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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.