Social Security & Supplemental Security Income

Social Security & Supplemental Security Income

This guide includes general information about Social Security & Supplemental Security Income for people living with disabilities.


Can I Get Government Social Security Benefits?

Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool 

BEST helps you find out if you could get benefits that Social Security administers. Based on your answers to questions, this tool will list benefits for which you might be eligible and tell you more information about how to qualify and apply.

BEST is NOT an application for benefits and:
  • does not know, or ask for, your name or Social Security number.
  • does not access your personal Social Security records.
  • will not give you an estimate of benefit amounts.

BEST will NOT screen for help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs. If you have Medicare, you might be eligible for this program.

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By: Social Security Administration

 


Applying for Disability Benefits for Adults

Social Security offers an online disability application you can complete from the comfort of your home or office at a time most convenient for you. There’s no need to drive to a local Social Security office or make an appointment with a representative. Once you submit your application electronically, Social Security will process it and contact you if any further information is needed.

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By: Social Security Administration


Benefits for Children with Disabilities

This booklet is for the parents, caregivers, or representatives of children younger than age 18 who have disabilities that might make them eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. It is also for adults who became disabled in childhood (prior to age 22), and who might be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. (We call this SSDI benefit a “child’s” benefit because it’s paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record.) This booklet will help you decide if you, your child, or a child you know, might be eligible for SSI or Social Security.

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By: Social Security Administration


Applying for Disability Benefits for Your Child

Steps to Apply

  1. REVIEW the Child Disability Starter Kit. This kit answers common questions about applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for children, and includes a worksheet that will help you gather the information you need.
  2. CONTACT Social Security right away to find out whether the income and resources of the parents and the child are within the allowed limits, and to start the SSI application process.
  3. FILL OUT the online Child Disability Report. At the end of the report, we will ask you to sign a form that gives the child's doctor(s) permission to give us information about his/her disability. We need this information so that we can make a decision on the child’s claim.

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By: Social Security Administration


Appealing Decisions by the Iowa Department of Human Services

If your application for Medicaid or other help through the Iowa Department of Human Services is denied or services reduced you can file an appeal. The Appeals Section provides an efficient way of ensuring that persons affected by the Department of Human Services' decisions have access to due process of the law. There is no fee or charge for filing an appeal.

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By: Iowa Department of Human Services


I Won My Social Security Disability Case - Now What?

Anyone who has gone through the Social Security disability process knows how hard it is to win disability and SSI benefits. Finally getting the benefits is a big relief. But there is more to your benefits than a monthly check.

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By: Iowa Legal Aid