How Is SSI Different From SSDI?
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal Social Security benefit available to poor and indigent citizens who are disabled, blind or elderly, but lack adequate work history to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD).
This program is also administered by the Social Security Administration and uses similar criteria for determining disabilities and benefits as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
However, there is a set of income requirements unique to this program that makes it different from SSDI. This means that those who have not worked, or who have not worked for extended periods, are eligible to apply for these benefits. In some cases, SSI also provides benefits for disabled children.
If you are younger than the Social Security retirement age and have not paid into the SSDI system through payroll deduction in the previous 10 years, you may be eligible for SSI payments assuming you meet the SSI income requirements.
Although the same basic medical determination is required when applying for SSDI and SSI, there are marked differences – particularly with regard to the income of an applicant – that make each process unique.
For this reason, it’s crucial to speak with an attorney who can review your work history, medical condition and the overall strength of your application.
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