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Social Security Q&A

Social Security Q&A
Published: January 19, 2014

Q: Who is eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

A: People who receive SSI are age 65 or older, blind, or disabled with limited income and resources. Go to for income and resource limits. The general fund of the United States Treasury makes SSI payments. They do not come out of the Social Security Trust Fund.

Benefits tool online

Q: What's the best way to find out if I might be eligible for SSI?

A: The online Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) will help you find out if you could get benefits that Social Security administers. Based on your answers to questions, this tool will list benefits for which you might be eligible and tell you more information about how to qualify and apply. Find BEST at www. column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For fast answers to specific Social Security questions, call Social Security toll-free at (800) 772-1213. For more information, go online to