In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the law creating the Supplemental Security Income program better known as SSI. As a federal program, SSI took over a number of state and federal elderly anti-poverty and disability programs throughout the country. The recipients of these programs were “subject to great inequalities and considerable red tape inherent in the present system of varying State programs with different benefits, eligibility standards and rules,” President Nixon wrote in his signing statement.
To qualify for SSI benefits a person must be 65 years old or older or be found disabled under Social Security’s rules and have very limited income and resources. The maximum monthly benefit paid to an individual under SSI this year is $698. In 2013, the maximum monthly benefit will be $710. SSI only represents approximately 1.4% of the federal budget.
Getting Social Security Disability or SSI can be a long and complicated process. Having an experienced knowledgeable attorney helping you through the process can make the difference between getting benefits and losing your claim. Call us at 303-780-7329 or click HERE to arrange for your FREE CONSULTATION. We help disabled individuals all over the United States obtain the benefits they deserve.