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

Yes, you can be eligible for both SSI and social security disability benefits at the same time. To explain, let's start by stating that the two disability programs that SSA, the Social Security Administration, administers are exclusive of each other.

However, although the disability programs are separate and eligibility to one program does not mean you are entitled to the other, there are times when an individual can be entitled to drawing SSI and Social Security disability simultaneously. Having said that, most disability beneficiaries are only entitled to one disability program at a time.

Many Social Security disability beneficiaries are actually eligible for SSI disability benefits for the first five months after the date they became disabled. The reason being: Social Security disability beneficiaries are subject to a five-month waiting period for which Social Security disability benefits are never paid.

Since many Social Security disability beneficiaries have no money or resources to speak of by the time they are eligible and approved for Social Security disability (which may not be the case for several years after the initial application as a result of multiple denials and appeals, and, usually, a disability hearing held by a federal judge), they are able to meet the income and resource limits of the SSI disability program for those months.

For most Social Security disability beneficiaries, SSI benefits are terminated the month they become entitled to Social Security disability benefits because Social Security disability benefits are generally higher than the SSI monthly benefit amount.

Although the vast majority of Social Security disability beneficiaries become ineligible for SSI, some individuals remain eligible for SSI disability even though they are entitled to Social Security disability benefits. This can only happen when a beneficiary’s Social Security disability benefit is lower than the SSI monthly benefit amount. When benefits are received from both the SSD and SSI programs, they are known as concurrent benefits.

Keep in mind, of course, that for a person to receive concurrent benefits from both programs, they have to meet the requirements of both programs. This means, for most individuals, having to adhere to the asset requirements of SSI. SSI, since it is based on need, places a limit on countable assets at $2000 per single individual and $3000 for a married couple. Having assets above these limits would invalidate one's eligibility to receive SSI benefits.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

When does social security consider you eligible for disability benefits?
Who is eligible for SSI Disability?
Disability Criteria - Eligibility For Social Security and SSI Disability
Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?
Social Security Disability and SSI Mental Claims and Criteria
Can you apply for disability on the basis of multiple health problems?
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
Inability to Work and Eligibility for Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
If You Are Currently Working Are You Eligible To Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?
Will Being A Veteran Affect Your Eligibility And Chances For Social Security Disability?
Are SSD and SSI disability cases decided the same way in terms of Eligibility?
Is the Medical Criteria to Get Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits hard?
Criteria for how Social Security Disability is Awarded
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | 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 | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

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