keep my SSI benefits if I enter a medical facility?

People who are suffering from a condition, illness or injury and meet certain federal requirements can seek Supplemental Security Income. However, given that they are suffering from a medical issue, it is not unusual for them to need hospitalization or a stay at a nursing facility. A question that is often asked is whether a person who enters a facility can continue to receive SSI benefits. The answer is yes, but there are certain rules that go along with that.

What are burial funds and do they affect my SSI benefits?

There are many different rules for North Carolinians who are seeking to receive or are already receiving Supplemental Security Income through the Social Security disability program. One benefit that might not be thought about frequently is burial funds. Often, people do not know the details of a burial fund and how it might affect their SSI benefits. That, however, does not diminish its importance.

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.

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.

Don't be confused - you might qualify for SSI benefits

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.

Social Security Administration website provides options

Not all applications for federal benefits are approved. In fact, our readers who are familiar with previous posts here probably know that the majority of applications for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income are initially rejected. The application process can be complicated, with many applicants needing to proceed through the appeals process that is in place when an application is rejected. That's why it is nice when the Social Security Administration actually makes things easier for those who do receive SSI benefits, as well as those who are in the middle of the application or appeals process.

Getting the right information about SSI benefits

By most indicators, the national economy is headed in a positive direction. Unfortunately, there are many people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia who won't be along for the ride. For these individuals, a disability might prevent them from entering the workforce. Instead, they are struggling to make ends meet and are wondering if there are any options for help.

An overview of Supplemental Security Income benefits

Many of our readers may know that the Social Security Administration runs two different programs to help disabled Americans: Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income. However, some people may not know the difference between these two programs, or why there are two different programs at all.

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