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SSI Reconsideration vs SSDI Disability Reconsideration

Note: Visit this page for more information on reconsiderations for SSD and SSI claims.

Someone asked this question in a forum: Is an SSI reconsideration easier than an SSD (social security disability) reconsideration?

The questioner had prefaced this remark by stating that she had recently been denied on a request for reconsideration for her social security disability claim. She found herself wondering if she should have filed for SSI instead.

When I read this, I wanted to set the record straight on a couple of issues that, obviously, this individual did not understand.

1. There is no difference between a reconsideration that has been filed on an SSI case and a reconsideration that has been filed on an SSD case. In fact, there is no difference between an SSD or an SSI case. For all intents and purposes, a disability case is a disability case.

Whether or not an approved claimant's benefits will be drawn from the social security disability or SSI disability program is completely separate and does not affect how a case is decided by either a disability examiner or a disability judge at a social security hearing.

Note: individuals who qualify for disability receive SSI when they do not have current insured status for SSDI (Social Security Disability insurance). Sometimes this will be because the individual did not work long enough to become insured for SSDI or because, due to a long break in work, the person lost their coverage for SSDI.

When that happens, a person will have what is known as a DLI, or date last insured and this will mean that to get Social Security Disability the onset date for the person's disabling condition will have to be proven to exist prior to the DLI, or last date of coverage for Social Security Disability. If this cannot be proven, the only option will be SSI disability.

2. You don't get to choose between filing for disability in the SSI program versus filing for disability in the SSD program. Claimants contact social security and announce their intention to apply for disability. After that, the social security administration will determine (this is actually determined by the claims rep who takes the disability application) whether or not the claimant can file for social security disability or SSI, or both; many claimants will have a concurrent claim taken, meaning their application will be taken in both programs, though they will be processed as if there was only one application.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How to file for disability, filing tips
What to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits
Applying for disability benefits, SSI and SSDI
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability?
Will you get disability back pay?
Social Security Disability And SSI Qualifications
Permanent Disability Qualifications for SSD and SSI
Social Security Disability SSI status
Disability lawyer representation, finding lawyers
Who will qualify for disability and what qualifying is based on
Qualifications for Disability Benefits
Important points about filing for disability
How long does it take to get disability after applying?
Am I Eligible For Social Security Disability?
Who is eligible for SSI disability?
How to get disability in Florida