What are Social Security Disability and SSI Concurrent Benefits?

There are cases in which a person's disability application will not be taken in just the Social Security Disability or SSI disability program, but, actually, in both programs. When this happens, the claim is known as a concurrent claim.

Why are concurrent claims taken? Ordinarily, this is because a person might be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits but would only receive a small benefit check, one that is less than what an SSI disability benefit recipient might receive if they received the full SSI benefit amount (for 2019, that full amount is $771 for an eligible individual).

Concurrent claims are to the advantage of the applicant because, if approved for disability, the applicant may then receive more in monthly benefits than they would otherwise.

A concurrent claim is processed no different than if the claim were just for Social Security Disability or just for SSI disability. That is, the case will be reviewed by either a disability examiner or a disability judge (based on whether the claim is at the disability hearing stage, or at one of the lower levels, such as the disability application or reconsideration appeal level) to determine if the claimant has the ability to engage in work activity. For children, the determination will be whether or not the child is performing at the same level of his or her peers, i.e. is able to engage in age-appropriate activities.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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