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Are Social Security And Social Security Disability The Same Things?

Social Security provides many types of monthly Social Security benefits, and disability benefits are included, so the term Social Security is like an umbrella term for various benefit programs that are administered by the Social Security Administration.

Social Security provides:

1. Retirement benefits to individuals who are sixty-two years of age or older,

2. Widow or widower benefits to individuals who are age sixty or older,

3. Mother or father-in-care benefits to parents with children-in-care (both survivor and living spouse with children-in-care),

4. Disabled widow or widower benefits at the age of fifty, so long as they were not remarried prior to fifty and they meet the prescribed period rules (generally, they must have become disabled within seven years of their spouse's death or prior to any survivor mother or father-in-care benefits termination month),

5. Adult disabled child benefits (disability benefits based upon a parent's record, provided the parent is receiving Social Security disability, or retirement benefits, or they are deceased and the child meets the marriage and earnings requirements in order to be entitled to this type of benefit,

6. Childrenís benefits if the parent is receiving benefits (these benefits terminate when a child turns eighteen if they are not in high school, or at 19 if the child is still in high school).

All of these benefits are considered to be Social Security benefits.

In addition to the above mentioned Social Security benefits, Social Security administers two disability programs: Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income disability, or SSI.

Social Security disability is based upon an individualís history of work activity, which provides insured status. If an individual is insured for Social Security disability and they are found medically disabled, then they are entitled to receive a monthly benefit based upon the earnings they have made prior to becoming disabled. There is no set monthly Social Security disability monthly amount, and if a disabled individual earnings were high enough there may be dependent benefits available for their children and spouse, or spouses.

Supplemental Security Income disability (SSI) is a need based disability program that does not require that an individual be insured in order to receive benefits, or to have even worked. SSI disability is a program that requires that an individual meet certain income and resource (assets) limits in addition to being found medically disabled. Under the SSI program, if the individual meets all the income and resource requirements, and is also found to be medically disabled, then they are entitled to receive a monthly disability benefit. Each year Social Security determines a maximum monthly SSI disability benefit amount.

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

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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

How to claim disability
Disability claim appeal status
How to get you Social Security Disability status
How does a person qualify for disability benefits?
How do you Apply for SSI?
How Much Income Can you Earn If you draw Social Security Disability?
Can you work if you get SSI?
How long will you get disability after an award notice?
If You Get Social Security Disability or SSI, Will Your Dependents Get A Check?
Social Security Disability denied
Time on a Social Security Disability Decision
How to apply for disability for a child or children
Denied Twice For SSD or SSI Disability, What Do I Do?
f I get disability will my children receive benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI - Retroactive Benefits Vs Back Pay Benefits
How long do you have To Be Out Of Work Before You Get Social Security Disability (SSD)?
How to file for disability and medical conditions
What Does Social Security Consider To Be a Disability?
When does social security consider you eligible for disability benefits?
Qualifying for disability benefits with the social security administration
How to get disability
Will I be approved for disability on my appeal?
How to appeal a disability denial