How to Apply For SSI Online
By Susan Landis-Steward
, last updated July 31, 2011
Social Security Supplemental Security Income program, or SSI, is a program that pays benefits if you or qualifying family members become disabled. If you worked enough hours to qualify, and paid social security taxes, you may qualify. Adult children who became disabled before the age of 22 are also eligible to receive SSI through your account. SSI is available to disabled adults and children with limited sources of income and few resources. They are also available to people over the age of 65, whether they are disabled or not, if they meet the financial limits.
To qualify, you must meet the medical requirements. You will be asked to provide information about your medical history, the disabling condition, and your work and education history. To qualify, you must be unable to work or you must earn less than $1000 a month. Your disabling condition must significantly interfere with your ability to work and must prevent you from performing basic work-related activities. In addition, your particular disability must be on the list of medical conditions that are considered disability. If it is not, a judgment will have to be made to determine if your condition is severe enough to merit classification as disabled.
Even if you do not meet the conditions for disability outlined above, you may still be considered disabled if you can no longer do the work you did before you became disabled and if you cannot perform any other kind of work. You will be evaluated for age, work experience, education, and transferable skills to determine whether you can continue to work in another field.
As soon as you become disabled, apply immediately. The forms are available online. For SSI for yourself or a qualifying adult on your account, you will need to complete the Adult Disability Report. If you are applying for a disabled child, you can also complete the Child Disability Report only. If your application is denied, you can also file an appeal online by completing the Appeal Request and Appeal Disability Report.
When you apply, you will need to have your Social Security number and proof of your age. You will also need all the names, addresses, phone numbers of nay physicians, hospitals, clinics, or other health care professionals who have seen along with dates of all visits. You will need all of your medical records, lab results, and the names and dosages of all medications. Further, you will need a work history including the duties you performed and your most recent W-2 or tax return. If you are applying for your spouse, you will also need proof of your marriage as well as the dates of any prior marriages. All documents must be originals or certified copies. The documents will be returned to you after being copied. You will need to mail all the documentation after you apply online or you can take it to your local Social Security Office.