SSI (Supplemental Security Income) for Adults and Children
SSI is for adults is a need-based program for those with limited or no work history. It is designed for those who have not paid into Social Security through work because they cannot work. Those eligible for SSI not only need to show they are disabled, but also that they meet certain income thresholds for their households. SSI looks at a number of things such as the income of the members of the household and available assets such as homes, vehicles, and cash in the bank. Even if you are disabled, you will not qualify for SSI unless you show the necessary lack of resources. An attorney can help you navigate these confusing rules.
Those who qualify for SSI are usually able to receive Medicaid medical benefits for themselves and their dependents and SNAP (food stamps).
Children may also qualify for SSI payments based upon illness and family income and assets.
Widower, Dependent, and Old Age Benefits
In certain circumstances, widows and children can qualify for Social Security when a spouse or parent is deceased. This is called AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children). Older widows can also sometimes claim their deceased spouse's Social Security instead of their own and receive a higher monthly payment.
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