The federal government announced a COLA, which is short for cost-of-living adjustment, of two percent to certain federal benefits, most prominently the Social Security programs like SSDI and SSI disability benefits.
A previous post on this blog discussed the income eligibility requirements that Stockton, California, residents must meet in order to qualify for Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. That post also mentioned that a person who wants SSI also has to have a limited amount of assets, even if they are not working and do not make any income.
As this blog has touched on in the past, in addition to being disabled, a person who wants to qualify for Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, has to show that he or she makes a limited income and does not have property which he or she can use for support while struggling with a disability.
The Republican leadership in Congress has called for a budget that would include cuts to entitlement programs like Social Security. As some Stockton, California, residents may recall, the current President stated in last year's campaign that he had no intention of cutting entitlement programs.
Supplemental Security Income is an option for disabled individuals that may not qualify for Social Security disability benefits to consider. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is for disabled individuals, as well as the elderly and blind. Rather than considering work history to qualify, the Social Security Administration examines the income and resources of disabled individuals applying for SSI benefits to determine if they are eligible. Eligibility for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits is evaluated based on work history.