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Overview of Disability

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Mental Disability Benefits

Denials for Disability

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Qualifications and How to Qualify

Working and Disability

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Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys

Social Security List of Conditions

What Social Security considers disabling

Medical Evidence and Disability

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SSD SSI Definitions

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Is qualifying for SSI different than SSD?

The application and medical decision process are essentially the same for both Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSD). Both programs require that you have a disability interview in person or by telephone.

During the interview you will be asked to provide your medical, work, and educational information. Once your claim is ready it will be sent to the same state disability agency for a medical determination.

What is different about qualifying for SSI disability? Well SSI is a need based program which requires that you provide information about your income and resources. If your income and resources are below limits that have been established for the SSI program, your claim will be forwarded to the disability agency for a medical determination.

However, if you do not qualify due to excess income or resources your claim will not be sent for a medical determination and your claim will be denied.

Additionally, if you do receive a medical allowance for SSI benefits, you still may be denied on the basis of income or resources once the claim is received back in the Social Security office.

How does this happen? All SSI allowances have to have an interview with a claims representative once their claim is returned to their local Social Security office to review all income and resources before the beneficiary can receive any benefits.

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

Related pages:

Chances of being denied disability after an examination
Qualifications for Disability Benefits
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Do You Qualify For SSDI Benefits?
Qualifying for Disability - What is Social Security Looking for?
How to qualify for disability
SSI reconsideration
What is qualifying for SSD and SSI based on?

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 answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria