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Those with a qualifying physical/mental condition can seek SSI

While most people in Georgia eventually get a job, some have physical or mental limitations that keep them from being able to work, meaning they never paid into the Social Security system. While this means that they would not be able to seek Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, they may still be able to seek Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

The SSI program is in place to provide financial assistance to those who have a long-term medical condition, but have not been able to work due to their illness or injury. SSI benefits can help a person provide for his or her everyday expenses, such as rent, clothing and food. In addition, those who receive SSI may also qualify for Medicaid benefits that could go a long way in covering the recipient's medical expenses.

There are certain hoops a person must jump through before they can be awarded SSI. They have to show they have a qualifying medical impairment. Their potential future employment must be evaluated. The Social Security Administration (SSA) may conduct an interview with the applicant. Finally, the applicant must make available how much income he or she earns (if any) and expenses.

This process may seem daunting, but help is available. For example, the professionals at The Law Office of Ellene Welsh can help clients determine whether they have a qualifying physical or mental condition to pursue SSI benefits. After that, they will assist clients with every step of the application process. Finally, if a client's claim is denied, they will continue to act in their client's best interests and appeal the decision. The firm's overview of SSI benefits may be a good starting point for those seeking information about the application process.

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