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How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Why is there a waiting period for disability?



 
This is a question that is asked over and over with no clear answer other than this is how the SSDI monthly disability benefit program was established in January of 1940. The waiting period begins with the month after the month of your established onset date and continues for five full months ending with disability benefits payable on the sixth month.

There is no waiting period for SSI (Supplemental Security Income) disability beneficiaries. This is because SSI is a need-based program and Social Security understands that SSI applicants have fewer resources or less income available for them to pay necessary bills. SSI beneficiaries become entitled to receive benefits the month they contact Social Security to file for disability provided they are medically approved for disability benefits.

This does not mean that SSDI applicants will not be able to receive any kind of disability benefits during the five-month waiting period. Many disability applicants file concurrent SSDI and SSI disability claims. If they are approved, they may receive SSI disability benefits for the five month SSDI waiting period. In fact, some will continue to receive benefits from both disability programs. In this case, their combined benefits cannot exceed the SSI monthly disability maximum payment amount plus $20.00.








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

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

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What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.