How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

What If You Did Not Work Long Enough To Qualify For Disability?

If you did not work long enough to qualify for disability, there may still be a way for you to receive disability benefits. Many people do not know that work is not a factor of entitlement for all Social Security Disability programs.

Social Security Disability eligibility is determined by insured status, which in turn is gained through work activity. If you have not worked long, you may not be insured for Social Security Disability on your own earnings record.

However, there are a couple of other ways you might be entitled to disability benefits through the Social Security Disability program.

If you are an adult disabled child of a parent who is receiving retirement or disability benefits, you may be able to receive Social Security Disability benefits through their work record. You are eligible to apply for adult child disability benefits if you became disabled prior to the age of twenty-two and are either unmarried, or married to an individual who is receiving Social Security Disability benefits.

If you are married to a non-disabled person or a person who is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability, you are not eligible for adult disabled child’s benefits on your parents record.

If you do not have a parent who is receiving benefits or you do not qualify for adult disabled child’s benefits due to your marital status, you may still be able to receive disability benefits if you become disabled between the ages of fifty and sixty and you are a widow of an insured individual. If your spouse passed away no more than seven years prior to the date you became disabled, you may qualify for disabled widow’s benefits.

If you are not insured, or you are not an adult disabled child, or you are not a disabled widow/widower, you do not qualify for any Social Security Disability benefits. However, there is still one other way you might be entitled to disability benefits with Social Security.

Social Security administers the need-based Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability program, which offers disability benefits to people who have little or no work, children, or people who just have not been able to work in years. SSI disability applicants must meet income and resource limits in addition to being found medically disabled in order to receive monthly disability benefits. If the disabled person is a child, their parents income and resources are counted toward the resource and income limits until they are age eighteen.

SSI disability beneficiaries have their income and resources regularly reviewed. If their income or resources exceed the limits at any point they will not be eligible for SSI disability benefits even if they remain medically disabled.

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

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Who can help me file for disability?

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Who qualifies for disability? - Qualifying is based on evidence of functional limitations
How to qualify for disability - The Process of Qualifying for Benefits
To qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI, how severe must a condition be?
Can You Qualify for Disability if you did not work much?
How Do You Qualify For Disability without Money To Go To the Doctor?
The Qualification Criteria for Social Security Disability
What If You Did Not Work Long Enough To Qualify For Disability?
Qualifying for disability benefits with the social security administration
Qualifying for Disability - What is Social Security Looking for?
Do You Qualify For Social Security Disability Insurance?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Do You Have To Qualify For SSI Financially?
How does work qualify you for disability? (work credits)
How difficult is it to get disability benefits in Kentucky?
What is the minimum you can get on disability in Kentucky?
Can I get disability for depression in Kentucky?

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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