If you are awarded Social Security disability benefits, you could possibly qualify for other benefits depending on your individual qualifications. These programs include:
1) Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
This program is based on income and assets. Therefore, if you have a limited amount of income and resources you could qualify if you are found medically disabled. This program is federally funded and provided monthly payments to people over the age of 65 and individuals who are found disabled or blind. The amount received monthly depends on the cost of living in your state; each state has different cost of living amounts. It also depends on depends on wages, Social Security benefits, pensions, food and shelter. If you qualify for SSI you may also qualify for Medicaid and Food Stamps. If you are married, your spouse’s income and resources also count in determining your payment. If you are under the age of 18 the income and resources of your parents will count in determining your payment. Resources are things such as real estate, bank accounts, cash, stocks and bonds.
This insurance benefit is awarded to you if qualify for SSI. The state provides up to half of the funding and in some states local counties contribute to the fund. This is a means-based social program.
After you have received disability benefits for 24 months under Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB), you will be eligible for the government-funded health insurance called Medicare. This program is a social insurance program which is federally funded, which provides two parts: Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B. You will begin to receive information about Medicare several months before your coverage starts requesting that you select a health plan and a provider, along with what to expect under Medicare.
4) Is there any help for low-income Medicare beneficiaries?
If you receive Medicare and are also low income with limited resources you may qualify for your state to pay your Medicare premiums and some “out-of-pocket” medical expenses (deductibles and coinsurance). The ultimate decision is up to your state; if you would like more information contact your state, local welfare office, or Medicaid agency. You can also call the Medicare toll-free number: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
5) Food Stamps (SNAP benefits)
You may also qualify for food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (now referred to as SNAP benefits) through your local welfare office or Social Security office. You can also apply online through your local county.
If you are still awaiting a decision from the Social Security Administration, it is essential that you ensure your claim is being processed correctly. Hiring a Social Security Disability lawyer to handle your case will guarantee that no mistakes are made and no further delays are placed on your claim.