Leigh Dickey holds a law degree
from the University of Virginia and an undergraduate degree from the University
of Chicago. Between 1998 and 2012, she worked as a legal aid lawyer in
Virginia, Oregon, and Alaska. She assisted low-income clients with a variety of
problems, including problems with Medicaid and other public benefits.
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Articles By Elizabeth Dickey
Your SSI benefit may be terminated or lowered if you move to a nursing home where Medicaid pays for part of your stay.
In general, Social Security will negotiate a payment plan with you so you can pay back an overpayment of disability benefits.
Giving away or selling assets cheaply to qualify for disability can make you ineligible for SSI.
Social Security disability payments may give you too much income for Medicaid, but most states have buy-in and spend-down programs to help you qualify.
The SGA limit does not apply to those already receiving SSI disability, but the SSI income limit does.
Even at legal aid offices, most disability attorneys and nonattorney advocates work on contingency.
If you are looking for an attorney to represent you in your Social Security overpayment case, you will find that many disability attorneys do not take overpayment cases. The reason has to do with Social Security’s rules about how attorneys get paid.
Children with intellectual disorder, low IQ, or mental retardation can qualify for SSI disability benefits if their intellectual functioning is so limited that it severely affects their life.
What you need to submit to Social Security to get disability for a psychiatric or psychological illness.
Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants, known as “CAPI,” is a California program that provides monthly cash benefits to disabled (or elderly) people who would be eligible for SSI except for their immigration status.