Social Security Disability Benefits

Regardless of your age, if you have a disability that prevents you from working for a year or more, you may be able recover benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), a part of the Federal government. There are two main benefit programs you can apply for, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Make sure to always apply for both programs because sometimes if can be confusing to know which you might qualify for.  If you have any questions about whether or not your might be eligible, call or go to your local Social Security Administration office to apply.

Tips To Win Your Case Social Security Case

Winning a Social Security Disability case isn’t easy or straightforward, but give yourself the best shot and keep your information organized!

Keep all the documents relating to your condition and diagnosis or treatment.

Keep letters from Social Security in a special place sorted by date.

Keep letters from your attorney or representative in a safe place.

Make sure your address and phone number are current (and working).

Make sure that if you change address or phone number that you let Social Security know right away.  Returned mail can sometimes be a reason for Social Security to deny a claim.

Social Security Disability vs. Supplemental Security Income

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are programs managed by the Federal government’s Social Security Administration.  Both programs provide money benefits and medical insurance eligibility for many disabled people who meet certain rules.  The medical rules (rules establishing whether or not you are disabled) are the same for both programs.  Some people will qualify for only one program while others will qualify for both.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) eligibility is based on how long and how much you contributed to the Social Security Retirement and Disability program as you worked, earned money, and paid Social Security and Medicare taxes.  The rules for eligibility can be very complex.  Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) eligibility usually means early MediCare eligibility.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is for disabled persons who either do not qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or who would get a low amount from that program. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility should also make you eligible for MediCal if you aren’t already.

This is a very simple explanation and there are many more differences between the programs.  If you need more detailed answers, please call the Social Security Administration.