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Social Security Benefit Information for Hot Springs, Arkansas Residents

Hot Springs residents with disabilities no longer have to do without the things they need.  Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) exist to assist those in need by providing financial relief and support in the form of monthly benefits checks.  Having an idea of exactly how much you will receive in the form of aid each month helps you budget for household and medical needs.

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The sooner you apply for SSDI or SSI, the better.  You could be waiting for a long time to receive approval.  The average hearing wait time in Hot Springs is 420 days.  That’s longer than the 348 day national average in the country.  An error in the application process delays progress.  That’s why it’s important to get yours in quickly and double checking it for accuracy before submitting it.

To qualify for SSI, you go through a rigorous examination process.  First, the SSA reviews your financial need.  Then Disability Determination Services (DDS) carefully review your medical records.  They take into account physical and psychological evidence of your disability.

They also take your statement into account as well as what type of occupation you held before you became disabled.  If another job exists that accommodates disabilities like yours, they may deny your claim and suggest that you take that line of work versus what you used to do when you were capable of doing so.

What to Expect

The city of Hot Springs and other cities in Arkansas do not qualify for state supplemental benefits.  They only qualify for federal benefits which average $733 per month for individuals and $1,100 for couples.  The amount of SSI payments depends on a number of factors including marital status and countable income.

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Countable income includes the following:

  • Food Stamps
  • Income Tax Refunds
  • Money from Family and Friends
  • Money from Work
  • Food or Shelter Received for Free
  • Unemployment
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Pension

Hot Springs Arkansas, RepresentMyselfEven food and shelter provided by a nonprofit agency affects the amount of SSI a person receives.  Keep this in mind when applying for benefits.  You may not get the average based on this criteria.

Contact Your Local SSA Field Office for Additional Resources

Still have questions about social security benefits?  Don’t hesitate to visit your local Hot Springs, Arkansas Social Security Administration.  Get the answers you need or fill out an application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  It’s financial relief and support for those experiencing a lack or loss of income.