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Can I Get SSDI Disability If I have Not Worked Before?

The Social Security Administration has two disability programs to help disabled individuals. Social Security disability, or SSDI, is based upon insured status that is achieved through work activity, whereas Supplemental Security Income disability (SSI) is based upon need. If you have not worked, or you have not worked for a long time, you may be eligible to receive SSI disability benefits, assuming you meet the disability criteria.

That is, of course, if you meet the income and resource limits needed to qualify for SSI disability and you are found medically disabled. Yes, SSI has income and resource limits like most other Social assistance programs.

Other than non-disability factors, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability have the same medical determination process. All disability claims begin with an application in which the disability applicant provides information about their conditions, medical sources, medication, education, and work history. Once the disability interview is completed, the disability case is sent to a state agency for a medical determination.

If an individual is approved for SSI disability benefits, their disability claim will be sent back to the local Social Security office for an end line review. These interviews are used to review the applicant's income and resources, as well as to establish the applicant’s living arrangements. If the applicant meets the SSI income and resource limits, they are eligible for SSI disability benefits.

However, the amount of their SSI disability benefits will be determined by their living arrangements. SSI beneficiaries must pay their share of the household bills, in the home in which they reside, in order to receive the full SSI benefit amount. If they fail to pay what the social security administration considers their share of the household bills, their SSI benefits will be reduced.

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  • SSDRC Homepage:

    Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center

    The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Medical exams for disability claims

    Applying for Disability in various states

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits

    FAQ on Disability Claim Representation

    Disability hearings before Judges

    Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers

    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    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

    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Applying for Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

    Related pages:

    How Can I Get Social Security Disability If I Have Not Worked For A Long Time?
    Can an adult who has been to college but hasn't worked for a long time get Disability Benefits?
    Am I Eligible to get Benefits (SSDI, Medicare) if I worked overseas and get a disability pension from another country?
    Can You Qualify for Disability if you did not work much?
    Do people with 20/200 corrected vision or worse automatically get disability?
    Applying for Disability in Michigan
    Filing a Disability appeal in Michigan
    Will I qualify for disability Benefits in Michigan?

    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