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HIV as a Disabling Condition: Accessing SSI and SSD Benefits Today

Michelle Mpeterson December 11, 2018

This webinar, recorded on 12/11/2018, will cover the eligibility rules for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), with a focus on the Social Security Administration’s five-step process used to evaluate disability. Empire Justice will discuss some of the barriers clients are likely to encounter to accessing SSI and SSDI, and identify advocacy strategies for successful eligibility determinations.  By the end of this webinar presentation, participants will be able to:

• Understand the difference between Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• Learn the eligibility rules for each program
• Gain an understanding of the types of income, income exclusions and resources and the applicable limitations and how to apply to each program
• Learn how the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines disability through the Sequential Evaluation 5-step process and advocacy strategies to help develop a strong application
• Know what to do if an application is denied, the client’s appeal rights and the time limits to file an appeal

Presenter: Doris Cortes, Sr. Paralegal, Empire Justice Center

Webinar materials: 12-11-18 HIV as a Disabling Condition FINAL PPT  HIV as a Disabling Condition Manual – 12-11-18  2019 SSI levels