What You Should Know About the SSI Program

two people hiking with a sunsetThe Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides cash assistance to people with limited income and few resources.

But … how much do you really know about this program?

SSI provides monthly payments to people who are age 65 or older, completely or partially blind, or considered disabled under Social Security’s strict definition of disability. Social Security pays benefits to people who aren’t able to work due to a medical condition that’s expected to last at least one year or result in death. Blind or disabled children of parents with limited income and resources can also be eligible for the program.

To qualify for SSI, you’ll need to meet strict income and resources requirements. Income is money you earn, such as wages, disability benefits, and pensions. Income can also include the value of items you get from someone else, like food and shelter. Social Security doesn’t count all of your income, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Different states also have different rules on how much income you can bring in each month and still get SSI.

Resources include the things you own, although we don’t count everything. For instance, we don’t count a house you own and live in, and we usually don’t count your car. We do count income from rental property, bank accounts, cash, stocks, and bonds. Also, to receive SSI, you must meet other program rules about residency and citizenship. You can find more information about income and resources and eligibility requirements on our website.

SSI payments are the same amount nationwide. In 2016, the basic monthly SSI payment is $733 for an individual and $1,100 for a couple. However, the amount you get may be different. It depends on your income and living arrangements. Some states also add money to the basic benefit.

If you think you may be eligible, apply now. You can contact us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to set up an appointment to apply for SSI at your local Social Security office. Please visit our website for more information.

 

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181 thoughts on “What You Should Know About the SSI Program

  1. I’m disabled collecting SSDI.
    I’m 59, too young to obtain my Social Security and Pension.
    Am I eligible for approximately 2 years of SSI payments?
    Please advise, and thank you.

      • If your SSDI payment before deduction for Medicare is higher than $753.00 you are not entitled to a federal payment. You should call the toll free # as stated in the article. You could be entitled to a State Supplement.

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      • Hi Wayne, remember that the Supplemental Security Income or SSI program is a needs based program that gives cash assistance to disabled individuals with limited income and resources. The amount of SSI benefits is based, in part, on the income and resources available to the individual. For SSI eligibility, we will take into consideration any income and resources available to you. If your regular disability benefit combined with any other income, is lower than the regular monthly SSI payment (of $735), then you may still be eligible for SSI. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks.

      • I like to know why I can’t apply for ssi while playing the waiting game on my SSDI.
        I have worked 36 years. Now I have no income. None. I have depleted every penny. So why can’t I receive ssi.
        I have no food at times. My meds cost money. Please advise

      • Yes..after 24 months of disability you are eligible to apply for medicare which will give you medical help and SSI will provide with finance if you qualify

      • Yea IM DISABLED TOO AND I PAID INTO THE SYSTEM I HAVE NEUROLOGIST BACKING ME UP N THREE OTHER SPECIALUST I JUST GOT DENIED AGAIN WHAT REALLY PISSES ME OFF IS PEOPLE WHO GET SSI N GO TO SCHOOL AND PEOPLE WHO GET TWO N THREE CHECKS AND SSDI KNOWS THIS THAT PISSES ME OFF I PAID INTO MY MONEY N PEOPKE GETTING THREE CHECKS UNDER VARIOUS NAMES THATS BULLSHIT

      • And ANOTHER THING I KNOW THIS WOMAN AND HER MOTHER CALLS UP THE DDS OFFICE AND PROCEEds TO TELL THEM THAT HER DAUGHTER IS ACTIVE DOPE ADDICT N BEEN IN N OUT OF REHAPS AND SHE GOT APOROVED FOR SSDI NO ONGOING MEDICAL TREATMENT NO LAWYERS NO APPEALS THAT IS MESSED UP PISSES ME OFF THERE IS NOOOOT READON Y I SHOULDNT GET MINE I MEET OFFICIAL GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA OF THOSE GUIDELINES ACCORDING TO SSDI BLUEBOOK

      • Dear sirs, I am currently on ssi disability I was wondering if I can qualify for supplemental insurance. I did not receive back pay or a supplement after my disability kicked in. I need this.

        • Hello Stephanie. 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 an explanation. 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!

    • Hi, Karl. Thank you for your question. 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 are also payable to people 65 and older without disabilities, who meet the financial limits. To be eligible for SSI, a person must have $2,000 or less in countable resources. Please visit our Understanding Supplemental Security Income webpage for more information.

      • Hi I am on dialysis with kidney failure and unable to work… I applied for SSDI on Oct 10th and I applied for SSI on Dec 20. In the same day I gave the SSA a Medicare/ Medicaid renal desease papper from my doctor’s and included all my current lab results for the DDS… I couldn’t work since September 9 because of my illness. Now I’m wondering is the government betting in me to loose everything and die? I know it’s a wait but gosh I gave all the info I could. Why is it taking so long? My Medicare didn’t even go through yet. What is the issue? Haven’t received nothing from SSA yet accept a week ago I got a form which I had to how I feel and do things on a daily basis.. why do it take so long?

          • The answer you won’t get from official channels is that the support for less government has many results. One of the big ones is loss of staff because budget cuts are made to all agencies regardless of their importance to the public. Chances are your elected officials in Congress have contributed to this. Less money to spend means less hiring. Hiring is not tied to real need so the idea that government can be like business is false. Anyone running a business would not risk doing to their customers what your elected officials are doing to you by not letting SSA hire the number of employees needed to provide the level of service you spent your whole life paying for through your taxes. This translates into longer waits for hearings, longer lines at offices, longer waits to get through on the phone, delays in getting changes made and some local offices and stations closing. Since an agency is not competing, cost savings can be made by your elected officials knowing you have no where else to go. If you want better you need to hold elected officials accountable for what you paid for.

          • AvatarWE ARE BROKE WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG? I HAVE WORKED MOST OF MY LIFE AND MADE GOOD MONEY! THIS IS RIDICULOUS! on said:

            Sherry,
            I waited 4 years to see a judge, but in the process the said I wasn’t insured because I haven’t worked! You can take that to the appeals counsel and then take it to federal court, It seems to me they play these games because the bottom line is! THE DON’T WANT TO PAY YOU YOUR BACK-PAY

        • We apologize for the long waiting Michael. The length of time it takes to receive a decision on your disability claim can vary depending on several factors, and it could vary from case to case. We consider the nature of your disability and try to obtain medical evidence from your doctor or other medical sources as quickly as possible. Generally, Medicare entitlement for dialysis treatment begins the third month after the month a regular course of renal dialysis begins. This factsheet provides general information for dialysis patients. For information about Medicaid, you will need to contact your local Medicaid office. Please continue working with your local office if you have specific questions about your claim. You can also call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday but you will generally have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks!

          • We are not a car blue book. There is not always black and white. You sound phony, and I am sorry but something like a robot. By now we know ssa people are some they heartless individuals. Decisions can be made in a timely manner. You people drag it on hoping we drop off the face of the earth. So please stop with apologies. No one is being this. Instead walk the walk and talk the talk. Help people

          • My husband is an amuptee and was recieving benefits at one time. Then one day out the blue SS told him he was no longer considered Disabled and cut his benefits off. That was almost 9 years ago. Now, he’s been trying to regain his benefits and we would be homeless if it weren’t for family. He reapplied twice and was denied. Now, he is over due a prosthesis that should be reviewed every 1-2 years. On top of that he can no longer work because he has scar tissue from wearing the old one for so long.
            This is the third time he has reapplied and he’s been waiting a month for some kind of reply from SS. This waiting makes people give up on the system for help. His limb will never grow back (duh) but thats not considered disabled under current requirement. What is wrong with that picture.

        • Yes. They take thieir sweet time hoping we all either give up or die.
          Our government does not care about their people their pockets full their family warm . Then we don’tafter. We help our politicians to get rich with our misery

        • With your renal condition,Medicare provides nursing home and special medical accommodation where where dialysis and reasonable care is provided. You got to present your case well

    • I am 71yrs.old and live on my Social Security which ritisis 1728 a month. Its not enough. To be able to afford food and pay me bills and utilities. I was on disability before they switch me over to SS when. I hit 66 years of age. I have rheuatoid art

      • When you became 66 years old your payment stayed the same and now comes out of the RSI fund. What is your complaint? As far as your concerned nothing changed.

        • John, I wonder how old you are and whether or not you’ve ever had to deal with a chronic condition or any type of hardship. Your comment, “What is your complaint.” is obnoxious. For those of us, who worked our entire lives only to become disabled, lose all our assets and then receive less that 50% of what we had when we COULD and DID work, it is frustrating, depressing and almost unbearable. In my case, I lost my health, my job, and my husband. I now find myself having to accept charity. I have been physically handicapped since birth and never before had asked, nor expected to need to ask, for help as I do now thanks to life’s little trifecta of catastrophes. If you make it to retirement, completely unscathed, you should consider yourself very lucky. But until or unless you spend even just a day in someone else’s shoes, try not to be so condescending and judgmental. If you are foolish enough to think this will never happen to you, enjoy your blissful ignorance as long as it lasts.

          • I can identify with you! My husband and I both worked over 35 years and do without medication we need so we can buy food! We draw a little over the poverty level so do not qualify for any other help! We cannot afford supplemental insurance! While people on ssi by the way ssi comes off the working man that pays in SS and they get free medical help plus housing heat bill paid and food stamps. They get three times what the working man gets! Also women that don’t work get all their husband drawed SS! My inco me is counted when they try to determine if my husband qualifys for medical assistance and I don’t get one Nicole from him! Sounds like idiots are us working people!

          • You are so right Kathy! I like your response to John! I read his comment and shook my head! Read your comment and smiled! Cheers for you young lady 👍

          • Hey, respectfully, this guy is so obviously here to help. I don’t think he was being rude. None of his comments are feely feely, but they are all informative and professional. I honestly think he was asking for more information, because it wasn’t clear what that person wanted help with. Are you even possibly interpreting his tone wrong? It’s hard to do that with post and comments, but I think I am a fair person and I feel he was attacked unfairly.
            His comment /questions was never implieing that someone was complaining about being disabled. He asked what her complaint was. Her issue. What is her concern??? He never said she was complaining.
            I’m disabled, too. and believe me, I have been through it pysically and emotionally and I’ve lost precious people and things, too. I know your pain. So, as somebody else looking in, I just needed to say that I hope you can consider my thoughts about it. Read some of the other post. I could be totally wrong and he hates us all, but really? I think you really jumped the gun here. I understand frustration, but you were harsh on the wrong person. just saying

      • Your Social Security Disability Income is now just Social Security retirement due to your age. Your income amount is probably still over the poverty income level, so you would not be able to receive any other assistance from the federal government and more than likely not state assistance. But depending on which state you live, you should call your state’s Department of Health & Human Services. Also you may qualify for assistance with your electric or gas (heat and/or air) costs.

        • I currently receive SSDI. My monthly payment is higher than most, so I do consider myself to be fortunate in that regard. The part that is so frustrating is that, if I received just a little bit less each month, I would be elligible for other programs such as food stamps and heating cost assistance, which would result in more total funds than I get now. So glad I worked hard and excelled so that I could end up on this side getting less than others, who chose to do less along the way. I do not begrudge anyone getting assistance, but why is the system designed to give less to those, who paid in more? (Remember, we AND our employers DID pay into the system. This is not some federal program for those, who did not.)

          • I am on ssi; worked all my life at different fobs thru different times, some tax some not , but I did hard work all my life; you make do with what you get, if I can, you can; stop the ignorant eating out , playing what the hell you are’ nt

          • Kathy,
            I know several people in your situation, just having a hair more income than necessary to qualify for benefits. The solution is, purchase dental insurance. One person I know has two policies and NO TEETH. But, the monthly premium is used in the calculations, and it lowers the adjusted income to qualify for benefits, which far exceed the cost of the dental plan.

          • Kathy
            That a ridiculous statement if I ever heard one. The system is set up based on need, not greed. You say you get more than most? Consider yourself fortunate. And to make a blind assumption that other people chose to do less than you in their careers, indicates to me you are suffering from some kind of magical thinking syndrome if there is such a thing

      • You are getting more than most people, so stop complaining. Just the name was changed and you get the same, but now it’s called social security benefits.

      • Wow! 1728? You must have made a lot of money to get that much. I only get 1340 and manage to make it. It isn’t easy so you should have put some money aside. Social Security was never meant to completely be your income for retirement. It was only meant to help you have something.

      • There are limit to how much social security provides for single if your income is under $720 /month…You need to plan yourself and try meal on wheels and contact local senior help

    • In 2015, foods stamps were cut from roughly $115 per month for single disabled adults, down to $10. Food stamps are particularly vulnerable to budget-cutting measures.

    • Hi Phyllis Bell, for information about the food stamps program, also called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), you will need to contact your local SNAP office. Also, if you’re unable to work because of a medical condition, you may be eligible for disability benefits. The Social Security Act sets out a strict definition for disability. We pay disability benefits to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to end in death. However, if a person thinks that he or she meets our definition of disability, we encourage them to apply for disability benefits when they become disabled. For more information, visit our “Frequently Asked Questions” web page on disability. We hope this information helps.

  2. If I am legaly blind trying to submit the information to social security
    To update my health where and how do I do it the local office gives Me the run around telling me they don’t know and they don’t ask questions to there supervisors

    • Do you have a relative or friend that you trust to help you with this? You need to make an appointment at your local Social Security office and have someone you trust to take you with your information.
      Be persistent! I have not ever found anyone to be rude or give me a hard time at Social Security.

    • I recommend getting a lawyer. Lawyers, who work to help people get benefits, only get paid if the case is won. Also, their payment is regulated and there is a cap on those payments. I made the mistake of trying to do it alone or with the help of familty and friends, which only delayed my approval and cost me dearly while I depleted all of my savings trying to survive.

    • The best one I found was Disability Law Office NW, they were good and friendly to work with, worked hard for me and my wife and won both of us benefits. We couldn’t have done it alone. 5036396666. Tell em Oscar and Tina says hi. . .

  3. I have no faith in SSI here in CA. When I first went on SSDI I was also given a stipend of $157 a month in SSI. Over the ensuing years, politicians have whacked away at my SSI to balance their budgets. The result is that after ten year plus, I’m bringing home $57 less than I was ten years ago. Every time I’d get a small COLA, California took an axe to my SSI claiming that it was SUPPLEMENTAL, every time my SSDI managed to creep upward, my SSI was supposed to go down by a like amount. Trouble is it went down a whole faster than my SSDI was going up until finally I had no SSI at all and my SSDI was nowhere near what the combination of the two had been at the start, hence the hole I’m still in today. So I don’t get all that excited over these stories about how all these wonderful programs are there just for us elderly disabled working poor types because I know if the pols think they need that money worse than I do they’re going to take it. When I’m back to where I’m getting at least what I was getting in 2005, we can talk but at COLAs consisting of less than three dollars a year, it’s not likely to happen in what’s left of my lifetime.

    • Your SSI and Social Security received the appropriate COLA’s. California decided to reduce the State Supplement payment, your beef is with them.

    • Correct. Unfortunately, people commonly know very little about SSI or SDDI, and misinformation is common. As a result of Bill Clinton’s “reforms” besides ending actual welfare aid, the disabled/seriously ill poor became the fastest-growing group of homeless people by 2000.

    • Tom, I understand your predicament. I get just enough SSDI to be ineligible for SSI or any other assistance, such as food stamps or heating assistance. If I got less SSDI, I would have more in combined assistance. So, I now stand in line at various pantries (mostly church run and/or church funded) in need of charity to make ends meet. I guess this is what has become of “separation of church and state.” That would be funny, but it’s not. I don’t think anyone understands, until it happens to them, how devasting and depressing the situation can be. I am thankful to have what I do. I know others are finding it much more difficult to get by. However, having relatives in “poorer” countries, I also know that seniors and people with disabilities are often better off in a socialist (NOT COMMUNIST – for those of you, who have been brainwashed into being phobic) society. Why is it that the “self-proclaimed greatest country in the world” can’t do better for it’s less fortunate members? No one, who has worked all their life, all of a sudden wants a handout. We just want to be able to live with a modicum of dignity and not be made to feel like failures. The truth is, you can do everything right and still have it go terribly wrong. I wish you all the best and hope you can find some way to make things better.

  4. People on SSI get more money than I do on plain disability where I worked. Them on SSI has never worked a day in their life. Its not fair at all. Thanks

    • i would have much much rather been born without the genetics that run in my family and a long long time ago in ny at age 19 mym mother took me to VESID a work program that allegedly helps pay for different training but the counsler i had their the first day took her aside and said i am not going to be able to wotk..i was home totured because of actual real social phobia with social anxiety attacks and have to isolate myself,which ofcourse caused depression and anxiety and panic she is the one who told my mother about SSI cuz i had nothing,no medicaid for atleast a psychiatrist and counselor to try AND GET BETTER SO I COULD WORK AND HAVE A LIFE…so im not some scammer like alot do these days this was alont time ago and my psychologist i was forced to go to by my mother i didn’nt even talk to for the housr session a week so it was real uncomfortable and i would get fight or flight..the brain chemicals in that arwa were offf to i still remember how i could nbot go to school they only paid 2 years for home school tutoring cuz i was bullied like hell sat myself at luch time which was the worst time of the day and i never ate food inn school because i was to afraid to get up and get food like i was frozen in panic mode..i had no life for my yourh and teenage years it wasnt fun…my brother would bring over girls that a good amount liked me but i was to “shy” they called it at the time..and i regret so much i missed in life..meds im taking now are helping and its only 2 meds paxil did work pretty good for 10 years but i had whats called an ssri burnout and had to change to another ssri effexor which really doesnt help..they only thing that finally helped was klonopijn and benzo. and then 10 years later went on to xanax whic is the only benzo for anxiety panic social phobia panic attacks that works for alot of people….but now sinc ei move to great florida they cut my check and the medicaid they have hear wont pay for dental and barely any doctors will take it unless u drive 2 hours each way and only places for people with no insurance talke medicaid mostly because medicaid pays these docs nothing thanks to our great governor rick scott who actually declined to take millions in federal funding for medicaid? and he got in some trouble for some medicaire scam plus he hides all his millions in his bank and these morons in florida voted him in again after these idiots blew up their own jail durring a bad flood inmate worker in the basement area with the food and laundry kept telling the guards they smell gas and the guards just said shut up and get back to work..all of a sudden we see on the news the whole new jail blew up and like 600 people inmates and sheriffs or guards were sent to the hospital and two inmates died…and the jail still is blown apart with plywood hangin all on it and now their taking a bunch of money to build another one because here in my town and florida they arrest u for jay walking..so they srtill have the old jail we call castle gray skull which is archaiac..and they cant fit barely anyone so they have just been outsourcing in mATES FROM MY COUNTIES TO NOT ONE BUT 3 OTHER COUNTIES…ITS ALLL ABOUT MONEY…sub morons..so i hte to say this but quit crying u would trade to keep your life over mine anyday of the week because i was getting better and going to a work help place here and able to interact with people perfect because i obviously have more of GABA imbalance which is what benzos like xanax and klonopin and valium and all equal out for people like me to feel normal like u but here in great florida after the mill mill thing in south florida even know i live all the way up top right under alabama and the pillls that were being scammed off at those pain man clinics were PAIN KILLERS SCHED. 2 which is the highest of the shcedule..sched. 1 means illegal with no medical benefit but then a year or 2 later the feds and DEA were bored cuzz their too afraid to fight the real drug issues the cartels in mexico,peru,colombia,and bolivia mainly ..so they had to find another med to attack so they sent out mass letters to the doctors here saying “wee dont want u writing any benzos anymore and if your patient needs them then refer them to a shrink” but everyone knows know psychiatrists who cost 200$ a visit want to take u and your medicaid so i reverted and had a gran mal seizeure which was th3e worst even t in my life…so i kept on looking everywhwere and finally found a couple and they know they are the only ones allowed to write benzos anow and they are afraid of the dea and feds coming after them next so most ask u what meds u take on the phone when i find one that takes my garbage insurance and when they hear a benzo they say oh we doint write those hear at all without even hearing im disabled for this issue and how much it hellped me and without it i canrt walk out the door not to mention benzos are not narcotics look it up and i hate when morons say oh thats a narcotic lol..they are in their own class and replaced the old strong barbaituate meds and are the lightest on the controlled schedule list..sched 4….lol..i mean this is a joke…so just torture me so i want to hang up and just well….cant say it hear but….its crazy…so be happy man..

      • I read your rambling post 3 times & still not sure what your biggest issues are. I have at least 3 REAL physical illnesses that caused me to retire, after working over 30 yrs as an LPN/EMT/swim & CPR instructor, cleaning houses, waitressing & other part time jobs & never spent a day on any gov assistance. I had my daughter at age 15, in 1970 & yes, I wasn’t prepared for the world, but grew up fast. I probably spent more quality time with her than most parents….. My family was poor, but did help out some. I didn’t think it was there place to support me.. Working hard & long hours kept me from being depressed, scared or any other emotions I could have claimed. Sometimes ya just gotta suck it up, stay off of the drugs & quit depending on family, friends & the system to take responsibility for ya. But that’s just me…

        • You just don’t get it and probably never will, because you don’t have those issues. Apparently, being an LPN, EMT, or anything else in your life, did nothing to educate you about compassion. I worked my entire life, too, despite being physically handicapped. We were poor, too, but thankfully, my parents were educated and enlightened enough to insist on mainstreaming me (before anyone even knew what that was). Not everyone has had the education or family support system that could make all the difference. Consider yourself lucky, but don’t judge others using your background and good fortune. It irks me that there are so many people on here without so much as an ounce of compassion. Do you have any idea how hard it might have been for a person to open up and share like that. Shawn seems to be dealing with several, untreated issues, one of which is being able to open up and share his plight. So, he finally gets up the nerve and conviction to do that, most likely hoping it will be cathartic or at least allow him to receive a kind word, some empathy, perhaps even some guidance, only to have a judgmental ignoramus like you pull the rug out from under him (again)! So, congratulations on summoning up your life experience just to denegrate someone else. Do you believe in Karma? What about The Bible? Take a step back and think about what you are about to say before you open your mouth or put something in writing. Shame on you for lashing out at someone, without walking a mile in their shoes.

    • That is bias, there are plenty of individuals who have worked in the past and are receiving SSI, many just don’t qualify for anything else because of not having enough work history due to disability acquired at a younger age prior to obtaining enough work experience to put towards the other programs.

    • That’s not true. I worked my whole life, when not raising 4 kids. I am in constant pain now and would love to work but can’t. You are wrong in your thinking.

    • That’s simply NOT true. I worked for years became disabled and was on SSDI $402.00 a month and SSI $21.00 a month tried to go back to work and was cut off. Disability never went away I just tried to ignore it and return to work so I didn’t feel like I was getting a handout. Now I am back on SSI. $735.00 after paying all my bill’s leaves me about $10.00 dollars a month and I get a Whopping $35.00 a month in Food Stamps. That doesn’t even buy 1 weeks worth of groceries. Please don’t make comments about other people until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.

    • You sound so uneducated. I worked 10 years before marriage, I raised 3 children to adulthood which included homeschooling them K-12! I went back tow ork, the my husband was laid off after 35 years, his health started going, I began developing severe arthritis all over my body, I can’t walk or stand, and I’m on ssi now since I did not work to earn ENOUGH work credits for SSDI otherwise I would have bee
      n approved for that.

  5. and i dont get this whole thing that the whole country receives only 730$ lol..when i lived in ny wher ei was born and raised i was getting 768 and that was about 10 years ago and ya money is suppose to go up every month until obama came in he did not give us a raise except once oh and so nice of him for the 2$ raise this year..lol…and im batling with ssi cuz their saying i owe them 2 checks now…first it was 3 i paid 10$ a month noq this lASTONE IS A FARCE THAT A LYING LAWYER HARVERY REPHEN FROM nyc CAUSED FOR ME BY PUTTING HIS MONEY THAT HE EARNED WHICH WAS LIKE ALL OF IT FROM SUIN A DEBT COLLECTOR CUZ THATS WHT HE DOES FOR A LIVING ..IF A DEBT COLLECTOR WRITE ONE THING WRONG OR CALLS AND LEAVES A MESSAGE MENTIONING ANYTHING ABOUT DEBY OR OWED MONEY ON A MACHINE U HAVE SET UO THAT SAY ANYTHING LIKE HEY THIS IS JOHN AND LAURA NOT HERE RIGHT NOW AND THE COLLECTOR LEAVES A MESSAGE ABOUT HIS COLLLECTION AGENCY OR MONEY U OWE THATS CALLED A THIRD PART VIOLATION FRO LETTING YOU SO CALLED WIFE OR GF HEAR THAT AND THE DEBT AGENCYS SETTLE OUT OF COURT EVERY TIME..MY BROTHER GOT IN WITH HIM SOME HOW AND DOES WORK WITH HIM RECRUITING PEOPLE LIKE US WITH DEBT TO REALLY RIP US OFF IN A BIG WAY CUZ WE’RE SUPPOSE TO GET ATLEAST A GRAND AND THAT DEBT WHIPED OFF AND HE GETS TO KEEP ALL THE OTHER MONEY EVEN IF ITS 15 GRAND..AND THIS TIME HE PUT ON A TAX RETURN THING EVEN KNOW I DONT DO TAXES HE PUT THE 3500$ HE GOT OFF MY CASE INTO THE IRS TO EVADE IRS AND I NEVER GAVE HIM ANY PERMISSION TO DO SO AND NEVER TOLD HIM HE COULD USE MY SS# OR NAME..HES IN LIKE 2 VIOLATIONS..THEFT OF INFOR…TAX FRAUD…AND A COUPLE OTHERS AND I NEVER GOT 1,000 HIM AND MY BROTHER RIPPED ME OFF AND ONLY GAVE ME 500$ YEA ME A GUY TRYING TO MAKE IT ON TINY SSI..LOL…SO I CALLED HIM CUZ SSI GOUND OUT 3 YEARS LATER AND TOLD ME ABOUT IT AND I COULD NOT FIGURE WHERE I GOT 3500$ FROM 3-4 YEARS AGO NOW THEN IT CLICKED WHEN IT THE SSI GUY TOLD ME IT U=WAS UNDER MY BROTHERS ADDRESS IN NY….SAVAGES…I CALLED OLD HARVEY REPHEN WHO SITS AROUND COLLECTING ALLL THIS FREE MONEY ALLDAY AND TOLD HIM THAT THE SSI GUY SAID IT SOUND LIKE TAX FRAUD AND U NEED TO GET TO YA IRS OFFICE AND GET THE COPS OF THAT 3500 HE PUT…AND I TOLD REPHEN I WAS GOING TO DO THAT CUZ I HAD TO CUZ IF NOT SSI WAS TAKING A WHOLE MONTHS CHECK…AND ODDLY HE STARTED KISSIN MY ASS AND SAID “TELL THE IRS LADY THAT I AM REPRESENTING U AND WHEN U GET TO THE OFFICE PUT HER ON THE PHONE WITH ME AND HE SOUNDED WORRIED CUZ NOW I KNOW HE HAS BEEN DOING THIS TO ALL HIS CLIENTS AND EVADING THE IRS LOL…HE EVEN WROTE A LETTER FOR ME HAND WRITTEN SAYING TO THE SSA OFFICE THAT HE SUED BLAH BLAH AND I ONLY GOT 500$ OF THE MONEY AND HE GOT THE OTHER 3,000$ YET MY SISTER LOOKED IT ALL UP S=CUZ SHE GOT A GRAND FROM HIM AND SHE HATES MY BROTHERE CUZ HE WILL RIP HIS OWN DEAD GRANDMOTHERS CORPSE OFF…BUT THIS IS A WHOLE DIFF. KIND OF LAW AND SHE GOT A RETAINOR SHEET FROM THIS LAWYER AND IT SAY IN BOLD LETTERS THAT HE DOES NOT TAKE ANY LAW OR COURT FEES AT ALL BECAUSE THAT IS ILLEGAL IN THAT FIELD OF LAW BECAUSE THE COLLECTION AGENCY ACTUALLY HAS TO PAY THE LAWYER FEES AND COURT FEES……AND WE LOOKED IT ALL UP I CAN GET HIM IN BIG TROUBLE MAN…CUZ I HAVE THE LETTER HE WROTE SAYING THAT THE 3500 0R 3000$ HE TOOK WAS FOR HIS LEGAL FEES AND COURT FEES !!!!!!!LMAO….i have all the proofand oim gonna tell him in some way where he cant record or anthing that i want atleast the 500$ he did not give me…and how SSI did not care cuz they went by saying owe well either way u pay]id that money for the law fees..yea..so insrtead of getting money i lost a whole checkand im the only client who i know my brother stole the 500$ of mine…hes done plenty like that all his life..so i want them to know either give me 500$ or 1000 after almost giving me a heart aattack tryingto explain this whole thing to the ssa counselors at the building and they didnt wanna hear anything ..i brought stacks of paper proof and especially the one younger girl with brown hair would not listen to me would not look at not even one paper because it was like 430 and they close at 5 or something and she just wanted to leave..and i got a paper to fight this i forget the name but i filled it out and gave it to the next guy i went to see and with that papert hey are not suppose to touch a penny until its all settled by them because it even says if its 500$ or less i owe they usually always write it off and not make u pay oh but not her..but i asked for both and the main one i gave him and he even gave me a copy of they didnt care and didnt got throught the months long proceedings and made their own decision like and just sent me a letter saying “we’re taking so and so out of ya check until its paid off..i never seen that in my life so im going to have to complain aboiut that again since they should not be taking anything yet but they are…and i have been through this b4…0h and that lawyer is afraid because he knows hes done if i go back to irs with his letter he wrote them where he totally lied on it all and has been dpoing this to all his clients but i guess they did npot notice cuz they work and cant look over every claim..i need an untraceable type way to tell him either give me the 500$ u still owe me and another 500$ atleast for the mental stress and trauma and i was even put in the psych floor of the hospital at this time u animal….does anyone have any ideas of how i can write or call him about this or get a message to him without him copying it cuz hes pretty slick as u see and i have a feeling with my luck he might put it as a threat?..please tell me..thanks people..

  6. I don’t really understand how ssi works. If I get 760 from regular social security how much more does ssi provide to you?

    • Take your gross SS payment before any deductions and subtract $20.00 which is disregarded. If the remaining amount is higher that the amount paid in your State you are due nothing further.

    • Thanks for your question. Keep in mind that the Supplemental Security Income or SSI program is a needs based program that gives cash assistance to disabled individuals with limited income and resources. The amount of SSI benefits is based, in part, on the income and resources available to the individual. For SSI eligibility, we count the gross amount of your Social Security benefit amount, minus $20. The total cannot exceed the SSI monthly payment of $735.00. See “Understanding Supplemental Security Income (SSI)-Income” web page for more information.

  7. In a nutshell, SSI/SSDI are for those who are medically determined to be disabled. SSI is for those who were in the workforce for little or no time before becoming disabled. SSDI is for those who were workers for a certain length of time before becoming fully disabled. Some receive dual benefits, which gets complicated because receiving one reduces the amount of the other.

  8. The increase of 0.3 % = a $4.00 increase here in Ohio. When in Ohio the inflation rate rose 0.8 %. So how is the government able to continue scamming the people by using C.O.L.A. when in most cases inflation rate is higher ?

    • You can’t imagine my disappointment when I learned it was 0.3 and not 3.0 percent. That turned out to be nothing compared to the fact that the resulting dollar amount was exactly equal to the amount of the increase in my Medicare. So, basically, no increase. They may just as well have made it a 30%, heck why not even a 300%, increase, if the net result to me was going to be $0.00 in the end. I practically had a nervous breakdown. All I was looking for was a few extra dollars each month, so I could afford one gallon of milk. Honestly, I don’t know what made me believe that Congress, who manages to give themselves raises whenever they like, would lift a finger to help those, who truly need it. I wonder… Do any of them have to do without milk if it goes up 10 cents? The system is completely broken and none of us should be surprised by anything that happens. I really just wish, as the saying goes, “they would stop pissing on my head, while telling me it’s raining.” I moved to TN 8 years ago, in order to be in a “no income tax” state. Well, since I have no taxable income, that turned out to be pointless. And, now I live where the sales tax is almost 10%. So, basically, I decreased my income by moving here. A word of warning: It’s going to get much worse, very soon.

  9. I am currently on SSD and should receive about 1500 a month but due to garnishments I receive only 268 a month for the next four years. I have to live in a unfinished basement as it’s only 200 a month and all I can afford. I’m really sick but cannot afford to see a doctor or have even one prescription filled. My request for assistance was denied because I should receive almost 1500(in fact i receive 268). What can I do?

  10. I have been denied. It has been a devistating experience so far. I learned funding is an issue. I had an idea that has potential but all i get is a smile & a nodd. I believe there is a funding solution. I also believe the application & hearing processes should be more civil. The DMV has better customer service.

    • Hi Derrick, I hope you will follow through with the appeal process. After putting in 27 years of work, I was a passenger in a car accident that rendered me too disabled to work in my field any longer; so I applied for SS. It took a year – 1/2 to get a denial letter. Lucky for me, I had a case manager who actually told me EVERYONE gets denied the first 2 times, and if you follow through with the appeals you will eventually get approved [if all your medical documents check out]. I know what you’re thinking; it seems like the system is set up for us to fail. I felt like that too; so now my time is spent volunteering with like-minded people to continue protecting and preserving our benefits. The government should NEVER be able to tell me they have the choice of gutting what I paid my tax dollars to afford myself for 27+ years.

      It’s harsh to think about; but please don’t give up. Go through the appeal process. Good luck to you !

  11. I currently receive 734.00 monthly on the 3rd and 20.00 on the 1st of the month.i get food stamps thats it I have three kids and they get no benefits. My rent is 350.00 monthly. My light bill been running high I paid 446.00 this month for last month I am living off that me and my kids is living in poverty. What can I do? They didn’t qualify for any benefits money wise or do I get help for my lights.

    • Goto your local human services office and they have programs that pay directly to the electric company if you do all the paperwork when they ask because there are limited funds you can qualify to get two large payments a year

  12. I am 65 yrs old. I am rated at 40% disabled thru the VA. I have not been able to find a job in over 7 1/2 yrs. I have a bad back (lower) and a ruptured disc at C6-7 with C5-6 deteriorating. I make $1331/mo from military retirement. Would I qualify?

    • Hi Doug. First of all, we want to thank you for your service to our country. Please keep in mind that the Social Security Act sets out a very strict definition of disability, much different than the requirements for other government programs including veterans benefits. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or short-term disability. 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 end in death. At age 65 you may be eligible to apply for Retirement Benefits. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks.

  13. I get SSI and the max is $735 but they take $73 out every month because I work and got over paid and I’m only 30

    • One of our highest priorities is to help people with disabilities achieve independence by helping them take advantage of employment opportunities. Work incentive employment supports disabled and blind SSI beneficiaries go to work by minimizing the risk of losing their SSI or Medicaid benefits. Some incentives allow us to not count some of your income or resources. We DO NOT count the first $65 of earned income plus one–half of the amount over $65. Therefore, we reduce your SSI benefit only $1 for every $2 you earn over $65. Click here to see examples of the “Earned Income Exclusion”. Thanks!

    • Thank you for your question Lawrence. You may be eligible to receive assistance from the state where you 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. You can also visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web page for more information. We hope this information helps.

  14. Hi I receive ssi income and I’m 35 disabled I just moved into an extended stay hotel cause I can’t no longer afford a home. Is there any other way or how can I get social security to help me. I can barely afford copays for meds

    • You may be eligible to receive additional assistance from the state where you live. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services office. You can also visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services web page for more information. We hope this information helps.

  15. Social Security Amendments of January 1, 2017 http://www.title24uscode.org/ss2017.htm

    Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin didn’t publish a 2016 Annual Report on the SSI program as required by the act that cut 10 million AFDC benefits 1996-2000. She has caused 6% COLA in damages to benefits since the Bipartisan budget Act of 2015. It is possible that SSI population growth in 2016 might be even lower, than the 0.1% calculated, falsely represented as healthy 1% population growth, in the 2014-15 reports. SSA either needs to produce a 2017 annual report on the SSI program or a combined Annual Report on the Federal OASDI Trust Funds and SSI program as I have directed to be done by the summer solstice in Sec. 1.

    Elect me Commissioner already. SSI and SSDI combined payments for people receiving less SSDI than the SSI $735 (2017) federal payment standard are vulnerable to pilfering, like all programs that provide assistance to poor people, these days. Pay a 3% COLA now, in the second month of 2017, to end the war of attrition. SSA must be accountable to be free to tax the rich to expand the SSI program to end poverty with 50 million benefits in 2020 and 16-24 million new child SSI benefits to end child poverty in 2017 and balance the federal budget FY 2018. No one should have an income less than $735 a moth for an individual and $1,103 a month for a couple. A 3% COLA (2017) would make the benefit $755 a month for an individual and $1,133 for a couple. Account for the OASDI and SSI programs or SSA shall owe me for two years as Commissioner.

  16. I’m a little confused. I receive SSDI for total disability (lupus, ra, ptsd, herniated disk in neck and back, degenerative disk disease). If I’m receiving SSDI, can I receive additional SSI payments?

  17. Hospitals & Asylums

    Please restore my comments again. My name seems to have been taken out of the memory and all my comments seem to have been removed. Who is doing this hacking? Unauthorized access to stored records is a crime. If you do not restore my comments and any affiliated comments, I am going to have to boycott your blog to avoid wasting national time unless I am personally robbed of my benefits.

    Neither SSA nor Congress seem to have the intellectual capacity to do more than be fired or retire from the local office that administrates SSI my Social Security needs to accommodate on the internet. Wars of attrition with the poor are not acceptable. Texas assassinated Kennedy and Johnson was from Texas. Since 2009 the war on poverty has reached critical levels of benefit attrition and accountability and a 3% COLA will be needed henceforth for low-income beneficiaries to compete with 2.7% consumer inflation.

    SSA employees have not done their work. I have done SSA’s work. SSA national accounts are all falsified to provoke wrongful political decisions of fools such as yourself and the Acting Commissioner and Actuary, who, not having done the work, do not express that they know the difference between the truth and lies, and seem to be lying on purpose to harm people to feel more powerful than them like small people, the rich, everywhere. Colvin has deprived us of about a 6% COLA during her Acting Commission after boss hog robbed us of 9%.

    Put your faith in Hospitals and Asylums (HA), not the Democratic-Republican (DR) two party system, and be a doctor, not an idiot. Social Security Matters blog is not an effective method of communication like the great wall of Hospitals & Asylums (HA). You need news, legislation, litigation, public health and statute to be right. SSA shouldn’t go about hacking and ignoring the laws they are in prison for, or they’re never going to get out. Social Security Bulletin is fascinated by partial counts that cannot be added into a total and is an example of peer reviewed literature that doesn’t enable the nation arrive at any right answers. The Actuary has never gotten the OASDI tax rate calculation right, his job. Social Security Matters can’t hold the truth in their mind or computer memory and have helped to created an illegal society that is neither constitutionally nor human right, a completely false numerical reality, more akin to incest than rape. I haven’t been back to the public library since SS matters plagiarized my card.

    Until people with IDs, homes and federal jobs can do the math, I am going to have to do all the work and keep track of the damages caused by idiots like you. Whereas Social Security matters blog is not a messenger of the evening star, Mercury, the people are going to need to be informed of the truth at great expense to the United States. Does SSA want to pay for a full page advertisement in the New York Times for the people to know the truth of the Social Security Amendments of January 1, 2017 with link to http://www.title24uscode.org/ss2017.doc ?

  18. HI ,MY WIFE WILL BE 65 IN OCTOBER 6TH,SHE HAS ONLY 19 CREDITS.MY SELF AS HER SPOUSE HAS VERY LAW INCOME WITH YEARLY 14,000 GROSS INCOME AND WILL COMPLETE 40 CREDITS BY END OF THIS YEAR 2017.IS MY WIFE ELIGIBLE FOR S S I,?IF YES HOW MUCH SHE WILL GET IT,SHE IS GETTING SNAP AND MEDICAID BENEFIT ALSO.PLEASE REPLY TO HELP ME OUT BETTER UNDERSTAND S S I.

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  20. Filing Taxes ..Help Need more Understanding here, I get SSI, & I work part time..the system says I can not get a SSA 1099/ 1042s , when doing my taxes last year with turbo tax, I was in error on the state reporting because my rent along with my earned salary wasnt enough, I use $100 of my SSI for that and didnt know where to add the amount…so do I just add my monthly for 12 months and total it for that tax refund..Homestead/Heating Credit. Im using turbo again, dont know if I should add both amounts on Fed or just state, since Fed says its non taxable due to its under 25K.. what proof do I use? FORM3?

    • Hi Bobby. An SSA-1099 is a tax form we mail each year in January to people who receive Social Security benefits. It shows the total amount of benefits you received from Social Security in the previous year so you know how much Social Security income to report to the IRS on your tax return. The forms SSA-1099 and SSA-1042S are not available for people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). For income tax related questions, you will need to contact the IRS. Their toll-free number is 1-800-829-1040. We hope this information helps you.

  21. Tony Sanders, for Commissioner of Social Security v. Social Security Matters Blog and FBI HA-17-1-17

    Social Security Matters has engaged with the FBI to misinform the public in violation of 18USC§1512 in regards to the true federal budget, OASDI and SSI accounts in furtherance of a Judeo-Christian scheme to rob a widow and all the orphans of their social security benefits. Social Security Matters was the single contact point for the federal/Microsoft government, but they abused words ‘budget cuts’ and after removing my explanation for the low morale that the Commissioner did not produce an SSI 2016 annual report, have been hijacked by the FBI who hijacks the budget processes of the Department of Justice, Congress and WHOMB non-accountants all in contempt of my accounting directions. sanderstony@live.com was permanently disabled by the FBI incidental to accusing them of self-incriminating regarding the state secrecy electoral infringement in a news blog posting. Having censured Tony Sanders or, more likely, the email address from the SS Matters, because the FBI is desperately trying to justify their citizen’s arrests (not to mention their cut of the forfeitures) because the author is not contactable by the emails they disrupt (mass murder?) to provide the public misinformation only I exhibit the capacity to redact. Social Security Matters computer specialists needs to convict the FBI for two counts of Unauthorized Access to Stored Information (hacking) under 18USC§2701. Please take the time to restore my blog-postings.

    US v. Noor Zhi Salman. Grand Jury Indictment. US District Court Middle District of Florida. Orlando Division. Case No. 6.17-cr-18-on28, January 12, 2017

    The two count indictment alleges that, from an unknown date, at least April 2016 through and including June 12, 2016 the defendant did knowingly aid and abet Omar Mateen by (1) providing material support or resources in violation of 18USC2339A & B (a)(1 & 2) and (2) engage in misleading conduct toward the Officers of the Fort Pierce, Florida, Police Department and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the intent to hinder, delay and prevent the communication of federal law enforcement officers and judges of the United States of information relating to the commission and possible commission of a federal offense in order to prevent them from communicating to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Justice and judges of the United States of information relating to the attack on June 12, 2016 at the Pulse Night Club, in Orlando, Florida, in the Middle District of Florida in violation of 18USC§1512(b)(3). The defendant is ordered to forfeit all assets foreign and domestic under 18USC981(a)(1)(G) any firearms and ammunition used in the offense and $30,500 pursuant to 18USC§924(d) or substitute property under 21USC§853 and 28USC§2461(c). The indictment is signed by three assistant US Attorneys including the chief of the criminal division and the foreman of the grand jury.

    The arrest by the FBI without the prior signature of a judge is a trial error under Rule 4 (b, D) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. A federal magistrate judge is now determining flight risk of the pre-trial detainee before a federal judge can be found to take the case. Historically, occupying powers have used collective punishment to retaliate against and deter attacks on their forces by Resistance movements (e.g. destroying entire towns and villages where such attacks have occurred). Art. 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention provides No protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited. Pillage is prohibited. Reprisals against protected persons and their property are prohibited. The major issue is that the indictment seems to have been pirated/ defrauded by the FBI before a Judge could issue a federal arrest warrant served by US Marshall under Rule 4 Fed. Crim. P. In the commission of this false arrest the FBI infringed on both Jury and Social Security Commissioners to intimidate and terrorize HA and pillage the fools at Social Security Matters blog and the widow’s very questionable inheritance from her deceased husband. I would furthermore like to accuse the FBI of permanently disrupting my Microsoft live email when I blogged the truth, the FBI was self-incriminating regarding their election infringing state secrecy allegations in the press. The FBI arrest needs to be ruled a trial error. Both Assistant US Attorneys who wrote the Indictment and FBI are self-incriminating to accuse the defendant with providing misleading information under 18USC§1512(b)(3). How ridiculous to think the defendants have not yet forfeited the arms and ammunition that were used to commit the offense. It is difficult to judge the fact that the FBI, DEA, OJP federal grants, ONDCP and US Sentencing Commission must be abolished under the Slavery Convention of 1926. The FBI must be dismissed with a self-incrimination conviction under 18USC§1512 and Art. 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention before the terrorism trial can start to liberate Congress from the rampage shooter (Pelosi’s Permanent Select Intelligence Committee, FBI?) in good grace with the Geneva Conventions. Can the shooter’s family disgorge the $30,500 inheritance to the United States without any claims for victim compensation? Does the family know of any more ISIS finance the US can receive? Do the surviving victims and the families of those who died in the gay bar shooting and Human Rights Campaign need compensation under Art. 14 of the Convention against Torture or do they owe the shooter’s widow their compensation under Art. 14 of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights? Since 2014 Medicaid has been paying for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for Male-To-Female types and penectomies. Medicaid needs to stop paying for HRT for MTF types and sex change operations because the estrogen causes a “Warfarin dependency”. The FDA has to revise its policy so that Warfarin dependency is an absolute contraindication for HRT for MTF types.

    HRT of the MTF type

    Since 2014 Medicaid has been paying Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) of the male-to-female (MTF) type. HRT of the MTF type is a form of hormone therapy and sex reassignment therapy that is used to change the secondary sexual characteristics of transgender and transsexual people from masculine (or androgynous) to feminine. It is one of two types of HRT for transgender and transsexual people, the other being female-to-male, and is predominantly used to treat transgender women. The main effects of HRT of the MTF type are as follows: Breast development and enlargement. Softening and thinning of the skin. Decreased body hair growth and density. Redistribution of body fat in a feminine pattern. Decreased muscle mass and strength. Widening of the hips (if epiphyseal closure has not yet occurred; see below). Decreased acne, skin oiliness, scalp hair loss, and body odor. Decreased size of the penis, scrotum, testicles, and prostate. Suppressed or abolished spermatogenesis and fertility. Decreased semen production/ejaculate volume. Changes in mood, emotionality, and behavior. Decreased sex drive and incidence of spontaneous erections. Breast, nipple, and areolar development varies considerably depending on genetics, body composition, age of HRT initiation, and many other factors. Development can take a couple years to nearly a decade for some. Its effectiveness remains to be seen.

    After the gay bar shooting, that was the largest rampage shooting in US history Medicaid coverage for HRT for MTF and sex change operations must be re-evaluated. The FDA must redetermine Warfarin dependency be an absolute contraindication for estrogen consumption. Medicaid must not cater to or pay for gender dysphoria, to corruptly convince pubertal teenagers whose beard growth might be reduced, to be sickened by HRT for MTF type therapy, waiting to believe in breasts no one at the gay bar sees anymore. Medicaid must stop paying for the new fangled volunteer penectomy and invagination that revolutionizes the ancient practice of castrating eunuch slaves that might reduce estrogen needs to such a level they would not need Warfarin, but would probably not even reduce the dose of this absolute contraindication for Hippocratic HRT for MTF type use for timely failure to develop breasts under the Nuremberg Code. Medicaid must stop paying for HRT of the MTF type puberty corruption propaganda or sex change operations. Medicaid shall pay for the surgical removal of all extra reproductive organs of XXY, XYY Kinefelter syndrome transgender and XXX cisgender people and stop catering to the hormonal demands of their precancerous organs on teenage runaways unless these HRT for MTF type drugs are proven to improve, rather than harm, the patients’ health, and sex life, worse than a cigarette. Medicaid does not pay for cigarettes.

    Absolute contraindications – those that can cause life-threatening complications, and in which hormone replacement therapy should never be used – include histories of estrogen-sensitive cancer (e.g., breast cancer), thrombosis or embolism (unless the patient receives concurrent anticoagulants), or macroprolactinoma. In such cases, the patient should be monitored by an oncologist, hematologist or cardiologist, or neurologist, respectively. Relative contraindications – in which the benefits of HRT may outweigh the risks, but caution should be used – include: Liver disease, kidney disease, heart disease, or stroke. Risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, or smoking

    Family history of breast cancer or thromboembolic disease. Gallbladder disease. Circulation or clotting conditions, such as peripheral vascular disease, polycythemia vera, sickle-cell anemia, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, factor V Leiden, prothrombin mutation, antiphospholipid antibodies, anticardiolipin antibodies, lupus anticoagulants, plasminogen or fibrinolysis disorders, protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency, or antithrombin III deficiency. As dosages increase, risks increase as well. Therefore, patients with relative contraindications may start at low dosages and increase gradually.

    The most significant cardiovascular risk for transgender women is the pro-thrombotic effect (increased blood clotting) of estrogens. This manifests most significantly as an increased risk for thromboembolic disease: deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism, which occurs when blood clots from DVT break off and migrate to the lungs. Symptoms of DVT include pain or swelling of one leg, especially the calf. Symptoms of pulmonary embolism include chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, and heart palpitations, sometimes without leg pain or swelling. Deep vein thrombosis occurs more frequently in the first year of treatment with estrogens. The risk is higher with oral estrogens (particularly ethinylestradiol and conjugated estrogens) than with injectable, transdermal, implantable, and nasal formulations. DVT risk also increases with age and in patients who smoke, so many clinicians advise using the safer estrogen formulations in smokers and patients older than 40. Because the risks of warfarin – which is used to treat blood clots – in a relatively young and otherwise healthy population are low, while the risk of adverse physical and psychological outcomes for untreated transgender patients is high, pro-thrombotic mutations (such as factor V Leiden, antithrombin III, and protein C or S deficiency) are not absolute contraindications for hormonal therapy. Warfarin (Coumadin) is a prescription for unnecessary surgery because necessary drugs including anesthesia are contraindicated. Surgeons seem to have better luck prevailing upon transgender HRT consumers to take heparin for a few days before surgery and/or stop taking HRT because they have breast cancer than medical doctors attempting to prescribe metronidazole to cure gastroenteritis just like alcoholics trying to avoid cancer diagnosis. After the gay bar shooting that was the largest rampage shooting in US history Medicaid must redetermine Warfarin dependency to be an absolute contraindication.

    In spite of the induction of breast development, HRT in transgender women does not appear to increase the risk of breast cancer. Only a handful of cases of breast cancer have ever been described in transgender women. This is in accordance with research in cisgender men in which gynecomastia has been found not to be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. On the other hand, men with Klinefelter’s syndrome, who have two X chromosomes (similarly to cisgender women) in addition to hypoandrogenism, hyperestrogenism, and a very high incidence of gynecomastia (80%), show a dramatically (20- to 58-fold) increased risk of breast cancer that is between that of cisgender men and cisgender women (though closer to that of the latter). The incidences of breast cancer in normal men (46,XY karyotype), men with Klinefelter’s syndrome (47,XXY karyotype), and cisgender women (46,XX karyotype) are approximately 0.1%, 3%, and 12.5%, respectively. Also of potential relevance is the case of women with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome, who are genetically male (i.e., 46,XY karyotype) and have normal and complete morphological breast development and in fact breast sizes that are on average larger than those of cisgender women yet, similarly to cisgender men, appear to have little (or possibly even no) incidence of breast cancer. The risk of breast cancer in women with Turner syndrome (45,XO karyotype) also appears to be significantly decreased, though this may be related to ovarian failure/hypogonadism rather necessarily than to genetics. Similarly to the case of breast cancer, prostate cancer is extremely rare in transgender women who have been treated with HRT for a prolonged period of time. Whereas as many as 70% of men show prostate cancer by their 80’s, only a handful of cases of prostate cancer in transgender women have been reported in the literature. As such, and in accordance with the fact that androgens are responsible for the development of prostate cancer, HRT appears to be highly protective against prostate cancer in transgender women.

    The most common estrogens used in transgender women include estradiol (which is the predominant natural estrogen in women) and estradiol esters such as estradiol valerate and estradiol cypionate (which are prodrugs of estradiol). Estrogens may be administered orally, sublingually, transdermally (via patch), topically (via gel), by intramuscular or subcutaneous injection, or by an implant. Dosages are typically reduced after an orchiectomy (removal of the testes) or sex reassignment surgery.

    The most commonly used antiandrogens in transgender women are cyproterone acetate, spironolactone, and GnRH analogues. Spironolactone, which is relatively safe and inexpensive, is the most frequently used antiandrogen in the United States. Cyproterone acetate, which is unavailable in the United States, is more commonly used in the rest of the world. Spironolactone prevents the formation of androgens in the testes (though not in the adrenal glands) by inhibiting enzymes involved in androgen production. It is also an androgen receptor antagonist (that is, it prevents androgens from binding to and activating the androgen receptor). Cyproterone acetate is a powerful antiandrogen and progestin that suppresses gonadotropin levels (which in turn reduces androgen levels), blocks androgens from binding to and activating the androgen receptor, and inhibits enzymes in the androgen biosynthesis pathway. It has been used as a means of androgen deprivation therapy to treat prostate cancer. If used long-term in dosages of 150 mg or higher, it can cause liver damage or failure.

    Non-steroidal antiandrogens used in HRT for transgender women include flutamide, nilutamide, and bicalutamide, all three of which are primarily used in the treatment of prostate cancer. These drugs are pure androgen receptor antagonists. They do not lower androgen levels; rather, they act solely by preventing the binding of androgens to the androgen receptor. However, they do so very strongly, and are highly effective antiandrogens. Bicalutamide has improved tolerability and safety profiles relative to cyproterone acetate, as well as to flutamide and nilutamide, and has largely replaced the latter two in clinical practice for this reason.

    In both sexes, the hypothalamus produces gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) to stimulate the pituitary gland to produce luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). This in turn cause the gonads to produce sex steroids such as androgens and estrogens. In adolescents of either sex with relevant indicators, GnRH analogues such as goserelin acetate can be used to stop undesired pubertal changes for a period without inducing any changes toward the sex with which the patient currently identifies. GnRH agonists work by initially overstimulating the pituitary gland, then rapidly desensitizing it to the effects of GnRH. After an initial surge, over a period of weeks, gonadal androgen production is greatly reduced. Conversely, GnRH antagonists act by blocking the action of GnRH in the pituitary gland. There is considerable controversy over the earliest age at which it is clinically, morally, and legally safe to use GnRH analogues, and for how long. The sixth edition of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care permit it from Tanner stage 2 but do not allow the addition of hormones until age 16, which could be five or more years later. Sex steroids have important functions in addition to their role in puberty, and some skeletal changes (such as increased height) that may be considered masculine are not hindered by GnRH analogues. GnRH analogues are often prescribed to prevent the reactivation of testicular function when surgeons require the cessation of estrogens prior to surgery. The high cost of GnRH analogues is a significant factor in their relative lack of use in transgender people. However, they are prescribed as standard practice in the United Kingdom.

    Progestogens are not commonly prescribed for transgender women. The most common progestogens used in transgender women include progesterone and progestins (synthetic progestogens) like CPA and medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA). These drugs are usually taken orally, but may also be administered by intramuscular injection. Progestogens, in conjunction with the hormone prolactin, are involved in the maturation of the lobules, acini, and areola during pregnancy: mammary structures that estrogen has little to no direct effect on. However, there is no clinical evidence that progestogens enhance breast size, shape, or appearance in either transgender women or cisgender women, and one study found no benefit to breast hemicircumference over estrogen alone in a small sample of transgender women given both an estrogen and an oral progestogen (usually 10 mg/day medroxyprogesterone acetate). Anecdotal evidence from transgender women suggests that those who take progesterone supplements may experience more full breast development, including stage IV on the Tanner scale (many transgender women do not develop Tanner stage V breasts).

    Polychondritis

    The clinical feature of relapsing polychondritis, an uncommon disorder, is characterized by sudden onset of pain and swelling, with redness and warmth, involving the cartilaginous portion of the external ear, with sparing of the lobule. Inflammation may subside. With repeated attacks, the external ear becomes soft and floppy. Sudden onset of hearing loss and vertigo may occur due to involvement of the audiovestibular structures or vascularities of the internal auditory artery. Approximately 40% of patients with relapsing polychondritis have other autoimmune, rheumatologic, inflammatory or hematologic disorders. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be adequate for patients with mild polychondritis limited to arthralgia and nasal or auricular chondritis. Corticosteroid treatment is used in patients with more severe disease, i.e. scleritis/uveitis and systemic symptoms. The survival rate for people with relapsing polychondritis is 74% at five years and 55% at 10 years although more recent studies put survival at 94% with infection being the most common cause of death (Klippel et al ’01: 419 420, 421).

    US v. Noor Zhi Salman. Grand Jury Indictment. US District Court Middle District of Florida. Orlando Division. Case No. 6.17-cr-18-on28, January 12, 2017

    The two count indictment alleges that, from an unknown date, at least April 2016 through and including June 12, 2016 the defendant did knowingly aid and abet Omar Mateen by (1) providing material support or resources in violation of 18USC2339A & B (a)(1 & 2) and (2) engage in misleading conduct toward the Officers of the Fort Pierce, Florida, Police Department and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the intent to hinder, delay and prevent the communication of federal law enforcement officers and judges of the United States of information relating to the commission and possible commission of a federal offense in order to prevent them from communicating to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Justice and judges of the United States of information relating to the attack on June 12, 2016 at the Pulse Night Club, in Orlando, Florida, in the Middle District of Florida in violation of 18USC§1512(b)(3). The defendant is ordered to forfeit all assets foreign and domestic under 18USC981(a)(1)(G) any firearms and ammunition used in the offense and $30,500 pursuant to 18USC§924(d) or substitute property under 21USC§853 and 28USC§2461(c). The indictment is signed by three assistant US Attorneys including the chief of the criminal division and the foreman of the grand jury.

    The arrest by the FBI without the prior signature of a judge is a trial error under Rule 4 (b, D) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. A federal magistrate judge is now determining flight risk of the pre-trial detainee before a federal judge can be found to take the case. Historically, occupying powers have used collective punishment to retaliate against and deter attacks on their forces by Resistance movements (e.g. destroying entire towns and villages where such attacks have occurred). Art. 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention provides No protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited. Pillage is prohibited. Reprisals against protected persons and their property are prohibited. The major issue is that the indictment seems to have been pirated/ defrauded by the FBI before a Judge could issue a federal arrest warrant served by US Marshall under Rule 4 Fed. Crim. P. In the commission of this false arrest the FBI infringed on both Jury and Social Security Commissioners to intimidate and terrorize HA and pillage the fools at Social Security Matters blog and the widow’s very questionable inheritance from her deceased husband. I would furthermore like to accuse the FBI of permanently disrupting my Microsoft live email when I blogged the truth, the FBI was self-incriminating regarding their election infringing state secrecy allegations in the press. The FBI arrest needs to be ruled a trial error. Both Assistant US Attorneys who wrote the Indictment and FBI are self-incriminating to accuse the defendant with providing misleading information under 18USC§1512(b)(3). How ridiculous to think the defendants have not yet forfeited the arms and ammunition that were used to commit the offense. It is difficult to judge the fact that the FBI, DEA, OJP federal grants, ONDCP and US Sentencing Commission must be abolished under the Slavery Convention of 1926. The FBI must be dismissed with a self-incrimination conviction under 18USC§1512 and Art. 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention before the terrorism trial can start to liberate Congress from the rampage shooter (Pelosi’s Permanent Select Intelligence Committee, FBI?) in good grace with the Geneva Conventions. Can the shooter’s family disgorge the $30,500 inheritance to the United States without any claims for victim compensation? Does the family know of any more ISIS finance the US can receive? Do the surviving victims and the families of those who died in the gay bar shooting and Human Rights Campaign need compensation under Art. 14 of the Convention against Torture or do they owe the shooter’s widow their compensation under Art. 14 of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights? Since 2014 Medicaid has been paying for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for Male-To-Female types and penectomies. Medicaid needs to stop paying for HRT for MTF types and sex change operations because the estrogen causes a Warfarin dependency. The FDA has to revise its policy so that Warfarin dependency is an absolute contraindication for HRT for MTF types.

    Social Security Amendments of January 1, 2017 HA-17-1-17 http://www.title24uscode.org/ss2017.htm

  22. Boehner’s back? Monoclonal antibody with up to six week recovery from painful delivery to a specific area and/or Staph infection treated with state attorney general adulterated doxycycline hyclate?

  23. yo tengo 73 años y solo recibo del seguro social por mes s 438 oo Dolrs no se si clasifico para tener beneficios Gracias

  24. is it true that if I file for disability with a lawyer, after the lawyer locks me in with a representative and fee agreement form, they deliberately slow down my application and do everything on paper instead of on- line electronically.
    The lawyers delay the disability decision by not submitting documents or using the post office instead of email in order to accure a larger retroactive benefit so they can collect more money, since they get 25% of the retro moneys when I am approved???.. and that the social security administration knows this but their willing accomplices because the workers get OT to work these paper cases that lawyers submit..why aren’t you stopping this fraud???..

    • Yeah, wow, you can live like royalty on $731 a month. Why don’t you apply instead of complaining?@topaz: nothing in your post is true. You may have hired an attorney who is incompetent or dishonest, but that has nothing to do with the SSA nor the SSDI process itself. Additionally, you are never “locked in” to any particular attorney; they work for YOU and if you’re not satisfied with the job they’re doing then fire them and find another. You also need to remember you have to take a little initiative as well; call your attorney and ask for updates on a regular basis. Finally, if your attorney really is doing what you claim, then you need to file a complaint against the attorney with the Bar association in your state. It costs you nothing and they will investigate your claim quickly. Again however, you need to cooperate with them and provide all the information they ask for in a timely manner, just as you need to do with your current attorney. If there is “fraud” going on as you claim, it is NOT being perpetrated by the SSA.

  25. Under the immigration law if someone sponsors a person to come to the United States, they have to show they have the financial capability to take care of that person and not rely on government resources. That person or persons who sponsor the immigrant is liable for taking care of him/her. But I know many immigrants who come to the US and are given SSI. This is not right. You should look at the sponsor to see their financial situation before giving the immigrant the SSI. It is not the responsibility of the government to bring an immigrant here and take care of him/her. The sponsor should not bring an immigrant here if unable to financially take care of the person. This would be an abuse of the government resources. You should comply with the immigration law and make sure that the sponsor is responsible for the financial needs of the immigrant.

    • Thank you for your comment Joseph. The Supplemental Security Income program pays benefits based on financial need. When an alien has a sponsor, we generally will count the sponsor’s (and his or her spouse’s) income and resources as the alien’s income and resources.

  26. Thank you Marge. your information about contacting The Dept. of Health and Human Resources was a great idea the best I have heard so far. thank you.

  27. GoodRx has helped me pay for my medication. It’s a discount program that all pharmacies are required to accept. Go to GoodRx.com, to see how much your meds will be, and which pharmacy has the lowest price.

  28. Hello :
    Im receiving ssi benefits and currently living with my older son in his house, every month I pay my share of expenses(rent, electricity,water and heat). He will be getting married in the summer. Do I have to report the change of him getting married since Im the one living in his house and given the fact that our living arrangements will not change ?

  29. I applied for disability and got approved for a lump sum and then my case would close. However, I was just told I can’t collect my disability lump sum because I am on SSI and you can’t collect SSI and ssdi benefits. Here is the kicker I am not nor have I ever collected an SSI benefit, they are saying they are withholding 13,000 dollars because they gave me several thousand dollars in payments last year. I am not at all aware of any of this. Can anyone explain this to me because I am so confused.

    • We wish we could be more help Stephanie. For security reasons, we do not have access to personal records via this blog. Please continue working with your local office. 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.

  30. Why do I see all those ads on tv on how a person can get SSI for 2643 a month. If they are using false advertisement that is illegal and yet they work for th USA. They sounds real fishey to me. Why can the Gov’t waste our money advertising about people able to get 2643 a month and people who receive SSI can only get less than a thousand a month is pretty discriminatory and they should be fired and let people with disabilities at least live a normal life. Please respond to my comment ASAP and let me know why?? Please hurry.

  31. Hey my name is ernestina Ortega I have a comment when you’re on SSI do you supposed to get more money like to help you and if you have a child that’s not on disability I need more money to help to support me and my child cuz I’m making very low and come every single month and I want to know is when you live on your own with your child would you give us to help with like rent bills food clothing and stuff so the reason why I asked that cuz I am on my own I’m living on my own and I’ve been living on my own since I was in my twenties so that’s all I was asking for is just a little help if you help those people I need so but if your on Social Security would you get more benefits from SSI program means to take care of yourself in your child cuz my child is not on disability and I wanted to know can you make it possible or happen so but I have dreams that I want to do like there’s things I want to do I wish I could make money on the side but it’s whole hard to Soul but that’s all I had to ask to see if you will help someone in need thank you for your time hopefully hear from you God bless you and bye bye

    • Hi Ernestina. Benefits issued through our Supplemental Security Income or SSI program are based on the needs of the individual and are only paid to the qualifying person. There are no spouse’s, children’s or survivors benefits payable. Individuals receiving SSI benefits 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 web page for more information.
      If you get SSI benefits and are thinking about returning to work, please check out this link to a summary about SSI Work Incentives. We hope this helps !

  32. When people are on disability it gets harder when they have kids that are not on disability cuz when people are on disability it’s a struggle but it’s kind of weird that the government is increasing everything and we get sold something so little that’s not fair but if you think of this ain’t Fair and maybe you should contact the White House authorities and ask them what they think to see to help people that are on disability cuz when people with disabilities that that have kids it’s a long ride for them it’s a struggle so please help us hope so security disabilities out you guys won’t regret what God’s been given use

  33. I applied for supplemental security income in June of 2017. I was denied because I was 240 dollars over the limit to qualify. I appealed this decision in July. I sent them all of my financial records as they requested and it seems as if it still is not enough. They want the same information again after I had already sent them what they wanted. I called the central call center at 1 800 772 1213
    and the people I talked to told me they have nothing on their system that showed I had appealed the decision
    but when I called back just last week the person I talked to told me they had requested more financial records about the money I have. I appealed in July, and again in September along with all of my financial records. It is now the last week of November and they want the same information I had already sent them. I called the central call center and the person I talked to said they had sent me a notice about how I was to send this information in.
    I told the call center I never received a notice and they blamed the US post office for the fact I never got the notice. That was in the middle of October of this year.
    I am going to do the only thing else I can do and that is going to the local office, which actually isn’t my local office because it is in a different county than the one I live in. I am going to have my bank give me two copies of my monthly statements, notarized and signed as received by the local office. I don’t know what else I can do because I have six hundred dollars to my name and if this doesn’t work I stand the chance to lose everything I have because I can not pay the property tax on my house or the insurance on my car. Cna someone please help me? I do not have nowhere else to go. And no one else to talk to.

    • Hello Roger, we apologize for this inconvenience. For security reasons, we do not have access to personal records via this blog. Please continue working with your local office. You can request to speak with the office manager to see how we can help to expedite resolution of your situation. If you are unable to visit your local servicing office, you may 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 in the week. Thanks.

  34. Please help me find the code or regulations that require SSI recipients to apply for early retirement benefits. I cannot find them. I’m also considering how these reduced benefits (which remain reduced throughout the lifetime) might come back to hurt the individual later.
    Thanks.

  35. Sir., I am relatively broke, living only on SS and SSI at about 930.00 bucks a month! I have bought Sub penny stocks over the years, not lately though, and have lost 99.9 percent of the time! I am trying to eventually buy a car or van when I sell out the 2 remaining P-Stocks I continue to hold that show promise! How much I lost over the years is not exactly know, but it amounts to 1,000’s of dollars!

    I just discovered that P-Stocks are speculative and usually illiquid which I found out by myself when I tried to sell out (VOIS) but couldn’t!

    Now I am having an Audit by SSI, and the ONLY, yes ONLY money I live on is through SS and SSI! I always plan to be transparent, so what do you suggest when February 22nd. comes around and my “Audit” arrives in Orange county, California? I really am scared stiff because I don’t know all the laws and regulations! Plese offer whatever you can? Thanks Tom Atkielski (twatkielski@yahoo.com) or 714-420-7544! I it will cost me, I won’t be able to afford it!

  36. AvatarWE ARE BROKE WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG? I HAVE WORKED MOST OF MY LIFE AND MADE GOOD MONEY! THIS IS RIDICULOUS! on said:

    I am completely broke with no assets at all. My and my wife have finally got into public housing, She does not work, because she takes care of me. I have copd, I’m bipolar and have made a good salary. Why does it take so long to get approved? I have and the doctors have sent all of them to the social security administration I have all of my doctor reports including my physiological reports from my doctor. I think I am just applying for social security supplement insurance? My wife has ptsd and can’t work? how much can we both get on social security supplement insurance?

    • Hello Kathleen. Some people with low income & limited resources, may be able to receive both the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and “regular” Social Security benefits, depending on their situation and whether they meet all the requirements.
      Generally, the more countable income you have, the less your SSI benefit will be. If your countable income is over the allowable limit, you cannot receive SSI benefits. Some of your income may not count as income for the SSI program. Visit our web page: Understanding Supplemental Security Income SSI Income — 2018 Edition for more information.
      If you think you may be eligible, call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to set up an appointment to apply for SSI at your local Social Security office. Representatives at our toll free number are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

  37. I am currently on SSI and I am considering apply for Social Security retirement. How will this affect my SSI?

  38. my brother is currently going through a divorce , his marriage lasted 10 years he receives SSI benefits. will his ex spouse continue to receive his SSI after his death?

    • Hi, Frances. We are sorry to hear about your brother’s situation. Benefits issued through our Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, are based on the needs of the individual and are only paid to the qualifying person. There are no spouse’s, children’s or survivors benefits payable. In certain cases, a spouse and children may qualify for family benefits. Social Security survivor benefits are based on the earnings of the person who died, not based on need like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. For more information about survivors benefits, please visit our Benefits Planner for Survivors webpage. We hope this helps.

    • Hello Alberto, you may be eligible to receive social services from the state that you 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 web page for more information.
      We hope this helps.

  39. This doesn’t tell me how many hours I can work if I’m disabled. And receiving SSI and disability. I’m 36 and recieve just enough to cover the necessary bills. Nothing extra. No phone or cable, or even money for medicine. My son & I don’t even live payday to payday. So I’m looking for something to let me know what is the legal amount I can work online to support my child. Its weird that I recieve the same amount as my sister and her bf. Their household income from the gov to them is double my household income. They are not reporting they live together and they use half their money on meth. How in the world is this possible and acceptable to the government? People are lying to the government and nothing happens to them. Yet I’m honest…cause I hate liars. And yet I can’t find anywhere for help with household needs of bills. Ugh. Sorry for whining about stuff. It just really ticks me off when I see 2 people, and these aren’t the only ones I’ve seen getting benefits by lying. Cause I see other ppl tht really need help and can’t get the help needed. What is so freakin wrong with the world?

    • Hello Gena. You may be eligible to receive additional assistance from the state where you 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.
      You can also visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web page for more information.
      We hope this helps!

    • Thank you for your question, Henry. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a needs-based program that provides cash assistance to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.
      In 2018 the monthly SSI Federal Payment Standard for an individual is $750.00. If a person’s (gross) monthly retirement benefit amount is $1112.00 per month, he or she will not qualify to receive SSI benefits.
      Some individuals may be eligible to receive additional assistance from the state where they live. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services office. You can also visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web page for more information.

  40. why do people who work for a short time get more ssi then a person who worked for 50 plus years, get less, I know I am on of them. I retired at 62, but went back to work after a couple of months. Some this people didn’t work at all or maybe a year or two.

  41. If I’ve been living in a rehabilitation/nursing home while awaiting approval on my disability will that facility get my SSI back pay for the time I’ve been there or only from approval date?

    • Thank you for your question, Shirl. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program applies special rules when you enter or leave an institution (hospital, nursing home, or prison). Read our publication “What You Need to Know When You Get SSI” for more information.
      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 an explanation. 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.

  42. Would I have to go into the SS Office to apply for extra benefits? What information do I have to have when applying for this? Is there a form I can fill out online for these benefits?

    I just recently went through hip replacement surgery and did try to go back to my part-time job but it requires sitting at a desk for long periods w/o getting, which is not good for me. I had to go back to using a cane because of weakness on getting up.

    What is the address for the SS office in Columbus OH? I went to the Georgesville Rd office and there was no one there.

    Email – hillingbarbara@yahoo.com

  43. Thank you for the really informative article, especially the part about how to qualify for SSI someone needs to meet strict income and resource requirements. It also goes on to talk about what income can include, including wages, disability benefits, and pensions. In my view, knowing the ins and outs of all of this seems like it would be very complex, especially if you’re dealing with a disability and all of the other stresses in life, so I will have to look for expert lawyers who are familiar with social security insurance and disability and can help me navigate that road. https://rgglaw.net/practice-areas/social-security-disability/

    • Hi, Alan. If you get Social Security, Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) or Civil Service benefits, your Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) premiums will get deducted from your benefit payment. If you don’t get Social Security payments, RRB, or Civil Service benefits, you’ll get a bill called a “Medicare Premium Bill” (CMS-500). If you have specific questions about your bill or the status of your Medicare coverage, call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778). Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. Thanks.

  44. I’m 43 I have degenerative disk disease , my husband draws social security disability, we have a 18 yr old daughter together . We been together for 22 years but married for 5 years . Can I draw any thing threw him or my father? Whom had and died from Huntington’s, could I draw from my father or husband or sign up for my. Self for ssi?my father was a marine and was a corporal and served 4 years in Vietnam and after that was an engineer on rail road until getting sick.
    That was in the 1980. Me my brother and mother each at that time got 330.00 each some thing like that I know it was over 300 each but our father got a lot more. I need some info and advice on what to do.
    You can email me at my husbands email wich is
    Williambarnett372@yahoo.com
    Thank you very Much

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