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Who can collect Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program. You must prove your income and assets are below the limit. You do not need work credits to qualify, but you must meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of disability. SSI is also available for individuals over 65 without a disability who meet the financial need requirement. People approved for SSI automatically qualify for Medicaid. In some cases, you may qualify for both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI. SSI is not health insurance.

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits are also payable to people 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial requirements. This program provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. To apply for this benefit, you must call the Social Security Administration to make an appointment to work with one of the SSI representatives who will then assist you with an application.

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