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Crucial Information about the Social Security Disability Application Process and SSI

Filing for disability benefits that are provided by the social security administration will mean one of the following:

1. Filing a claim in the title 2 SSDI, or Social Security Disability insurance program.

2. Filing a claim in the title 16 SSI, or supplemental security income disability, program.

3. Filing a claim that is classified as concurrent, meaning that a disability application is taken in both programs.

The specific program that a claim is filed in is determined by the social security office where the claim is initiated, but it is based on whether or not a person has worked long enough, or recently enough, to have insured status.

Individuals who have insured status will be eligible to file for Social Security Disability; whereas individuals who are not covered for this program, or who are no longer covered (yes, you can lose your insured status for SSDI if you have not worked for quite some time) must file for SSI.

As for concurrent claims in which an application is filed in both programs, these occur when a person is eligible to have a claim taken for SSDI (because, they have worked long enough and have also earned enough quarters of coverage and work credits to be insured) but will only qualify to receive a relatively small monthly disability benefit check.

Concurrent claims are really for the purpose of ensuring that a person will receive at least a minimum amount each month for their disability benefit. And that minimum amount is whatever the current maximum is for a full SSI disability check.

Having said that, however, eligibility for SSI is takes into account one's unearned income as well as their assets. For instance, for SSI a single individual cannot have more than two thousand dollars in countable assets before voiding their eligibility for SSI. No such asset limit applies to SSDI--but it does affect individuals who might otherwise be eligible to have a concurrent claim taken in both disability benefit programs.

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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?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

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?

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.

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