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Supplemental Security Income Archives

An introduction to the Supplemental Security Income program

Previous posts here have discussed the Social Security Disability program. This program helps many people who live with a disability in Houston. But, there is another program that may prove helpful to people who live with a disability, and this program is also administered by the Social Security Administration. It is the Supplemental Security Income program.

Passing of Jerry Lewis spotlights muscular dystrophy

Recently, Americans across the United States mourned the passing of Hollywood legend Jerry Lewis. Although Lewis made a name for himself and enjoyed a long career as comedian, singer, actor, director and writer, he is perhaps best known as a humanitarian for his work fundraising for research for muscular dystrophy.

Disability benefits for a minor child

As this blog has discussed, Social Security disability benefits very helpful to Houston, Texas, adult residents who are not able to work due to a disabling illness or injury. The monthly benefits are often a financial lifeline that, with other income sources and benefits, can keep a disabled person afloat financially.

Income and asset requirements for SSI benefits

As previous posts on this blog has discussed, the Supplemental Security Income program, or SSI, is different from the Social Security Disability Insurance program, or SSDI. Both programs require that a person be disabled before getting monthly paychecks from the Social Security Administration, but they are administered differently.

Will Social Security benefits be cut next year?

In 2016, the Social Security Board of Trustees issued a report warning that by 2020, the program will essentially bankrupt by 2034. Currently the program retains $2.8 trillion to pay out to beneficiaries, but by 2020 they will have to start tapping that fund and resort to a "budget neutral" status. That means that only the money being collected in payroll taxes can be paid out and people will start receiving less and less.

The difference between SSI and SSDI benefits

While it is easy for Houston, Texas, resident simply to group every disability benefit provided by the Social Security Administration under one label, the federal government in fact affords disability benefits under two separate programs, which are commonly referred to as SSDI and SSI, or Supplemental Security Income.