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Supplemental Security Income - SSI Disability

Many claimants who file for disability have no idea what kind of disability benefits they might be qualified to receive from the Social Security Administration. Social Security actually has two disability programs, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security disability.

The medical qualifications for both Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income are the same. To qualify for either disability program, you have to have been unable to work at a substantial level for a period of one year, or it must be expected that you will be unable to work for a year due to your medical and/or mental condition.

Both social security disability and SSI disability require an interview with a Social Security claims representative in order that you may provide your medical information (regarding your treatment, diagnosed conditions, and doctors), work history (types of jobs that you have performed), and educational back ground.

Once all of this information is gathered, a disability claim is sent to a special agency that makes the medical decision for disability cases that are filed with the social security administration. State disability agencies generally take thirty to ninety days to process your SSI and/or SSDI claim at the initial application level.

Now you may be wondering what the difference is between Social Security disability and SSI, otherwise known as Supplemental Security Income. The real difference between Social Security disability and SSI has to do with the non-medical requirements, the ones that have nothing to do with your medical condition.

Social Security disability is based upon insured status, and insured status is acquired through work activity that has resulted in your earnings being reported to the Internal Revenue Service.

If you have not earned enough quarters of work coverage, you may not qualify for Social Security disability. But, you may still qualify for SSI disability if your income and resources are low enough to meet the income and resource limits established by the federal government each year.

Both Social Security disability and SSI disability pay a monthly disability benefit if you are approved by either a disability examiner at the state agency or by a judge at a disability hearing. In the case of social security disability, the benefit amount will be based on what was paid into the system over the years. With SSI, the amount is determined by the federal government and is usually increased for cost of living each year.

Additional information:

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability?

How much time does it take to get an SSI Decision?

How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?

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

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 answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Application for SSD disability
Filing for disability - where to go
How to qualify for disability
Qualifying for disability
Winning disability benefits, how to win
Winning disability for a mental condition
Social Security Disability Back pay, SSD, SSI
Disability Criteria and requirements