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Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

What are the categories of eligibility?

2112. What are the categories of eligibility?

In order to be eligible for SSI benefits, you must fit one of the following three categories:

  1. Aged - An "aged" person is someone who is age 65 or older;

  2. Blind - A "blind" person is someone whose vision, with use of a correcting lens, is 20/200 or less in the better eye or who has tunnel vision of 20 degrees or less. There is no minimum age limit (for converted blind recipients, see §2172); OR

  3. Disabled

    1. A "disabled" person age 18 or older is someone who meets the definition of disability for adults in Social Security law. That is, he or she must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA) due to a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death, or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.

    2. A "disabled" person under the age of 18 is someone who meets the definition of disability for children in Social Security law. That is, he or she must have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that results in marked and severe functional limitation(s), and which can be expected to result in death, or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.

Last Revised: Nov. 29, 2004


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Comments

Confused..

September 22, 2012 by Guest

So I'm a type1 diabetic who has and have been very unstable. I'm unable to keep normal, regular jobs with specific times to be at work because I never know if I'll become sick or not during the day (working hours). Would I be considered for eligibility for SSI?

Disability and diabetes

September 23, 2012 by David Luhman

Yes, it is possible to receive disability if you have diabetes if you are unable to engage in "substantial gainful activity".

The following make specific reference to diabetes and disability :

http://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/9.00-Endocrine-Adul...

http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/cfr20/404/404-1594.htm

http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/cfr20/404/404-1579.htm

SSI eligibility

January 14, 2013 by Guest

Can green card holders get SSI if they are above 65 years?

Green card holders qualifying for SSI

January 14, 2013 by David Luhman

This may be possible. There are several requirements or qualifications for SSI. One is being over age 65. Another is to have limited income and assets. Another is not being absent from the country for a full calendar month or for 30 consecutive days.

https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-eligibility-ussi.htm

http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/183

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