Other Benefits You Get Besides Disability Benefits


Disability benefits are not the end of story for those who have recently become beneficiaries. They can avail of a few extra benefits if they have very limited resources of income. This doesn't mean that their existing disability benefits would be withdrawn. These would continue as planned. A few such added benefits are discussed below.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplement Security Income is a Federal income supplement program. It is funded not by Social Security taxes but by general tax revenues. It is awarded to those who are blind or disabled and people aged 65 and above. One more criteria to avail of this benefit is that the intended beneficiary should have limited or no resources or income.

SSI provides you with cash benefits for obtaining basic existential amenities such as food, clothing and shelter. The best part is that if you get SSI then you may also get other benefits such as food coupons are MedicAid.

Medicare Benefits
You become eligible for Medicare benefits if you have been receiving disability benefits for the last 24 months. However, if you are suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) or have a permanent kidney failure which requires regular dialysis or a transplant you can immediately become eligible for Medicare benefits.

The best part about this type of benefit is that quite unlike SSI, this benefit would not decrease in value even if you have started earning substantially (according to your previous standards) large sum of remuneration. Payments for Medicaid would still be continued.

Food Stamps
If disabled people have resources which are insufficient for buying food then it is best that they apply for food stamps. Application and more information on food stamps can be obtained from the local office of the Social Security Administration.

Other Type of Help
If you are able to get SSI then you can also expect additional help from your state or country. This would be in terms of different types of social services. Further, if you have paid Social Security for a long period of time, then you can expect Social Security benefits along with SSI.

How to Avail These Extra Disability Benefits?
In order to avail SSI benefits you need to first of all fill an application. All United States citizens above the age of 65, those who are blind or are disabled can fill in the application form for SSI. The application is available on the official website of Social Security Administration.

If you do not have access to internet then you can dial the toll free number 1-800-772-1213 and ask for an appointment with the Social Security Administration representative. Guardians or parents can do so on behalf of their children aged less than 18 years.