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What are Social Security Disability and SSI Concurrent Benefits?
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There are cases in which a person's disability application will not be taken in just the social security disability or SSI disability program, but, actually, in both programs. When this happens, the claim is known as a concurrent claim.
Why are concurrent claims taken? Ordinarily, this is because a person might be eligible to receive social security disability benefits but would only receive a small benefit check, one that is less than what an SSI disability benefit recipient might receive if they received the full SSI benefit amount (for 2012, that full amount is $698 for an eligible individual).
Concurrent claims are to the advantage of the applicant because, if approved for disability, the applicant may then receive more in monthly benefits than they would otherwise.
A concurrent claim is processed no different than if the claim were just for social security disability or just for SSI disability. That is, the case will be reviewed by either a disability examiner or a disability judge (based on whether the claim is at the disability hearing stage, or at one of the lower levels, such as the disability application or reconsideration appeal level) to determine if the claimant has the ability to engage in work activity. For children, the determination will be whether or not the child is performing at the same level of his or her peers, i.e. is able to engage in age-appropriate activities.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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