SSI (Supplemental Security Income) Overview

SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income, a federal program that pays a small benefit to low-income individuals who are disabled, blind, or over the age of 65. This program is for those who haven't worked for enough years to qualify for SSDI. Some folks mistakenly refer to SSI as the Social Security Income program, which is a misnomer since the funds for SSI don't come from the Social Security Trust Fund or Social Security taxes.

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