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If You Get Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits, Will Your Dependents Get A Check?



 
If you apply for disability benefits under the SSI program, your child or spouse will not receive money simply for being your dependents. However, the situation is different if your claim is filed under the SSDI, or Social Security Disability insurance, program.

Some Social Security Disability beneficiaries have enough additional money on their record to pay dependent benefits and others do not. The amount of benefits payable on a Social Security Disability beneficiary’s record is directly related to the amount of earnings they earned prior to becoming disabled.

When an individual is approved for disability benefits, a mathematical computation determines two things: the amount of the primary benefit amount (amount payable to the disabled individual) and the family maximum (the total amount payable to the family including the disabled individual).

Social Security determines the amount payable to the disability beneficiary’s dependents (spouse, children, and, in some extremely limited cases, a dependent parent) by subtracting the primary benefit amount payable to a disabled worker from the family maximum benefit amount.



Social Security regulations state that a disabled individual’s dependents are entitled to receive a benefit that is equal to half the disabled individual’s disability benefit amount if there is enough money payable on the record. If there is not enough money to pay half of the disabled beneficiary’s primary benefit amount, the amount that remains after subtracting the primary benefit amount from the family maximum is divided equally among the disabled beneficiary’s dependents.

As I stated above, some Social Security beneficiaries have no extra money on their records to pay dependent benefits. If an individual has had low earnings or very few years of earnings prior to becoming disabled there may be no money payable to dependents.

Lastly, there is one other situation that might affect the amount of money payable to a disabled individual’s dependents. Social Security has another type of family maximum that affects dependents of two individuals who are each receiving disability. This family maximum is known as a combined family maximum.

Combined family maximums occur when dependent children are potentially entitled on two disability beneficiaries’ records and are unable to be paid the half of the benefit amount payable to the disability beneficiary with the highest primary benefit amount.








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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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