For disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources, Supplemental Security Income can make a significant impact on their lives. SSI is also available to individuals older than 65 who meet the financial requirements, even if they are not disabled. A key difference between this benefit and Social Security Disability Insurance is that SSI is not dependent on a work history. The payments are instead based only on income and level of disability.

As you consider whether to apply for SSI in Lincoln, consider whether you meet the eligibility requirements. The following are ten helpful questions that pertain to eligibility:

  • Are you age 65 or older?
  • Are you blind?
  • Are you disabled?
  • Do you have limited income?
  • Do you have limited resources?
  • Are you a U.S. citizen or natural?
  • Are you a resident of one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands?
  • Are you applying for any other cash benefits for which you may be eligible?
  • Do you give the Social Security Administration permission to contact any financial institution to request your records?
  • Did you file the application?


If you answered yes to a majority of the previous questions, chances are good that you might be eligible for SSI benefits. As you prepare to complete your application, view our free book, Warning: Read This FREE Book Before You Make a Deadly Mistake In Your Application for Disability Benefits.

If you found this article helpful in your search for information about SSI, we encourage you to connect with Cuddigan Law on Facebook and share our page with your friends and loved ones. They may be under similar circumstances, searching for information about potential Social Security benefits that they might be eligible for. We hope that the questions above can assist families by identifying the potential for SSI benefits.

Sean D. Cuddigan
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SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska