Millions of low-income Americans, including some in New Jersey, may qualify for Supplemental Security Income if they are elderly, disabled, blind and have little or no income. In some cases of extreme poverty, New Jersey state authorities can supplement a recipient’s Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or with Medicaid, especially to low-income families with disabilities, to help them survive financial crises.
SSI, however, is not available to everyone. Sometimes the Social Security Administration decides that a claimant is already receiving enough in Social Security disability benefits that the person or she needs no additional assistance. This is often the case with disabled recipients who are working despite having certain disabilities. This is also the case when a recipient’s or a family’s gross annual income exceeds the prescribed limit for Supplemental Security Income benefits.
Many SSI claimants often consult attorneys to help them determine if they are still eligible to receive SSI if they start receiving other forms of state or federal aid because of their low incomes or disabilities. Cases are considered individually by authorities to determine whether a claimant meets the eligibility criteria.
For individuals who still need help, New Jersey’s Care program offers Medicaid for applicants 65-years-old and older, the blind and the disabled. This can help them pay for health care they need but otherwise cannot afford. Both blindness and disability must be verified by the SSA or the state’s Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. Only New Jersey residents who are U.S. citizens or qualified alien residents who have been in the United States for at least five years are eligible.
The financial eligibility limits of $931 in current monthly income and no more than $4,000 in resources guarantees that only the poorest of applicants will be able to satisfy the state’s requirements.
Source: State.NJ.us, “Division of developmental disabilities frequently asked questions,” accessed on April 17, 2015