How do I Qualify for SSI in Albuquerque?
Nearly eight million Americans currently receive monthly cash payments through the Supplemental Security Income – or SSI – program. Administered by the Social Security Administration, SSI is a vital safety net for people with little or no income who require money to pay for basic necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter.
Residents of the Albuquerque area of New Mexico who require SSI help can find it at Michael Armstrong Law. Every SSI appeal lawyer at our law firm in Albuquerque is a dedicated client advocate who has helped countless people in financial need successfully navigate the SSI process. Our team exclusively handles Social Security claims and appeals and has a long track record of practicing results-oriented client advocacy. If you require assistance with your SSI appeals and denials, it is time to get an attorney from Michael Armstrong Law.
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Eligibility Requirements & Payment Amounts
Only if you satisfy the SSI eligibility requirements will you be able to receive SSI benefits.
Generally speaking, you must meet the following criteria:
• You are 65 or older OR are blind or disabled
• You have limited or no income
• You are either a U.S. citizen or a non-citizen who falls into a certain Department of Homeland Security (DHS) classification
• You live in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands
Effective January 1, 2020, the federal SSI benefit rate is $783 per month for an individual and $1,175 per month for a married couple. An SSI attorney at our firm in Albuquerque can also help you explore whether you might be eligible for supplemental SSI benefits through the state of New Mexico. Just bear in mind that federal SSI benefits and state supplements will vary in size depending on your income, marital status, and other factors.
How to Apply
There various ways to apply for SSI benefits. For example, you can apply online through the SSI online application portal. You can also call the SSA and schedule an appointment during which a representative will assess your eligibility and help you apply. And finally, you can visit your local SSA office without an appointment – just be prepared for a longer wait time.
How We Can Help Your SSI Appeals and Denials
If you have previously applied for SSI benefits but failed to qualify, then consider filing an appeal with help from an SSI attorney from our firm. The four levels of appeal are reconsideration, administrative law judge hearing, Appeals Council review, and federal court review. An SSI Lawyer from our Albuquerque law firm can evaluate your case and determine the best possible path forward.
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Being denied SSI benefits isn’t necessarily the end of the road. Far from it, in fact. A compassionate SSI appeal lawyer in Albuquerque from Michael Armstrong Law can help you file an appeal and pursue the very best outcome possible for you. And yes – there is NO fee unless we win your case!