Do You Want to Know the SSI Qualifications?

    If you’re wondering whether you qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, it probably means you’re struggling with health problems and financial worries.

    SSI provides monthly income, so you have money for basic expenses. You also get back pay to cover any time you spend waiting before you get approved for benefits, which is a great additional help.

    First you have to deal with the fact that most people are denied when they apply for SSI.

    The SSI qualifications are strict.

    So do you qualify?

    Here are the basic Supplemental Security Income qualifications:

    • You can’t work due to physical or mental health impairments.
    • Your bad health has already lasted a year, or you can show that it will.
    • It’s been a long time since you’ve worked and paid into the Social Security system, or you’ve never been able to work much.
    • You have limited current income.
    • You have limited property or savings.

    These situations also can help you qualify for SSI:

    • You’re living with blindness.
    • You’re over 65 and your income history and financial resources are limited.

    When you’re considering applying for SSI, you also may want to see if you qualify for another type of disability benefit: Social Security Disability Income (SSDI).

    And if you have a child with a disability, your family could qualify for financial aid from children’s SSI.

    You can figure out what to do by talking to someone with extensive experience in disability cases. That’s Wells, Manning, Eitenmiller & Taylor.

    Our disability lawyers have more than 60 years of combined experience helping people in Oregon.

    We have offices in Eugene-Springfield, Albany, Roseburg, Coos Bay and Medford.

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    Does My Health Problem Qualify for SSI Benefits?

    To win any kind of Social Security Disability benefits, you must be unable to work because of your health.

    At its core, that means the severity of your symptoms—how they affect your life—can be more important than exactly what condition you have.

    Social Security keeps a big list of impairments that can qualify you for benefits, but you could also have a different diagnosis.

    We’ve seen clients at Wells, Manning, Eitenmiller & Taylor with all of these illnesses and more:

    • Anxiety
    • Back pain
    • Cancer
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Heart disease
    • Neck pain
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Rheumatoid arthritis

    You can have physical or mental health difficulties and qualify for SSI. You can meet the SSI qualifications with a combination of different health issues.

    This is how you start: Tell our disability attorneys about your struggles. We will listen and give you an evaluation of how you may meet the SSI qualifications.

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    How to Show Social Security That Your Medical Problems Qualify for SSI

    Strong medical evidence is the most important ingredient in a disability benefits claim.

    Social Security has thousands of rules for who gets SSI. They’re meant to stop people who don’t deserve benefits, but for you it means the process is more complicated.

    You can’t just tell them you’re unable to work. You have to prove it with records and documents, such as these:

    • Reports from doctors
    • Medical test results
    • Documents from doctor exams
    • Medical imaging
    • Treatment plans
    • Treatment results
    • Prescription lists
    • Statements from family, friends, co-workers, neighbors or clergy

    All of this is in addition to providing the information showing that your income meets the SSI standards.

    This can feel overwhelming.

    But the law firm of Wells, Manning, Eitenmiller & Taylor was created to help people like you get through this process.

    You pay no attorney fee until you win benefits.

    And winning benefits is a way to hold onto a sense of independence and dignity.

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    Have a Question about Disability Benefits?

    Your health is bad. You can’t work. Your financial stability is threatened. So your head is swimming with questions. How will you get by? How does Social Security Disability work? We’ve gathered answers. See them here:

    Disability FAQs »
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