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Supplemental Security Income Program

Posted on:2/24/2013
The Supplemental Security Income program (SSI) created in 1972 covers persons with medical conditions which exclude them from employment but do not entitle them to disability insurance.


 These would be people born disabled, who became disabled during childhood, or who did not accumulate sufficient working years before becoming disabled to be eligible for benefits.

 

SSI placed categorical aid for the aged, blind, and disabled in the hands of federal Social Security administrators but left Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with the states. SSI is an entitlement, not charity, even though the program is financed through general revenues and uses a means test which excludes anything that recipients have contributed to a trust fund previously.

 

To enter the system and prove one's disability claim, the individual must go to the local Social Security Administration district office and complete application and medical release forms.  There are four essential steps in the claims procedure: (1) initial stage, (2) reconsideration, (3) hearing, and (4) Appeals Council (AC).

 

As the claimant begins this adventure, it should be realized that the burden of proof belongs to the "moving party," meaning that by asserting a claim, the individual holds the responsibility of convincing the Social Security Administration of the disability within the meaning of the Social Security Act. The Social Security Administration will be looking for "substantial evidence" that the claimant is unable to perform his or her former work due to a current disability.


  
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