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All three must be in place to qualify:
Yes. There is a 5 month waiting period from the date you stopped working. There are exceptions to this rule if your earnings were below an amount decided by the Social Security Administration.
Yes. You and certain family members may be eligible. (Dependent children, elderly parents, spouses in the full-time care of children under the age of 16).
Go to ssa.gov to obtain your Social Security Statement.
Create an account and you will be able to obtain your statement. Creating an account is not an application for any Social Security benefit. In fact, individuals are encouraged to periodically check their Social Security Statement for accuracy and for financial planning.
Yes. SSD is not needs-based. You may be eligible for SSD even if you have savings.
The attorney fee is based on a contingent agreement. The attorney does not get paid unless your SSD is approved. The Social Security Administration monitors the attorney fee.
For SSD it depends on your past earnings. The Social Security Statement will give you an estimate.
Yes. You may be eligible for Medicare after the 24 month waiting period.
SSI is a needs-based federal benefit. Individuals with low income and limited resources may be eligible if they are:
No. There is no waiting period.
No. SSI is a benefit for the individual applicant. There is no benefit for dependent children, spouses or elderly parents of the SSI applicant.
You may have to spend your savings before you are eligible to apply for SSI. SSI is a benefit of last resort.
Yes, if you are too sick to work and you receive Welfare benefits you may be eligible to apply for SSI.
No. You may still be eligible to apply for SSI even if you get food stamps.
Yes. You may still be eligible to apply for SSI. The home you live in is not counted as a resource. However an assessment of your household income will still be completed.
The attorney fee is based on a contingent agreement. The attorney does not get paid unless your SSI is approved. The Social Security Administration monitors the attorney fee.
For SSI it depends on your household income.
Yes. You may be eligible for Medicaid. There is no waiting period.