Thomas J. Reilly
The Dignity Group
1163 East Ogden Avenue, Suite 705-354
Naperville, IL 60563
|Reprinted from the Workbook on the Special Needs and Services with Disabilities, 4th edition, with the permission of The Dignity Group|
65 or older|
Vision no better than 20/200 or a limited visual field of 20 degrees or less with best corrective eyeglasses.
Person whose visual impairment is not severe enough to be considered blind may qualify as a disabled person.
|Disabled||Physical or mental impairment that keeps a person from working and is expected to last 12 months or result in death; child under 18 may qualify if the disability is severe as one that keeps an adult from working and is expected to last 12 months or result in death.||Special work incentives allow some income and resources to be excluded and permit payment of special cash benefits or continuation of Medicaid coverage even when person is working.|
|Limited Income*||Below currently established amount per month. (In some States, people with income above these Federal Limits may still qualify for a State supplementary payment.)||Not all income counts. Exclusions: $20 a month for most income; $65 a month of earnings, benefits will be decreased by $1 for every $2 earned over $65; home energy assistance under certain conditions; food stamps; certain other items or amounts.|
|Limited Resources||$2,000 for single adult or child.||Not all resources count. Exclusions: The home a person lives in; a car and personal household goods, depending on value; burial plots for individual and his/her immediate family; burial funds ($1500) and life insurance up to $1000 each for individual and spouse.|
|Other||U.S. citizen, lawfully admitted
immigrant or alien permanently
residing in U.S. "under color of
law" (a status other than
immigrant that Immigration &
Naturalization Service considers
Resident of U.S. or Northern Mariana Islands
Must apply for other money benefits due
Disabled must accept available vocational rehabilitation
Disabled addicts and alcoholics must accept available treatment and receive their SSI payments through representative payee.
- Can leave money to child, if
eligible for benefits (see Trust
- Beware of Trust accounts, joint accounts, inheritance.