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How do you file an appeal for SSI disability?

How do you file an appeal for SSI disability? The same way you file an appeal for social security disability. There is no difference. In fact, when it comes to processing a disability claim with the social security administration, there are no differences between SSI and social security disability.

This page specifically discusses the filing of appeals: How to Appeal a disability claim denial from Social Security.

How is SSI different from SSD?

Now, if you're thinking to yourself "Wait, I was told that social security disability and SSI are two separate programs". Yes, they are two separate and distinct disability programs. Social security disability (also known as SSD, SSDI, RSDI, DIB, and title II benefits) is for individuals who have worked and earned enough quarters of coverage to be insured for social security disability benefits.

SSI, on the other hand, provides disability benefits to individuals who either --

1. Never worked and earned enough coverage quarters for SSD, or

2. Were once covered for SSD via their earnings, but, whose coverage has lapsed (which can happen if you've not worked in a long time). The definition of SSI, of course, means that this is also the social security administration's disability program which provides disability benefits for minor children.

Are there other differences between SSI and SSD?

Yes, individuals who are approved for SSI will typically, depending on the state in which they reside, receive medicaid benefits while those who are approved for social security disability will receive medicare benefits two years after their date of entitlement. Also, SSI, since it is a needs based program, is subject to asset limitations (you cannot have more than two thousand dollars in countable assets) and the income of a spouse of an SSI applicant / recipient will count to some extent (this is called "deeming") when it comes to determining eligibility.

Obviously, SSI and social security disability are separate and distinct programs. However, none of that makes a difference when you file an appeal. Why? Because when you originally file for disability, you are simply doing that: filing for disability.

From an application standpoint, the distinctions between SSI and SSD are chiefly for the purpose of deciding which category to put your claim in. But, aside from that, the differences are hardly worth noting (i.e. SSI and SSD claims are processed the same way by disability examiners working in state-level disability determination services, evaluated the same way, handled the same way---nothing changes).

So, back to the question with which we began: How do you file an SSI appeal? Answer: the same way you file a social security disability appeal. You simply contact the social security office and let them know (assuming you have just received a notice of denial) that you need to file an appeal. At that point, they will send you the appropriate appeal forms which you will complete and return to them. If you have an attorney or non attorney handling your case, by all means have them do your appeal for you. Lastly, you also have the option of filing your SSI appeal online, though your attorney or non attorney representative can do this for you as well.


How does the Social Security Disability Appeal Process work?
How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?

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

Related pages:

How does the Social Security Disability Appeal Process work?
Winning a Social Security Disability Appeal or SSI Appeal
The first appeal in a social security disability or SSI case
How Do I Find Out my Disability Appeal status?
How long does it take to appeal a disability case?
How to Appeal a disability claim denial from Social Security

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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Disability qualifications - Who will qualify is based on functional limitations
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
What conditions do they Award Disability Benefits for?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI? Part I
To get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award do you have to have a Permanent Disability?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
Do Lawyers Improve The Chances of Winning Social Security Disability or SSI?
What is qualifying for disability based on?
How to qualify for disability - The Process of Qualifying for Benefits
Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
How long does it take to get disability?
Filing and applying for disability in Texas