If not, what is your main challenge?
I have 100 SSI individuals on my caseload.
SSI is for individuals who have never paid payroll taxes, therefore welfare, a gift form the taxpayers.
At age 65 an individual who never paid payroll taxes, who was never considered disabled, who has resources less than $2000 (home and vehicle excluded), can receive $698 SSI.
Those who had no income before age 65 would surely think $698 is a lot of money.
Plus they receive full Medicaid, and pay nothing for the Medicare they receive.
Most receive food stamps, many receive energy and housing assistance.
For the most part they live as well or better than those living on average SS - about $1300 per month - and those people worked a lifetime to receive what they earned.
Since SSI individuals have Medicaid, they have no medical expences.
They need things like a car, nicer place to live, better phone, TV, computer.
Of my caseload of 400 families, many have no income except food stamps - dozens of them.
They are waiting for SSI, have applied, may have to wait 45 more years, when they turn 65.
They think $698 is a lot of money.
SSDI, different story. Most of them do not qualify for Medicaid - income too high.
They do not qualify for Medicare until they receive SSDI for 2 years.
Even then, Medicare does not pay all medical expences.
A main challenge for them is paying medical expences.
I have many families of 3+ persons, all living off the SSI of one child, and everything they receive from social services.
(Per the SSA reference below - SSI and children - "On average, SSI payments accounted for nearly 48 percent of the family income of SSI children,")
For all families with SSI children, SSI is nearly half of ALL income.
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SSI – Supplimental security Income – not social security -for people who didn't work –
$50 Billion a year.
(see page 62 of the report)
2.6% of the population is on SSI, most never worked a day, one out of every 38 persons.
See SSI for your county and state:
SSI disability trends - high mental disability rate.
SSI and children.
SSI annual report.
Medicaid ( not medicare) spending 2010 - $389 Billion:
Many people confuse SSI and SSDI. That is unfortunate.
I have been told many times, that those who receive SSI are just as deserving as those who receive SSDI.