Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and HIV/AIDS
Individuals who cannot work as a result of suffering from HIV/AIDS may qualify to receive benefits from the Social Security Administration if they are incapable of working for substantial earnings due to their disability. Additionally, children with HIV/AIDS may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if household income is low enough.
Individuals applying for Social Security Disability must have previously worked and paid Social Security taxes. By paying Social Security taxes, individuals earn Social Security credits. A certain number of Social Security credits depending on age are required in order for an individual to qualify for Social Security Disability (younger people require less credits).
Approved applicants begin to receive benefits six months after their disability begins- in the case of HIV/AIDS six months after becoming incapable of work. The amount paid for monthly benefits depends on how much the individual earned before his/her disability. Also, individuals who receive benefits for more than 24 months qualify for Medicare which helps pay for medical services.
Individuals who have not earned enough Social Security credits may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if their total income and resources are low enough. Also, individuals with low Social Security benefits may qualify for SSI if their income and resources are low enough. Individuals eligible for SSI are also likely eligible for Medicaid and food stamps.
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