Supplemental Security Income applications now online

woman sitting on a laptopWe’re always looking for ways to provide you with innovative, quality services, and with our newest online enhancement, we’re proud to be doing just that. Now, if you meet certain requirements, you can file Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and disability applications online at the same time.

You can apply online if you:

  • Are between the ages of 18 and 65;
  • Have never been married;
  • Aren’t blind;
  • Are a U.S. citizen residing in one of the fifty states, District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands; and
  • Haven’t applied for or received disability or SSI benefits in the past.

If you started another application online before April 1, but haven’t submitted it, you can take advantage of this new service option and submit a disability and SSI application together.

With this update, we are expanding service to customers with limited English proficiency by allowing them to request an appointment online for an in-person claim or teleclaim in the language of their choice.  As we provide this new service in many languages, including Spanish, we are discontinuing the separate Spanish language iClaim option.  Applicants who started and saved an iClaim in Spanish can still enter the portal and complete it for up to six months after the claim start date.

With disability, and now SSI, benefit applications online, we’re providing easier and more convenient services to support you through life’s journey.

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156 thoughts on “Supplemental Security Income applications now online

  1. I am already on disability and receiving benefits but I am now divorced and have been divorced since May 16,2017 and I have not been able to make it to a social security office to give the information needed to yall.

    • Hi Joanna. Beneficiaries have a legal obligation to report changes, which could affect their eligibility for Social Security benefits. You can report changes by telephone, mail, or in person. But remember, never post personal information on social media. If you are unable to visit your local servicing office, you may call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks.

          • If the countable Disability income is low enough a person could qualify for SSI benefits under the supplemental program for the elderly. The spouses income is part of the equation.

      • Hi June. Unfortunately, if a person has reached his or her full retirement age (Currently 66) and is receiving Social Security retirement, they will not be eligible for disability benefits. You may want to check and see if she is eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include Medicaid, which may help pay for medication that Medicare does not cover. You can get information about services in your area from your local social services office. Or you can visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web page for more information. We hope this information helps.

    • Hi Louann. Individuals age 65 or older, will need to complete their Supplemental Security Information (SSI) application at their local Social Security office. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 to make an appointment. Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a needs-based program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits also are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities, who meet the financial limits. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, on the other hand, are based on earnings and are not subject to income and resource limits. For more information on the difference between Social Security disability and SSI, check out our Frequently Asked Questions. We hope this information helps.

  2. I am having trouble entering my name and password on “my account”. Is there someone who can help me resolve this problem? I cannot seem to find a site to help me remove this issue.

    • Hi, Rexana. We are sorry you’re having difficulty with your personal my Social Security account. For assistance, please call 1-800-772-1213. After you hear “Briefly tell me why you are calling,” say “Help Desk” for help with a my Social Security account. You can also visit our Frequently Asked Questions to read information on why you may be unable to create or to access your account. We hope this helps!

  3. Hi,
    God grace you.I am very miserable life which I was not expected to come in the U.S.A.Neither I got Disability beneefits, Nor I have not got unemployment benrfits, Now tell you please where should I go .wheather should go under the Rail-lines or under the any other system in this country.what should we do ,to whome we should tell our story.No one is here to listen.
    sincerely .

    • I’d highly recommend taking a remedial English class at your local adult education center and then maybe someone would know what you are talking about.

        • No I agree …. why should this person come to our country and expect us to take care of them ….. come with some skills …… like a good understanding of the English language and a trade.

      • I agree .. why would you come to this country and expect to be taken care of. You should have learned our language and come to this country with a trade. We are not an ATM for immigrants, there are taxpayers behind those benefits that have to work extremely hard.

  4. I am sick and need my disability very much. My court date is already set up. I had a stroke and my hearing is bad. I was denied in 2015.

      • No it’s not a complete fraud. I know you wrote back in Aug 2017 but I just have to comment . Without SSDI I don’t know what I’d do. I have many many medical problems, not complaining, just stating facts. I would NEVER be able to get the excellent medical care that I”ve needed. So stop bashing them…..

  5. yes in USA always something just bareley disqualifies me from any financial or social benefits
    always a catch in this country — its almost humorous

    • Funny you should say that; apparently you haven’t seen the vast majority of posts complaining about how it’s so “easy” to get disability benefits that anybody who just doesn’t want to work gets them in order to take “hard-working” people’s tax dollars. They think no one should get Social Security disability, that it’s just a “hand-out.” I guess they’d prefer that disabled people just shut up and die already. But then, that’s what Congress and Trump think too, by the way; Paul Ryan even said it in those exact words only two days ago (except for the “shut up” part. He said they should just go ahead and die. The henhouse is now being run by the hungry foxes, and they’re preparing for an incredible feast.

  6. When will you allow married people to apply online for SSI? Also, when will you allow people that have applied previously for SSI to apply online/

    • It would be really nice if everyone could use this service that needs it. Also, if there could be an option at the end of the application to upload medical records or other documents that would be a huge help as well. Thanks!!!

      • If SSA allowed people to submit their own medicals bypassing the medical sources, fraud would rule the day. You sign releases so they can get the information or you can go into the office with your documents. Before you are approved for SSI you must go into the office anyway for an interview. A face to face interview is mandated for all welfare programs.

          • Sk what if it is? Is that a horrible thing? To help your citizens that are in dire need? There is more than enough money (government) available to help, the greed @ the top is disgusting &… im just beside myself..

        • You sign the release so SSA who hired a third party company can query your medical record and find a way to disqualify you for your benefits. That’s why the releases are signed, because SSA searches for a way to cheat people out of their benefits. Except when it’s their own family members of employees who work there.

        • Face to face interview so the social security employee can judge you and is uneducated on illnesses that can’t be seen.

    • Thanks so much for your questions Thomas. We take the security of the public’s information very seriously, and continually use a proactive approach to improve the security of our online services. We’re always looking for ways to provide you with innovative, quality services, and to further improve the services we offer. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

      • Can you tell me if it is necessary to hire an attorney who will be able to guide me to the best possible income benefit or will Social Security be honest and able to help me with that. I want to retire at 62. I am aware that my benefits will be reduced. I also have a State of Florida pension that I can start to collect at that age as well. Will my social security retirement check be reduced because of my state retirement check? Thank you for your response in advance.

        • Hi Lisa. Please bear in mind that the decision on when to apply for retirement benefits is a personal one. As is the choice to use a representative when conducting business with Social Security. We can only provide you with the information to help you make the best choice according to your own situation. You can find most of the information you need in our website: http://www.socialsecurity.gov. Also, a pension based on work that is not covered by Social Security (for example, Federal civil service and some State or local government agencies) may cause the amount of your Social Security benefit to be reduced. Please visit our Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) web page for more information. To help you plan for the future, you can use our Retirement Planner and you can also create a my Social Security account to verify your earnings, get your Social Security Statement, and much more. We hope this information helps!

    • First off you need ti take an english class at a community rec center or perhaps a tutor. No one will be able to help you if they cant understand you. From your comment it makes no sense what is “gambing?” Or “gate proces?”
      Are you an american citizen who has contributed to social security to qualify for benefits?

  7. People,
    You can go on-line to social security.gov to obtain all the information needed to apply if meet requirements. However, when a person is in retirement age (66.5 yrs.) They are entitled to collect this money after all, the contributions to social security are mandatory deductions via the individual’s payroll check. And no! This is not welfare.

  8. I need to apply for S.S.I.,Do I qualify?I’m 61yrs old and can’t work,I’ve got a disease on my left foot called Charcot,where the top bones falls to bottom and no remedy, unless surgery,I use Crow boot sometimes when my foots’ in pain

    • You can apply for disability benefits online, which is quick and easy. You can also apply by calling our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or you can contact your local Social Security office directly. Also, we respond to questions and provide general information through our Blog and Facebook page. If you have a general question, we encourage you to ask here. But remember, never post personal information on social media. Thanks!

  9. I am 67 now and received limited income of my social security benefit, can I apply for SSI, do I qualify to apply for SSI if I only received under $800 a month retirement benefit

    • Unfortunately , while you would be able to apply for SSI aged benefits after full retirement age, your monthly income may exceed the income cap for people who get both benefits at the same time. I’m not sure about states who supplement SSI but in those who do not the 2017 cap is $755.

    • Hi Connie, The monthly maximum Federal amounts for 2017 are $735 for an eligible individual, $1,103 for an eligible individual with an eligible spouse. Some States supplement SSI benefits.
      Also, see Income Exclusions for SSI Program for more information. To see if you qualify, or if you have specific questions, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and speak with one of our representatives. We hope this helps!

  10. This is a pathetic excuse for the customer service that SSA should and would be providing if Congress had not strangled its administrative budget. I called SSA and asked for an appointment at my local office. I was told that all appointments in their appointment calendar were booked. I also asked for the phone number for the local office. When I called my call was dropped without being answered. SSA is in crisis mode and suggesting that people apply online for SSI is just putting a bandaid on a severed artery – no help at all.

  11. Social security is the biggest joke i agree what people say about disability process ive paid in over 58.000 been driving school bus 27 yrs i loose my vision and have ra so days i cant do anything its been 3 yrs and just got denied again and was told i can work as a greeter at walmart or at a fast food restarant i was told yesterday it would take 26 months to get another hearing i had one last year and same thing why are we forced to pay and cant get it back just what i was forced to pays im homeless and no food now makes me mad when others get it and never worked or are on it working and doing the samething that ssi said that they couldnt do and was givin ssi i want info on how to get to top person in charge .

    • Hi David. We are sorry to hear about your medical condition and that your application for disability benefits did not go the way you had hoped. To submit your comment, complaint or suggestion, you can write to us or send us an email message. Thanks.

  12. After reading some of these very rude and uncalled for comments I would like to suggest that SSA put a disclaimer on here that ONLY SSA individuals marked with the SSA logo should be listened to. As an SSA retiree who also had my own business to assist disabled individuals with their claims I am appalled and thoroughly disgusted with the mean rhetoric and rudeness and hate exhibited by some of these posters. Not only that but many times they give misinformation out. While there are good and bad employees within the agency just like there is in any business this rhetoric here is reprehensible and uncalled for. Social Security offices also have many multilingual employees and will obtain an interpreter if needed. I have also lived in a foreign country where we learned the language but this bashing someone because their English isn’t superior is unacceptable. Thank you for all you do SSA. You make a difference in so many lives and I for one will never vote for anyone who is out to gut Social Security.

    • Thank you for sharing Chris, and thank you for your years of service to the public. Our blog — Social Security Matters — gives readers information about a variety of topics, including our programs, online services, current events, and human-interest stories, usually in greater detail than typically shared on our other social media platforms. Please be aware that our official agency responses will always include the Social Security Administration (SSA) seal, and that we have an official social media team dedicated to posting messages and responses to customer inquiries or comments that specifically address SSA issues. Our blog encourages discussion and offers important retirement and disability-related solutions. While we welcome general participation from all of our followers, we ask all participants to please be considerate and polite to others when posting comments. Thank you for your support and for using our blog.

  13. Hi, I am 61 years old and living in Goose Creek, SC. I get diabetes and lost aproximaly 85% of left eye capacity. I am working in a restaurant kitchen as a dishwasher. I'm working seven to eight hours a day for five days consecutives. The kitch on said:

    Hi,

    I am 61 years old and living in Goose Creek, SC.
    I get diabetes and lost aproximaly 85% of left eye capacity.
    I am working in a restaurant kitchen as a dishwasher. I’m working seven to eight hours a day for five days consecutives. The kitchen is a very pace environment, for this reason, the blood sugar level drop dramatically during the day, make me Dizzy and I have to eat anything immediately to avoid serious problems.
    I also get spine issue and asthma.
    I am a very weak man but, I do not want any special favor from the Government to stay in home to watch tv.
    I want your help with information:
    I would like a retirement when turn 62, next month, May and I want still working until forever, how can I apply and what do I need for that?
    Also, I need to know if there is any Government Program that can help me to buy a house or a rent to buy.
    I am a homeless, I am living in my car and I am very tired to live like that.
    I need a special readind glasses and an affordable doctor to take care of my health.
    That is all I need to survive!
    Sorry take your time,
    The best for your life,
    Everaldo

    • Hi Everaldo, you can still work and receive your Social Security retirement benefits at the same time. However, if you are younger than full retirement age and make more than the yearly earnings limit, this can reduce the number of payments you receive through the year. For 2017 that limit is $16,920. If you apply for benefits at age 62, and work part-time thereafter you will be considered “retired” only if your monthly earnings are $1,410 or less. You can use our earnings test calculator to see how your earnings could affect your benefit payments, or see “How We Deduct Earnings From Benefits”. To learn more, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page or read our publication: “How Work Affects Your Benefits”. Our system is set up to take applications three months in advance. When you are ready, you can complete the online application for your Social Security retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes. You may want to create a My Social Security account to review your earnings record and get an estimate of your future benefits. Also, you may want to check and see if you are eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include Medicaid, which may help pay for your medical needs. You can get information about services in your area from your local social services office. Or you can visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web page for more information. We hope this helps.

  14. I´ve been diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis, under the adult listings in Disability Evaluation Under Social Security it’s : 14.09. It affects my fingers, wrists, toes, ankles, shoulders and knees.
    Currently I´m living overseas and would like to know if I´m able to apply online. Would this office need to contact the doctor that is treating me in this country?
    Thank you.

    • Thank you for using our blog to communicate with us Maria! You can apply and complete the process online even if you live outside the United States. We recommend that for assistance related to Social Security benefits, please contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this helps!

  15. Mr. Fernandez, Is Guam part of this system? How can we find my father worked records for his Social Security benefits when he was working in Guam during the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands under the U.S. Navy and later U.S.Department of Interior and the Military base in Kwajalein. The Marshall Islands from 1950 to 1977.

    We look forward to hearing online soon

    Please, Help!

    Thank you very much.

  16. My husband is 78. I receive a partial benefit based on being married to him. I also receive An Annuity from working over 35 years federal service. If my husband passes before I do, will I receive the full benefit that he is getting right now?

    • Thank you for your question Carmen. Survivors benefits are paid at a higher rate and you will have to contact us to see if you qualify for a higher benefit amount. Keep in mind that the Government Pension Offset also affects (reduce), your Social Security widow’s benefits.

  17. A friend just tried to file a SSI application online and was told she’d have to send in a paper application. Is SSA SURE that it’s online application application is functioning properly?

    • The site to apply online for disability benefits appears to be up and running. Please keep in mind that you are eligible to file online for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), but only if you:
      • Are between the ages of 18 and 65;
      • Have never been married;
      • Aren’t blind;
      • Are a U.S. citizen residing in one of the fifty states, District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands;
      • Haven’t applied for or received SSI benefits in the past; and
      Are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance at the same time as your SSI claim.
      You can schedule an appointment with your local office by calling us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thanks!

  18. Hello. Why is one of the requirements “Have never been married”? What if you were married and then divorced and you now have no income due to many health issues and not enough working credits over the past 10 years to collect disability? Thank you

  19. I am concerned about the information local offices are giving those applying for disability. They are telling everyone they can apply for SSI online. This is not true. Only a minuscule percentage of people can do this.

      • We pay disability benefits through two programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The SSI program is a needs-based program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits also are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities, who meet the financial limits. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, on the other hand, are based on earnings and are not subject to income and resource limits. In some cases, you can file an application on online for both programs. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and speak to one of our agents to confirm. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks!

  20. My question is three years ago my husband was working when I filed for SSDI and I got it. Now my husband hasn’t worked since being let go at his job almost 3 mos ago. My ssdi is only $728 when medicare and humana is taken care of we live on $604. I was turned down for ssi do I qualify now? They are going to cut our electric off the first because we cant pay it. Please if any help is out their for us;let us know. We have applied for Liheap and it wont come until next month. Im also on oxygen.

  21. Im looking at Judge Judy with this woman been getting SSI since 2000 because she’s a gambleaholic but Im over here suffering severe depression from this dam menopause and been turned down. F#**# OUTRAGEOUS!

  22. I have applied for social security disability on 5/23/2016, and was denied ? They said in the letter they sent me in the mail that the reason I was denied was because I did not have enough work credits. I had a low immune system problem for years ? and i have got it up enough in the last view years to go out in public. But I have been battling depression and anxiety issues, Stress and Irritable bowel syndrome to the point my doctor put me on depression meds ? I don’t want to take advantage of the government. I just need help ? Because i am starting a online business, because i can’t get out and work do to my Irritable Bowel syndrome and my anxiety. I have never worked out in the public before. And i don’t think i can ever ? I was wondering if there is any help i can get ? My stomach gives me so much problems and i can never tell when i will need to get to a restroom ? and i can’t really be left alone at a cash register if i worked out ? do to bathroom breaks and I just can’t concentrate when i get sick and cramped up on my stomach and in the bathroom for long periods of a time ? I don’t think i could be that reliable. so please if i can be helped in anyway please let me know.

  23. I am getting vets pension 1400 a month. married both are unable to work moved here from calif looking for housing medical and food help can I be married get ssi ? can I transferred my calif wellness benfits and food stamps here haved not work since 2010

    • Typically, the length of time it takes to receive a decision on your reconsideration is about 60 days. However, the amount of time could vary from case-to-case. We reevaluate all evidence, plus any additional evidence submitted and make a new decision. For more specific information about your case, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks!

  24. will i be notified by mail or email? i have not been asked for more information ,,but dcf fl. has up to date info…

    • If you are having difficulties with your personal my Social Security account, please call 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. After you hear “Briefly tell me why you are calling,” say “Help Desk” for help with a my Social Security account. Sometimes, it might be best to visit your local Social Security office for further assistance. Thanks.

  25. Need some help please.

    Income is low, hardly getting by. Need help for me health insurance premium and food.
    Was disabled before and received disability benefit. An additional from Ex-spouse Benifit.

    Is there any help at all that I am eligible to apply for? Thank you.

    How do I know if you reply to my inquiriyy
    Will it be answered through my email?
    Thank you.

    Where do I start.

    • Hi Millie. We do not have access to personal information, therefore, we do not do direct messaging in this venue. You may want to check and see if you are eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include Medicaid, which may help pay for medication that Medicare does not cover. You can get information about services in your area from your local social services office. Or you can visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web page for more information. We hope this helps.
      Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media and communicating personal information via email. Thanks!

    • Hi Millie, we do not have access to personal information in this venue, therefore, we do not do direct messaging in this venue.

  26. What happens when you are on SSI and turn 65 yrs old ? Someone I know has this issue and wondering do I take him into the social security office for assistance.

  27. I was receiving SSI benefits ( w/ a designated payee )due to my mental disorder. I was disqualified due to medical and/or personal information that was not verified by my payee. I have two (2) questions: 1. am I able to reapply? and 2. I am a victim of Identity Fraud and did not find out until I was informed that I was going to be penalized for income reported on a tax return. I reported this fraud to the FTC but my monthly benefit was still being deducted. Can those deductions be issued/reissued?

    • Hi Grizel, to see if you’re still eligible and to apply for SSI benefits, call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or contact your local Social Security office directly. Thanks!

  28. I am having an extremely hard time find the SSI on line application. Have found numerous links to all information regarding SSI, the hard copy application that you can print and complete, but not the actual on line version. Can you please help?

    • We are sorry to hear you’re having difficulties. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and ask one of our agents to assist you. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

    • Thanks for your question. You can now file for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) online but only if you meet certain requirements. You are eligible to file online for SSI if you are between the ages of 18 and 65.
      To apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you will need to complete the application at the local office. Please call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday to have one of our representatives schedule an appointment. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. We hope this helps!

  29. I am so naive about SS rules. I am Filipino by birth. I got married to a US Citizen in October 1999 in the Philippines. My husband petitioned me to come the US and after a year in October 2000 I was able to enter USA. My husband only took me to SS office to get my SS number. He never told me about SS rules nor he showed to me what he received from SS. Just when he died in October 20, 2016. I scanned his piles of papers Which his sons where also aspiring to grab all his belongings, so I was in a hurry to get all the pertinent papers which I did not know if I got the right papers I needed before his sons came to stop me from taking their father’s belongings. I went to the Register of Wills, because my husband did not leave me nor to his sons a WILL which one should I take and also to be given to his sons. So the Register of Wills has given me all the things my husband bought when I was with him and one half of his things he had before I came. After I got my share I left the house, although I was allowed to stay in the house but I decided to move out. I went to the SS office to get a waver of my husband’s SS to transfer it to me. Then the SS start to send me Guidelines of the SS but I did not know what to do because in 2016 I was already 74. That’s the time I read from the SS Guide that when you reach 65 you should enroll in the SS and Medicare. But I did not know what to do. When I was 65 of age , suppose to be I should receive SSI. But my husband did not apply me to get it. That was in October 2007. My husband did not allow me to find a job because he just want me to help him taking care of his animals in the farm. To avoid argument I just agreed to his decision for he is the one buying everything we need. He did not give me a cellphone. He cut off also the landline telephone. I was used to survive alone. So I did not complain or ask about life here in the US. But I was observing him everyday. He did not want me to learn driving. Only he taught me how to drive our lawn tractor mower. To help him mowing the big yard around his house. I stayed with him for 16 years. We went to Church every Saturday. And we peacefully co- exist with each other until one day suddenly he got stroke and that was it.

  30. When I became 65 years of age in 2007, I did not know the SS rules here in USA. I came to USA through marriage. I am a Filipino by birth. I lived with my husband for 16 years. He died on October 20, 2016. I never worked since I arrived US, because my husband did not allow me to find a job. He did not allow me also to learn driving. So I have no access also to go to work. In 2007 I turned 65 already, suppose to be I should have received my SSI benefits, but I did not know about it. Could I apply it now to have a retroactive benefits even just since 2007 until when my husband died in October 2016? Am I qualified of it? Please reply and let me know about this matter. I will appreciate your kind favors.

  31. I am sending this message because I applied for social security benefits on paper and sent it to Anchorage. I have also applied through Alaska Public Assistance and was asked to apply for SSI in addition to the social security benefits paper application. Do I need to apply separately for SSI in addition to the application I sent to Anchorage for processing? I also created an account through the SSA website.

  32. Hello,
    I am trying to gather information to give to my son about applying for Disability. He is a Type 1 Diabetic since age 7 and is now 30 yrs old. Long story short is he has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Disease. Recently found out that his 1 kidney has failed already in Stage 5.
    Now for his work history: he has been sick most of his life and has not been able to work a steady job. So I don’t think he has paid much into Social Security. So here is my confusion. Do I have him apply for Social Security Disability or SSI? And will need the location of the SSI Application Online. I have had trouble finding it for him to get him started.
    Thank You so much for any help in the right direction.

  33. Hi.no idea where to start here,or if I’m even in the right place.i just started researching yesterday,so be kind to the scared newbie who just got bad news from the DR. please. Bear with me here… bottom line, i had ovarian cancer, full removal hysterectomy, but it spread to my bones.i had a non cancerous tumor removed from my skull, which caused minor hearing loss, and I have osteoporosis and can barely walk.i should add I’m only 48…..and I rent a 3rd floor unit with stairs. It’s not equipped for disabilities so I need to move, as a wheelchair is where I’m going to end up soon. I need to move before i break my 24th bone. Problem,: no credit,no job, no history for past 5 years,hence, no income to show. Relatives will help with down payment and moving expenses though but can not co-sign or purchase in their name.. Looking for small ranch house that I can wheel myself around in, (and NOT assisted living). How do I make that happen? Is it possible or am in trapped in apartment hell? Never collected SSI or any assistance of any kind before. Not even sure that’s what I need yet.. Credit is horrible (530ish last check) and down to my last dime paying medical bills.
    If anyone can post direct links to help me out please, that would be a great start. Thanks.

    • We are sorry to hear of the medical troubles and inconveniences you are experiencing. We pay disability benefits via two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance program, for people who have worked and paid Social Security taxes long enough to be eligible, and the Supplemental Security Income program, which pays benefits based on financial need. Disability benefits are paid to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition(s) that is expected to last one year or more or to end in death.
      To learn more about the process we use to decide if you are disabled under our rules, visit our Benefits Planner on Disability.
      To check for other potential benefits such as social service benefits or other benefits from the state in which you live, contact your local social services office or visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services web page for more information.
      We hope this information helps!

  34. Hello my name is Vincent Braxton, I’m inquiring about how can it both apply for SSI. Right now i get SSD can i apply for ssi

    • Hello Vincent, if you have low income and limited resources, you may be able to receive both benefits. For more information on the difference between Social Security disability and the Supplemental Security Income or SSI, check out http://go.usa.gov/UB5C.
      For further assistance, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and speak to one of our agents. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. We hope this helps!

    • Hello Nageen, Social Security administers the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. We pay monthly benefits to people with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or age 65 or older. Blind or disabled children may also get SSI.
      To get SSI you must reside in the United States or the Northern Mariana Islands.
      Some individuals may also be eligible to receive social services from the state in which they live. These services include Medicaid, free meals, housekeeping help, transportation or help with other problems. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services office. Or you can visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web page for more information.
      We hope this helps!

  35. I’m 62 next week,signed up for easy retirement, not much, caring for my elderly mother with cancer and macular degeneration and helping sister with Ms,doing all the driving for the three of us, some of the housework, yard work,cooking, and shopping! And I recently had melanoma surgery! Any Ssi or disability for me?

    • Hello Thomas, Disability Benefits are paid to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to result in death. If you think you are disabled under our rules, you should apply for disability benefits as soon as possible. Please see our listing of impairments, and visit our “Frequently Asked Questions” web page on disability. You can start receiving your retirement benefits while we consider your application for disability benefits and wait for a medical determination.
      Please call us at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday or contact your local office for further assistance. Thanks!

    • Hi Thomas, you can now file for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) online but only if you meet certain requirements. Click here for more information. Thanks!

  36. There is no place that I found to actually apply for SSI online. You have to file for regular SSDI and it asks if you plan to file for SSI. Please provide the proper link to SSI.

  37. Hello, I was denied s.s.d. because i did not meet the min points to qualify. My question is can I use the same application I already filed for s.s.d. claim # 134-60-6402HA or do I need to file a new and seperate application for S.S.I. and if I do need a new appl. can you send one to my e-mail.

  38. SSA is the completely the absolute WORST website online. Everything nobody is looking for. Streamline this site please and make it navigable. Unbelievable inefficiency; the current essence of the entire social security system. You pay all the wrong people employing people to push paperwork,and attorneys that “steal” from your clients for a process that takes years but should most often take days or weeks to process with the computing power at our fingertips today! Why not put file here across every page’s top navigation bar, one “button for SSI & another for SSDI… Oh yeah, that would make far too much sense !!! The epitome of governmental bureaucracy !!! Meanwhile, years and years of more suffering for the already suffering ? Why ??? RIDICULOUS !!!

  39. Share the “link” where to file online for SSI !!! Please ! Nobody can find this easily. Why do you purposefully make this process so difficult?

  40. I have been disabled since April 17, 2014. I’m currently receiving Social Security Disability. I want to apply for SSI and Social Security Medicare Savings Program. I need assistance to apply for the benefits I mentioned above.

  41. I Joyce Colosky is helping Abby Parent sign up for this for she is very slow and dose not understand most of it.

  42. I am trying to apply online for ssa payments. My husband is already receiving them. In attempting to creat my own account I was blocked out. Can we set up two accounts on the same computer? And, can you tell me why I was blocked?

    • Hello Marcia. We’re sorry that you had difficulty creating your my Social Security account. If you are still having trouble, please call our dedicated my Social Security- Hotline. To reach this hotline, call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”, or
      contact your local Social Security office.
      If you do not wish to use the online application, or cannot finish your application online, you can:
      •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778); or
      •Visit your local Social Security office. An appointment is not required, but if you call ahead and schedule one, it may reduce the time you spend waiting to apply. We hope this helps!

  43. Yes IV been determined disabled but my husband didn’t want me to work how can I get disability benefits off of his social security Im 50 yrs old and we’ve been married for 30 yrs. Please let me know. Thanks

  44. What happens to ppl with mental health problems? Seems that most are denied over and over leaving jails to pick up the slack. Me personally have many problems with just day to day activities. I wonder what will happen to me sooner than later.

  45. Hello, I want to know at age 71 if I am receiving SSI benefits and my husband is also receiving SSI and a Pension am I eligible for an increase in my SSI?

    • Hi Gladys! Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot answer your question at this time. One of our representatives should be able to provide you with specific information. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks.

  46. I am 70 years living on social security and have to work (part time) to make ends meet but I have a problem with my arms or tendons and keep ending up at the VA. can I get supplemental social security?

  47. Yo pido respuesta a la petición que le ise a la señora Carolyn w Colvin sobre la Reconsideración que pido para que me sigan mandando mi ayuda de la pensión que recibía mes con mes y ya son 5 meses que no me an mandado nada les pido se apiaden de este anciano que estos 5 meses que no me an mandado mi pensión la e pasado muy mal economicamente estoy desesperado ya no ayo que aser pedí también un préstamo y les notifico que si se apiadan de este anciano desesperado que días me la pasó sin probar alimentos isieras el depósito directo al banco donde yo recibía mes con mes mi pensión les ruego de la manera más atenta me conteste por favor necesito mucho la ayuda si ya me depositaron agamelo saber se lo pide un anciano desesperado por tener sus alimentos ATT.Laudino López Bonilla

    • For information in Spanish, please visit us at http://www.segurosocial.gov or http://www.facebook.com/segurosocial.
      For Social Security information in other languages, please visit us at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/multilanguage.
      Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please continue working with your local office. You can request to speak with the manager to see how we can help to expedite resolution of your situation. If you are unable to visit the local office, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

  48. Furthermore, i believe that mesothelioma is a uncommon form of cancer that is typically found in those people previously exposed to asbestos. Cancerous tissues form inside mesothelium, which is a shielding lining which covers almost all of the body’s body organs. These cells typically form from the lining from the lungs, abdomen, or the sac that really encircles the heart. Thanks for expressing your ideas.

    • Hello Michael, you can now file for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) online but only if you meet certain requirements. You can also schedule an appointment with a local Social Security office to file an application. Call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday for assistance.
      Thanks!

    • Hello Kathleen. In addition to the Federal supplemental security income (SSI) payment, some States may provide additional benefits to their own recipients in recognition of the variations in living costs from one State to another and for the special needs of some individuals. The additional payment is known as “State Supplementation Payments”.
      States make monthly payments directly to recipients, and payments are included with the SSI benefits each month.
      Please call our toll free number for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

    • Hi Mike, thanks for the question. We welcome those who wish to help another person apply for disability, retirement, spouse’s, or Medicare benefits. It may be a friend, relative, attorney, paralegal, employer, or member of an advocacy group or organization. When you fill out the application, we may ask for information about you (the form completer), your relationship to the person you are applying for and, if applicable, the organization you work for. If the person you are helping is, or will be immediately available to sign the completed application on his or her own behalf, please answer the questions as that person would answer them. Whenever we say “you” or “your” in the application, we are referring to the person you are helping to apply.

      Check out our Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits web page for additional information and how to apply.

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