Supplemental Security Benefits (SSI) gives cash assistance to people with limited income and resources who are age 65 or older, blind or disabled. Children with disabilities can get SSI, too. To find out if you can get SSI and learn how to apply, go to Supplemental Security Benefits (SSI). If you’ve worked long enough you may qualify for SSDI Social Security Disability Income.


What is the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program and how can I apply?

  1. Is SSI Title XVI?
  2. SSI Income & Asset Limits * SSA Site
  3. SSI Home Page – Table of Contents on Social Security Website
  4. Medicaid – Medi-Cal is generally automatic.
  5. WHAT DOES “DISABLED” MEAN FOR AN ADULT?If you are age 18 or older we may consider you “disabled” if you have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment (including an emotional or learning problem) which:small blue ballresults in the inability to do any substantial gainful activity; andsmall blue ballcan be expected to result in death; orsmall blue ballhas lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.

    We use the term substantial gainful activity (SGA) to describe a level of work activity and earnings that is both substantial and gainful. SGA involves performance of significant physical or mental activities, or a combination of both. For your work activity to be substantial you do not need to work full time. Work activity performed on a part-time basis may also be SGA. If your impairment is anything other than blindness, earnings averaging over $1,070 a month (for the year 2014) generally demonstrate SGA.

    Gainful work activity is:

    small blue ballwork performed for pay or profit, or

    small blue ballwork of a nature generally performed for pay or profit; or

    small blue ballwork intended for profit, whether or not a profit is realized.


Links & Resources

Disability Benefits 101 on SDI * SSI *



Find an Attorney — Suggestions (Referrals)

Main Social Security Page, Disability Page and related pages

Insure Buy International Medical Coverage

Insure Buy – International Medical Coverage

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