The Social Security Administration provides for two disability benefit programs.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSDI is a program designed for people who have worked and paid taxes into the Social Security system for years prior to becoming disabled. If an individual is judged disabled, the individual will receive SSDI benefits regardless of the individual’s assets or family income.
There are three categories of people entitled to social Security Disability benefits:
- Disabled workers under 65 who has been employed or self-employed long enough and recently enough under Social Security.
- Person who has been disabled since childhood but before age 22 if one of the parents covered by Social Security retires, becomes disabled or dies.
- Disabled widow or widower between the age of 50 and 60 if the deceased spouse was covered under Social Security at the time of death.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI, unlike SSDI, is a “needs-based” program. SSI is designed to pay benefits to disabled people who need help with basic living costs, even if they haven’t worked or paid taxes into the Social Security system. To qualify for SSI payments, a claimant cannot have family assets or income over a certain limit.
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