What are your rights when applying for SSI?

The process of applying for Supplemental Security Income in Ohio may allow you the ability to secure reliable financial support if your age or disability prevents you from sustaining a job and having adequate financial resources to live. Determining whether or not your claim is approved is the responsibility of representatives who look at your application and make decisions about your eligibility based on the information you have provided. 

Even though you are applying for benefits, you also are entitled to rights that are designed to protect you and provide you with a fair chance of being approved for assistance. Your awareness of these rights is critical to your verifying that you have been treated with respect, professionalism, and fairness as you go through the application and submittal process. Being familiar with your rights can also help you to optimize your SSI benefits.

According to the Social Security Administration, under no circumstances should you ever be required to pay for the opportunity to apply for SSI assistance and benefits. Likewise, you can apply whenever you would like, even if you are questioning your eligibility. If you are approved, modifications are made to your benefits or your benefits have been temporarily suspended, you have the right to receive timely notification. Included with this information should be directions for how you can appeal any decision. You also have the right to work with a representative and receive help from the SSA if you need support in filling out your application. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.