What Is Supplemental Security Income?


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Supplemental Security Income is a program set up by the Social Security Administration that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited resources and financial means. Supplemental Security Income also pays benefits to people age 65 and older without disabilities but with limited financial means.

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The Social Security Administration does not offer the option for individuals to apply for Supplemental Security Income online. People looking to apply for SSI for an adult with a disability can schedule an appointment with their local Social Security offices to file an application. Applicants should call (800) 772-1213, or the TTY number at (800) 325-0778, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If a person is interested in applying for SSI for a child under the age of 18 with a disability, he needs to complete an application for Supplemental Security income as well as complete a child disability report. The report collects information about the disabling condition of the child and how it affects his ability to function. As of May, 2015, only the child disability report can be completed online. The applicant then needs to contact the Social Security to make an appointment to complete the SSI application.

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