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

Is qualifying for SSI different than SSD?

The application and medical decision process are essentially the same for both Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSD). Both programs require that you have a disability interview in person or by telephone.

During the interview you will be asked to provide your medical, work, and educational information. Once your claim is ready it will be sent to the same state disability agency for a medical determination.

What is different about qualifying for SSI disability? Well SSI is a need based program which requires that you provide information about your income and resources. If your income and resources are below limits that have been established for the SSI program, your claim will be forwarded to the disability agency for a medical determination.

However, if you do not qualify due to excess income or resources your claim will not be sent for a medical determination and your claim will be denied.

Additionally, if you do receive a medical allowance for SSI benefits, you still may be denied on the basis of income or resources once the claim is received back in the Social Security office.

How does this happen? All SSI allowances have to have an interview with a claims representative once their claim is returned to their local Social Security office to review all income and resources before the beneficiary can receive any benefits.

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?

New and featured pages on SSDRC.com

Who can help me file for disability?

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Chances of being denied disability after an examination
Qualifications for Disability Benefits
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Do You Qualify For SSDI Benefits?
Qualifying for Disability - What is Social Security Looking for?
How to qualify for disability
SSI reconsideration
What is qualifying for SSD and SSI based on?
How much does disability pay in Kentucky?
Requirements for Social Security Disability and SSI in Kentucky
How long does it take to get disability 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.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.