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What are the general eligibility requirements for SSI?


2111. What are the general eligibility requirements for SSI?

To be eligible for SSI, you must meet all of the eligibility criteria described in §§2111-2114.

No one (except for converted recipients described in §2109 and §2172) can become eligible for SSI benefits without filing an application.

Last Revised: March, 2001


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September 16, 2008 by Guest

My daughter has a terminal disease and does not have enough points to get disability how does she get medical help for her illness?
Can she get SSI and Medicaid.


September 24, 2008 by Guest

My 18 year old daughter is deaf and has diabetes. She has been deaf since birth. She is still in high school. Does she qualify?

my niece has a learning disability

July 12, 2010 by Guest

hello i'm writing about my niece she has a learnig disability. she has not been able to obtain information from school because it's been 10 years since she was in high school how can she get information .stating that she has a learning problems and can't work.

Applying for benefits regarding a learning disability

July 12, 2010 by David Luhman

The following link lists a number of acceptable medical professionals who may provide evidence of a disability. These include licensed physicians and licensed or certified psychologists including school psychologists (and other licensed or certified individuals with other titles who perform the same function as school psychologists in a school setting) only for purposes of establishing mental retardation, learning disabilities, and borderline intellectual functioning :

Depending on your niece's age and work record, she may be able to qualify for disability benefits on her own record. An adult disabled before age 22 may be eligible for child's benefits if a parent is deceased or starts receiving retirement or disability benefits. This is considered a "child's" benefit because it is paid on a parent's Social Security earnings record.

my dad died, I got an ssi

August 20, 2010 by Guest

my dad died, I got an ssi check till I turned 18. but I'm going to college now and wondering if I can still get checks ???

Survivor benefits and college

August 20, 2010 by David Luhman

If you received benefits due to your father's death, it's likely you were receiving Social Security survivor benefits rather than SSI (Supplemental Security Income).

Please see these posts regarding survivor benefits and college :

Information - SSI and dependent children

November 4, 2010 by Guest

If a person is collecting SSI is he entitled to receive money for a minor child living with him 2 weeks every month? Once the child moves out & changes his address, is this person still entitled to receive a monthly check for his support?

Benefits for children of an SSI recipient

November 4, 2010 by David Luhman

My understanding is there is no such benefit for the children of an SSI beneficiary. Although children may qualify for various benefits on their own, adult SSI recipients don't automatically receive additional benefits for dependent children.

Q. Can my children receive dependent's benefits because I am on Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

A. No. SSI benefits are based on the needs of the individual and are only paid to the qualifying person. There are no spouse's, children's or survivors benefits payable.

Affecting Children

December 12, 2010 by Guest

If I am mentally unstable and can recieve SSI I heard that I would recieve checks for my children as well. What I am inquiring is when my children turn 18 are they going to be required to be evaluated by a therapist as well?

Effect of parent's SSI on children

December 12, 2010 by David Luhman

Per the above answer, SSI benefits are based on the needs of the individual and are only paid to the qualifying person. There are no spouse's, children's or survivors benefits payable.

I am unaware of your situation's details, but based on information provided, I see no need for your children to be evaluated.

Please contact SSA directly about your particular situation.

i was getting ssi as a kid

January 16, 2011 by Guest

i was getting ssi as a kid with help of my mom how can i receive it as an adult i'm mostly deaf and i've been in special education all my life now i don't know what to do.i now have two kids that need me to be able to provide income what can i do when i can't hear and i don't know words with my hands....
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Deafness as an SSI disability

January 17, 2011 by David Luhman

I haven't confirmed this, but deafness may qualify as an SSI disability. See here for information on applying :

dad died when i was 10 im 15 ssi check?

January 31, 2011 by Guest

how do i get my ssi check each month? idk y i havent been getting it each month. do u have to qualify? help please i really need this money

Death of father - benefits

January 31, 2011 by David Luhman

If your father died, you may qualify for survivor benefits. To qualify for SSI as a child, one must have a disability.

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