Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a public assistance program that provides monthly cash benefits to aged, blind, or disabled individuals (including children) whose assets and other income are below certain limits. To qualify based on disability, beneficiaries must meet a stringent definition that is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death. In general, adults must be unable to do any kind of substantial work that exists in the national economy, taking into account age, education, and work experience. Children must have a physical or mental condition that very seriously limits their activities.