For low income people who suffer from disabilities, the Social Security Administration (SSA) established the Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Unlike the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, SSI is based on need, not work history. The average disability benefits payment for SSI is significantly lower than the average SSDI payment. However, most states offer what is called “state supplement benefits” for people on SSI, which adds a small amount to beneficiaries in those states’ monthly checks.
According to the SSA, each state is free to come up with its own rules on what sort of supplements to provide and what the eligibility requirements for those supplements are. These amounts range from $10 to $200 and can depend on your marital status and living situation. If approved for benefits, Oklahoma residents are eligible for an additional $42 for single people and $84 for couples every month. In some states, the SSA administers these supplements, but Oklahoma’s are handled through the Disability Determination Division (DDD) under the Department of Rehabilitated Services. Oklahoma recipients may benefit by having the DDD distribute supplements; state officials may have a better idea of the cost of living and needs of their fellow residents.
On Wednesday we will spend more time discussing what filing for Social Security benefits in Oklahoma looks like across the board. If you have questions or concerns about applying for disability benefits, no matter what state you live in, contact a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney today for more information. We offer free consultations, and you can reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.