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9 years ago

Disability and SSI



Do you qualify?



 Apply for disability benefits



Already receiving benefits 




Ticket to Work



Adults disabled before age 22



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All of these links will provide you all  of the information you could possibly need.





9 years ago

Many are very confused between those two abbreviations, S.S.I. and S.S.D.I. So I will make it easy and clear for you all.

S.S.I. is not disability income!

It is called Supplemental Security Income. To qualify for ths program in 2006, your liquid resources (cash and savings) must be less than $2,000.00 ($3,000 for a couple). Certain resources, such as a home, a small burial fund, or one car ususally do not count. Your monthly income cannot exceed $599 ($889 for a couple). But the income limits are greater if you have earned income from a job, or if you live in one of the states providing a supplemental to SSI.

If you qualify for SSI, you may automatically be eligible for other public benefits as well. For the latest information, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. On the internet, go to :  and search for "SSI".

All who are awaiting their S.S.D.I. (Social Security Disability Income) final award ,and you worked at least 40 work credits to earn SSDI, apply for SSI so you can at least have some income coming in. Apply for all benefits that you are entitled to when you apply for SSI and SSDI!

9 years ago

If your disability application is denied, the letter we send you explains the reason for the denial and how to request a review of our decision. Depending on the reason, you may be able to request your appeal online.

If your application is denied for

  • Medical reasons, you can complete and submit the required Appeal Request and Appeal Disability Report online.

    The disability report asks you for updated information about your medical condition and any treatment, tests or doctor visits since we made our decision.

  • Non-medical reasons, you should contact your local Social Security Office to request the review. You also may call our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213, to request an appeal. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can call our toll-free TTY number, 1-800-325-0778.


9 years ago

Secrets To Applying for SSI/SSDI

About this site


The purpose of this site is to distribute information that, typically, is impossible to get from the person taking your claim for SSD and SSI benefits. In essence, applying for disability and SSI benefits might as well be a secret process since Social Security does not try to make this information clear or even understandable.

Statistically, seventy percent of all SSD (a.k.a. SSDI) and SSI claims, represented or otherwise, are denied at application. What does this mean for ssd and ssi applicants who are disabled and need help? That they should follow this advice tip: learn everything you can about the benefit approval system to better your chances of winning, with or without the help of a disability attorney or lawyer.

The information, tips and advice presented here can help you understand: 1) How to apply for benefits with the Social Security Administration, 2) How the SSDI and SSI system works, 3) What SSA doesn't tell you about the application and appeal process, 4) What you can do on your own as a disabled applicant to help your case, and 5) What you should never do that might potentially harm your case.

This is simply the information you should be able to get from a representative at the Social Security Administration, but almost never will.

If you suffer from a medical, psychological, or psychiatric impairment and have initiated or been denied on a social security disability, or ssi, claim for benefits, this site may assist you with your case.




9 years ago

I am disabled, but I have never worked at public work. Can I get Social Security disability benefits?

If you are poor enough, you can qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if you are disabled, even if you have never worked in the past. It is also possible to qualify for Disabled Adult Child Benefits on the account of a parent if you became disabled before age 22 or for disabled widow's or widower's benefits on the account of a late husband or wife.


I am a widow. I have not worked in public work in many years. I am disabled. Can I get Social Security disability benefits?

If you are over 50 and became disabled within seven years after your husband or wife died or within seven years after you last drew mother's or father's benefits from Social Security, you can get Disabled Widow's or Widower's Benefits. Perhaps more important, if you are poor, you can draw Supplemental Security Income benefits no matter what age you are or when you became disabled.

I am disabled, but I have never worked at public work. Can I get Social Security disability benefits?

If you are poor enough, you can qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if you are disabled, even if you have never worked in the past. It is also possible to qualify for Disabled Adult Child Benefits on the account of a parent if you became disabled before age 22 or for disabled widow's or widower's benefits on the account of a late husband or wife.

What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?

The short answer is that Medicaid is a poverty program and Medicare isn't. Many disabled people who get Medicaid get it because they are on Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This is called “categorical” Medicaid eligibility. To get SSI and thereby get Medicaid you have to be poor and disabled. Medicaid pays doctors at very low rates. People who have only Medicaid can have a hard time finding doctors willing to take them on as patients. Medicaid does pay for prescription medications. Medicaid can go back up to three months prior to the date of a Medicaid claim. Note that it is possible to apply for Medicaid directly - through a local Medicaid office - without having a companion claim for SSI.

For Medicare it does not matter whether you are rich or poor. If you have been on Disability Insurance Benefits, Disabled Widows or Widowers Benefits or Disabled Adult Child Benefits for 24 months you qualify for Medicare. The good thing about Medicare is that it pays doctors at a higher rate than Medicaid. Almost all doctors are happy to take Medicare patients. The bad things about Medicare are that it does not begin until after a person has been on cash disability benefits for two years and that it generally does not pay for prescription medications.

If I get Social Security disability benefits will I get Medicare?

If you are approved for any kind of Social Security disability benefit other than SSI you will get Medicare after you have been entitled to Social Security disability benefits for two years. 

If I get Social Security disability benefits will I get Medicaid?

If you are approved for SSI you will get Medicaid. It is possible to get both Medicare and Medicaid if you are entitled to SSI and some other type of Social Security disability benefit.

9 years ago
Qualify and Apply Overview

We pay disability benefits under two programs:

  • The Social Security disability insurance program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.

Your adult child also may qualify for benefits on your earnings record if he or she has a disability that started before age 22.

  • The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.

    SSI benefits also are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial limits.

For most people, the medical requirements for disability payments are the same under both programs and disability is determined by the same process.

Whether you apply for Social Security or SSI disability, we ask you for information about your medical condition, work and education history to help us decide if you are disabled under our rules.


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9 years ago

What is SSI?  Skip contents links

How much can you get?

How do you qualify for SSI?

How do you apply for SSI?

Contacting Social SecurityBenefits For Children With Disabilities (Publication No. 05-10026).

    How much can you get?

    The basic monthly SSI payment for 2007 is the same nationwide. It is:

    • $623 for one person; or
    • $934 for a couple.
    • Not everyone gets the same amount. You may get more if you live in a state that adds money to the federal SSI payment. Or you may get less if you or your family have other income­. Where and with whom you live can determine if you qualify for SSI and make a difference in the amount of your SSI payment.

    How do you qualify for SSI?

    Your income

    Your income includes the money you earn, your Social Security benefits, your pensions and the value of items you get from someone else, such as food and shelter.

    Where you live affects the amount of income you can have each month and still get SSI. Different states have different rules.

    Things you own

    You may be able to get SSI if your resources (the things you own) are worth no more than $2,000 for a person or $3,000 for a couple. We do not count everything you own when we decide if you can get SSI. For example, we do not count your home, and we usually do not count your car. We do count cash, bank accounts, stocks and bonds.

    You must be a U.S. resident

    You must live in the United States or Northern Mariana Islands to get SSI. If you are not a U.S. citizen, but you are a resident, you still may be able to get SSI. For more information, ask for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) For Noncitizens (Publication No. 05-11051).

    Other benefits

    To get SSI, you also must apply for any other cash benefits you may be able to get. If you get SSI, you usually can get food stamps and Medicaid, too. Medicaid helps pay doctor and hospital bills, and food stamps help pay for food.

    How do you apply for SSI?

    Contact us to set up an appointment to apply for SSI at your local Social Security office. or call toll-free 1-800-772-1213 (for the deaf or hard of hearing, call our TTY number, 1-800-325-0778). We can answer specific questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. We can provide information by automated phone service 24 hours a day.

    We treat all calls confidentially. We also want to make sure you receive accurate and courteous service. That is why we have a second Social Security representative monitor some telephone calls.

    9 years ago

    The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.

    Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are "insured," meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.


    Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial need.

    When you apply for either program, we will collect medical and other information from you and make a decision about whether or not you meet Social Security's definition of disability.

    Use the Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool to find out which programs may be able to pay you benefits.

    Apply for Disability Online:





    11 years ago
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    This topic folder will be for posts about the difference between SSI and SSDI benefits,thank you. Dreama

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